Written answers

Thursday, 27 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has he made of the effect of real terms funding reductions to North East bus services on the provision of those services.

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to increase funding for bus services in (a) Newcastle and (b) the North East.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the commercial helicopters currently contracted to provide passenger transport in the North Sea oil and gas sector have been upgraded to...

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the Civil Aviation Authority’s CAP 1877 Progress Report on the...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding was allocated to Network Rail for Control Period 6.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the funding allocated to Network Rail for Control Period 6 is allocated to (a) maintenance of existing infrastructure, (b) renewal of...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the funding allocated to Network Rail for Control Period 6 has been spent.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the funding allocated to Network Rail for Control Period 5 was spent on (a) maintenance of existing infrastructure, (b) renewals of...

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the funding allocated to Network Rail for Control Period 5 was unspent.

      Merchant Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Wallem Ship Management has been listed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as an approved recruitment and placement agency, in line with the...

      Shipping: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the provision of shore-side power for sea-going ships in the UK.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether bus operators are required to (a) report accidents and (b) adopt confidential reporting systems under the public service vehicle operator...

      High Speed Two: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish unredacted versions of the papers of the audit and risk assurance committee of HS2 Ltd.

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the scope of existing legislation on driving prohibitions to include principal occupants in autonomous vehicles.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued within different local authority areas.

      Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 12401 on Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure, how much (a) ringfenced and (b) non-ringfenced...

      Bus Services and Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 12402 on Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure, how much (a) ringfenced and (b) non-ringfenced...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on how many migrant workers from each of the standard occupational classifications in the shortage...

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for the publication of the Williams Rail Review.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for the publication of the National Bus Strategy; and whether he plans to hold a consultation on that strategy before it is...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 13504 on Agricultural Machinery: Exhaust Emissions, how many companies registered in Wales have...

      M20: Maidstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations from Maidstone Borough Council on a proposed new Junction 8A on the M20; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria is required to be met for him to grant permission for the building of a new motorway junction.

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding is available from his Department to support local authority schemes on walking.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for introducing the Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.

    • Companies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on corporate transparency and register reform.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on CO2 emissions of lowering the 300MW rating threshold above which...

      Renewable Energy: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what steps his Department is taking to encourage the expansion of the renewable energy industry in the north of England.

      Multinational Companies: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with multi-national corporations on their role in reducing carbon emissions.

      Copyright: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2020 to Question 6620, Copyright: EU Law, what assessment he has made of the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department defines rurality.

      Post Office: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps Post Office Ltd is taking to identify former subpostmasters that repaid monies in relation to unproven...

      Heating: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the domestic heating industry on the future role of...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, further to the Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 2530, on Pay, if he will publish data on the minimum wage (a)...

      Mining: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Coal Authority has to tackle (a) landslides on and (b) the flooding of former coal sites.

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reverting to a one-year qualifying period for unfair dismissal...

      Fuel Poverty: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of households living in fuel poverty in (a) Wallasey constituency and (b) the...

      Unpaid Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2020 to Question 1951, whether his Department's definition of unpaid working time...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish his Department’s full evaluation of projects funded by the Conflict Stability and Security Fund in Bahrain.

    • Egypt: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on the use of the death penalty in that country.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) the UK's and (b) China's obligations under the 1984 Sino-British Joint...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases of British citizens detained overseas were referred to its pro bono medical panel in (a) Iran and (b) throughout...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of allegations that equipment sold by Hikvision has been involved in...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of use of Hikvision’s high-technology surveillance on the human rights of (a)...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on support for the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya; and if he will make a...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the progress being made on political negotiations in Libya; and if he will...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Rights: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's policy is on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK to vote in (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national elections after the...

    • Prime Minister: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly pay is of (a) White or White British and (b) black, Asian or other minority ethnic group employees at each grade in the Prime...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of economically inactive people in the UK are classified as (a) students, (b) unable to work due to sickness,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to publish proposals on social care reform.

    • Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Age UK briefing entitled Health and Care of Older People in England 2019, published July 2019, what steps his...

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Age UK's General Election Manifesto 2019, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the unmet social care needs of...

      Junior Doctors: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent guidance he has issued to NHS hospitals on the bullying and harassment of junior doctors.

      Junior Doctors: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what reports his Department has received of (a) bullying and (b) harassment of junior NHS doctors working in hospitals.

      Excellence in Continence Care Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) positions of the members of the Excellence in Continence Care Board; and if he will make a...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's priorities are for research into dementia.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on prioritising best practice in...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to provide resources to ensure that the palliative care of victims of the contaminated blood transfusions involves...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many clinical commissioning groups have commissioned IVF treatment in each year since 2015 to date.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase the number of (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) full-time equivalent nurses.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding from the public purse has been allocated to research into pancreatic cancer in each of the last three years; what progress...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria are applied in determining the level of funding of research into pancreatic cancer relative to investment in research into...

      NHS: Staff

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

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to encourage research into the effect of IVF treatments on the perinatal health of babies conceived through IVF.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend prescribing rights to speech and language therapists.

      Medical Equipment: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a fund similar to the Innovative Medicines Fund for...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department defines rurality.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding allocated to National Health Service dental services has been allocated to (a) general, (b) community and (c) hospital...

      Dental Services: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Community Dental Services contracts were held in England in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the proposed nursing bursary will affect student loan entitlements.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated to the NHS to support people with alcohol addiction problems in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2019.

      Eyesight: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing mandatory pre-school eye tests in England.

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to ensure joint replacement surgery takes place within 18 weeks of a referral.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature babies required neonatal care for four weeks or longer in (a) 2019, (b) 2018, (c) 2017, (d) 2016 and (e) 2015.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's announcement on 18 December 2019 that funding will be allocated to the provision of grants to nursing...

      Care Quality Commission: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has...

      NHS Trusts: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has...

      Infant Mortality and Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup, published in March 2015, what steps his Department has...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that help is available within the community for young people whilst they wait for NHS...

      NHS 111: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) NHS staff and (b) contract staff are employed to deliver the NHS 111 service; and how many such staff in each of those...

      NHS 111: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the NHS 111 service is adequately prepared to deal with the potential effect of a...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the total amount of funding from the public purse given by his Department to (a) civil society and (b)...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doctors have been recruited by the NHS from overseas in each last five years.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many health and care organisations are compliant with the national data opt-out policy.

      Healthcare Assistants: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) EU and )b) overseas nationals employed as semi-skilled ancillary staff in (a) National...

      Health Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the (a) NHS and (b) private care sector of the proposed immigration limits on...

      South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust: Community First Responders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many volunteer first responders are in post with the South Western Ambulance Service HNS Foundation Trust; and what steps he is...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect on the effectiveness of her Department of removing ageing as a specific...

    • Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support the needs of older people.

      Africa: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to support investment in renewable energy in Africa.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve attainment in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

    • Music: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were entered for A-level music in (a) Sheffield City Council area, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each of the last...

      Children in Care: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were taken into care in (a) Merseyside, (b) the Wirral and (c) Wallasey constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Apprentices: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the ability of organisations in the creative industries to utilise the apprenticeship levy.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount of Apprenticeship Levy funding for Level 6 qualifications that has been allocated to learners who already...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders in each police force area who were convicted but not sentenced to immediate custody in each year since 2010 had previously committed...

    • First Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of (a) men and (b) women received an immediate custodial sentence for their first offence in (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) Crown...

      Homicide: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the total number of offenders convicted of homicide involving children were (a) men and (b) women in the last three years.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women received each sentencing outcome for each type of offence in each police force area in the most recent year for which...

      Squatting: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of squatting in commercial premises since the introduction of the criminal provisions...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders released on licence following a life sentence have committed (a) homicide and (b) other offences in each of the last five years.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cautions were issued for indictable-only offences in each year since 2015; and to which types of offence those cautions related.

      Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women convicted of sexual activity with a child received a prison sentence in each of the last five...

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of offenders that having committed 15 or more previous offences were not sent to prison on conviction for (a)...

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to increase legal aid pay rates for family mediation services.

      Legal Representation: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to support access to non-means tested legal representation in cases of state-related death.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when and where the first round of negotiations for the UK US free trade deal is due to take place.

    • Trade Agreements: Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with which countries the Government is engaged in trade talks with.

      Strategic Trade Advisory Group: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 11628 on Trade Agreements: Disclosure of Information, if he will publish the...

      Expert Trade Advisory Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 11628 on Trade Agreements: Disclosure of Information, which organisations are...

      Strategic Trade Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many times the Strategic Trade Advisory Group has met since its inception.

      Expert Trade Advisory Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many times the network of Expert Trade Advisory Groups has met since its establishment.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant the Answer of 18 February 2020 to Question 14658 on Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia, what the process is for the work to be undertaken to...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February to Question 15042, on what date her Department plans to publish its objectives for future free trade...

      Small Businesses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of SMEs that have started exporting overseas following support through (a) the Small Deals...

      Human Rights: Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) human rights situation in Cambodia and (b) implications for her policies of the decision...

      Import Duties: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the WTO ruling of 2 October 2019 on countermeasures in relation to EU subsidies to Airbus, what assessment her Department...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of support for UK investors to win commercial deals at the UK-Africa Investment Summit on (a) the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that insulation concealed behind render in External Wall Insulation...

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of residential buildings between 11 and 18 metres high.

      Help to Buy Scheme: North East Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased through the Help to Buy scheme in North East Bedfordshire constituency in each of...

      Housing: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his housebuilding target is for Milton Keynes; and what the timescale is for that target to be met.

      Building Regulations: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his Department's policy that the revised scope of Approved Document B of the building regulations will...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to ensure that cladding does not prevent leaseholders living in buildings below 18 metres...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of first time buyers that have purchased a property through the Help to Buy...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes delivered through the Homes England strategic partnership model with...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes he estimates will be sold under shared ownership schemes in (a) 2020, (b) 2021, (c) 2022 and (d) 2023.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to provide a government guarantee for the debt funding of housing associations.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will commission a review of the planning permission regime for areas at risk of flooding.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2020 to Question 11605 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the Government plans to...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what funding he plans to make available to remove dangerous non-ACM cladding systems from buildings, to avoid the...

      Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses have been built on land formerly part of the government estate since 2010; and what proportion of...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the homes funded by the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016-2021 since 2016 are for (a)...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much in cash terms has been spent from the Towns Fund.

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much additional funding was allocated to flood-hit areas in the UK in the six months following the 2015 Boxing Day...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much additional funding has been allocated to flood-hit areas in the UK since November 2019.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 Janaury 2020 to Question 6180 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, whether it is the...

      Social Rented Housing: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he will take to reduce the number of out-of-area placements in permitted development rights buildings in Harlow.

      Parking: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for the conclusion of the public consultation on the code of practice in relation to the Parking...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Bernard Mongan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are being taken to investigate Lance Corporal Bernard Mongan’s death.

    • War Widows: War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contributions of the Minister for Defence People and Veterans and the rt hon member for New Forest East of 30 January 2020,...

      Electric Vehicles: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to allow members of the armed forces to take advantage of salary sacrifice schemes used towards the purchase of electric vehicles.

      Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have been granted access to services at DMRC Stanford Hall since it opened in 2018.

      Veterans: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for veterans that have been medically discharged from the armed forces to be informed of...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission an independent review and audit of the medical discharge process in the armed forces.

      War Widows: War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people who surrendered their war widow's pension on remarrying or cohabiting before before 1 April 2015.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the career destinations were of recruits enlisted at the Army Foundation College but not completing phase two training in each year since 2015.

      HMS Trenchant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of extending the service life of HMS Trenchant as a result of delays in the delivery of the...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to resume the tendering process for the fleet solid support ship contract.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships the Royal Navy plans to operate in the year 2023.

      Armed Forces: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces are deployed in (a) Cyprus and (b) the eastern Mediterranean.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the names of the training providers in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales that offer courses in (i) basic safety...

    • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to enshrine the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK...

      Charter of Fundamental Rights (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to maintain the disability rights of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights after the end of the transition period.

      Wind Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Health and Safety Executive has taken since 2016 to assess the compliance of (a) basic safety training and (b) basic technical...

      Wind Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of employees in the offshore wind industry that hold (a) basic safety training and (b) a basic...

      Wind Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department his made of the adequacy of health and safety training standards required by employers for (a) commercial...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues in the Department for Transport and (b) the Offshore Petroleum Industry...

      Bereavement Support Payment: Cohabitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to implement the ruling of the Supreme Court of 30 August 2018, [2018] UKSC 48, on extending bereavement...

      Employment and Training: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents with a child aged (a) three and (b) four have transferred to universal credit and become job seekers have (i) moved into...

      Personal Independence Payment: Aberavon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid to personal independence payment claimants in back-dated payments in Aberavon constituency, in each of the last three years.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Aberavon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in back-dated payments to employment support allowance claimants in Aberavon constituency in each of the last three years.

      Jobcentres: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department’s policy for Jobcentre staff not to refer individuals to Trussell Trust foodbanks.

      Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the trends in the rate of homelessness exemptions to the Shared Accommodation Rate for people aged between 25...

      Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons exemptions from the shared accommodation rate are not available for people aged under 25 who have experienced homelessness.

      Housing Benefit: Shared Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made has made of the potential cost to the public purse of extending the exemption from the shared accommodation rate...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time period was from initial claim to the first payment for universal credit in 2019.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the longest time period was from initial claim to the first payment for universal credit in 2019.

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) new claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) and (b) new claimants of PIP identifying as having a...

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a primary condition of sight loss or visual impairment who were in receipt of disability living allowance have been asked...

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of award is for people with a visual impairment claiming personal independence payment; and how many of those...

      Universal Credit: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what adjustments have been made to the (a) application and (b) journal process of universal credit to take account of people with (i) sight...

      Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the process is for the provision of accessible formats to people with a visual impairment making a claim for personal independence...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the letter from the Hon. Member for West Lancashire dated 5 November 2019 in relation to a constituent's...

      Child Maintenance Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was that callers to the Child Maintenance Service were on hold waiting to be put through to an adviser in (a)...

      Crowdfunding: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether crowd funded donations to people affected by flooding as a result of Storm Dennis will be treated as exempted hardship payments in...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims have been closed in each of the last 24 months for which data is available; and what the reasons were for...

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims have been (a) closed in error and (b) reopened in each of the last 24 months for which data is available.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department takes to monitor health and safety compliance by approved MOT centres.

      Local Housing Allowance: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of care leavers aged between 22 and 25 who are living in one bedroomed accommodation and are entitled...

      Local Housing Allowance: Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the cost of extending the exemption from the local housing allowance shared accommodation rate to care leavers...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former Thomas Cook employees are facing deductions from payment of (a) universal credit and (b) legacy social security benefits as a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Local Government: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of local authorities’ ability to implement the biodiversity net gain system in...

    • Coal: North West Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in (a) Weardale and (b) North West Durham constituency who are...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department defines rurality.

      Chemicals: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of restricting chemical substances that are persistent and mobile but do...

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of electric car batteries that will require disposal as the UK moves to a net zero...

      Horses: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department’s requirements are for Disposing of a dead horse on privately owned land where that horse had not...

      Horses: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations his Department has introduced in relation to the micro-chipping of horses; and what penalties can be levied...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if will he bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen the protection of horses from cruel treatment.

  • Home Office

    • Police Stations: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations have closed in Hampshire in each year since 2010.

    • Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment has she made of trends in the level of firefighters on the ability of the Fire Service to conduct its duties.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources from the public purse have been allocated to Fire and Rescue Services to respond to the effects of recent storms...

      Hikvision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department used in the decision to invite Hikvision to the Security and Policing Trade Fair in March 2020.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to Fire and Rescue Services in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Cumbria, (c) Lancashire,...

      Visas: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether musicians and artistic performers from the EU will be required to obtain a temporary worker Tier 5 creative and sporting visa after...

      Visas: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether musicians and artistic performers from the EU will be required to obtain a temporary worker Tier 5 creative and sporting visa after...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people claimed asylum in the UK on the basis of sexual orientation in 2018; and what proportion of those applications were refused.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours of LGBT+ sensitive training were delivered to officers who interview people claiming asylum on the grounds of sexual...

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to minimise the risk of victimisation to LGBT+ asylum seekers living in temporary accommodation.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the risks to LGBT+ detainees in immigration removal centres.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many LGBT+ asylum seekers have been the victim of a reported hate crime in (a) asylum accommodation and (b) immigration removal centres...

      Visas: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether musicians and artistic performers from the EU will be subject to the Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting visa) temporary worker route from...

      Durham Constabulary: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional officers Durham Constabulary will have at its disposal in each of the next three years.

      Durham Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding Durham Constabulary will receive from (a) central Government and (b) the local precept in (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020-21.

      Labour Mobility: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to expand the UK’s youth mobility arrangements to EU countries after the transition period.

      Immigration: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 4 of the the Government's UK points based immigration system policy statement, whether the initiatives being brought...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of taking sole responsibility for the National Wildlife Crime Unit;...

      Migrant Workers: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to enable non-EEA fishermen to gain employment on fishing boats on the west of Scotland.

      Visas: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her oral contribution of 24 February 2020 Official Report column 35, whether it is her policy that touring (a) musicians and (b)...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Government’s unilateral declaration on consent of 19 October 2019, what steps the Government has taken to establish...

    • Foyle Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what scoping exercises his Department has commissioned on the potential for Foyle port to become a free port.

  • Treasury

    • Pensions: War Widows

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2020 to Question 13939, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies on withdrawn...

    • Housing: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue that will accrue to the public purse from ending the exemption on primary or sole residences from...

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1398 on Revenue and Customs: Staff, what progress he has made on assessing deployment opportunities...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse is of increasing the Minimum Income Guarantee for people receiving local authority social care other than in a care home...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money from the public purse will be allocated to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales under the Barnett consequentials following expenditure on...

      Crowdfunding: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC will treat crowd funded payments to people affected by Storm Dennis as taxable income.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to support people that are unable to transfer from high interest rate mortgages to more affordable mortgages.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of business rates on the ability of registered childcare providers to remain financially...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people will be affected by the 2019 Loan Charge after the Government has implemented the recommendations of Sir Amyas Morse's review.

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 amended by the Enterprise Act 2016, what estimate he has made of the cost to the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many organisations in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber have received funding from Arts Council England...

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make the proposed Online Harms Bill subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to Answer Named Day Question 11504 on Loneliness tabled by the Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South on...

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to meet with representatives of the Hacked Off group on legislative proposals to independently regulate...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is on the decriminalisation of TV licence fee evasion.

      Sport England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to undertake a review of the funding allocated to Sport England.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has held with representatives of the BBC on the future of the licence fee; and if he will make a...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 9674 on Digital Technology, whether the Government’s target for...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for the (1) number, and (2) percentage, of container loads and miles that will be moved from road to rail (a) within the next five years, and...

    • Railways: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to place further rail services under the control of Transport for London.

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 February (HL Deb, col 2066), which organisations have been asked to contribute to their review of...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 February (HL Deb, col 2066), whether they are considering the rules around cost sharing as part of...

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in the development of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to encourage the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Leader of the House which minister in the House of Lords will answer questions on the UK’s negotiations with the EU on the future relationship.

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Leader of the House which minister will answer questions in the House of Lords on the work of the Joint Committee overseeing the withdrawal agreement with the EU.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Accountancy: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the regulation of the accounting profession.

    • Comet Group: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) report by the Institute of Accountants in England and Wales into the insolvency of Comet Group and the losses sustained...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Qassem Soleimani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 January (HL142), when they were first notified that the government of the United States had...

    • Ministers: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 July 2019 (HL17122), what measures they are considering to promote the take up of foreign...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define their Global Britain policy concept.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments are working on their Global Britain policy.

      BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the BBC’s World Service as an example of the UK's soft power; and what consideration they have given...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sobriety Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the voluntary sector about how they might assist with the roll-out of the alcohol, abstinence and monitoring requirement across...

    • Family Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the results of their consultation Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases, which closed on 27...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further consideration they have given to the recommendation of the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include measures to promote water sustainability and re-use in building regulations for the construction of new properties.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the number of prosecutions for fly tipping by local authorities in each of the last five years; and what has been the success rate of any such...

    • Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish a dedicated inspectorate for invasive non-native species; and if so, when.

      Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish action plans for those pathways identified as priorities in their Comprehensive analysis of pathways of unintentional introduction and...

      Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the funding they provide for tackling invasive non-native species.

  • Home Office

    • Emergency Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring all blue light services under the remit of Police and Crime Commissioners.

    • Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the further actions they committed to in their response to the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill have been completed; and if...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many images have been uploaded onto the Police National Database since 2017.

  • Treasury

    • Infrastructure: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Government infrastructure spending was spent in the North of England between 2015 and 2020; and what is their target for the...

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to investigate and address tax evasion.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the receipts from stamp duty land tax on residential properties sold for over £1 million in each year from 2013–14 to 2018–19.

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the application of VAT to tampons at the end of the transition period of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and if the...

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