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Written answers

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average number of daily journeys by each mode of transport from (a) Dinnington, (b) North Anston, (c) South Anston,...

    • Road Traffic: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of car journeys that start in Rother Valley constituency compared to those journeys that start (a) south...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on the use of electric scooters on public highways; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Bypasses: Ipswich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will remove the requirement that 10 to 15,000 homes be provided in addition to the homes contained within the Suffolk local plans in...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Southern Rail’s performance in 2019.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the punctuality of Southern Rail services (a) calling at and (b) departing from (i) Wallington, (ii) Hackbridge, (iii)...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the passenger capacity of Southern Rail services (a) calling at and (b) departing from (i) Wallington, (ii) Hackbridge,...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage Southern Rail to improve the (a) punctuality and (b) passenger capacity of services (i) calling at and (ii)...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to protect (a) Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (b) other designated areas from increases in noise pollution as...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to adopt the World Health Organisation noise threshold levels (a) for monitoring and reporting on noise pollution from...

      Parking Offences: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle the practice of pavement parking.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many recognised ancient and veteran trees are scheduled to be removed during (a) Phase 1, (b) Phase 2a and (c) Phase 2b of the High Speed 2 project.

      Ports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2020 to Question 2016, what funds (a) have been or (b) will be provided to the Scottish Government from the...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the use of E10 fuel on older vehicles.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the extent of the (a) damage and (b) pollution of the chalk aquifers in the Chilterns as a result of the tunnelling...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with representatives of the Environment Agency on the risk of (a) damage and (b) pollution of the chalk aquifers in the...

      Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the judgment in relation to R (Friends of the Earth) v Secretary of State for Transport and others on...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the UK and China have made in bilateral discussions on the UNFCCC COP26; and what steps he is taking to...

    • Sirius Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the potential collapse of Sirius Minerals; and what...

      Green Deal Scheme: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many complaints about the mis-selling of Green Deal loans have been received by his Department from consumers...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support an increase in the number of local authorities providing electric charging points in...

      Offshore Wind Programme Board: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the membership is of the Offshore Wind Programme Board.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle the effect of counterfeit goods on UK businesses.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Overseas Trade: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has plans to provide the Department for International Trade with information on human rights violations...

    • Egypt: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on people living in Gaza of the construction of a wall by the Egyptian...

      Syria: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of trade sanctions on Syria.

      Overseas Trade: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether all trade sanctions to which the UK is subject under EU legislation will be transposed into UK law before 1 January 2021.

      Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to (a) promote the peace process in Sri Lanka and (b) support the protection of minority...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help end the conflict in Syria.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart on that country's decision to withdraw from its...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is (a) on support for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and (b) Turkish military intervention in...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) names and (b) political composition are of all groups fighting in Idlib against the Assad regime in Syria; what...

      Falkland Islands: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to retain the Falkland Islands’ tariff free access to EU markets in relation to meat and fish...

      Greece: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on diplomatic tensions between Greece and Turkey.

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation for Christians in Iraq.

      Lebanon: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the economic situation in Lebanon.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with UN counterparts on the UN finding that two indigenous languages are disappearing each month.

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy will be completed before the finalisation of...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the physical wellbeing of (a) Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe...

      India: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the (a) recent violence in Delhi and other major Indian cities and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Third Sector

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

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Surrey and Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the level of surgery rates for people with pancreatic cancer in Surrey and Sussex and those...

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Surrey and Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the levels of late diagnosis rates for people with pancreatic cancer in Surrey and Sussex; and what steps...

      Gambling: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if Public Health England's gambling-related harms evidence review will include consideration of the potential merits of (a) safety...

      Ovarian Cancer: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Romford constituency in 2019.

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish data from the field testing for the new faster diagnosis standard for cancer due to be implemented in April 2020.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle antibiotic resistance.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will develop a national strategy for reducing health inequalities.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle regional disparities in early diagnosis rates for pancreatic cancer.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of surgical procedures for people with pancreatic cancer in (a) South...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with pancreatic cancer can receive surgery.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the rates of (a) one-month, (b) one-year and (c) five-year survival of pancreatic cancer in the...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve (a) one-month, (b) one-year and (c) five-year survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle delays in approval by NICE for the use of innovative cancer drugs on the NHS.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendation of 7 February 2020 by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, if he will convene a...

      Hepatitis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who are in contact with drug treatment services are tested for hepatitis C.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of caseloads for community mental health teams; and whether he has plans to allocate...

      Mental Health Services: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the judgment in the case of Callie Lewis, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) community mental...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason patient satisfaction of England’s community mental health services has decreased in each of the last five years;...

      Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps Kent and Medway NHS trust has taken to ensure the safe and effective treatment of patients since the Care Quality Commission...

      Mental Health Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure adequate 24-hour crisis care is available for community mental health patients throughout the UK.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of mental health bed availability.

      Mental Health Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Improvement Report 2018-19, Q4, what steps he is taking to fill the 10,000 unfilled posts across all mental...

      Pelvic Health Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of potential demand for pelvic health clinics.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) Union Jack, (b) St George, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) Flag of Wales flags his Department owns.

      Allergies: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for provision of the new injection to treat nut allergies through the NHS.

      Joint Replacements: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients in the area covered by Leeds clinical commissioning group waited more than 18 weeks for surgery after referral for a...

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent the online sale of Hormone Replacement Therapy.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) enable and (b) support prevention of malnutrition at a community level.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2020 to Question 15025 on Mental Health Services, what plans he has to provide access to talking...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times the (a) Union Jack, (b) St George's flag, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) flag of Wales has been flown from the headquarters...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of lung disease.

      Mental Health: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the trends in the level of mental health issues experienced by former armed forces personnel; and how much...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional funding he plans to allocate to (a) hospice and (b) palliative care services in the next five years.

      Combat Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the public purse his Department has allocated to Combat Stress in each of the last 10 years.

      Paediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness among GPs of paediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

      England Infected Blood Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library (a) the present and previous versions of the (i) memorandum of agreement and (ii) scheme rules for the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the finding from the World Bank Group report entitled...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2020 to Question 8427 on Developing Countries: Education, what estimate she has made of the...

      Developing Countries: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by her Department to reduce the amount of single use plastics in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will use the UK's role as host of the Gavi Replenishment Conference to help ensure that the global vaccine agenda prioritises...

      Montserrat: Airports and Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support the development of (a) an airport and (b) port infrastructure in Montserrat to assist that...

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to help to tackle global poverty through Fairtrade principles.

      Sudan: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has plans to visit Sudan.

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his written statement on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy HCWS126, if he...

      UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many deals were agreed at the UK Africa Investment Summit 2020; and in which sectors those deals were agreed.

      *No heading*

      What progress has been made on the international review into the books included in the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum.

      *No heading*

      What steps her Department is taking to protect the world’s (a) forestry and (b) biodiversity.

  • Department for Education

    • STEM Subjects: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage BAME participation in (a) the study of STEM subjects and (b) STEM careers.

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the ineligibility for student loans of students at private higher education institutions on the (a)...

      Schools: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to schools in Bexley in each financial year since 2009-10.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funding for further education institutions.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships as an alternative to university.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that teacher training courses provide for an adequate understanding of special educational needs.

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of changes in the levels of university enrolment among overseas (a) undergraduates and (b) postgraduates as a result of the...

      Disabled Students' Allowances: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to (a) allocate the disabled student allowance funding directly to Higher Education Providers (HEP's) and (b) require...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 21 of the paper entitled, The future relationship with the EU: the UK’s approach to negotiations, CP211, if it is his...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have (a) been granted permission to move (i) up to 0.5 per cent, (ii) between 0.51 and 1 per cent and (iii) over 1 per cent of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Third Sector

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

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) reports and (b) referrals were received by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office in respect of poor sentencing by lay magistrates in...

      Suicide: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to require coroners to record an opinion as to gambling addiction and other relevant factors in cases of death by suicide.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his oral Answer of 25 February 2020, Official Report, column 176, what the outcome was of his meeting of 26 February 2020 with the President...

      Legal Aid Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of enquiries made by Members of Parliament to the Legal Aid Agency that receive a response within 20 working...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many (a) Union Jack, (b) St George, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) Flag of Wales flags her Department owns.

    • Department for International Trade: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many times the (a) Union Jack, (b) St George's flag, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) flag of Wales has been flown from the headquarters of...

      Exports: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department's Export Control Joint Unit is making in developing a new licencing process in connection with exports to Saudi...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Fires: Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of fire damage.

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Third Sector

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

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated through the Community Housing Fund in each year for which figures are available,...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Fair Funding Review formula.

      Local Government: Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local-authority employed trading standards officers were employed in each local authority area in each of the...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to provide electric charging points in local...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral contribution of 27 February 2020, Official report, column 509, if he will provide details...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to accelerate the timescale for the (a) the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (b) the Challenger 2 Lethality Enhancement...

    • Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review will tackle the timeline and delivery of the recycling of the retired nuclear...

      Hyde Park Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether land within Hyde Park Barracks has been sold in the last five years.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department has allocated from the public purse to the Ajax programme in each year from 2012 to 2019.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the Armed Forces’ Chinook helicopters are currently in storage.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the consolidated flying hours were for the UK's fleet of Chinook helicopters in 2019.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support package his Department has agreed with Boeing for the P-8 aircraft; and what proportion of the through-life support of those aircraft will...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department maintains access to a supply of replacement gearboxes for the Type 23 Frigate.

      Type 31 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, whether the cost of the Type 31 Frigate remains £250 million.

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the through-life support costs are of the Type 31 Frigate.

      Type 31 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2020 to Question 18618 on Type 31 Frigates, what the definition of in the water is; and whether that definition...

      Type 31 Frigates: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to include British steel within the supply chain of the Type 31 Frigate; what proportion of the hull contains...

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving Armed Forces personnel have committed suicide in the last (a) month, (b) two months, (c) six months, (d) year and (e) two years; and in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in local housing allowance in the Blackpool local authority area in financial year 2018-19.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost to her Department is of processing a universal credit claim for a single one month assessment period.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Motability Scheme, what contracts the Government holds with (a) British Car Auctions and (b) other car auctioneer...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether an individual private buyer can purchase a second hand motability vehicle direct from Motability.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the effect of (a) increases in the volume of rainfall and (b) decreases in...

    • Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department has allocated to tackle wildlife crime in each of the last three years.

      UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage other countries to improve their ambitions at the forthcoming Conventional...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect people on universal credit who live in flood risk areas and who may be unable...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect people living in rented accommodation in flood-risk areas who cannot afford flood...

      Flood Control: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to allocate additional funding to compensate City of York Council for the emergency...

      Flood Control: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding has been allocated to each Greater Manchester local authority area for flood defence works since 2010.

      Flood Control: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Shropshire Council on improving flood defences in (a) Albrighton and (b) Shifnal.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of designating a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on local landowners;...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Third Sector

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

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the comparative accessibility of the application process for the EU Settlement Scheme for...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost will be of the visa application process for migrants seeking to enter the UK after January 2021.

      Immigration: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcomes of the UK-India Migration Dialogue were; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the attendees of the summit on tackling drug misuse held in Glasgow on 27 February 2020 were.

      Deportation: Charter Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has chartered flights scheduled for deportations in 2020.

      Migrant Workers: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when non-EEA fishermen will be able to gain employment on fishing boats on the west coast of Scotland.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times the (a) Union Jack, (b) St George's flag, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) flag of Wales has been flown from the headquarters of his Department...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Third Sector

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

    • Scotland Office: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) Union Jack, (b) St George, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) Flag of Wales flags his Department owns.

      Scotland Office: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times the (a) Union Jack, (b) St George's flag, (c) Scottish Saltire and (d) flag of Wales has been flown from the headquarters of his...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of firms that have been successful in bidding for Government contracts between 2015 and 2020 are (a) headquartered and (b) registered...

    • Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken in response to the conclusions of the National Audit Office report entitled Investigation into Verify published on...

      Cybercrime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to meet the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss the National Cyber Security Strategy.

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an updated list of Ministerial responsibilities.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate resources to HMRC in the forthcoming Budget to help ensure that people who promoted the Loan Charge scheme are held accountable.

    • Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the HMRC Alcohol Duty Statistics (October 2019), what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in duty on wine in 2019 Budget...

      Spirits: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will take steps to reduce excise duty on UK spirits.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a review of alcohol duty and postpone changes to excise duty collection arrangements for post duty point dilution until the results of...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to freeze fuel duty.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the UK is ranked fifth in the comparative productivity levels of G7 countries; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the scope of the forthcoming review of business rates; and if he will ensure that the review assesses the potential...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to review the income threshold for child benefit eligibility.

      Divers: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) publish and (b) take steps to review the items against which self-employed commercial divers can claim tax relief.

      Divers: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on HMRC guidance to self-employed commercial divers on claiming tax relief when working in the offshore energy...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the off-payroll review has concluded; and when the outcome of that review will be published.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made on establishing free ports since the UK left the EU.

      Free Zones: Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the potential number of jobs created by freeports and (b) how many of those jobs will be transferred from...

      Free Zones: Money Laundering and Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the correlation between the operation of freeports and (a) tax evasion and (b) money laundering.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the effectiveness of the UK Guarantees Scheme for infrastructure investment across the UK.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 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, what progress his Department has made on...

    • Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, which (a) gambling companies and (b) football clubs his Department has met with to discuss gambling advertising in the last six months.

      National Lottery: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his priorities are for the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition.

      National Lottery: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the delay of the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition on the...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the National...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) UEFA and (b) the Football Association of Wales over the staging of Wales’ Euro 2020...

      Mass Media: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to independently regulate the media.

      Political Parties: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2020 to Question 489, when the Information Commission will provide its final update on...

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the concealed microtargeting of people's data.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Coastal Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Nuclear Regulation has a threshold beyond which the construction of new nuclear power stations would be disallowed on a specific section of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Islamic State: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the authorities in Kurdistan lack sufficient resources to detain, investigate and prosecute suspected Daesh...

    • Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 February (HL1680), what specific monitoring is done to track improvements in the human...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the shooting of a 15 year old Palestinian child near Kufr Qaddum on 30 January and...

      Palestinians: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the prevention of Palestinian agricultural exports via Jordan by Israeli authorities.

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Iran’s Baha'i minority are being prevented from obtaining identity cards under new rules, thereby...

      Identity Cards: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments of countries that require religious affiliation to be stated on identity cards or other official documents about...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Vanguard

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when HMS Vanguard will re-join the Fleet; and what is the final cost of the present refit and refuelling.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to adopt the Social Metrics Commission's measurement of poverty across all departments following the Department for Work and Pensions'...

  • Home Office

    • British National (Overseas): Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been received for British National (Overseas) passports in each of the last three years, broken down by month.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Official Engagements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many engagements the Prime Minister has undertaken in his capacity as Minister for the Union since the December 2019 general election.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister will meet the President of the United States to discuss a trade deal between the UK and the USA; and when it is proposed that formal trade...

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