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Written answers

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Heathrow expansion on local road networks.

    • Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish analysis undertaken by his Department on the effect on the M25 of the expansion of Heathrow being constructed over that motorway.

      Aviation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an alcohol limit for airline passengers.

      Highways England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to ensure that pay rises are distributed equitably among all pay bands at Highways England.

      Highways England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle pay disparities between senior executives and staff at pay bands one to eight at Highways England.

      Bus Services: North West

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

      M25: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Highways England on noise pollution caused by the concrete road surface between junctions 10 and 11 of...

      Redhill-Tonbridge Railway Line: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what compensation is available to passengers who have season tickets on the Tonbridge-Redhill rail line after that line being shut as a result of the...

      Railways: Uckfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the correspondence between his Department and Govia Thameslink Railway on the procurement of diesel units for the Uckfield line.

      Public Transport: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on improving public transport links in Leicestershire.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents in which a vehicle was stranded in a live lane have taken place between junctions 32 and 35A of the M1 since March 2017.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the financial rationale is for the cost of MOT testing for class 4 vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many appeals of an MOT test result the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency received in each of the last three years.

      A39: Bypasses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to make an announcement on the proposed construction of an A39 Camelford bypass.

      Department for Transport: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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) campaigning bodies...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of coal freight journeys made through South Yorkshire; on which routes those freight journeys travelled; and...

      South Yorkshire Joint Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department’s plans are for the future of the South Yorkshire Joint Railway line.

      South Yorkshire Joint Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the quality of the (a) track and (b) related rail infrastructure on the South Yorkshire Joint Railway line.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail improvement projects for expanding commuter services on single track sections of rail are (a) ongoing and (b) have been completed in the...

      South Yorkshire Joint Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of reinstating passenger services on the South Yorkshire Joint Railway line.

      South Yorkshire Joint Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating investment to enable the reopening of passenger services on the South Yorkshire...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many freight only railway lines have been converted to enable passenger travel, and what the cost per mile of track was for those conversions.

      Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an updated assessment of the economic effect of Heathrow expansion as a result of new proposals to phase the delivery of...

      Railways: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2020 to Question 7619 on Railways: Carbon Emissions, what the (a) terms of reference are for the Traction...

      North Wales Coast Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to electrify the entirety of the North Wales train line.

      Roads: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents have taken place outside schools in each year since 2005.

      A52: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Highways England on the effect on the local road network of the partial closure of the A52 Clifton Bridge in Nottingham.

      A52: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (a) Nottingham City Council and (b) Nottinghamshire County Council on the effect of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to provide financial support to companies that need to replace their fleets in order to comply with the requirements of low...

      Cross Country Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether additional seats will be be available on Cross Country rail services from (a) Newport, (b) Severn Tunnel Junction and (c) Caldicot.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Wind Power: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many jobs were created in the offshore wind industry in each year between 2016 and 2019; and what estimate his...

    • Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to to improve productivity in each region of the UK.

      Fireworks: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to impose a maximum noise level of 90 decibels on fireworks...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the total amount of funding from the public purse given by his Department to (a) civil...

      Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that parents are aware of the provision in the Parental Bereavement Leave...

      Vaccination: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of directing UKRI to fund research into...

      Productivity: Finance

      What steps he is taking with UK Research and Innovation to increase funding allocated to projects in regions of lower productivity.

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 19784, whether his Department has evidence of a causal link...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to review the existing surplus sharing arrangements of the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to protect the supply security of critical materials.

      Import Controls: Scotland

      What support he is providing to help businesses in Scotland prepare for the introduction of import controls on EU goods from 2021.

      Billing

      What steps his Department is taking to encourage prompt payment for goods and services by larger companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Retail Trade: Opening Hours

      What plans he has to enable high street shops to set their opening hours.

      Business: Scotland

      What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing fiscal support to businesses in Scotland.

      Maternity Leave: Childbirth

      What plans he has to introduce extended maternity leave for mothers of premature babies.

      Space Technology: Innovation

      What progress he is making on the national space strategy; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a national space innovation fund.

      Carbon Emissions

      What recent assessment he has made of trends in the rate of reduction in UK emissions.

      Nuclear Power: Public Opinion

      What recent assessment he has made of public attitudes towards nuclear energy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israeli Settlements: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the Israeli Government (a) implements and (b) adheres to UN Security...

    • Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received a request from (a) the Lord Advocate's office and (b) Police Scotland for assistance in their...

      Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to assist Police Scotland (a) in its investigation into the use of Scottish airports to facilitate...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effect the end of the transition period will have on the ability of British passport-holders who live abroad, and whose...

      Kenya: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions officials of his Department have had with (a) representatives of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of recent reports of Hamas-led rocket attacks on Israel.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) support the introduction of an observed ceasefire and (b) increase aid to displaced adults and...

      Somalia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government in Somalia on media freedom.

      Interserve: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the operational effect is on his Department of the industrial dispute with Interserve staff.

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on (a) Mohammed Ramadhan, (b) Hussain Moosa and (c) other...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on who was responsible for the massacres of ethnic Banunu in Yumbi territory in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have made to the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo on...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his UN counterparts on reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeeping forces...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his UN counterparts on (a) increasing the proportion of female personnel employed in UN...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights implications of the ongoing imprisonment of Uighur Muslims...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on ensuring that Uighur Muslims are allowed access to the same...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in his discussions with his Chinese counterpart on allowing Uighur Muslims aged under-18 the right to...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the release of Uighur Muslims from training centres after they...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19 July 2019 to Question 275727 on Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia, what reports he received from (a)...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen the UK's relationship with the US Administration.

      Northern Cyprus: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it remains Government policy to refuse authorisation for direct commercial flights between the UK and North Cyprus.

      Turkey: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Turkey on stopping the allegedly illegal drilling for oil and gas inside...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the security situation in that country after the rocket attacks on...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) stability of the peace process in Sudan and (b) security of UK nationals in that country...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on a potential a new nuclear deal with Iran.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take diplomatic steps to support (a) the Libyan Government of National Accord and (b) a political solution to the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Third Sector

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

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government supports the removal through democratic means of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent reports of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

      Libya and Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what lessons his Department has learned from UK (a) diplomatic and (b) military involvement in the removal of Colonel Gaddafi...

      Hamed bin Haydara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received any reports on recent court appearances by Hamed bin Haydara in Yemen.

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made through the United Nations Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict in tackling the use of child...

      Diplomatic Service: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote trade links through the diplomatic network.

      Philippines: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the President of the Philippines in the last three months.

      Egypt: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken to help support the Egyptian economy.

      Philippines: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations officials in his Department have made to the Philippine Government on human rights in that country.

      Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indonesian counterpart on the arrests and trials of the group of West Papuan human...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the effect of the...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect of the BBC World Service on tackling levels of state propaganda...

      Libya and Sahel: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the security situation in (a) the Sahel region and (b) Libya on the UK's...

      Saudi Arabia: Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of (a) Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service and (b) the armed forces attended the Clash on the Dunes boxing...

      Hosni Mubarak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any UK Government officials will attend the funeral of former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for UK military hardware to be supplied by the United Arab Emirates to forces...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2020 to Question 606, whether Official Development Assistance allocated to Syria has...

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the accuracy of allegations that war crimes were committed during the Sri Lankan civil war...

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to his Sri Lankan counterpart on seeking justice for the victims of extrajudicial...

      Sri Lanka: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he made of the potential merits of imposing (a) sanctions and (b) travel restrictions on high-level Sri Lankan...

      Isabel dos Santos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) venues and (c) agenda of each meeting with Ms Isabel Dos Santos held by a Government...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Third Sector

      To ask the Attorney General, how much funding his Department has allocated to (a) civil society and (b) campaigning bodies in each of the last three years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Society of Homeopaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the decision by the Professional Standards Authority to...

    • Maternity Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS trusts have been allocated funding from the Maternity Incentive Scheme; and what the value was of (a) insurance contributions,...

      Doctors and Nurses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent (a) general practitioners, (b) other doctors and (c) nurses employed by...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the (a) early diagnosis and (b) prevention of bowel disease.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what time period will be covered by the forthcoming NHS People Plan.

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many delayed discharges of care there were from healthcare providers in England in each year since 2009-10.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many properties are owned by NHS property services.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the properties owned by NHS Property Services are fully used for clinical purposes.

      Doctors and Nurses: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have left the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to reduce the costs to patients of hospital television services.

      Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that Kent & Medway NHS Trust staff have (a) autism awareness and (b) suicide awareness training;...

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish a White Paper in response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will...

      London Ambulance Service Patients' Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the London Ambulance Service on their level of engagement with the Patient's Forum.

      Abortion: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that abortions carried out after a diagnosis of Down's Syndrome are recorded.

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of abortion clinics are rated as (a) inadequate or (b) requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of hospital waiting times listed on the NHS England website.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support given to mental health services for veterans by NHS England since the...

      Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the chief executive of the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

      Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary is of the new interim joint accountable officer for the Mid and South Essex clinical commissioning groups.

      Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the convenor for the Mid and South Essex clinical commissioning groups.

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle the 122,000 job vacancies in the social care sector identified by Skills for Care in October 2019.

  • Department for International Development

    • CDC: Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many energy projects involving the burning of heavy fuel oil has CDC Group invested in since 2011; and (a) how much and (b) on...

    • Department for International Development: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government has consulted with charities on (a) the potential merits of merging her Department with the Foreign and...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that Official Development Assistance is not used for development that causes climate change.

      Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase the level of Official Development Assistance allocated to Gavi, the Vaccines Alliance.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance her Department has allocated to Nutrition for Growth.

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to introduce targets for investment in low carbon energy sources throughout the world.

      Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to include older people and ageing populations within the work of her Department.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department allocated to programmes to tackle HIV/AIDS in 2018-19.

  • Department for Education

    • Food Technology: National Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools meet the practical cookery requirements in the national curriculum.

    • Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to make the standards for school food mandatory in all state-funded schools.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on the wellbeing of vulnerable children of the UK's departure from the EU; and...

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on achieving the ambition in the Child Obesity Plan to update the Schools Food Standards to reduce children's...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to (a) collate and (b) publish information on the (a) school attendance, (b) school achievement and (c) wellbeing...

      Apprentices: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many colleges in England provide the Level 2 Cities and Guilds Apprenticeship qualification for Trees and Timber; and what guidance his Department...

      Pupils: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on ensuring that pupils in (a) Rutland and Melton...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to issue guidance to special educational needs co-ordinators on (a) the services they are expected to provide from the...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking in response to findings from National Apprenticeships week.

      Schools: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase funding for schools in Harlow.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provision in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice for local...

      Department for Education: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, 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) campaigning bodies...

      Pupil Exclusions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children that were excluded in each London borough were (a) male and (b) BAME.

      Home Education: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are registered in Blackpool local authority as being home schooled.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

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

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will extend eligibility for the Teachers’ Pay Grant to sixth form colleges.

      Digital Technology: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 9674 on Digital Technology, how much funding his Department has allocated to provide adults with...

      Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve teaching of the Roma Holocaust in schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Representation: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February to Question 19769, whether the Legal Aid Means Test Review will examine whether the finances of non-married people...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the total amount of funding from the public purse given by her Department to (a) civil society and (b)...

    • Coronavirus: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of covid-19 on (a) Chinese and (b) other overseas demand for UK exports.

      Coronavirus: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support her Department is providing to UK businesses affected by coronavirus.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many companies offered direct support for overseas investment or commercial trade deals by (a) UK Export Finance and (b) other parts of...

      Coronavirus: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of covid-19 on the viability of UK business supply chains.

      Trade Promotion: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on the future role of that Government’s trade offices.

      Trade Promotion: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to appoint a trade envoy to Libya.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Land: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount of public sector land not in use that could be used for housing.

    • Environmental Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the EU Directives in respect of environmental impact assessments will apply during the transition period.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the carbon emissions target is for new dwellings in England using the national calculation methodology standard...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the rate of use of external fire wall review forms in the last six months.

      Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to review the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908.

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to work with local authorities to increase the provision of allotments.

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help local authorities set targets for lowering carbon emissions.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure new homes built in the next five years are energy efficient.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many net-zero carbon new homes have been built in England in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will include carbon emissions related to the manufacture, transport and construction of building materials used...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the net addition of social rented housing in England since 2010 taking into account (a)...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will visit Croydon North constituency to meet with leaseholders of Radnor House that are facing large bills for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding he has allocated to civil society and campaigning bodies in each of the last three years.

    • William McMullen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will assist in the awarding of a posthumous medal for the bravery shown by William McMullen in 1945.

      Combat Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on reductions in funding from NHS England to Combat Stress.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to discuss with his EU counterparts changes to Third Country involvement in their Coordinated Annual Review on Defence.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families in receipt of universal credit have been affected by the two-child benefit limit in (a) York Central constituency, (b) York...

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his oral contribution of 27 January 2020, Official Report, column 525 and pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2020 to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of appeals of a personal independence payment assessment were successful in 2019.

      Social Security Benefits: Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that guidance for disability benefits assessors accurately reflects the potential effect of...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the total amount of funding from the public purse given by her Department to (a) civil society and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to improve the mandatory reconsideration process to reduce the number of (a) disabled and (b) unwell benefits claimants...

      Public Sector: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to improve the accessibility of public sector organisations to individuals with speech and communication...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when an annual progress report in respect of the Fulfilling Potential Outcomes and Indicators Framework was last published.

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on the financial circumstances of...

      Universal Credit: Deductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claims that have had a deduction applied had (a) up to 20 per cent, (b) between 21 and 30 per...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support is available for people who are self-employed in the event that they are required to self-quarantine due to covid-19...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to ensure the provision of audio recording equipment for people who wish to keep a record of their personal...

      Universal Credit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department will take to (a) identify and (b) support people with mental health problems during the migration to universal credit.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to provide financial support to people that do not qualify for statutory sick pay and have to take time off...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 26 February 2020, Official Report, column 326,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on the national disability strategy of the recommendations in Muscular...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims were (a) made, (b) refused and (c) granted for terminal illness payments using the DS1500 form in each month from January 2018...

      Care Leavers: Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the shared accommodation rate exemption for care leavers up to the age of 25; what...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect ancient woodlands that will be affected by the HS2 development.

    • Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 45 of the 25 Year Environment Plan, what further measures he plans to bring forward to (a) phase out...

      Peat Bogs: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 28...

      Flood Control: Prestolee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Environment Agency has to build a flood protection scheme in Prestolee, Bolton South East constituency.

      Incinerators: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many invalid emission reporting results there were at the Viridor energy recovery facility incinerator on Beddington...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total amount of funding from the public purse given by his Department to (a) civil society...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of dredging rivers on flood prevention.

      Flood Control: Prestolee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the government plans to allocate funding to build a flood protection scheme in Prestolee.

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to undertake a review the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010.

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made since August 2019 on the (a) scope, (b) model and (c) implementation of a deposit return scheme...

      Weather: Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve the resilience of (a) national infrastructure and (b) local communities in the face of...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will apply to the European Commission for the UK to become a Part 1 listed third country under the EU Pet Travel...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information the Government Digital Service has received on the known variations between sales notes and logbook...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the estimated catch returns in (a) logbooks completed by fishing vessels required to have logbooks and (b) the catch...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the plus minus 10 per cent tolerance was first applied to estimating fish weights in logbooks on fishing vessels of 10...

      Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the outcome of the survey conducted in 2016 by his Department and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries...

      Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a legal target to end deforestation by (a) 2025 and (b)...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Government's progress in increasing tree coverage in the UK.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that carbon sinks in the UK are not destroyed.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to regulate police use of facial recognition technology in public spaces.

    • Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the publication of the report of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.

      Uighurs: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that Uighur Muslims are allowed to enter the UK if they possess a valid UK visa.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on socio-economic diversity within the police force of the requirement for future...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the guidance on the investigation of non-crime hate incidents.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans undertake a review the classification of non-supervisory care work as low-skilled work.

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Statement of 22 January 2020, Police Funding 2020-21, HCWS51, how many additional officers will be funded in...

      Migrant Workers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the migrant salary threshold of £25,600 on the labour market in...

      Knives: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she will take to reduce knife crime in Harlow.

      Health Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland of the Government's proposed...

      Labour Mobility: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with employers in the (a) public and (b) private sector throughout Northern Ireland's border regions on the...

      Housing: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department provides to ensure refugees are able to access secure housing following a positive asylum decision.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the training needs required to provide for 20,000 new police officers.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she had made of the potential merits of establishing a national police academy to support the training of police officers.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often the Life in the UK citizenship test is reviewed.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to ensure that the College of Policing's Hate Crime Operational Guidance is amended to remove the...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric residence permits were produced in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of English language competency is that migrants are expected to reach to be eligible to work in the UK; and what criteria her...

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reduce harassment of (a) women attending and (b) healthcare professionals...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much per year a family of four EU citizens will have to pay to reside the UK after the end of the transition period.

      Shoplifting: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the proportion of retail thefts carried out by young people in the last two years.

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the appropriateness of the level of the £200 shoplifting threshold for police investigation.

      Migrant Workers: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's policy paper, The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System: Policy Statement, published on 19 February...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the proposed points-based immigration system on reporting of labour market abuse and...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of immigration applications are decided within (a) six and (b) 12 months.

  • Wales Office

    • Floods: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what additional capital funding he plans to allocate to the Welsh Government for local authorities in Wales affected by flooding following storm Dennis.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department’s press release of 5 May 2019, Government safeguards UK elections, what progress he has made on each of the four...

    • Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the expenditure entries listed in the Cabinet Office transparency data for payments over £25,000 or above for December 2019, entitled, Exp...

      Government Departments: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) verbal and (b) non-verbal bullying of (i) civil servants and (ii) consultants working in Government departments.

      Government Departments: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taken to promote awareness of the Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Action plan among Ministerial colleagues.

      Census: Sikhs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to ensure a Sikh ethnic tick box in the forthcoming Census Order.

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets he has set for the publication of an updated List of Ministerial Responsibilities on the gov.uk website after changes to ministerial...

      Radio: Ministers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is the Government's policy that ministers do not appear on the Radio 4 Today programme.

      Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money has been spent on (a) recruiting, (b) employing and (c) dismissing special advisers since he took office.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 27 February 2020, Official Report, column 467, what (a) vetting and (b) authorisation is required for people...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the availability of residential mortgages that extend beyond 25 years.

    • Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reduce Inheritance Tax to 10 per cent.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has plans to extend the soft drinks industry levy to sugary milk drinks.

      Electronic Publishing: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what revenue has accrued to the public purse from taxation on the purchase of digital books.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse from IR35 in each year since it was implemented.

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to IR35 on the number of people working as (a) freelancers and (b) contractors in the UK.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on (a) the allocation of long-term funding for...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss in revenue as a result of fuel laundering activities in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Treasury: Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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) campaigning bodies in...

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the reduction in the number of free cash machines.

      Tax Avoidance: Camberwell and Peckham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Camberwell and Peckham constituency that will be affected by the 2019 Loan Charge after the Government...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will waive the charging of VAT on the cost of repairs to buildings with unsafe cladding.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to carbon test each announcement in Budget 2020 against the (a) UK’s 4th and 5th carbon budgets, (b) Climate Change Act 2008 goal of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Artificial Intelligence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support he is providing to ensure UK-based academics can access adequate computer technology to carry out effective...

    • 5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the announcement by his Department on 20 February 2020 of a £65 million package for 5G trials, what the...

      Food: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support food tourism in (a) the UK and (b) Rutland and Melton constituency.

      Migrant Workers: Service Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) EU and (b) overseas nationals employed in low-skilled jobs in the (i) catering...

      Olympic Games: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to underwrite the funding for the 2020 Olympic team as a result of declining returns for good causes...

      Greyhound Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the UK Gambling Commission on the commission's 2019 funding...

      Football: Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support he is providing to help England Beach Soccer establish a northern beach soccer league.

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Premiership Rugby Limited and (b) the Rugby Football Union on the...

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent nuisance telephone callers making unwanted calls after a telephone number is...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the latest estimate is of the cost of the restoration and renewal programme for the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Faith Schools: Gender

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on ensuring that faith schools encourage equal opportunities and...

  • Cabinet Office

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they remain committed to maintaining a force of 19 operational destroyers and frigates by the 2030s, as stated in their report National Shipbuilders...

    • Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate the construction of the new Type 31 class of frigates for the Royal Navy, given the increasing workload being created by the...

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new Type 31 class of frigate will be fitted with an anti-ship missile system.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional staff they will require to administer the points-based immigration system; and where will any such staff be located.

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of English will be required of a person applying for a visa under the points-based immigration system; what existing qualifications will be accepted, if...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proficiency in (1) Welsh, (2) Scottish Gaelic, and (3) Irish, will qualify for points under the new points-based immigration system.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Anniversaries: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate in 2021 the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland.

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland as part of the Withdrawal Agreement for the UK's exit from the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Google

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Google's decision to move all data about UK users of its services to the US.

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