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Written answers

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect of inaccessible rail infrastructure on (a) employment, (b) education and...

    • Dover Port and Felixstowe Port: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 18496 on Ports: Finance, how much funding was allocated to (a) Dover and (b) Felixstowe; and what...

      International Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 3 March 2020, Official Report, column 760, what steps he is...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of delayed and cancelled Southern rail services scheduled to depart Wallington station at (a) 07.32am and (b)...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce emissions from vehicle idling.

      Carshalton Beeches Station: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve accessibility at Carshalton Beeches railway station.

      Diesel Fuel and Petrol: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Freight Transport Association, (b) Road Haulage Association and (c) British Pipeline Agency on...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of improving the accessibility of rail infrastructure on...

      Public Transport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure safe noise levels on public transport.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Engineering: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage energy companies to promote women into engineering positions.

    • Flexible Working: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has made to energy companies on increasing flexible working to encourage uptake of jobs...

      Biofuels: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the potential for on-farm generation of biogas.

      Small Businesses: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of administrative demands placed by the Government on small businesses.

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution of waste heat capture to the decarbonisation of...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department are employed in the (a) Energy Transformation and Clean Growth Group and (b) Energy...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) Senior Executive Officers and (b) Higher Executive Officers of his Department are employed in the (i)...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many employees of his Department are employed in each of the 12 Directorates which make up the (a) Energy...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff of his Department he estimates will be working in the (a) Energy Transformation and Clean Growth Group...

      Diesel Fuel and Petrol: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to maintain continuity of (a) petroleum and (b) diesel supply in the event of a public...

      WH Smith: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of potential effect of WH Smith's profit warning on the sustainability of Post...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Budget 2020, whether £22 billion of funding allocated to R&D includes funding to replace EU...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Greece: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the recent EU discussions with the Government of Turkey over tensions...

    • Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to consult civil society organisations throughout the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and...

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that continuing progress on Sustainable Development Goal 5 is included in the Integrated Review of Security,...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK has taken in pursuance to its decision to exercise diplomatic protection in the 12 months since Nazanin...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to tackle Iran’s practice of unlawfully detaining (a) dual...

      Iran: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances the Iranian Government has provided that any British prisoners granted temporary or permanent release from...

      Cambodia and Vietnam: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases in which a UK citizen was a victim of a serious crime in (a) Cambodia and (b) Vietnam did the UK (i) embassy and...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in OPEC member states on ensuring the stabilisation of the oil price.

      Iran: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request that the UN Secretary General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights dispatch a fact-finding mission to...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his UN counterparts to resume efforts to establish a summit between opposing parties in...

      Nicaragua: Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with his Nicaraguan counterparts on the effect of alleged illegal land grabs by...

      Sudan: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on the reported massacre of pro-democracy protesters on 3 June 2020.

      Venezuela: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the health of Venezuela's economy.

      Iran: Health Services

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

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU member states will be served by each of the seven organisations that have been awarded the £3 million in funding...

      Latin America: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress his Department has made on engagement on human rights with countries in Latin America.

      Cyprus: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the Cypriot Government in its request for Cyprus to join the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, for what reason flights are being allowed to continue between airports in northern Italy and the UK.

    • NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the number of GPs per head of population in each NHS trust with a GP walk-in centre; and if he will make a...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations of Boston Scientific's Introducing an...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate the Government has made of the number of additional medical school places required to meet future demand for doctors.

      Public Health England: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to the support the delivery of public health solutions at Public Health England's campus in Harlow.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking with Public Health England (PHE) to prepare for outbreaks of (a) covid-19 and (b) other viruses that...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that high standards of practice are enforced for social care services subcontracted to independent social care agencies.

      Coronavirus: Urdu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to make health and safety information on covid-19 available in Urdu; and where that information can...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ventilator machines there are in each NHS trust in the UK.

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the publication of the public health grant allocations to local authorities for 2020-21 has been delayed; what...

      Postnatal Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to new mothers of the peer support mental health model.

      Postnatal Care: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have commissioned peer-led mental health support for new mothers in the last five years;...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to expand NHS specialist chronic fatigue syndrome services in (a) Sussex (b) Kent and (c) other areas across the...

      NHS: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the accountability of the NHS to patients.

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to enable clinical professionals to have autonomy in determining which services they provide to patients.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle obesity.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to minimise the risk to clinical professionals of contracting covid-19.

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 18517, how many Deferred Payment Agreements have been agreed between local authorities...

      Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to children of armed forces personnel that have experienced PTSD.

      Veterans: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) support and (b) treatment is available to veterans for service-related PTSD in (i) prisons and (ii) the criminal justice system.

      Veterans: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what processes his Department uses to monitory the adequacy of the provision of (a) support and (b) treatment for veterans.

      Northwick Park Hospital: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) digital and (b) paper care records at Northwick Hospital; and if he will make a...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost of making safe the asbestos on the Northwick Park Hospital site; and if he will make a statement.

      Northwick Park Hospital: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent vacancies there are for (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) other clinical professionals...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to sell off land on the Northwick Park Hospital site; and if he will make a statement.

      Northwick Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) three new theatres, (b) a new recovery area and (c) the refurbishment of the (i) Intensive...

      NHS 111: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote alternative methods for contacting 111 for people with hearing loss through (a) GPs and...

      Health Services and Social Services: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the potential annual savings of fully integrating health and social care provision.

      Burnley Hospital: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were treated in Burnley General Hospital’s Urgent Care Unit between January and December (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

      Coronavirus: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who are (a) homeless, (b) sleeping rough and (c) sofa-surfing are provided with...

      Hospital Beds: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital intensive care beds there were as at 11 March 2020; what estimate he has made of how many additional hospital intensive...

      Coronavirus: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to co-ordinate the conversion of hospital facilities into specialist areas to treat large numbers of...

      Social Services: White Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to publish a White Paper on social care.

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations are in place to ensure access to social care for disabled people during the delay phase of covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure hospitals in Birmingham will have enough rooms to isolate covid-19 patients.

      Coronavirus: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ECMO machines the NHS has in England; and what plans he has to procure additional machines in response to covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of working from home in limiting the spread of the covid-19 virus.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the (a) outcomes and (b) recommendations of the planned EU review of Palestinian textbooks.

    • UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make representations to UNWRA on ensuring that it allocates resources on the basis of need.

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of the September 2019 report by the Institute for Monitoring...

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when it is planned to publish the findings of the review established by her Department, the Georg Eckert Institute for International...

  • Department for Education

    • T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students are enrolled on T Level courses due to commence in September 2020.

    • T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated for the introduction of T Levels.

      Breakfast Clubs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which schools in (a) Blackpool and (b) Lancashire local authority areas have received funding through the National School Breakfast Programme.

      Obesity: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the health risks of obesity among schoolchildren.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unaccompanied asylum seeking children there are (a) in the care of Portsmouth City Council and (b) in the UK.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent trends in the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children under the care of Portsmouth City...

      National Retraining Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on the roll-out of the national retraining scheme in 2020; and on what date that scheme will commence.

      Apprentices: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has been made of the role of Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprenticeships in filling (a) current and (b)...

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to continue to provide children eligible for free school meals with meals in the event that schools are closed due to the outbreak...

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to make financial support available to schools that have cancelled international school trips and not been able to issue a...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to protect children that have underlying health conditions that attend special educational needs provision from covid-19.

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to define exceptional circumstances for the purpose of grant of leave of absence from schools so that greater...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the judgment in Smyth, Re Judicial Review [2017] NIQB 55, for what reasons the remit of the Law Commission's review of weddings law...

    • Veterans: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many veterans are (a) in prison and (b) in the criminal justice system, as a result of violent crimes.

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to reintroduce legal aid for children’s citizenship cases.

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of 3 March 2020 of the Advocate General for Scotland in Committee on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, HL...

      Tribunals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Government's response to covid-19, what his policy is on the potential postponement of tribunals for cases appealing decisions by...

  • Department for International Trade

    • South Asian Network: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 21133 on Overseas Companies: India, how much funding was allocated to the South Asia...

    • Overseas Trade: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to increase the level of trade with Caribbean countries.

      Trade Agreements: Cote d'Ivoire

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

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to support local authorities to provide (a) free parking, (b) exemptions from local congestion...

    • Retail Trade: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish information on the remaining six pilot areas to receive financial support from the High...

      Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 2 October 2019 to Question 291442 on Towns Fund, whether the EU exit data referred to...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of displaced Grenfell Tower residents are now in permanent accommodation.

      Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has issued guidance for housing sector professionals who regularly interact with other people following the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Trauma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) screening, (b) support and (c) treatment services are provided to armed forces personnel in relation to the effects of trauma.

    • Armed Forces: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of domestic abuse within armed forces families were reported in each year since 2000; and how many of those cases resulted in criminal...

      Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have died in combat since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have died from suicide (i) in service and (ii) after leaving the armed forces.

      Defence: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the defence industry as part of its review of the UK's Defence and Security...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Reserve Forces and Cadets Association: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what comparative assessment he has made of the cost efficiency of the (a) Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and (b) Defence Infrastructure...

      Reserve Forces and Cadets Association: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the skills available free of charge to the Reserve Forces and Cadets' Association through its active volunteer...

      Reserve Forces and Cadets Association: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that membership of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association continues to serve (a) reserves and cadets...

      Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence between Baroness Goldie and Lord De Mauley that followed the debate on Reserve Forces and...

      Veterans: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of UK veterans who have served for more than four years and are originally from commonwealth countries and who...

      Veterans: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on former members of the armed forces being refused entry to the UK.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether shipyards other than those based in the UK will be able to bid for the deep maintenance contract for the new Type 26 frigates.

      Armed Forces: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel hold a Large Goods Vehicle licence permitting the transport of hazardous materials on public roads and highways.

      Ministry of Defence: Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2020 to Question 26982, how many times the scope of an ongoing project listed in his Department's Major Projects...

      Vulcan Aircraft: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he plans to take to ensure that there is a public celebration on 25 May 2020 for the diamond anniversary of the first test-flight of XH558...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of reinstating the state pension for 1950s women; and if she will make a...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Minister for Disabled People’s letter of 3 May 2019 to the former hon. Member for Kensington apologising for his...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2020 to Question 901399, what her policy is on the proportion of housing rents that Local Housing Allowance...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to publish its response to its consultation entitled Health is everyone’s business, published July 2019.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government consultation entitled Health is everyone’s business, published by the Government on 15 July 2019,...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claimants have had their claim reassessed in the last six months.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans she has to ensure that people unable to attend tribunal hearings for benefit allocations as a result of self-isolating...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2020 to Question 21400 on fishing catches, whether the catch recording app was assessed by...

    • Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 18901 on fishing catches, which Minister was responsible for the live...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the findings were of the independent user research, which formed the basis of the beta assessment of the catch...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what risks determined that all quota species should be recorded on the catch recording app for under 10m fishing vessels...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which company was awarded the contract for the development of the catch recording app for fishing vessels of under 10m in...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which company prepared and submitted the information that appeared in the presentation to the Government Digital Service as...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2020 to Question 13561 on fishing catches: computer software, if he will publish a...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he is making to ensure that the UK will maintain food standards in trade policy after the transition period.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of the legal recognition of animal sentience.

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the size of the populations of (a) nightingales, (b) turtle doves and (c) corn buntings; what...

      Solid Fuels: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with smokeless fuel manufacturers in the last two years; and if she will make a...

      Coal Merchants Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings in his Department (a) Ministers and (b) officials have held with the Coal Merchants’ Federation in...

      Fish Farming: Whitstable

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2020 to Question 21293, for what reasons the most recent navigational risk assessment in...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of recent trends in the number of incidents of modern slavery.

    • Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's plans on the criminalisation of trespass of the judgment in Mayor...

      Visas: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what visa requirements will apply after the transition period for individuals from other European countries wishing to volunteer for a...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office's ability to effectively oversee the Intelligence Services.

      Prosecutions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase prosecution rates for fraud cases.

      Calais: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has made to his European counterparts on finding suitable homes for displaced refugee (a) children and (b) families...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) adults and (b) children who are born in the UK have different citizenship status to their siblings owing to legislative changes...

      Immigration: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2020 to Question 22351 on Immigration: India, what meetings took place as part of the UK-India Migration...

      Visas: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national's visa applications have taken longer than one year to complete since 2015.

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric residence permits have been returned to her Department within 10 days of issue as a result of (a) a mistake and (b) a...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England: Marriage

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, in what circumstances a Church of Scotland minister is able to conduct a wedding in the Church of England.

    • Church of England: Investment

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to use its investments to support business...

      Church of England: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how the Church of England plans to deliver on the General Synod's decision to make the Church...

      Church of England: Charitable Donations

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, with reference to the declining use of cash throughout the UK, what steps the Church of England is...

      Visits Abroad: South Sudan

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress is being made on the Archbishop’s plans to make a joint visit to South Sudan...

      Visits Abroad: Uganda

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what the outcome was of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent visit to Uganda to discuss the...

      Churches: Theft

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, with reference to recent thefts of lead roofs and bells from churches in Yorkshire and Wiltshire,...

      Church of England: Personal Records

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to use new technology to make its graveyard records...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Ira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the statement of 13 February 2020 made by Chief Constable of the PSNI at the NI Assembly Justice Committee, whether the role...

    • Security: Northern Ireland

      What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance: Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people that have died by suicide as a result of the 2019 Loan Charge.

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the stamp duty threshold to help increase levels of home ownership.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has met people that continue to be affected by the 2019 Loan Charge following the publication of Sir Amyas Morse's review to discuss the...

      Tax Avoidance: Romford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people that will be made bankrupt in Romford constituency as a result of accelerated payment notices in respect...

      Tax Avoidance: Romford

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

      Mortgages: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the mortgage lending sector on tackling the situation affecting mortgage prisoners in Northern...

      Corporation Tax: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2020 to Question 27067 on Corporation Tax: Digital Technology, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • National Citizen Service Trust: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to reduce the leaving package of the departing Chief Executive of the NCS Trust; and what provisions...

    • Youth Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what projects in (a) Blackpool and (b) Lancashire have been allocated funding from (i) the Youth Accelerator Fund and (ii) the...

      Digital Technology: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on digital identity that closed on 15 September 2019.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3870, for what reasons that answer did not include an assessment of the...

      Broadband: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to reserve broadband capacity for essential (a) workers and (b) services in the event that...

  • Leader of the House

    • Divisions: Electronic Voting

      To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to introduce electronic voting in divisions; and if he will make a statement.

    • Divisions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the potential health implications relating to covid-19 of hon. Membes voting in the division lobbies.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what assessment he has made for the implications of her policies of Paragraph 9(1) of Resolution 2318 (2020) of the Council of Europe...

    • Employment: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of paragraph 9(4) of resolution 2318 (2020) of the Council of Europe...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: North East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, in line with their commitment to level up regional inequality, to address the statistic set out in the report by City and Guilds...

    • Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are shortages of hygiene gel distributed to retail outlets; and if so, what is the reason and what measures are being taken to resolve those shortages.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL Deb, col 390), what steps they are taking to ensure that companies registered in the UK are not...

    • Dictatorships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between (1) dictatorships and public health, and (2) the suppression of information, reporting and...

      Saleem Masih

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about reports that Saleem Masih was tortured and killed after being accused of polluting a tube...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of China transferred Uighurs from detention centres to work in factories where products are produced...

      Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the briefing by Amnesty International Missing truth, missing justice, published on 5 March, which calls for an independent...

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that security forces killed protesters and bystanders in Iran between 15 and 18 November 2019, what representations they have made to the UN...

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the killing of protesters and bystanders by security forces between 15 and 18 November 2019.

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about recent reports of (1) protests being violently repressed, and (2) arbitrary detention and...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the World Health Organisation to set out the full reasons why it believes that the government of China has an ethical...

      China: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the World Health Organisation to review its stance on the the government of China's organ transplant system following the...

      Iran: Palestinian Islamic Jihad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Iran's support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, which fired missiles into Israel in February.

      Iran: Palestinian Islamic Jihad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the government of Iran's support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group does not jeopardise negotiations for a permanent...

      Israeli Settlements: Arson

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Tag Meir that 46 mosques and 12 churches have been subject to arson attacks by settlers in the West Bank and Israel in...

      Syria: Water Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the reported closure of the water treatment facility at Alok in north east Syria by the...

      India: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the government of India plans to address call centre scammers based in India.

      UN Support Mission in Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resignation of Ghassan Salamé, the UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya,...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of violence towards Muslims in India by Hindu Nationalists supported by the Delhi police.

      West Bank: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of journalists currently held without trial by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

      Libya: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are confident that the supply of weapons by Gulf states to Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar do not include transfers from supplies originally...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consistency with which the term “freedom of religion or belief” is used in their publications instead of...

  • Attorney General

    • Rape: Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate 2019 rape inspection, published in December 2019, in how many rape cases the defence given...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address mental health problems affecting children, following the increase in the number of children under 11...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether shaking hands could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, pursuant to section 2(4) of the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948, how much was paid in damages for clinical negligence claims by both (1)...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to repeal section 2(4) of the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 5 March (HL1701), why they stated that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has no role in the...

      Drugs: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create facilities in the UK to manufacture drugs currently only manufactured abroad.

      Antimicrobials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 9 September 2019 (HL17756), what steps NHS England and Public Health England are...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the reported rise of carbapenem-resistant bacteria in secondary care.

  • Department for International Development

    • Hydrology: International Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

    • Department for International Development: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development (DfID) will remain autonomous, following the announcement in the recent reshuffle...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who makes the final decision on how Official Development Assistance is disbursed within a country.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who has responsibility for (1) programme design, and (2) delivery of, Official Development Assistance compliant projects; and whether that person will continue to...

  • Department for Education

    • Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing industry-wide skills forecasts to enable employers to anticipate workforce gaps and skills mismatches.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Quintessentially

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government Procurement Service was consulted on the decision by the Department for International Trade to let a contract with Quintessentially.

    • Department for International Trade: Quintessentially

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Accounting Officer of the Department for International Trade approved the decision by that department to let a contract with Quintessentially; and if...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish (1) each of Her Majesty's trade commissioners' latest annual reports setting out the strategy, objectives and overarching priorities...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent steps they intend to take explicitly to ban the slaughter of dogs for human consumption in the UK.

    • Floods: Earby

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent flooding in Earby; and whether the proposed further flood mitigation work there will take place in time to take...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and, in particular, genome-edited crops; and what plans they have to make...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of landowners and foresters to be able to plant and grow strands of commercial broadleaved trees which may be...

  • Home Office

    • Travellers: Trespass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 February (HL1230, HL1231, HL1232), why the Equality Impact Assessment was not included...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Gender

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the recording of biological sex, legal sex and gender (1) in the 2021 census, (2) when a person’s identity is recorded in connection...

  • Treasury

    • Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of (1) the male, and (2) the female, working population that earn (a) £25,600 or over, (b) £23,040 to...

    • Fuels: Tax Yields

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of any future revenue deficit due to a decrease in sales of petrol and diesel fuel as a result of an increase in clean energy...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the participation of those who are transgender in women’s sport.

    • Public Bodies: Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a UK National Capability which treats data held by public bodies in the UK as a national asset.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States’ Cloud Smart strategy; and what consideration they have given to adopting a similar...

      Internet: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Germany’s GAIA-X strategy; and what consideration they have given to adopting a similar strategy.

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 5 March that they will review the Gambling Act 2005 with "great urgency", when the (1) terms of reference, (2)...

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce cyber-harassment fines for (1) the media, and (2) members of the public.

      Internet: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve internet coverage in rural areas; and to what timescale.

      Football: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure women in football receive equal pay to their male counterparts.

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