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Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to introduce mandatory driving tests for US personnel coming to work on US bases before being permitted to drive on UK roads.

    • Department for Transport: Flags

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

      Highways England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of pay increases for each level of staff employed in Highways England in the last ten years.

      Department for Transport: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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...

      Buses: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13578 on Buses: Hydrogen, how much of the Department's £150 million investment was put...

      Bus Services: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of each journey on subsidised bus transport.

      Maidstone Railway Line: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from Maidstone Borough Council on establishing a new rail halt between Charing and Lenham in Kent; and if he will...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of electric vehicle charging points in England; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of that number.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated to the Mayor of London for reducing emissions from transport in each of the last 10 years.

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated to the Mayor of London for reducing emissions from buses in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Nationals Abroad: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps to encourage highly skilled UK nationals based overseas to return to this country following...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Flags

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

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13545, on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, what steps his...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13545, on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, when the Offshore Wind...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13545, on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, whether his Department...

      Offshore Wind Programme Board: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2013 to Question 164613 on Wind Power, for what reason the Offshore Wind Programme...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Flags

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

      Electric Vehicles: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that electric vehicles are affordable.

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal loan appeals in respect of Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd have been referred to her...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's plans are for decarbonising heating systems in existing residential properties.

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's management of the Post Office since the roll-out...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the individual losses faced by sub-postmasters due to errors in the Horizon accounting system.

      Post Office: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many branches involved in the recent group litigation against Post Office Ltd are directly managed by Post Office Ltd.

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with Post Office Ltd on the Horizon IT system; and the purpose of those...

      Scottish Limited Partnerships: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Scottish Limited Partnerships have failed to register a Person of Significant Control in each of the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Rendition and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his US counterpart on the US Administration providing evidence to Police Scotland's...

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of international law to protect diplomatic staff posted overseas.

      Nigeria: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of economic development in the (a) Igbo populated regions of south-western...

      Gulf of Guinea: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the increase in kidnappings off the coast of...

      Haiti: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse carried out by UN peacekeeping...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his (a) Turkish counterpart and (b) the UN on reports that two thousand Syrian rebel...

      Public Health: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve data sharing agreements between countries in the case of a global health emergency.

      Cameroon: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Cameroonian counterpart on (a) the massacre in Ngar-buh massacre in February 2020 and...

      Liu Feiyue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the conviction in Hubei province of Liu Feiyue, of the human...

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the written statement of 26 February 2020, HCWS126, on Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the (a) number and (b) location of UK citizens detained in countries where there have been reported...

      British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support British citizens detained in other countries with cases of covid-19.

      Israel: Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the benefits to (a) the UK and (b) Israel of the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange...

      Guinea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he has taken with the Government of Guinea to help ensure that the constitution, democracy and the rule...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in securing the release of British residents detained in Iran.

      Thailand: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Thai counterpart on the treatment of elephants in shows and tourist attractions in that...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he is taking steps to investigate attacks against Oxfam infrastructure and projects in Yemen.

      Greece: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports of the Hellenic Coast Guard and border police using violent and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many attendances have been logged for people aged 18 years and under who attended A&E for (a) deliberate self-harm and (b)...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent overuse of antibiotics in the NHS.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 287932 on Hormone Replacement Therapy tabled on 19 September 2019 by the Hon. member for Birmingham...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that patients have (a) early and (b) timely access to cancer drugs.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent guidance he has issued to pregnant women on the effect of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

      Breast Cancer: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has had recent discussions with health professionals on the connection between breast cancer and the need for...

      Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis of arterial fibrillation.

      Dental Health: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2019 Prevention Green Paper, when his Department plans to publish the public consultation on supervised tooth brushing.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its response to the public consultation entitled, Introducing further advertising restrictions on TV...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent malnutrition in (a) hospitals, (b) care homes and (c) primary care settings.

      Malnutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of malnutrition among (a) older people, (b) relatives of older people and (c) health and...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help support the prevention of malnutrition at the community level.

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security, if he will take steps to ensure that UK ports publish regularly updated health information on covid-19 from each docking ship's...

      5G: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the health risks posed by 5G roll out.

      Prostate Cancer: Health Education and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase (a) research into and (b) awareness of prostate cancer.

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many bed spaces are available for patients who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in each region.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the funding required to respond effectively to an outbreak of Covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of cancelling NHS workers' leave to deal with a potential Covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of Covid-19 to date.

      5G: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on health of long-term exposure to wireless radiation from 5G technology; and if he...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on efforts to prevent the spread of covid-19 of statutory sick pay...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of (a) low paid and (b) insecure work on life expectancy.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of levels of child poverty on life expectancy.

      World Obesity Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if it is his Department's policy to support the aims of World Obesity Day 2020.

      Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate additional support to the Northern Ireland Executive in the event of an outbreak of covid-19 outbreak in...

      Barts Health NHS Trust: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to relieve the private finance initiative obligations of Barts Healthcare NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of lung disease.

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence EU citizens will be required to provide of settled status in order to receive NHS treatment after the transition period.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve mental health services for children and young people.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of improving the process for hospitals who wish to become recognised as specialist...

      Mildmay International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of (a) maintaining the services provided by Mildmay Mission Hospital...

      NHS 111: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time was for a response to a 111 call in each of the last six months.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee's seventh report of Session 2017-19, Social care funding: time to end a...

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of the provision of intensive care beds in the event of a outbreak of covid-19.

      Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2020 to Question 11501 on Suicide: Males, if he will make it his policy to include representatives...

      Health: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to develop a women’s health strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the event of a pandemic what arrangements he is making for providing a medical cause of death so that the death can be registered.

      NHS 111: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to ensure 111 call handlers do not direct suspected covid-19 patients to urgent treatment centres; and if...

      Cancer: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the availability of specialist cancer services for teenagers.

      Coronavirus: Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to monitor people returning to the UK from Italy for symptoms of covid-19.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will (a) work cross-party with and (b) provide (i) advice and expertise and (ii) reports from discussions at COBRA...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Flags

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

    • Department for International Development: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to end violence against children in conflict and humanitarian crises.

      Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to prevent violence against children when UK aid is being distributed.

      Marriage: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to end child marriage worldwide.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Flags

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

    • Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of consultation periods used by schools to consult parents on proposals to...

      Students: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage universities to financially compensate students affected by industrial action.

      Universities: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations 2010 on industrial...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provided to the children's social services department at Kingston upon Hull City Council (a) during the period that those...

      Special Educational Needs: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken in response to the outcome of the SEND local area inspection of Kingston upon Hull City Council by the CQC and...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what role his Department had in the appointment of the interim director of children’s services at Kingston upon Hull City Council.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the outcomes of the SEND local area inspection and inspection of children’s social care services at Kingston upon Hull City...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of funding for music in schools between 2014 and 2019.

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were looked after by (a) care placement and (b) legal status as at 31 March 2019.

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who has parental responsibility for unaccompanied and asylum-seeking children who are in care on a voluntary agreement under section 20 of the...

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help schools improve the cultural literacy of pupils aged four and five.

      Literacy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of synthetic phonics lessons on children's reading outcomes since the introduction of...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Alternatives to Prosecution: Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of retail theft have been dealt with via an out-of-court disposal in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Ministry of Justice: Flags

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

      Ministry of Justice: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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...

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many trans prisoners are detained in prisons which do not match their gender assigned at birth; how many trans prisoners have requested a complex...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) psychological and (b) financial support available to the families of prisoners serving IPP sentences.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2019 to Question 6477 on Offenders: Rehabilitation, if he will update the information provided in that table with...

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector Debt: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many payments have been made to the donations and bequests account in respect of the national debt in each financial year since 2009-10; and what the...

    • Treasury: Flags

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

      Loneliness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the nine Departments tasked with tackling loneliness receive adequate funding to (a) deliver the Government’s...

      Economic Cooperation: India

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings there have been of the UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has held discussions with representatives from the UK Mortgage Prisoners campaign group.

      Treasury: Flags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Advertising: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Financial Conduct Authority's powers to stop the promotion of unregulated investment schemes and...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the estimated annual cost of providing tax relief to beneficiaries on pension pots inherited before the recipient is 75.

      Entrepreneurs' Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to maintain the Entrepreneurs Relief scheme.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding he plans to make available for improving insulation and energy efficiency in domestic buildings.

      Foreign Companies: China

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Chinese companies had initial public offerings on the London Stock Exchange in 2019.

      Overseas Companies: Hong Kong

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many British companies had initial public offerings on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2019.

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of a parent in a single-parent household leaving paid employment and accessing benefits to look...

      Whisky: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken since 18 October 2019 to help the Scotch Whisky industry tackle the effect of US tariffs on single malt Scotch Whisky and liqueurs.

      Entrepreneurs' Relief: Ilford North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Ilford North constituency who claimed entrepreneurs relief in each year since 2015.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his Swiss counterpart on equivalence between UK and Swiss financial markets and products after the transition period.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to tackle homelessness among people aged under 25.

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will include in the Planning White Paper (a) provisions to ensure that new developments are consistent with net...

      Disabled Facilities Grants: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many Disabled Facilities Grant adaptations were delivered in the Blackpool local authority area in each year since...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the methodology used for counting rough sleepers; and when...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the (a) lowest and (b) average car parking price in council owned car parks in town centres was in 2018-19 in...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Flags

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

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the total surplus earned through car parking charges was by each local authority in 2018-19; and what proportion...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding each local authority in England has (a) allocated to planning services and (b) raised in planning...

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Community Housing fund.

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for the Community Housing fund after March 2020.

      Community Housing Fund: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Homes England received an application to the Community Housing Fund from Blackpool Council prior to the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of placing a limit on the number of times a planning application...

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13580 on Local Government: Carbon Emissions, which local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2020 to Question 13580 on Local Government: Carbon Emissions, what steps his...

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the Community Housing fund has been allocated.

      Building Regulations: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 18683, on Building Regulations: Fires, what the Government's...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of Local Housing Rates on the availability of private sector rented...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government,what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations of carrying out the data...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has a policy on the use of fire-resistant glazing in high rise residential blocks.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his Department's policy to support a mandatory competent person scheme for the installation of...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the capital budget was for each lead local authority in the 100 areas selected to apply for the Towns Fund in the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance is given to local planning authorities on assessing the effect of aviation noise on proposed...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that (a) apartment buildings receive a fire risk assessment that follows post-Grenfell guidance on...

      Housing: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities plan adequately for residential vehicle parking for new-build...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 31 Frigates: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy for the Type 31 to have cut steel for the first time in 2021.

    • 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, when initial operating capability will be achieved for the Type 31...

      Type 31 Frigates: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for (a) recruitment and (b) training of Type 31 Frigate staff.

      VE Day: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to support VE day celebrations in local communities.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children lived in (a) poverty and (b) extreme poverty in (i) Wales and (ii) Aberavon constituency in each of the last 10 years.

    • Office for Disability Issues: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff worked in the Office for Disability Issues on 1 June 2019.

      Independent Serious Case Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the minutes of each meeting of the Independent Serious Case Panel.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what improvements have been identified in the Internal Process Reviews undertaken in the last 12 months.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the amount payable in housing benefit and the housing element of universal credit decreasing when a non-dependent's earnings...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has made to ensure that potential staff shortages due to covid-19 do not delay processing of benefits applications;...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of local housing allowance rates.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of local housing allowance rates.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has carried out an equality impact assessment on its decision to uplift local housing allowance by 1.7 per cent.

      Social Security Benefits: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 20593 on Social Security Benefits: Suicide, how many deaths by suicide her Department has...

      Personal Independence Payment: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants with mental health conditions have been required to undertake a face-to-face interview when claiming for personal...

      Personal Independence Payment: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claimants were passed on to her Department's specialist team for severe hidden disabilities in (a) the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many holdings were tested for bovine tuberculosis using interferon gamma testing; how many animals were tested in each...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 237055, when his Department plans to publish its research on...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the terms of the English Tree Strategy consultation will be published; and what the timescale of that public...

      Pets: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the transport of pets by companies that do not have the required authorisation.

      Trade Agreements: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that trade negotiations contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of food production.

      Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to the Mayor of London in each of the last 10 years to improve air...

      Coal: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the Government proposes to ban the burning of coal when its emissions levels are similar to that of burning...

      Coal: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will remove coal from the proposed regulation of the sales, distribution and marketing of house coal and wet wood.

      Coal: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the average change in costs per household of a switch from house coal to smokeless fuel in (a)...

      Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the PM2.5 emissions in grams per tonne are for (a) household coal, (b) wet wood, (c) kiln dried or seasoned wood and...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of carbon dioxide emissions in grams per tonne of (a) coal, (b) wet...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to roll out the use of the actiphage test for bovine TB in cattle.

      Floods: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using river and canal dredging to tackle the flooding in South Yorkshire.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on sharing information on people seeking asylum in the UK with Government officials of their home countries.

    • Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fresh asylum applications were submitted in 2019 by individuals who had previously been refused asylum in the UK.

      Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will suspend charter flights to Jamaica pending the publication of the Windrush lessons learned review.

      Gambia: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the reports of 31 October 2019 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children on the abuse...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report entitled A Call to Action for a Domestic...

      Asylum: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many substantive asylum interviews were conducted (a) in total and (b) by video conference in 2019.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to continue beyond 2020-21 her Department's plan to resettle 5,000–6,000 refugees in that year.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle child sexual abuse.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle female genital mutilation.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the service standard is for the National Referral Mechanism to make a conclusive grounds decision following a reasonable grounds...

      Domestic Violence Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure equity of access to domestic abuse protection orders.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to expand refugee family reunion routes.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research her Department has undertaken into victims of sexual abuse and exploitation being forced to undergo abortions; and if...

      Drugs: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the Government has allocated to support operational anti-narcotic services in developing countries.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) disbursed from the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme.

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2020 to Question 1331 on Animal Experiments: Licensing, which provision of the Animals (Scientific...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her statement on Sky news on 19 February 2020 that businesses should skill up the 8.5 million economically inactive, what...

      Immigration Controls: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the policy statement, the UK's points-based immigration system, published on 19 February 2020, whether her Department has...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the policy statement, the UK's points-based immigration system, published on 19 February 2020, what the timescale is for...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the policy statement, the UK's points-based immigration system, published on 19 February 2020, what the planned timescale...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) students, (b) sick people, (c) people looking after family or home, (d) retirees and (e)...

      Home Office: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department’s (a) budget and (b) expenditure was on immigration litigation in each of the last five years.

      Extradition: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2020 to Question 1876, on Extradition: Offenders, what discussions (a) officials and (b) Ministers in...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's policy paper entitled Home Office immigration and nationality fees published on 20 February 2020, what...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) women and (b) men prevented from sponsoring a non-EEA partner to join them in the UK as a...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what equalities assessment her Department has undertaken on the effect of the minimum income threshold on rates of successful application...

      Immigration Controls: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2020 to Question 18815 on Immigration Controls: Equality, if she will place in the Library a copy of...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to facilitate the resettlement of vulnerable child refugees from Greek islands.

      Refugees: Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government provides to the Hellenic Coast Guard to assist in its response to the arrival of refugees and migrants.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Office for Disability Issues

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason responsibility for the Office for Disability Issues was transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Equalities Hub in...

    • Cabinet Office: Flags

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

      Public Appointments: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase diversity on public boards.

      Civil Servants: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of interns each Government Department accepted to the (a) Summer Diversity Internship Programme and (b) Civil Service...

      Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who enforces the Ministerial Code against the Prime Minister; and what the process is of that enforcement.

      Honours: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to increase diversity in the (a) nomination for and (b) award of UK honours.

      Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who will lead the inquiry into alleged breaches of the Ministerial Code by the Home Secretary.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Coronavirus: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of covid-19 on UK business representation at overseas trade shows.

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department's Export Control Joint Unit is making on re-evaluating of extant export licences in relation to the export of...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the appeal to the Supreme Court in in respect of the process for issuing arms export licences to Saudi Arabia and its coalition...

      Stock Market: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many British companies use the Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect to invest in mainland China.

      Financial Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of British nationals working in financial services in Hong Kong.

      Arms Trade: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK-exported weapons are not used in attacks that breach international (a) humanitarian and (b) human...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Suicide: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to tackle suicide chat forums since the death of Callie Lewis.

    • Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) EU and (b) non-EU nationals employed in the creative arts industries.

      Creative Europe: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to negotiate the UK's continued membership of Creative Europe from 2021.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Flags

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

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 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...

      Video Games: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of age restrictions on the sale of video games.

      Transparency Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions the Minister for Digital and Broadband has had with the transparency working group.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Hygiene

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether hand sanitisers can be installed on portable stands throughout the Parliamentary Estate.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2019 to Question 220173, on Candidates: Disability, whether it is still her Department’s policy that...

    • EnAble Fund for Elected Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to extend access to the EnAble Fund beyond 31 March 2020 to provide financial support to deaf and disabled election candidates for...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Coronavirus

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps she is taking to ensure that parliamentary business can continue in the event of movement restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Business Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the value of new loans extended by the British Business Bank sourced through peer-to-peer lending platforms has (1) increased, or (2) decreased, over the...

    • Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 24 February (HL1666), what measures they have used to ensure that the 34 businesses reinstated to the...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 24 February (HL1666), what was the average length of time taken to pay invoices to SME suppliers by (1) the 66...

      Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what percentage of large businesses operating in the UK are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code; and (2) what target they have set, if any, for the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Omar al-Bashir, and others in Sudan against whom warrants have been issued by the International Criminal Court, will...

    • Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1441), what are the findings of their report into the United Nations Interim...

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Sudan and South Sudan about the case for an urgent political settlement for the disputed region of Abyei.

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure an official referendum is held to allow the people of the disputed region of Abyei to determine whether they want to be...

      Gibraltar: Schengen Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 February (HL1487), whether they intend to prohibit Gibraltar from applying to join the EU Schengen...

      Libya: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the adoption of Resolution 2510 (2020) by the UN Security Council on 12 February, what practical next steps they are taking to implement the...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to establish the continuation of existing rights for British citizens who are currently resident in EU countries under EU freedom...

      Burkina Faso: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burkina Faso following the escalation of terrorist violence in that country since 2015.

      Burkina Faso: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that over 191 Christians have been killed in Burkina Faso since April 2019.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Health and Social Care on 15 April 2019 (241389), what explanation the...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 20 January (HL277), how many spontaneous miscarriages have been recorded pursuant to...

      Disability: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report to the United Nations Human Rights Council by the special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities,...

      Social Services: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the introduction of a statutory appeals process for adult social care as provided for by section 72 of the Care Act 2014; and...

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the (1) number, and (2) pay, of care workers.

      Suicide: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 13 February (HL1452), what assessment they have made of the potential benefit resulting...

      Social Services: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the recruitment of social care workers.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) financial, (2) operational, and (3) security, implications of missing the January 2020 deadline to migrate all computers...

      Podiatry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) train, (2) recruit, and (3) retain, sufficient numbers of podiatrists to meet (a) current, and (b) future, needs.

      Social Services: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that social care workers doing equivalent jobs to NHS workers are paid equivalent rates.

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the level of unmet and partially-met need within adult social care, and (2) the cost of addressing that need in 2024–25.

      Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the stability of the adult social care provider market.

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 28 January (HL489), how many places in care or nursing homes the NHS funded in the last...

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered (1) nurses, and (2) midwives, whose initial registration was in another EU country left the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in (a)...

  • Attorney General

    • National Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take, if any, in regard to the National Fund.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of an increase in the number of thefts of endangered plant species, whether they have any plans to stregthen the provisions of the Wildlife and...

    • Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total annual cost of regular collections of food waste from (1) domestic households, (2) businesses, and (3) other organisations; and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Colne Valley

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reasons the Environment Agency gave for allowing HS2 Ltd to drill at the Harvil Road site in the Colne Valley.

      Beef

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether beef from hormone-implanted cattle can be identified if there are higher levels of such hormones present in bull beef...

      Beef

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether new evidence has appeared since the European Economic Community imposed a ban on sales of hormone-implanted beef in 1989 about the safety of such...

      Tree Planting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 28 January (HL530), what are the actual numbers involved in their policy of "encouraging new...

      Trees: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scrutiny they are undertaking of planning applications affecting ancient woodland and veteran trees.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Migrant Workers: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed points-based immigration system on the operation of (1) warehouses, (2) logistics, (3) food...

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the loan made by the UK to the Republic of Ireland following the financial crisis of 2008/09; what is the repayment schedule; and what are...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 11 April 2019 (HL Deb, col 585), what "clear, tangible actions" have been delivered to address racist...

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