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Written answers

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the review of the Stagecoach and Virgin Trains passport on the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise started five weeks before his Department...

    • East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date all of the additional direct trains between Shipley/Bradford and London under the East Coast franchise will be introduced.

      Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

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

      Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) Network Rail and (b) Highways England on the potential support of those...

      Railways: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department received representations from (a) Durham county council and (b) the previous Member for North West Durham on re-opening a rail...

      Railways: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned publication date is for Network Rail's Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy.

      Manchester Piccadilly Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his oral evidence of 16 October 2019 to the Transport Committee, Questions 13 and 14, what progress has been made on resolving the...

      Airports: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the planned expansion of UK airports is compatible with the Government's policy on CO2 reduction.

      Railways: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with devolved administrations on the provision of a veterans' railcard.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Elections: Personation

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many convictions there have been for in-person voter fraud in (a)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information she holds on the number of UK-based businesses operating in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq; and if she...

    • Fuel Poverty: Nottingham South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she plans to take to tackle fuel poverty in Nottingham South constituency.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when her Department plans to announce the results of its competition to fund projects exploring the creation of market...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the implementation of the long-term protection of pension bonuses for members for the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will respond to the correspondence dated 9 January 2020 from Jamie Hepburn MSP and the hon. Member for...

      Cummins UK: Cumbernauld

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions she has had with representatives from Cummins on that company's proposals to close its factory in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Refugees: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's policies of the ruling of the United Nations Human Rights...

    • Georgia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK will continue to take part in the EU monitoring mission in Georgia after leaving the EU on 31 January 2020.

      China: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the novel coronavirus detected in the city of Wuhan; and what...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the alleged detention of Uighur Muslims.

      Armenia: Lydian International

      To ask the Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, how many visits to the British Embassy in Yerevan (a) employees and (b) representatives of the company Lydian International made in...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to question 261 on China: Uighurs, what steps his Department is taking to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Gender Identity Services patients identified as (a) binary and (b) non-binary in each of the last five years.

    • Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the procurement of the new NHS England Gender Identity Services for Adults will have adequate capacity to ensure that the NHS...

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provisions he has put in place in the new NHS Gender Identity Services specification for people who define as non-binary .

      Gender Recognition: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to clinical commissioning groups was of prescribing products related to gender identity for transgender and non-binary...

      Gender Recognition: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will instruct Clinical Commissioning Groups to fund the cost of prescribing products related to gender identity for transgender and...

      Gender Recognition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the completion of the procurement process for the new NHS Gender Identity Services for Adults.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to implement a cancer workforce plan to ensure an adequately skilled and sustainable workforce.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) alcohol and (b) drug-related deaths have there been in the last five years in (i) Preston, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children aged under ten years old in Bradford were admitted to hospital for tooth decay in each year since 2010.

      Dental Services: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost was to the public purse of tooth extractions in Bradford in each year since 2010.

      Blood Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with (a) relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and (b) children with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia have...

      Hereditary Diseases and Rare Diseases: Health Education

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

      Hereditary Diseases and Rare Diseases: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure early detection of rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions.

      Prostate Cancer: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of men dying as a result of prostate cancer.

      Bladder Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with bladder cancer in each of the last five years.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal College of Nursing and (b) other health bodies on whether there is a link between mobile...

      Inclisiran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when inclisiran will be available on the NHS to reduce high cholesterol.

      Narcolepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) men and (b) women have been diagnosed with the rare brain condition cataplexy, by age group.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that women with physical disabilities are able to access cervical screening services.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many girls in England have received the HPV vaccine since that vaccination programme began.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made potential merits of the NHS providing the option of self-sampling as part of the cervical screening programme.

      Cervical Cancer: Medical Equipment and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England press release, entitled Potential to eliminate cervical cancer in England thanks to NHS Long Term Plan,...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons and Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much NHS England has spent on commissioning mental health services to treat patients in (a) youth offender institutes, (b) secure...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who were detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 died in each year since 2010.

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 2462 on Psychiatric Hospitals: Standards, how many mental health hospitals rated as (a)...

      Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of women undertake a strep B test during pregnancy; and what plans his Department has to make that test compulsory for...

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for an autism diagnosis.

      Tranquillisers: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to create specialist withdrawal services to help patients who are dependent, providing information on prescribed (a)...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of (a) prostate cancer among men and (b) breast cancer among women.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with health professionals to ensure that gay and bisexual men in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend the issuing of continuous glucose monitoring systems to people who have diabetes.

      Rare Diseases: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to review the criteria for selection of rare diseases to be included in the newborn blood spot test.

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of linear accelerator radiotherapy machines in use at NHS Trusts that are past the recommended 10...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of upgrading the NHS stock of Linear Accelerator radiotherapy machines to...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the potential savings to the public purse from purchasing Linear Accelerator radiotherapy machines on...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients travel for more than 45 minutes a day to access radiotherapy treatment; and if he will make a statement.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many admissions there have been for malnutrition in England in the latest period for which figures are available, by age group (a) 0...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to hold cross-party talks on social care reform.

      Deficiency Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital admissions there have been for (a) scurvy, (b) rickets and (c) vitamin D deficiency in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many schools have mental health teams.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made in improving access to specialist mental health support for children.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 7034 on Health: Screening, when his Department plans to publish the...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 October 2019, Publication of Professor Sir Mike Richards’ Review of National Adult...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body is responsible for overseeing national provision of extra breast screening for women with family history of breast cancer, as...

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body is responsible for overseeing national provision of family history clinics to support women with a family history of breast cancer.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to remove the requirement to fund compensation in claims of clinical negligence on the...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS hospital trusts do not currently have a designated doctor for child deaths in post.

      Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which hospital trusts do not have a designated doctor for looked-after children.

      Health: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings on healthcare provision of the report by Inquest, Deaths in prison, published 22 January 2019, if he will...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential of effect the draft service specifications for Primary Care Networks, published...

      Young Offender Institutions: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) mental health services and (b) mental health assessment in Young Offender...

      Young Offender Institutions: Solitary Confinement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the mental health of children in young offender institutions of being placed in...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish a Green Paper on adult social care.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of elderly people to engage with the NHS App.

      Dementia: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his Department's policy to increase the level of funding for the early stage of clinical trials of dementia medicines.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his Department's policy that the cladding systems used on buildings throughout the National Health Service estate are...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Trade Unions

      To ask the Attorney General, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in his Department to bargaining information as set out in...

    • Attorney General: Pay

      To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety representatives...

      Attorney General: Climate Change

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of UK funding for the Iraq Humanitarian Fund is allocated to projects in the Kurdistan Region; and if he...

    • Yemen: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support education in Yemen.

      Yemen: Dengue Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to help prevent cases of dengue fever in Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian agencies in Yemen are able to operate (a) independently and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he has plans to allocate funding for a programme to replace Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning when that programme...

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance was allocated to Bangladesh in the last five years; what assessment he has made of the...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272116, if he will place a copy in the Library of the inception report which...

      Overseas Aid: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when his Department last undertook an assessment of the adequacy of the audit arrangements for recipients of (a) Official Development...

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2020 to Question 5384 on Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels, how much the UK has allocated from...

      Developing Countries: Environment

      What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding provided by his Department for environmental projects in the developing world.

      Human Rights

      What steps his Department is taking with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to uphold human rights throughout the world.

  • Department for Education

    • Sheffield University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to take steps in response to proposals by Sheffield university to pay some students to monitor and report on statements made by other...

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the School sport and activity action plan, when the pilot areas for schools to work with sport providers and local organisations to...

      Schools: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding in real terms has been allocated to schools in Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the release of the analysis of serious case reviews from 2015 to 2018.

      Universities: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that universities use universally accessible (a) student surveys and (b) data collection processes to monitor...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that music education is accessible for children from low-income families.

      Apprentices: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to create an apprenticeship standard for Early Years professionals.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Lay Magistrates have been subject to disciplinary action in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) reason and (b) outcome was of that action.

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of abolishing prison sentences of six months and less.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of prison sentences of six months on reducing rates of reoffending.

      Prison Sentences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of women serving custodial sentences are serving a sentence of six months or less.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women serving custodial sentences died by suicide during their sentence in each month in 2019.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of mental healthcare provision in UK prisons.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that people offered a caution in a police station understand the implications of accepting one in respect of future...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of inmates developing drug problems.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve security standards in prisons to prevent the smuggling of illicit substances for inmates.

      Prisoners: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce rates of (a) self-harming and (b) suicide in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions and Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to (a) take fiscal steps to reduce carbon emissions and (b) expand public funding for renewable energy.

    • Manufacturing Industries: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of trends in manufacturing output in the North East.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the forthcoming changes to IR35 legislation on the willingness of large companies to employ...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      What plans the Government has to comply with provisions of the Markets in Financial Institutions Directive on broker dealers after the UK leaves the EU.

      Child Benefit: Decreases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the equity of child benefit payment reductions in relation to (a) an individual earning more than £50,000 and (b) a...

      Business: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of ending the MOSS system on 1 February 2020.

      Digital Technology: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses that make digital sales in the EU that will be required to register for VAT in multiple EU countries...

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which documents regulate the relationship between his Department and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in his...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral statement of 20 January 2020, Official Report, column 24, on Building Safety, whether his...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a material assessment service coupled with test...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 January 2020, Official Report columns 24-36, what steps he plans to take...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 January 2020, Official Report columns 24-36, what the names of the...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 January 2020, Official Report columns 24-36, for what reasons the 10...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 January 2020, Official Report columns 24-36, whether his Department's...

      Buildings: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 January 2020, Official Report columns 24-36, if he will extend his...

      Buildings: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department (a) is undertaking and (b) plans to undertake on the toxicity of gases produced by the...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Local Government Association Business Rates Avoidance Survey Report 2019, published on 1 January...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of buildings that have had combustible cladding removed have not had replacement cladding...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2020 to Question 5436 on High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention, if his Department will...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Kurds: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Peshmerga soldiers were mentored by the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken a review of the anti-bribery policies of his Department's (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) subsidiary...

      HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Price of Wales.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions she is having...

    • Universal Credit: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many offline universal credit applications were made by constituents of Linlithgow and East Falkirk between January and December 2019.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in poverty lived in working households in each of the last five years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Gloucester constituency and (b) the UK (i) applied for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (ii) had their Personal...

      Jobcentres: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with Birkenhead job centre about the potential loss of staff jobs.

      Jobcentres: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons jobs are being transferred from Birkenhead job centre to Blackpool and Cardiff.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department plans to take to support UK companies contracted by the EU for work in relation to the Common Security and...

  • Home Office

    • Former Prime Ministers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of providing police and other security protection for former prime ministers in each of the last five years.

    • Visas: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what visa regime will apply to performers who are EEA nationals travelling to the UK on short working trips after the UK leaves the UK; and...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to appoint a new Independent Reviewer of Prevent.

      European Council of Imams: Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential connection between the European Council of Imams, launched in Paris in November 2019 and the...

      Asylum and Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for (a) visas and (b) asylum took (i) three to six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 24 months and (iv) over...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inspections the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has undertaken on farms employing workers under the seasonal workers pilot...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme prior to making the decision to expand it.

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 1929 on Windrush Lessons Learned Review, what the timeframe is for her Department to...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she is making on the recruitment of new frontline police officers in the West Midlands.

      Durham Constabulary: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of (a) the quantity of additional funding Durham Constabulary will be allocated receive for training and...

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role youth centres, sports activities and community groups play in...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on funding drug rehabilitation services to support crime reduction.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether EU citizens (a) with pre-settled or settled status and (b) without it will be eligible to (i) stand as candidates in and (ii) vote in local...

    • Arms Length Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to review the legal framework for arms-length bodies.

      Employment: Mothers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of employment of women with young children since 2015.

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2020 to Question 4773 on Russia: Subversion, how long the process to establish the new Intelligence and Security...

      UK Government Union Capability Independent Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish Lord Dunlop's Review of UK Government Union Capability.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the UK's trade relationship was with each African country in the last five years.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many bilateral trade deals the Government will be able to sign on 1 February 2020.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory levy on gambling firms to fund...

    • Sports: Disability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase participation by people with disabilities in sport.

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help increase the participation of children in sport.

      Arts: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect of an integrated...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the BBC on the decision to remove the free TV licence...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electronic Equipment: Parliament

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether any brands of mobile electronic equipment have restrictions on accessing Parliamentary...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 January 2020, Official Report, column 1020, what the Government's definition is...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the gender pay gap in the public sector.

    • Females: Managers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that more women are appointed to (a) leadership and (b) executive roles in companies.

      Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the 2018 LGBT Action Plan, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

  • Department for Transport

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Physiotherapy: Training

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the arrangement under discussion between the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, to make Mohammed...

    • Qassem Soleimani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani on 3 January and the President of the United States' subsequent statement on Twitter on 13 January that it...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that dozens of Syrian Islamist mercenaries loyal to Turkey have recently travelled to Libya and Algeria, and that some...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the activities of members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, in particular the Quds Force; and what plans they have to...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of British nationals and diplomatic representatives in Iran.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to undertake, and report on, an investigation into the government of Russia's alleged (1) use of poisoning and assassination,...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinian child prisoners were relocated to a prison in Israel without the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about that government designating the killing of a Palestinian woman as an act of terrorism...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that unarmed men leaving Gaza through gaps in the separation fence to seek work in...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Israel, and (2) the United States, in relation to proposals by the US that the Golan Heights should...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Rwanda concerning the detention of Jackie Umuhoza.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to government of Israel about the reported imprisonment and torture of (1) Mays Abu Gosh, and (2) Samir Arbid, in...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) use of, and (2) amount of land covered by, military firing zones in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and what...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the (1) killing of Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram, and (2) bringing to justice those responsible...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 January (HL Deb, col 916) that the situation in Kashmir “needs to be resolved bilaterally”,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times there have been joint ministerial meetings between their ministers and (1) Scottish ministers, (2) Welsh ministers, and (3) Northern Irish ministers...

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made on 12 January by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, that the Civil Service needs...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what length of time they consider reasonable for contractors providing specialist information and advisory services to prepare for service delivery following the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role, if any, they have in removing a Lord Lieutenant or Deputy Lord Lieutenant from office.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Death: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by Imperial College London, published on 13 January, which links global warming with an increase in the violent deaths...

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement all sections of Part 1 of the Care Act 2014; and whether the proposals of the Dilnot Commission will be taken into account in...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the growth of drug-resistant sexually transmitted infections.

      Community Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the test and learn initiatives piloted across the UK using the Buurtzorg nursing model.

      Social Prescribing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that churches and voluntary organisations are integrated into the social prescribing component of the NHS Long Term Plan.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of references to the replacement by some local authorities of sodium and mercury street lighting with LEDs contained in...

      Social Services: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to bring forward their proposals to reform adult social care and support; and whether they intend to work closely with the Local Government...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the support that is available to people with photosensitive epilepsy.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 6 August 2019 (HL17643), how much new funding they provided in 2019 for new measures to...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibility NHS Property Services and NHS organisations have to ensure that NHS buildings which are of special architectural or historical interest, are...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether either NHS Property Services or the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust considered applying for a listing through an application to Historic England in...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pre-registration physiotherapy students (1) already studying, and (2) due to start a course, will qualify for maintenance grants of £5,000 and, where...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) registered nurses, (2) registered nursing associates, and (3) registered midwives, joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount of community care available for dementia patients.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their plans to reform care and support will consider adults of all ages and unpaid carers, as well as older people.

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deliver on the road safety aspects of the UN Global Sustainability Goals, as outlined in the 2017 UN report Road Safety:...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many male prisoners, currently in prison, who self-identify as female have been moved to female prison wings.

    • Prisoners: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that prisoners who may be considered jihadists or have links to similar terrorist organisations are kept segregated...

      Judiciary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned Kantar Group to survey public attitudes towards the independence of the judiciary; and if so, whether they intend to publish the...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific offences are categorised as a hate crime; and what are the criteria for such categorisation.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent at constant prices on (1) adult, and (2) children's social care, in each financial year from 2009/10 to 2018/19; and what is the estimated...

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their planned increase in expenditure in the 2020/21 financial year, at 2019/20 prices, on (1) adult, and (2) children's, social care.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • NHS: Listed Buildings

      Her Majesty's Government how many members of the armed forces were stationed abroad (1) on the date of the 2016 EU referendum, and (2) on the date of the 2017 general election.

    • Kingston Hospital

      Her Majesty's Government how many postal votes were submitted by members of the armed forces abroad at (1) the 2016 EU referendum, and (2) the 2017 general election.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact, if any, on the budget of the MoD there has been as a result of the variation in the cost of the F-35 Lightning aircraft.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any difficulties in the supply of spare parts for the F-35 Lightning aircraft

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 13 January (HL56), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many claimants...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing a mandatory phase-out of horticultural peat as part of their forthcoming England Peat Strategy; and when...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times OFWAT has fined Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into rivers; and what penalties were imposed on each occasion.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to provide towards (1) the prevention of coastal erosion, and (2) new housing and infrastructure in inland areas as a result of any such erosion.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those placed in detention centres are not held indefinitely; and what plans, if any, they have to restrict...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether it remains their intention to ensure that they do not reach a deal on Brexit without Gibraltar being fully included in that final deal.

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether companies registered in Northern Ireland can continue to tender for EU Commission contracts during the implementation period.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the conclusion of the report by the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law, Surrogacy in the UK: Myth bashing and reform, published in November...

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