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Written answers

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • A47: Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to fully dual the A47; and what progress he is making in implementing those plans.

    • Railways: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of sleeper train services between London St Pancras and European cities.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what methods of fossil fuel extraction are covered by the moratorium on fracking.

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure any environmental damage caused by the development and exploitation of shale gas is...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of requiring shale gas companies to put aside a bond to pay for...

      Post Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who the non-Executive Member on the board of Post Office Limited from her Department is.

      National Federation of SubPostmasters: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been spent from the public purse on supporting the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters in the last 10 years.

      Business: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support local businesses in (a) Hinckley and (b) Bosworth.

      Carbon Capture and Storage: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to encourage the use of sites under the North Sea for carbon sequestration.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on the oil and gas sector deal.

      Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral statement of 16 January, Official Report, column 1141, on the EU Copyright Directive, what her...

      Renewable Energy: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings published by the ONS on 16 January...

      Renewable Energy: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her Department's policy is on encouraging the development of a domestic manufacturing base for renewable energy...

      Fuel Poverty: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) the Manchester, Gorton constituency are currently living in fuel...

      UK Space Agency: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to promote the UK Space Agency’s SateLife Competition to young people living in...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to encourage employers to offer flexible working to their employees.

      Self-employed: Free Movement of Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of 21 October 2019 of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the statement on 18 Dec 2019 of the UK representative to the United Nations Security Council on increased...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the statement of 18 Dec 2019 by the UK representative to the United Nations Security Council that any...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many instances of which the Government is aware have members of the Israeli (a) Government and (b) Knesset suggested that...

      Australasia and Canada: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Australian, Canadian and New Zealand counterparts on a closer relationship with UK after...

      Moustafa Kassem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Egyptian counterpart on the detention and death of Moustafa Kassem in Egypt.

      Russia: Propaganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle Russian propaganda.

      Kenya: al Shabaab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle rising levels of al-Shabaab violence in North East Kenya.

      Far East: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the recent coronavirus outbreak in the Far East, what steps he is taking to help protect UK citizens...

      Libya: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) humanitarian situation in Libya and (b) effect of the war in that country on the...

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the status of the peace process in Yemen.

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Iran on the imprisonment of (a) Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and (b) other...

      Cyprus: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Cypriot counterpart on ensuring that UK nationals residing in the Turkish Republic of...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Nationality: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how a citizen of Northern Ireland can legally express their right under the Good Friday Agreement to identify as (a) Irish, (b) British and (c)...

    • Devolution: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to paragraphs 13-15 of Annex A of the Government's document entitled, New Decade, New Approach, published on 9 January 2020,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the destination of doctors completing Foundation Training in each year since 2010; and whether...

    • NHS: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many whole-time-equivalent employees including payroll and non-payroll staff there were in (a) NHS England, (b) Monitor and (c) the...

      NHS England: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the levels of (a) local, (b) regional and (c) other directors are structured in NHS England/NHS Improvement.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children under ten years old had tooth extractions in Bradford in each year since 2010.

      Dental Services: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much revenue was raised by NHS England from dental practices in Bradford in each year since 2010.

      British Nationals Abroad: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of healthcare to UK citizens living in other EU countries after the UK has left the EU.

      Disability: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness hidden disabilities.

      Rare Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to build on the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases to ensure the UK remains a world leader in research and innovation.

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

      Pharmacy: North East Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pharmacists in North East Hampshire are registered with the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service; how many patients in...

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what effect the delay of the Future Fit investment into Shropshire has had on staffing and retention at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

      Hypertension: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with health bodies on treatment options for women with high blood pressure.

      Postnatal Depression: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what post-natal (a) depression and (b) trauma support is available for women in custody.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to represent the UK at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation’s Framework of...

      Electronic Cigarettes: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to amend the legislation on vaping implemented under the EU Tobacco Products Directive after the UK leaves the EU.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the uptake of cervical screenings by each classified ethnic group.

      Cervical Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding he has allocated from the public purse to research on (a) cervical cancer and (b) cervical cancer screening in each of...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to help reduce the number of women having more than one abortion.

      Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that gender-selective abortions are not carried out in UK.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many buildings across the National Health Service estate currently have Aluminium Composite Material cladding.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of people moved from home care into residential care since 2015.

      Social Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of unmet demand for adult social care in each of the last 10 years in (a) the...

      NHS: Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on (a) agency staff, (b) agency nurses and (c) locum doctors in each of the last five years.

      Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding is available to Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to tackle its maintenance backlog.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding is available for people who need access to augmentative and alternative communication devices.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the NHS People Plan.

      Nottingham City Hospital: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on eliminating the use of coal for heating at City Hospital, Nottingham; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to review the functioning of the NHS overseas visitors charging regime; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the financial income target is for the two-year Overseas Visitor Improvement Team.

      Clinical Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what priorities he has set for the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCOPOP) for the delivery of clinical audits;...

      Lung Cancer: Clinical Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the next annual national lung cancer audit will be published.

      Lung Cancer: Clinical Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body or organisation has been awarded the contract to prepare the next national lung cancer audit following the recent tender for...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of establishing new radiotherapy satellite centres; and if he will make a...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate NHS England has made of the number of linear accelerator radiotherapy machines in use at NHS Trusts in the (a) North East...

      Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for his Department to publish a response to its Review of the National Autism Strategy.

      Food: Chlorine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward regulations on the sale of salad washed in chlorine; and if she will make a statement.

      Royal Bournemouth Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 944 on Royal Bournemouth Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments, what the...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what steps he is taking to improve services provided by community pharmacists.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to improve the NHS capital estate.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to increase the recruitment of dentists in rural areas.

      *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of waiting times for cancer treatment.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to help reduce the financial cost to the NHS of treating patients affected by high levels of air pollution.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to improve the NHS capital estate.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on social media advertising in each month since January 2019; and on which platforms that money was spent.

    • Wales Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the travel costs for his Department have been in each quarter since January 2018 by (a) mode of travel and (b) use by (i) Ministers and (ii) officials.

  • Department for Education

    • Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for sixth form students.

    • Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing non-repayable maintenance grant funding in (a) further and (b) higher education.

      Universities: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many university vice-chancellors have replied to his letter of November 2019 on the issue of fire safety procedures and safeguards across...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to support effective interventions to give pupils at risk of exclusion the best chance to remain in schools.

      Department for Education: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of steel procured by his Department was produced in the UK, in each of the last five years.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the (a) value for money of the Pause programme (b) potential merits of introducing (i) that scheme and (ii)...

      Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2020 to Question 3230, on Children and Young People, what data his Department holds on the number of times the...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has forecast the number of children in need requiring support from children's services in each of the next five years.

      Art and Design: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were entered for art and design GCSE in (a) England and (b) each Local Education Authority area in each year since 2010.

      Art and Design: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students were entered for A-level art and design in (a) England and (b) each Local Education Authority area in each year since 2010.

      Apprentices: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships to people with disabilities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Disability and Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) elderly people and (b) elderly disabled people have access to high-quality social care in prisons in (i)...

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will include women unable to afford a divorce without access to legal aid as part of his Department's review of the financial...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will provide additional support for victims of crime post-appeal decision to ensure continuity of service from support workers and...

      Family Courts: Security Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of security staff at family courts.

      Abortion: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929, how many people have been convicted in each category of offence of child destruction for...

      Criminal Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment has he made of the implications for his policies on the disclosure of criminal records of the Supreme Court judgement of 30...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving IPP sentences have been the subject of recall appeals which are still awaiting determination; and what is the longest period...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to prevent such prisoners being released with a drug dependency being subject to immediate recall as a result of that drug...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 29 October 2019 to Question 2947 on Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia, what her timescale is for completing the work...

    • UK Export Finance: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department most recently reviewed the adequacy of audit arrangements for recipients of UK export finance.

      Trade Agreements: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has held discussions with her Chinese counterpart on alleged human rights violations against Uighur Muslims as part of...

      Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether a country's record on human rights is a criterion in discussions on potential trade deals to be secured after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much money local authorities have (a) retained and (b) returned to the Government in right to buy receipts in each...

    • Social Rented Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of residential properties in England owned by social housing...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter of 10 May 2018 from David Metcalfe and Dr Stephen Ledbetter of the Centre for Window and...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the standard private sector ACM remediation contracts agreed with the responsible entity for each site...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1018 on High Rise Flats: Fire Regulations, whether he is aware...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an estimate of the amount spent by leaseholders in England on waking watches in buildings awaiting the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the similarities between the cladding and insulation systems used on the Cube...

      Buildings: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate has made of the (a) number of new buildings each year that will be required to fit sprinklers in the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral statement of 20 January 2020, how many additional buildings will be affected by the...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral statement of 20 January 2020 in relation to the commissioning of a matrix of risk that will...

      Buildings: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2020 to Question 1897 on Buildings: Fires, for what reasons the Government...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2020, to Question 4752, on Buildings Insulation, what steps his Department plans...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 20 December 2019 from the hon. Member for Croydon North in regard to the...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the shared prosperity fund will be allocated to (a) the North West and (b) Wirral.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the consultation paper on the Shared Prosperity Fund.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223964, Unmanned Air Vehicles, what the cost was of repairing the Reaper drone after that...

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223964, Unmanned Air Vehicles, where that Reaper drone was operating over at the time of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223964, Unmanned Air Vehicles, what the cost to the public purse was of the purchase of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 25 February 2019 to Question 223964, Unmanned Air Vehicles, what the average lifespan is of a Reaper drone.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to develop sovereign defence capability through unmanned aerial vehicles.

      BAE Systems: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to support employment at BAE Systems in Brough.

      University Royal Naval Units: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the decision to re-locate the East of Scotland Universities Royal Naval Unit from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.

      Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence,what estimate he has made of total cost of UK steel and steel products as a proportion of all steel procured by his Department in 2019.

      Veterans: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has (a) extracted DNA from the remains of unidentified British soldiers found on former battlefields and share (b) that DNA with...

      Armed Forces: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of levels of social mobility in the armed forces.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of service provided under contracts outsourced by his Department.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the build and commission for the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers.

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the need for international action to prevent the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) policies and (b) training his Department requires of its subsidiary companies or NDPBs on (i) corruption and (ii) anti-bribery.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out a timeline for (a) consulting on and (b) publishing a national strategy for disabled people.

    • Occupational Pensions: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in West Lancashire constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of children living in households where claimants have had deductions made to their monthly universal...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of cases where claimants have been assessed as having no entitlement to the housing element of...

      Food Poverty: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to tackle food poverty in Newcastle upon Tyne constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of administrative errors made processing applications during the roll-out of (a) universal...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children lived in (a) poverty and (b) extreme poverty in Greater Manchester in each of the last 10 years.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of children in Manchester, Gorton constituency that are living in (a) poverty and (b) absolute poverty have (i)...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to (a) support and (b) facilitate the establishment of disabled rights support groups.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the financial effect on mixed-aged couples where the older member of the couple reaches pension age and the...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the two-child limit on child poverty in (a) each Welsh local authority and (b) each Welsh...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the two-child limit on BAME communities.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children lived in (a) poverty and (b) extreme poverty in Nottingham in each of the last 10 years.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of children in Nottingham South constituency living in (a) poverty and (b) absolute poverty have (i) one...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many audited Independent Assessment Service health assessment reports were graded as (a) acceptable, (b) unacceptable, (c) acceptable with...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help women with disabilities into work.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to offer additional support to women born in the 1950s who have had to stay in the workforce longer as a...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of women affected by changes to the state pension age, in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b)...

      Sick Pay: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to publish the outcome of its consultation on statutory sick pay which closed on 7 October 2019.

      Work and Health Programme: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a main condition of epilepsy have found a long-term job through the Work and Health Programme in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Playing Fields: Rubber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has undertaken into the environmental effect of the spread of rubber granules from artificial...

    • Playing Fields: Rubber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what alternatives are available to rubber granules used for stabilisation in artificial grass playing fields.

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations officials in her Department have made to the British Horseracing Authority on banning the...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department plans to take in relation to proposal 16 of The Landscapes Review, published in September 2019...

      Flood Control: West Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Environment Agency on the (a) status and (b) future plans for flood alleviation...

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of jobs in the chemicals sector on Teesside of the UK...

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK no longer complying with the REACH regulation on the (a) costs and (b)...

      Veolia Environment: Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on the conduct of Veolia management in Harlow.

      Waste Management: Veolia Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities hold contracts for waste management services with Veolia.

      Flood Control: Bosworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support local authorities in their (a) assessment and (b) future prevention of...

      Tree Planting: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase the number of trees planted in (a) Hove and (b) Brighton and Hove.

      Clothing and Textiles: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to (a) support a circular economy for clothing and textiles and (b) create the required...

      European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the UK's future working relationship with the European Chemicals Agency after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what long-term priorities for operational focus and investment have been established between her Department and the National Police Chiefs'...

    • Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Police and Crime Commissioner's on the future usage of facial recognition technology in law enforcement.

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legislation is in place to regulate the use of facial recognition technology after the UK leaves the EU.

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department undertook an internal inquiry into the use of facial recognition technology by Argent LLP around King's Cross station.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish the provisional police funding settlement for 2020-21.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average wait time is for people awaiting an initial asylum decision; and what plans her Department has to reduce that time.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the adequacy of Section 95 support for those awaiting an asylum decision and (b) the potential...

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made to the Windrush Compensation Scheme to date.

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to promote the Windrush Compensation Scheme to potential applicants.

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

  • Scotland Office

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on whether funding from the UK Shared Prosperity...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the effect on the public purse of holding combined local elections every four years for local authorities, police and...

    • European Parliament Members: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a response to the Early Day Motion tabled by the hon. Member for Glasgow North on 23 January 2020 entitled Scotland's representation...

  • Treasury

    • Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the decision to spend official development assistance on a collaboration with the...

    • Rates and Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what formula is used by Valuation Office Agency assessors to determine rateable value.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households with a single-earner income of over £50,000 in (a) North East Hampshire constituency and (b) the...

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Upper Tribunal’s ruling in News Corp UK & Ireland Limited v Commissioners...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to differentiate the rate of duty on beer between supermarkets and pubs after the UK has left the EU.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the environmental effect of the Government’s decision to reduce airline duty across the aviation industry.

      Motorhomes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) on sales of new motorhomes in each month since 1 September 2019; what the projected figure...

      Motorhomes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations were made to his Department by the former hon. Member for North West Durham in advance of the application of the new rates of Vehicle...

      Television: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much High-end Television Tax Relief was claimed in each of the last ten years.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video on Demand: Disability

      To ask the Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to bring forward regulations under section 93 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 to impose requirements on...

    • Football: Gambling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many fines the Gambling Commission has issued to gambling businesses that sponsor Premier League football...

      Football: Betting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning betting groups from sponsoring football clubs.

      Digital Technology: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to reduce the carbon footprint of the digital economy.

      Betting: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a £2 maximum stake on fixed odds betting...

      Social Media: Children and Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendations of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ report, Technology use and the...

      Culture: Urban Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations his Department has received on establishing a UK town of culture competition.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Departments: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has plans to sign up for the Trades Union Congress's charter entitled, Dying to Work; and if he will make a statement.

    • Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Children

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a legal minimum age...

      Gender Recognition Act 2004

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

  • Department for Transport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of uncertainties surrounding the cost of HS2, what plans they have for producing detailed and up-to-date estimates.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of trains per hour that will run between Birmingham and London Euston once HS2 is completed.

      Air Routes: EU Countries

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether there is a legal mechanism by which airlines operating from the UK can fly to territories in the EU (1) if the UK ceases to be a...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Railway Agency.

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL62), what estimate they have made of the cost to the economy of the South Western...

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL63), when they intend to introduce legislation to guarantee that, in times of...

      High Speed 2 Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make an assessment of the Oakervee Report on HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the financial impact of not proceeding with HS2.

      Flybe: Newquay Cornwall Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Flybe flights between Newquay and London which are operated under a public service obligation are maintained in the...

      Public Transport: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the Transport for the North integrated pay as you go contactless bank card scheme, in particular the withdrawal of the main bus...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to comply with International Maritime Organisation protocols that require ships to purify their ballast water to prevent the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to take to ensure the safety of smart motorways.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the implications for the Isles of Scilly of no longer having a ferry.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Design of UK Funding Schemes for European and International Collaboration Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the report by Professor Adrian Smith and Professor Graeme Reid Changes and choices: advice on future frameworks for...

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-departmental structures have been put in place to ensure they deliver on their global climate change commitments at the COP26 Summit in 2020.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 28 October 2019 (HL48), whether the decision to classify the default rate of loans made by the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) effectiveness, and (2) accuracy, of Energy Performance Certificates as applied to domestic dwellings.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gaza: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, and intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports that it is not allowing parents to accompany their children and...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Equatorial Guinea concerning the detention of Joaquin Elo Ayeto.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the full analysis of their consultation Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland's Past, first published on 11 May 2018.

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following withdrawal from the EU, individuals will be able to initiate legal proceedings, independent of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission or...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Gender Recognition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding, if any, the Department for Health and Social Care has provided to the Tavistock Clinic so that they can undertake gender reassignment of children.

    • Mermaids UK: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding, if any, the Department of Health and Social Care provides to the charity Mermaids UK.

      Healthcare at Home

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of all contracts they had with the health provider Healthcare at Home in the last financial year.

      Gynaecology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that clinics in London are offering surgery to "restore" women's virginity.

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to transfer responsibility for the funding provision of nursing home care to the NHS.

      Social Work: Bureaucracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of bureaucratic processes in social work, in particular (1) management chains, (2) paper work, and (3) culture; and...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more men to donate blood.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that necessary aid access to Syria is maintained, including by alternative routes, following the UN Security Council Decision of 10...

    • Migrant Camps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they collect about conditions in refugee camps outside the UK; and what assessment they have made of those conditions.

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to highlight and address how best to (1) prevent unsafe abortion, and (2) make safe abortion accessible for all, as part of their commitment...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Official Development Assistance was allocated to sexual and reproductive health and rights in (1) 2017–18, and (2) 2018–19.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in introducing a register for children not in school.

    • Universities: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisation, if any, is tasked with ensuring the quality of teaching of overseas campuses of UK universities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Air Passenger Duty

      Her Majesty's Government whether the secure escort services for children and young people contract between the Youth Justice Board and Serco was terminated early; and if so, for what reasons.

    • Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Law Commission review into hate crime to be completed.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HM Probation Service.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether legal aid will be available for individuals seeking to initiate legal proceedings based on an alleged diminution of rights, safeguards or equality of...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what date GeoAmey commenced its contract to run secure escort services for children and young people; what was (1) the value of that contract, and (2) the...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether the Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint techniques were adapted for use on younger and smaller children, prior to escort custody...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure the safety of boys aged 18 and under detained by Feltham Young Offenders Institution following Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making on plans to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.

    • Devolution: Sheffield City Region

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal has not been completed; and when they expect that deal to be finalised.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of homes in England that fall within each rating band of Energy Performance Certificates, and (2) the amount by...

      Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in relation to Metro Mayors in Yorkshire.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Town and Country Planning Association, Planning 2020: Raynsford Review of Planning in England,...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 January (HL65), how many Tree Preservation Orders there are in England; and whether...

      Devolution: England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to work with local government to develop and implement their proposals for English devolution; and if so, how.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any agreements have been made with the EU about British participation in (1) the establishment of a European Defence Union, (2) any military command and...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the military Mark 4 Chinook helicopters that are currently held in store.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many soldiers have been recruited to the Army Reserves since January 2019.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current (1) nominal, and (2) actual, strength of the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the evaluation of the benefit cap undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to fund the provision of independent advice for farmers in any new agricultural support schemes.

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential damage to the environment as a result of the three crop rule leading farmers to cultivate drenched farmland...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in eliminating Japanese knotweed.

  • Home Office

    • Racial Discrimination: Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 October 2019 (HL181), how many of the police reported football-related racist incidents...

    • Offences against Children: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that failings by police and children’s services in Greater Manchester resulted in victims of sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation...

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police forces employ integrated street triage for mental health services; what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of such provision; and...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many child refugees came to the UK to join family members in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, and (4) 2018.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that more than 10,000 unaccompanied children have used dangerous means to enter the UK over the past decade; and what...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards their commitment to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are not continuing the EU policy of assisting child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the waiting times at the border at all UK airports that use ePassport gates; what is the difference in waiting times, broken down...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the technical efficacy of ePassport gates at UK airports; and what percentage of all ePassport gate readings result in a failed...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on ePassport gates at UK airports over the last four years.

      Portsmouth University: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the University of Portsmouth to waive the requirement for students to have taken the International English...

      Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since Operation Augusta was launched in 2003 to ensure that child sexual abuse allegations are properly investigated.

  • Wales Office

    • Aberystwyth University: Listed Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or intend to have, with the Welsh Government about securing a sustainable future for Old College, Aberystwyth.

    • Nuclear Power: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and intend to have, with the Welsh Government about nuclear power in Wales.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Court of Justice of the European Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are proposed for mediating legal conflict with the Court of Justice of the European Union where companies are subject to both the jurisdiction of...

  • Treasury

    • Sovereign Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether data is available on how the Sovereign Grant is spent; and if so, where that data is available.

    • Crown Lands and Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was raised by the Crown Estates in each of the last five years; and how any such money was spent.

      Royal Family: Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the use of publicly funded helicopters and charter planes by the Royal family is restricted to use for official engagements; and if so, which members of...

      Sovereign Grant

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the Royal family are in receipt of funds from the Sovereign Grant; and how much each such individual receives annually.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of cutting Air Passenger Duty from all domestic flights.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Festival of Britain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Local Government Association, and (2) local government, about the role of councils in the upcoming Festival of Britain.

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