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Written answers

Thursday, 6 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps HS2 Ltd takes to assess barn owl activity on sites under construction as part of High Speed Two enabling works.

    • Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps is he taking to ensure that the roll-out of smart ticketing on the rail network does not exclude people without access to the necessary...

      South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for announcing the successful bidder of the South Eastern Rail Franchise.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that rolling stock procurement delivers economic benefits to (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

      Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many dead bodies have been found on railway tracks in each of the last 10 years.

      East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 6129, whether the Discretionary Rejection Panel’s decision to commence the review of...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the effect of the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility (PSVAR) Regulations on school...

      Leamside Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the feasibility of expanding (a) rail and (b) light rail services on the former Leamside railway line.

      A68

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will follow the recommendation of the Transport for the North and include the A68 in the major route network.

      M1: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will made an assessment of the safety of the smart motorway section of the M1 from junction 32 to junction 35a.

      Official Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to decarbonise Government owned or operated vehicles.

      Airports and Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase capacity for (a) freight and (b) passenger traffic at (i) each UK ferry port, (ii) Heathrow and (iii) Gatwick; and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what statutory role OfGem has in relation to decarbonisation policies; and what her Department's policy is on ensuring...

    • European Telecommunications Standards Institute: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support her Department provides to ETSI in relation to the development of (a) quantum communications technology...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish outcome of his Department's review of the Government's strategy on the protection of civilians in...

    • India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on international human rights of (a) recent protests against...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote (a) human rights and (b) secular government throughout the world.

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in Pakistan on alleged human rights abuses in Balochistan; and if he will...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in Pakistan on the safety of journalists reporting on alleged human rights...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of people dying due to alleged human rights abuses in Balochistan.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Capital Investment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2020 to Question 5512 on Capital Investment: Northern Ireland, if he will publish an explanatory...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214552, how much NHS England and clinical commissioning groups have spent in...

    • NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214552, how much NHS England and clinical commissioning groups have spent in...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term plan, what steps his Department is taking to help people stop smoking in areas where smoking is more...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for a public consultation on healthy start vouchers.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) supply and (b) availability of glucose monitoring systems for the treatment...

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of HRT products in the UK.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of children aged five and under have dental disease in each local authority area of England.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the proportion of children under the age of two who have visited an NHS dentist in the last 12...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 while the Government has been considering its response to the...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what regulations exist for private providers of micro-suction procedures for the removal of earwax.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Childhood Obesity Plan on trends in the rate of obesity among children.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help reduce the rate of infant mortality.

      Asthma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of hospital admissions for asthma among children.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce rates of Type 2 diabetes among adults.

      Diabetes: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce rates of diabetes among BAME people.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which patient organisations are members of the (a) modifiers considered in decision-making, (b) exploring uncertainty, (c) types of...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NICE methods review task and finish groups will take to consult with the wider health charity sector.

      Smoking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the prevalence of smoking among 15 year olds.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ask the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to make an assessment of the potential merits of a catch-up...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of aligning the NHS England bowel cancer referral cut-off point for hidden...

      Radiology: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of vacancies in diagnostic posts in NHS England.

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to train and recruit more endoscopists to support NHS England in lowering the faecal immunochemical test threshold and...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of increase in the NHS workforce required for the Government to meet its target of diagnosing 75...

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the vacancy rates are among (a) radiologists, (b) histopathologists, (c) diagnostic radiographers, (d) gastroenterologists, (e)...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times (a) he and (b) his Ministers have met the (i) chief dental officer, (ii) chief medical officer, (iii) chief nursing...

      Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy in helping to prevent men aged...

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to make it easier for veterans to access the health services.

      Arrowe Park Hospital: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) nurses and (b) other healthcare professionals were displaced as a result of the quarantine of Wuhan evacuees at an...

      Arrowe Park Hospital: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have missed (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient appointments at Arrowe Park hospital since the quarantining of citizens from...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether tackling the (a) production and (b) trafficking of illegal drugs are conditions of the allocation of Official Development...

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6789 on Developing Countries: Nutrition, what the timescale is for his...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6788 on Developing Countries: Nutrition, what steps his Department is taking to...

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to attend the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2020; and what his...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the primary school assessment system and (b) whether that system reflects priorities of...

    • GCSE: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils achieved (a) the highest and (b) pass grades at GCSE in Rother Valley constituency in each of the last five years.

      Display Energy Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) school, (b) college and (c) university buildings in each Display Energy Certificate...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has (a) in place and (b) to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that school uniform costs are minimised.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Debts: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he is taking steps to compensate debtors who have been charged VAT on debts under the incorrect application of the Taking Control of Goods...

    • Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that judges are adequately trained on how to deal effectively with cases involving sexual assault and rape.

      Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many health and safety reporting systems each prison has in operation; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Crimes against the Person

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a zero-tolerance policy in relation to (a) violence and (b) abuse against prison staff.

      Prison Officers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety of prison officers in Durham prison and young offenders institute.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to free legal support for people on low incomes.

  • Treasury

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to continue the existing scheme for small breweries' relief.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of relaxing the ring-fenced budgets for the National Citizen Service for Supplementary...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was accrued by (a) his Department and (b) HMRC in compensation as a result of (i) court orders and (ii) other recovery and penalty...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to introduce penalties in respect of negligent independent financial advice on transferring pensions.

      Financial Services: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to raise professional indemnity cover limits which independent financial advisers are required to have to practise.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure people selling residential properties which may lead to a potential capital gains tax payment are aware of the changes to...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the report from the Office of Tax Simplification entitled Inheritance Tax Review, second report: Simplifying the design of...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the review of changes to off-payroll working rules will recognise that freelance contractors are not employees.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to provide further support to mortgage prisoners.

      Agriculture: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether sustainable farming activities under the Agriculture Bill will be deemed active practices and benefit farmers for the purposes of VAT and...

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing VAT from sales of eBooks.

      Business Growth Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of the Business Growth fund was under spent in each of the last three years.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment his Department undertook in advance of the decision to close regional offices of the Valuation Office Agency.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) valuations, (b) valuations challenges and (c) successful valuation appeals were made to the Valuation Office Agency in each year since 2014-15.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2020 to Question 7630 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, what steps his Department...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the £5 million of funding that his Department has allocated to...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will publish a progress report on the building safety programme in relation to cladding and...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the accuracy of the information provided by building owners to local authorities on...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of enforcement powers available to local authorities to compel building...

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of Help to Buy, Equity Loan customers are in arrears, in each region of the UK.

      Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the reasons why some people have redeemed their Help to Buy equity loans; and what...

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to end the use of no fault evictions.

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 9589 on Homelessness: Finance, how much funding has been...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the progress on recovery of communities affected by flooding in November 2019.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • International Military Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value was of pre-1991 claims that relate to contracts managed or brokered by the Ministry of Defence owned company IMS Ltd that were...

    • Armed Forces: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on having the benefits system for current and former service...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the meetings that officials in his Department have had with representatives of the International Criminal Court in each of the last...

      HMS Audacious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the delay in the delivery of HMS Audacious to the in-service dates of the (a) final three Astute...

      HMS Audacious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the delay in the delivery of HMS Audacious on the cost of extending the service lives of Trafalgar-class...

      Military Bases: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) electricity cost of perimeter floodlighting of military bases and (b) potential cost saving of moving to LED or...

      Ministry of Defence: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it is Department's policy to implement energy efficient lighting across the MoD estate.

      Burkina Faso: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has received a request from his French counterpart to provide support to French military forces deployed in Burkina Faso.

      International Military Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February to Question 9097 on International Military Services: Finance, what his Department's policy is on IMS Limited...

      International Military Services: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department still holds a debtor's due debt from International Military Services Ltd in relation to the Court Funds Office deposit his...

      International Military Services: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) UK and (b) offshore bank accounts International Military Services Ltd has.

      Sri Lanka: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to Sri Lanka to combat (a) terrorism and (b) drug trafficking.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the development of Joint Force 2025; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's built estate has been released to the public sector for development; what the reduction to the size of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support Luton Borough Council to reduce child poverty in Luton South constituency.

    • Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to tackle the disparity of treatment between self-employed and employed people in relation to statutory maternity pay.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many audited health assessment reports of personal independence payment claimants from each supplier were graded as (a) acceptable, (b)...

      Asbestos: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the equalisation of payments made to people with asbestos-related diseases and their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to reduce the level of universal credit deductions for claimants with court fines.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 5322 on Maternity Allowance, what the average working day turnaround was for Maternity...

      Social Security Benefits: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants assessed as vulnerable had their payments stopped after two failed safeguarding visits from her Department in each...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants' personal independence payments have been stopped as a result of a claimant being unable to attend an assessment in (a)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receiving disability living allowance over state retirement age have had their lifetime awards reviewed in each of the last...

      Personal Income: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to undertake a universal basic income pilot in Kingston upon Hull; and whether she has made an estimate of the...

      Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what welfare support she plans to make available to UK citizens living in the EU who are no longer entitled to that support from EU member...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Busking: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle the (a) import, (b) drugging and (c) trafficking within the UK of dogs for use by...

    • African Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to (a) minimise the risk of African Swine Fever and (b) prevent the import of contaminated (i) meat...

      Pigs: Animal Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effects on levels of livestock of a ban on farrowing crates.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will call a flood summit in response to the November 2019 floods.

      Flood Control: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of flood defences in the North East.

      Drinking Water: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on drinking water standards.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to bring forward legislation to recognise animal sentience.

      Agricultural Products: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the National Farmers Union on plans on potential tariffs on (a) grains, (b) eggs, (c)...

      Agricultural Products: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the potential effect on the price of agricultural imports of concluding trade...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to create new national parks.

      Food: Waste

      What plans the Government has to reduce food waste by 20 per cent as recommended in the Committee on Climate Change's January 2020 report, Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      What steps her Department is taking to tackle the drugging of dogs for use by buskers.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the EU Settlement Scheme.

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Migration Advisory Committee’s January 2020 report on a...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to update the (a) Right to work checks guidance and (b) Right to rent document checks guidance to enable...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the effectiveness of the Prevent Strategy.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the Prevent strategy does not unfairly target racial and religious minorities.

      Action Fraud: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed by Action Fraud to investigate crime in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Gangs: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will impose restrictions on pay-as-you-go mobile phones to help tackle the activities of drug gangs; and if she will she make a statement.

      Drugs: Pop Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the provision of drug safety testing at music festivals.

      Police: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers sustained injuries as a result of attending an incident on their own in 2019.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of resources available to Avon and Somerset police service to respond to knife crime.

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on developing a preventative approach to (a) knife and (b) violent crime involving young people.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Youth Centres

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church of England has made of the number of church-based youth clubs; and what...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were made redundant in (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) Northumberland and (c) England in the last six months.

    • Average Earnings: Wansbeck

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average wage in Wansbeck constituency is.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 175803, on Local Government: Elections, whether EU citizens will be eligible to (a) stand as...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much additional funding has been allocated to protect the UK from cyber attacks.

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether candidates standing for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be provided with a freepost to electors.

      Public Appointments: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 8952 on Public Appointments: Standards, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the due...

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK Export Finance: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2020 to Question 7291, how many inspections of the records of recipients of UK Export Finance support...

    • UK Export Finance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much UK Export Finance support has been granted in each of the last five years, by country of operation.

      International Military Services: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department keeps a record of the total amount of sovereign debt owed to the UK related to the Ministry of Defence owned company...

      Trade Agreements: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to undertake sustainability impact assessments of trade deals agreed after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to help enable parliamentary scrutiny of future free trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on including civil servants from that...

      Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure (a) social and (b) environmental protections are included in any future free trade agreements.

      Overseas Trade: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings she has had with organisations and activists focusing on trade justice in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • World Wide Web Foundation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with representatives of the World Wide Web Foundation on signing the Contract for the Web.

    • Mobile Phones: North Norfolk

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve mobile phone coverage in North Norfolk constituency; and what the timeframe is...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Reviews

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

      Publishing: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to support digital innovation in the publishing sector.

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics on levels of grassroots sport...

      Cycling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to increase levels of cycling.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that vulnerable children are protected online.

  • Leader of the House

  • Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • International Religious Freedom Alliance

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about joining its International Religious Freedom Alliance; what assessment they have made...

    • Religious Freedom

      Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to hosting a ministerial conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief in 2020 or 2021.

      Burma: Rohingya

      Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take at the next UN Security Council meeting in response to the ruling by the International Court of Justice that the government of Myanmar...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the paper circulated by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Medicine and Supply Team to the NHS in November 2019...

    • Social Services: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts were handed back to local authorities in England in the financial years (1) 2017/18, (2) 2018/19, and (3) 2019/20 by (a) nursing homes, (b)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stabilise the funding of the adult social care sector in England in order to enable the agreement of a long-term funding plan for that sector.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to making the display of food hygiene ratings mandatory in England.

      NHS: Amazon

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 21 January (HL127), how they intend to assess (1) how any potential for Alexa to help with...

      NHS: Negligence

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 22 January (HL258), whether they can provide the information set out in Figure 3 on page 37...

      NHS: Drugs

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the extent, and (2) the range, of drug shortages in the NHS.

      Mental Illness: Children

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 23 January (HL387), in what format the data is held.

      Dementia

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland, about the social care and medical provision for people with dementia.

  • Department for Education

    • Child Rearing: GCSE

      Her Majesty's Government whether the Child Development GCSE covers the feeding of newborn babies; and if so, how it is taught.

    • Breastfeeding

      Her Majesty's Government what the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education curriculums include on breastfeeding.

      Adoption Support Fund

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations of the APPG for Adoption and Permanence's report Investing in Families: The Adoption Support Fund beyond 2020, what plans they have...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 20 January (HL111), why the total number of releases, as outlined in the table Accommodation on Release from...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their definition of Islamophobia.

    • Vacant Land

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for local authorities to be given the power to refuse planning permission for new building on greenfield sites until all...

      Buildings: Insulation

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the full results of fire safety tests on non-Aluminum Composite Material types of cladding; and if so, when.

      East Kent Housing: Dismissal

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by four local authorities in Kent to dismiss the board of East Kent Housing.

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to ensure that people with fluctuating and hidden health conditions receive the support they need to (1) find, and (2)...

    • Pensions: Consumer Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make pension dashboards interoperable with Open Banking, including the processes for customer authentication.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • River Thames: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into the River Thames or its...

    • Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of fees paid to certifiers to grant wood burning stove manufacturers exemptions from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993.

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what controls a local authority can impose on a wood burning stove that has been granted an exemption from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many installed wood burning stoves have been granted exemptions from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pollution and smoke complaints it has not been possible to enforce due to the polluter having purchased an exception from the provisions of the Clean Air...

      Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what figures they hold on the number of (1) tourism attractions, (2) high street retailers, (3) railway stations, and (4) UK airports, that offer drinking water...

      Plastics: Hotels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, in partnership with relevant businesses, to reduce the use of plastics in hotels.

      Hill Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of hill farmers in England and Wales.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been any increase in fly-tipping in the last five years; and what consideration they have given to legislative...

      Beaches: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the current standards of cleanliness on UK beaches after Brexit; and, in particular, whether they intend to maintain the standards...

      Lighting: Pollution

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the annual 2.2 per cent growth of global light pollution, according to the journal Environmental Evidence, on the (1)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's statement on 20 December 2019 (HC Deb, col 146) that "now is the moment, as we leave the European Union, to reunite the country",...

    • Brexit: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated cost of any Government-sponsored celebrations about the UK's departure from the EU on 31 January.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Huawei: 5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Huawei's limited role in the UK's 5G network does not present a security risk.

    • Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to implementing the recommendations of the report by the Museums Association Museums Taskforce: Report and...

      Environment Protection: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had, if any, with the tourism industry on improving the environmental sustainability of that industry.

      Advertising: Misrepresentation

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce further legislation to ban companies from profiting from other digital companies’ scam advertising or misleading investments.

      Tourism: Taxation

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of allowing local authorities to introduce a discretionary Tourism Levy to raise funds for local services.

      Arts: Visas

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Sport, Media and Creative Industries on 21 January (HC Deb, col 56WH) that “it is essential that free movement is...

      Huawei: 5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements for interoperability will be put in place for the use of Huawei equipment in the 5G network and any related systems.

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