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Written answers

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Visas: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure that the new visa scheme for international researchers announced on 27 January 2020...

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) civil servants and (b) diplomats are working on COP 26 preparations.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the report entitled Absolute Zero,...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to Written Question 8308, whether support has been offered to the 15-year-old girl arrested on UK consulate land in...

    • Philippines: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Filipino counterpart on the potential effect on human rights of revoking the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking improve cancer treatment in the (a) Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) Royal...

    • Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its national sexual health and reproductive health strategy.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure access for all to PrEP prior to routine commissioning starting in April 2020.

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits on introducing routine prostate cancer screening.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, of 28 January 2020, Official...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent from the public purse by (a) NHS bodies and (b) local authorities on (i) drug and (ii) alcohol abuse (A) prevention...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on people with diabetes of the slow-down in production and shipping of Freestyle Libre glucose...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether vaping shops are fulfilling their legal requirements to verify age and not sell to...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department (a) is aware of all substances used in vaping liquids and (b) has assessed the safety of all such substances.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has include people with life-long debilitating medical conditions in the categories of people eligible for free medication.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the long-term effects of video game addiction on primary school-aged children.

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Government of Tanzania on aid to that country.

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help developing countries tackle tax avoidance and evasion.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding he has allocated to support (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils with special educational needs in Liverpool, West Derby...

    • Food Poverty: Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to provide meals for disadvantaged school children during school holidays in 2020 in (a) Liverpool West Derby...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of sensory equipment in primary schools.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals for a Renters Reform Bill.

    • Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure access to the Disabled Facilities Grant for older tenants and their...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local growth in (a) Crawley and (b) the UK.

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of children living in temporary accommodation in Luton.

      Housing: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many families were recorded as living in overcrowded conditions in Romford constituency in (a) 2015 and (b) the...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to assess the viability of flat-pack housing as...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that new council housing is of adequate quality.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to enforce building regulation inspections to help ensure the quality of housing...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for universal credit lapsed or were withdrawn due to the death of the applicant in (a) Liverpool West Derby...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce air pollution in (a) Liverpool and (b) other cities.

    • Fly-tipping: Bosworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle fly tipping in Bosworth constituency.

      Incinerators: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of fires being reported at waste incinerator sites since 2015.

      Waste Disposal: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparative assessment she has made of the environmental effects of mechanical biological treatment waste processes and...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of air pollution in (a) the UK and (b) Carshalton and Wallington...

      Viridor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of air pollutants generated by the Viridor energy recovery...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with representatives from the Environment Agency on additional resources for the maintenance of...

      Domestic Waste: Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the amount of household recycling that went to landfill in each of the last 10 years.

      Tobacco: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the contribution of the tobacco industry in tackling litter from...

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent health complications caused by PM2.5 particles.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph two of the Government Response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Tenth Report of...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph two of the Government Response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Tenth Report of...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph three of the Government Response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Tenth Report of...

  • Home Office

    • Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the prevalence of child sexual abuse in each of the last five years.

    • Firearms and Knives: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the rates of (a) gun and (b) knife offences in Liverpool.

      Visas: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to create new endorsing bodies for the new global talent visa to enable science and technology companies in (a) Cambridge...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain on the grounds of long residency her Department received in each month over the last...

      Domestic Violence: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding was allocated to the specialist LGBT+ sector for the provision of domestic abuse services in each year between 2016 and 2020.

      Knives: South Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle knife crime in (a) Hinckley and (b) Bosworth; and what progress has been in the last 12 months.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of failed asylum seekers who have absconded before deportation in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers have been deported in each of the last 10 years.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to locate failed asylum seekers who have absconded prior to deportation.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on its research on the profiling of the perpetrators of child sexual exploitation.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of failed asylum seekers still living in the UK.

      Lancashire Constabulary: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of the usage of stop and search powers by Lancashire Police; and if...

      Special Constables: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to increase the number of special constables.

      Special Constables: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the rate of diversity in relation to special constables.

      Special Constables: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of online modules in the teaching of the Special Constabulary curriculum.

      Special Constables: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of benefits and compensation for special constables.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration health surcharges have been paid by overseas (a) doctors and (b) nurses.

      Home Office: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Free Movement of People: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to maintain freedom of movement for live performing and touring musicians after the end of the...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug-related crimes were reported in Havering in each year since 2010.

  • Treasury

    • Social Services: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether has plans to allocate additional funding to the Department for Education for the provision of children's services.

    • Funerals: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Government on establishment of a child funeral fund to support bereaved families.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many promoters of loan charge schemes have been (a) charged and (b) fined in relation to their activities.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the proportionality of his Department's policy on (a) promoters and enablers of loan charge schemes and (b) people who...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what independent research his Department has commissioned on the administrative costs for SMEs of the roll-out of the off payroll working rules.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps the Government has taken to support the private sector for the roll-out of the IR35 rules.

      Farmers: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the judgment of Shields and Sons Partnership v The Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs [2017] UKUT 0504, whether he plans to...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) freezes and (b) reductions in alcohol duty in each year since 2012.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the high income child benefit charge.

      Bridges: Irish Sea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of assessing the viability of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland to date; and what funding has been...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to lower the duty on (a) beer and (b) cider.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans use household income to assess payment of the high income child benefit tax charge.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to (a) tackle high care costs faced by people affected by dementia and (b) increase investment in dementia care.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will take steps to (a) close the monetisation loophole in gambling legislation in regards to loot...

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Department for Transport

    • East-West Rail Link: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision for rail freight is contained in Network Rail’s Transport and Works Act order application for East West Rail, approved on 5 February.

    • Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 3 February (HL547) and in the light of their target of zero net emissions by 2050, whether they plan to...

      Railways: Strikes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 January (HL412), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what provisions any such...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People by the government of the United States,...

    • Foreign Relations: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they publish, and make available, the document detailing a strategy for Africa approved by the National Security Council in 2018.

      Africa: Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what are the total number of FCO and DfID staff employed in UK embassies and High Commissions in Africa; (2) which countries have no UK permanent...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about that government's obligations under international law to be responsible financially for the land...

      Libya: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 January (HL690), how much of the £120.3 million paid or allocated in 2018 and 2019 for...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Palestinian Authority following President Mahmoud Abbas’ rejection of the government of the United States' plan...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the article by Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times Mother Nature scoffs at Trump's mideast peace plan,...

      Gibraltar: Schengen Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to prohibit Gibraltar from applying to join the EU Schengen open borders area.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what duties the trustees of non-associated multi-employer pension schemes have to employers contributing to the scheme; and whether all such employers have a right...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they gave to the provision of financial help to those on low incomes when introducing the 2015 rules following their consultation...

    • Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they gave to providing financial help to householders when introducing the 2015 rules following their consultation on Reform of...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they currently hold about the number of people on low incomes who are affected by the 2015 rules following their consultation on Reform of the...

      Ivory Act 2018

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the implementation of the Ivory Act 2018 is a priority.

  • Treasury

    • Money Service Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many inspection visits HMRC made to money service businesses registered with them in each of the calendar quarters from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019;...

    • Money Service Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last assessed the risk that money service businesses were involved in the finance of crime and terrorism; what conclusions they reached as a result of...

      Money Service Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last three years HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority met to discuss co-ordination of their regulatory supervision of money...

      Money Service Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for the regulatory interface between HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of money service businesses; and what measures are in...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, are monitoring the use by fund managers of forward equity subscription commitments to leverage the...

      Video on Demand: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reform taxation for video streaming services.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sustainability of the Press Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Morgan of Cotes on 6 February (HL Deb, col 1937) that the Government “supported all the recommendations apart from one:...

    • Domestic Abuse: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Southall Black Sisters’ No Recourse to Public Funds project evaluation has been completed; and if so, whether a copy of that evaluation will be...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Contract Cleaning

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the House of Lords Administration has replaced the employment of housekeepers with the use of contract cleaners; and if so, how much they...

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