Written answers

Thursday, 12 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Highways England: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff at Highways England received a salary of more than £100,000 in the last financial year.

    • Diamond Princess: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support has been provided by UK Ship Register officials to (a) crew and (b) passengers on the cruise liner Diamond Princess after the outbreak of...

      Transport: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives from Transport for the North on the (a) integration and (b) economic benefit of transport...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail delays were caused by (a) track failure, (b) signalling failure, (c) other infrastructure failure, (d) staff shortages, (e) train...

      Flybe: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any funding from the public purse was formally committed to Flybe prior to its administration.

      Flybe: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any funding from the public purse was allocated to Flybe prior to its administration.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investigations into extending the HS2 Chiltern Tunnels are ongoing; and when a final decision will be made on any such extension.

      Aviation: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to publish its final response to the Aviation 2050: the future of UK aviation consultation.

      Motorway Service Areas: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the risks of locating motorway service stations (a) on smart motorways and (b) between junctions that are...

      South Western Railway: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that South Western Railway passengers who pay using daily tickets, Oyster or contactless pay-as-you go are aware of...

      Railways: Disability

      What steps he is taking to improve the accessibility of railway stations for disabled people.

      Shipping: Discrimination

      What steps he is taking to help protect seafarers from nationality-based pay discrimination.

      Red Diesel: Excise Duties

      What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on plans to increase fuel duty on red diesel.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the financial effect of the outbreak of covid-19 on businesses to date.

    • Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many green deal agreements were issued to Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd for the purpose of installing...

      Companies: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require large...

      Small Businesses: Ofcom and Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has plans to encourage (a) Ofgem and (b) Ofcom to cooperate on producing guidance for best...

      Disability: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to (a) transpose the European Accessibility Act 2019 into UK law or (b) bring forward...

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) the most recent Network Subsidy Payment or (b) any other funding from the public purse to the Post Office...

      Liquefied petroleum gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether LPG providers are regulated by the Energy Ombudsman.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total generating capacity is of onshore wind farms that are (a) operational, (b) under construction and (c)...

      Solar Power and Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) solar PV and (b) onshore wind projects have deployed on under the merchant model since the Pot 1 Contracts...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Australia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Australian counterpart on press freedom in that country.

    • Libya and Sahel: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2020 to Question 20480 on Libya and Sahel: Politics and Government, which bilateral and...

      Tourists: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British tourists that travelled to holiday destinations with attractions involving...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the findings in the report by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy entitled Bahrain human rights...

      Cyprus: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he discussed the illegal occupation of Cyprus during his meeting of 3 March 2020 with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut...

      Turkey: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the legality under international law of Turkey violating Cyprus’ maritime...

      Saudi Arabia: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the matter of violence against women in that country.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the matter of upcoming executions in that country.

      Greece: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Greek counterpart on the (a) use and (b) effect on British victims of crime of the...

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, if the Government will take steps to ensure that (a) female human rights defenders, (b) male human rights defenders and (c) the...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent peace deal between the US and the Taliban on the future of Afghanistan.

      Iran: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the (a) access to fundamental rights of Iranian citizens who do not have a new...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage de-escalation in northern Syria.

      British Nationals Abroad: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK nationals quarantined overseas are provided with regular information and...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to tackle human rights breaches in North Korea.

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2020 to Question 21185 on Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review, whether he...

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 12373 on Israel: West Bank, how many of those (a) pre-fabricated...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 12373 on Israel: West Bank, whether the allocated funding has been...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the UK has provided to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (a) directly and (b) indirectly through EU aid...

  • Attorney General

    • Slavery: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2020 to Question 757, on Slavery: Prosecutions, how many prosecutions there have been involving child victims under the Modern...

    • Slavery: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2020, to Question 757, on Slavery: Prosecutions, if her Department will publish annually the number of prosecutions that take...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses there are in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust; and how many of those nurses were recruited in each year since 2010.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to create a vaccine for covid-19.

      NHS 111: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 20040, NHS 111: Staff, how many (a) NHS staff, (b) contract staff and (c)...

      Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of radiotherapy services to be able to cope with anticipated future demand created by...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of linear accelerator radiotherapy machines in use by NHS trusts that are past the...

      Giant Cell Arteritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with Giant Cell Arteritis who lost their vision as a result of a late diagnosis, in...

      Giant Cell Arteritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness amongst GPs of Giant Cell Arteritis to allow early diagnosis and treatment.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of medical school places.

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of mumps cases in England in each of the last five years.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on patient-centred care for patients with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) dementia to (i) NHS...

      Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training is provided on cerebral palsy to (a) education and (b) health practitioners.

      Human Papillomavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether human papillomavirus screening is able to identify specific strains of that virus.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps Public Health England plans to take to assess the effectiveness of the HPV vaccination programme.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of GP appointments on rates of vaccination in England.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on national health of the Childhood Vaccination Coverage Statistics for England 2018-19.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS bursary will be paid retrospectively to students who did not receive that funding between 2017 and 2020.

      Maternity Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of charging for maternity services on the willingness of pregnant women without indefinite...

      Speech and Language Therapy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's news story entitled National recruitment campaign for paramedics, radiographers and nurses begins...

      Mental Health Services: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what legal recourse is available to medicated patients in mental health facilities who believe that they may have been administered with...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what percentage of people with type 1 diabetes have been prescribed a flash glucose monitoring in each clinical commissioning group since...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to facilitate the temporary return to work of recently retired NHS staff in the event of an outbreak of covid-19.

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding he has allocated to research on (a) childhood cancers and (b) diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government is making in tackling (a) childhood cancers and (b) diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma; and if he will make a...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to support local authorities in training adult social care staff on reducing the spread of covid-19.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the risk of harm from covid-19 to people in receipt of adult social care.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk of social care workers who visit multiple social care recipients in one day spreading covid-19;...

      Coronavirus: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to suspend NHS charges for secondary care for non-EEA visitors who require hospital treatment for covid-19 after their...

      Coronavirus: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether non-EEA visitors to the UK who are required to undergo testing for covid-19 will receive that test free of charge.

      Smoking: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the current prevalence rate of women smoking during pregnancy; and what assessment he has made of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Renewable Energy: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure official development assistance supports renewable energy projects.

    • Department for International Development: Bullying and Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many cases of (a) bullying and (b) harassment have been recorded against (i) managers, (ii) Ministers and (iii) Secretaries of...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department categorises all deaths following HIV infection as preventable; and how those deaths are recognised in her...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 1890 on Developing Countries: Environment Protection, if she will list the...

      UNAIDS: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take as a result of the ruling by the International Labour Organisation that UNAids had failed in...

      Refugees: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to improve access to education for refugees in other countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's press release entitled, UK will step up efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to respond to the findings of Children's Society in its report entitled The Wrong Blazer 2018: Time for action on school...

    • Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the capital funding requirements for school building improvements at (a) John Bramston Primary School, (b) Little Heath...

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether financial support is available to schools who have cancelled trips to central Italy as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of granting legal recognition to humanist marriages in advance of the report from the Law...

    • Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been prosecuted under the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Attorney General of 16 January 2020, Official Report, columns 1143-1144, what plans he has for a review...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) people and (b) women have been imprisoned by Magistrates’ Courts in England and Wales for the non-payment of TV licence evasion fines...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK businesses do not conduct business in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied...

    • Imports: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make it her policy to exclude the import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian...

      Trade Agreements: Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her Rwandan counterpart on a bilateral trade deal.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to introduce (a) standards and (b) regulations to replace the EU Directive on the energy performance...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 20383 on Affordable Housing, whether the statistics on funding...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2020 to Question 20016 on Housing: Carbon Emissions, whether his Department holds...

      Multiple Occupation: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in multiple occupancy housing on the family housing stock in...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that leaseholders of properties clad in flammable materials...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment has he made of the potential effect of a covid-19 outbreak on the operational capacity of local...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure the Fair Funding Review takes into account the increased costs faced by councils as...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the White Paper on devolution will include an assessment of the potential merits of devolving greater fiscal...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any local authority will receive a reduction in funding as a result of the Fair Funding Review.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Polling Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's premises can be used as polling stations.

    • Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference the Government’s announcement entitled, £500 million for Faslane, published in August 2015, what the objectives are of that...

      Ministry of Defence: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on contracted companies charging management fees to sub-contracted companies where both...

      Ministry of Defence: Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times has the scope of a project listed in his Department's Major Projects Portfolio has changed; what the cost to the public purse was of...

      Ministry of Defence: Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of his Department's major projects are categorised by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority as (a) green and (b) red.

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason veterans who were present at British nuclear testing have experienced a 12-month delay before receiving a decision from Veterans UK on...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help the long-term unemployed find work.

    • Independent Serious Case Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Independent Serious Case panel; and if she will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independent payment claimants have had their assessment scores changed following an appeal to the Tribunal, but before their...

      Personal Independence Payment: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current estimated processing time is for mandatory reconsiderations of personal independence payment claims in (a) the North West,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that people whose appointments with her Department are cancelled do not have their benefits suspended for...

      Social Security Benefits: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people invited to appointments with her Department were recorded as non-attending in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside, (c) the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it will be her Department's policy that the integrated assessment system for personal independence payment and work capability...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2020 to Question 23566 on Local Housing Allowance, if she will publish her Department's equality impact...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money from the public purse was spent on legal fees for cases relating to the classification of panic rooms as spare rooms for the...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an estimate of the number of benefits claimants that will be affected by the European Court of Human Rights judgement of...

      Child Maintenance Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to make an assessment of the operating efficiency of the Child Maintenance Service.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of the Motability Scheme have had their eligibility reassessed and their (a) mobility scooters and (b) cars removed in the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to make an announcement on the appropriate delivery mechanism for the universal credit transition fund.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure the effectiveness of the initial personal independence payment assessment in order to mitigate the recourse...

      Employment and Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the potential effect of covid-19 on (a) employment...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to end the use of synthetic pesticides.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the bee population in each year since 2010.

      Bees: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect and (b) increase the bee population in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers his Department has to initiate action under the Prevention of Damage By Pests Act 1949; and in what...

      Hedgehogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of hedgehogs in (a) Kent, (b) the South East and (c) the UK.

      Airguns: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of animals killed by air gun in England since 2015.

      Coronavirus: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which supermarkets his Department has met to discuss planning in response to covid-19; and on which dates those meetings...

      Rivers: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on the merits of dredging rivers; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Iraqi Kurds have had their passports confiscated on grounds of identity in each of the last five years; and how many of those Iraqi...

    • Visas: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with representatives of (a) the Scottish Football Association, (b) Scottish Women's Football and (c) the...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Animals in Science Regulation Unit is taking to encourage the replacement of the use of animals in scientific procedures.

      Home Office: Clearview AI

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has (a) live and (b) historic contracts with (i) Clearview AI and (ii) subsidiaries of that company.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the statutory duties in the Domestic Abuse Bill will include the provision of (a) frontline services in the community, (b)...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to undertake a review of the immigration health surcharge for people with leave to remain who are in employment.

      Visas: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she (a) has recently taken and (b) plans to take to engage the music industry on ensuring that the visa and immigration system...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2020 to Question 1248 on Visas: Married People, what her Department's definition of adequate...

      Visas: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 19895, how many Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) Certificates of Sponsorship were...

      Visas: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 19895, how many musicians entered the UK under the permitted paid engagement entry...

      Crime: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Queen's Speech December 2019 Background Briefing Notes, whether she plans to include a statutory definition of...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the proposed points-based immigration system on workforce levels...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the (a) average and (b) longest length of time taken from a visa application being issued to the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) she and (b) Ministers of her Department have visited a medically supervised drug consumption room in the last six months.

      Asylum: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of adequate resources to support unaccompanied...

      Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to minimise the risk of covid-19 spreading to vulnerable groups in immigration removal centres.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have an independent child trafficking guardian.

  • Wales Office

    • UK Trade with EU: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Welsh business community on future trading arrangements with the EU.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Travellers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress has been made on (a) making Church land available for Gypsy and Traveller sites and (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans he has in place for the elections on 7 May 2020 in the event of a covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) preparedness of businesses for the reforms to off-payroll working rules due to be implemented in April 2020 and...

    • Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing regulations to prevent companies who employ temporary agency contractors...

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on employment rights of the proposed reforms to off-payroll working rules.

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to improve the usability of the Check Employment Status Tool ahead of the introduction of reforms to the off-payroll...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the availability of cash.

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to delay enforcement of the IR35 rules until the House of Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee reports on its inquiry.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to introduce an online chat function to the government gateway system.

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the off-shoring of contracts as a consequence of the planned extension of IR35.

      Cooperatives: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage the development of co-operative businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government on the financial implications of the Grenfell Tower...

      Entrepreneurs' Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people claimed Entrepreneurs' Relief in each year since 2015, by constituency.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate additional funding to the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government to support the continuation of the Controlling...

      Revenue and Customs: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including the Post Office Document Certification service in the list of approved document certifiers...

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of borrowing was that the UK undertook from the European Investment Bank in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018 and (d) 2019.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the level of borrowing that the UK will be able to undertake from the European Investment Bank after the...

      Corporation Tax: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on UK tax revenues of the changes proposed in the OECD's Two-pillar approach to address the...

      Loans: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to eliminate unfair practices by logbook loan companies.

      Self-employed: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has of the additional revenue that will accrue to the public purse as a result of his proposed IR35 changes; and if he will make a...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cricket: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people under 18 years of age have participated in cricket since 2005.

    • Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on participation rates by young people of media coverage of sporting events listed...

      Rugby: Listed Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Six Nations Rugby Limited and their representatives on their tournaments’ listing under...

      Rugby: Listed Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Rugby Union, (b) the Irish Rugby Football Union, (c) the Welsh Rugby Union...

      Rugby: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the (a) Scottish Rugby Union, (b) Irish Rugby Football Union, (c) Welsh Rugby Union and (d)...

      Sports Competitors: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions officials in her Department have had with their counterparts in the Home Office on the effect of Tier 4 visa...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to support (a) bed and breakfasts, (b) guest houses and (c) hotels in coastal towns in the event of reduced...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to work with the (a) English Football League, (b) Premier League and (c) Football Association to...

      Gambling: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to respond to the findings of the National Audit Office report entitled Gambling regulation: problem...

      Rugby: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Six Nations and Rugby Authorities to ensure that Welsh rugby games will continue to be...

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to tackle online (a) direct or indirect threats of physical or sexual violence against...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle and (b) protect victims of online (i) racist, (ii) transphobic and (iii)...

      Gambling: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled, Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a TV license fee reduction for people with severe hearing...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what additional resources her Department plans to make available to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to help it perform its role as regulator...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1567), what data they currently hold on the number of people who have been killed on...

    • Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1568), why they will not name the minister or official who made the decision to build...

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1569) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather...

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1570) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather...

      Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1571) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather...

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1572) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they set for appointment to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and what are their recruitment processes.

    • West Bank: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the reported (1) expulsion of students from, and (2) confiscation of, a container...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 24 February about Israel’s intention to construct 1,077 housing...

      China: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about its plans to share genomic information about COVID-19 with the health authorities of other...

      Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL Deb, col 389), whether the planned secondary legislation under the Sanctions and...

      India: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL1754), whether they discussed with the government of India the possibility that...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Department for International Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the separation of responsibilities between Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • European Medicines Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Brexit has resulted in any changes in the UK’s participation in, and access to, the European Medicines Agency; if so, what assessment they have made...

    • Travellers: Life Expectancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce discrepancies in life expectancy between Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and other communities, as demonstrated by the...

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided to the NHS for the 2020–21 financial year for tackling the £6.5 billion backlog in building maintenance.

      Dentistry: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost per student to the public purse in providing (1) a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and (2) foundation training for a dental graduate.

  • Wales Office

    • Floods: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the provision of financial help to recent flood victims in Wales.

  • Department for Education

    • Out-of-school Education: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 February (HL1377), whether they assess whether extremist ideology is being taught in madrasas; and if...

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek programme country status in relation to Erasmus after 2021.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to increase the number of (1) intermediate apprenticeships, and (2) apprenticeships, for those under the age of 19.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning any reviews of the apprenticeship levy.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the completion rate of apprenticeships.

      Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure employees of all ages are gaining new skills.

      Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people beginning apprenticeships were existing employees of the organisation they undertook the apprenticeship with, in the last year for which...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the condition of the prison estate.

    • Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to explore alternatives to custodial sentences.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Non-native Species

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 27 February (HL1809), when they estimate their assessments of costs, benefits and practicalities...

  • Home Office

    • Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures will apply following the ending of free movement and the introduction of a points-based immigration system for (1) European citizens and...

    • Emergency Services Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the design and build stages of the Emergency Services Network will conclude; and what estimate they have made of the cost of that project by the end of those...

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is the Senior Responsible Owner of the Emergency Services Network; and how long they have been in post.

      Emergency Services Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the police and other emergency services will use the Emergency Services Network once it has been delivered.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new jobs have been created in the UK since April 2018 as a result of awarding the contract to supply British passports to Gemalto.

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 February (HL728), what discussions they have had with the Law Commission about how they...

  • Cabinet Office

    • EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they do not wish the UK to align with EU regulations on environmental standards and workers' rights at the end of the transition period when they have...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the annual report by the Gambling Commission Gambling participation in 2019: behaviour, awareness and attitudes, published...

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