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1138910
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Immigration: EU Nationals more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the accessibility of the EU Exit: ID document check android app for applicants. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Hugh Gaffney more like this
uin 277254 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check’ app is an optional aspect of the service which allows applicants to prove their identity remotely using their biometric identity document and an android smartphone device.</p><p>The app requires applicants to complete four quick steps – to take a photo of their identity document photo page, read the chip, complete a liveness check and take a photo of themselves using the device camera. The app process can be completed by the applicant alone, or with support from a third party, for example the applicant can choose to take the photo themselves using the front facing camera, or have a third party take the photo using the back camera.</p><p>So far, the app has undergone two separate accessibility audits, the first prior to the beta test phase and the second during the testing phase. The app development team have implemented recommendations from both audits, for example enabling users to utilise accessibility tools native to their device. User Research is ongoing, including with users with specific accessibility needs and those at the lower end of the digital inclusion scale.</p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T17:04:52.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T17:04:52.673Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4614
label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1139002
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Soft Drinks: Taxation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the soft drinks industry levy to milk replacement drinks containing sugar; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Watson more like this
uin 277130 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Milk substitute drinks derived from plants are currently exempt from the soft drinks industry levy. At the time of the introduction of SDIL the Government committed to review this in 2020.</p><p>The government has no plans to extend SDIL at the present time.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Newark more like this
answering member printed Robert Jenrick more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:59:26.65Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:59:26.65Z
answering member
4320
label Biography information for Robert Jenrick more like this
tabling member
1463
label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
1138897
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept id 203 more like this
answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
hansard heading Brexit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union to the Committee on Exiting the European Union of 4 September 2018, at the point where they were last assessed, how many cross-departmental workstreams on the UK leaving the EU without a deal were rated as (a) red, (b) red/amber, (c) amber, (d) amber/green and (e) green. more like this
tabling member constituency Harborough more like this
tabling member printed
Neil O'Brien more like this
uin 277296 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Government has over 300 work streams looking at specific no deal plans across a range of sectors and these are well advanced. There is still some work to be done but departments are making sensible decisions about prioritisation.</p><p>The underlying detail for each workstream, including any assessment of those programmes, is exceptionally sensitive. If workstreams - or the underlying data - were made public, both our negotiating position and our ability to manage delivery across the programme would be significantly damaged.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Braintree more like this
answering member printed James Cleverly more like this
grouped question UIN 277295 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:58:20.677Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:58:20.677Z
answering member
4366
label Biography information for James Cleverly more like this
tabling member
4679
label Biography information for Neil O'Brien more like this
1138893
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept id 203 more like this
answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
hansard heading Brexit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union to the Committee on Exiting the European Union of 4 September 2018, if he will list the 300 cross-government workstreams on the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Harborough more like this
tabling member printed
Neil O'Brien more like this
uin 277295 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Government has over 300 work streams looking at specific no deal plans across a range of sectors and these are well advanced. There is still some work to be done but departments are making sensible decisions about prioritisation.</p><p>The underlying detail for each workstream, including any assessment of those programmes, is exceptionally sensitive. If workstreams - or the underlying data - were made public, both our negotiating position and our ability to manage delivery across the programme would be significantly damaged.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Braintree more like this
answering member printed James Cleverly more like this
grouped question UIN 277296 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:58:20.63Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:58:20.63Z
answering member
4366
label Biography information for James Cleverly more like this
tabling member
4679
label Biography information for Neil O'Brien more like this
1139003
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Soft Drinks: Taxation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to (a) extend the scope of the soft drinks industry levy to other products containing free sugars and (b) increase the rate of the levy. more like this
tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Watson more like this
uin 277131 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Government has no plans at this stage to extend the soft drinks industry levy beyond soft drinks. The Government has committed to review the exemption for sugary milk drinks in 2020.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Newark more like this
answering member printed Robert Jenrick more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:58:11.327Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:58:11.327Z
answering member
4320
label Biography information for Robert Jenrick more like this
tabling member
1463
label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
1138399
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Yemen: Food more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid to Yemen has been spent on imports of food in each year since 2015. more like this
tabling member constituency Leicester East more like this
tabling member printed
Keith Vaz more like this
uin 276149 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The World Food Programme (WFP) is playing a vital role in Yemen, delivering food aid to millions of those in need across the country. We are providing WFP with £35 million in support this financial year (2019/20) and provided £35 million last financial year (2018/19). This support has been used exclusively to provide cash and vouchers to vulnerable people to buy food in local markets, and as such 0% of UK Aid has been spent on food imports over the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years.</p><p> </p><p>In the 2017/18 financial year, the UK spent £65 million on imported food, vouchers and nutritional assistance through WFP, approximately 32% of our overall funding over the period.</p><p> </p><p>Over the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17, the UK spent £10 million on imported food through WFP, approximately 5% of our overall funding over the period.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:53:47.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:53:47.893Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
338
label Biography information for Keith Vaz more like this
1138396
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Yemen: Overseas Aid more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of demurrage and related operational expenses in Yemen since 2015. more like this
tabling member constituency Leicester East more like this
tabling member printed
Keith Vaz more like this
uin 276147 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Administrative costs, including demurrage and related operational costs - as well as rent, travel, asset purchase and maintenance and other similar costs - are set at individually agreed rates with our partners so that they have the means to deliver life-saving aid across Yemen.</p><p>These individually agreed administrative costs ranged between £2,678 (3.11% of overall partner spend) and £4,789,341(15.96% of overall partner spend) for each of our partners last financial year (2018/19).</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:53:28.917Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:53:28.917Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
338
label Biography information for Keith Vaz more like this
1138394
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Yemen: International Assistance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many aid trucks have been prevented from accessing areas in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen since 2015. more like this
tabling member constituency Leicester East more like this
tabling member printed
Keith Vaz more like this
uin 276145 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The UK remains extremely concerned by constrained humanitarian access within Yemen. We do not hold comprehensive data on the exact number of aid trucks being prevented from accessing areas in need of humanitarian assistance, however the UN has reported that four million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance were affected by the interruption of services or delays in delivery in April and May this year.</p><p> </p><p>Administrative restrictions imposed on humanitarian agencies by both parties remain a principal driver of access constraints. This includes recent delays enforced by Houthi authorities on aid trucks at the border between Government of Yemen and Houthi controlled areas.</p><p> </p><p>We regularly raise obstructions to humanitarian access with all parties, including at the highest levels. The UK also calls on all parties to comply with the UN Security Council Resolution 2451 and support the unhindered flow of humanitarian supplies across Yemen.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:53:05.253Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:53:05.253Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
338
label Biography information for Keith Vaz more like this
1138950
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Green Belt more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications on the Green Belt in (a) Walsall South constituency and (b) England were approved after referral to the National Planning Unit in each of the last 10 years. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
tabling member printed
Valerie Vaz more like this
uin 277187 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Over the last 10 years, the Secretary of State has not called-in any planning applications on Green Belt land in Walsall MBC.</p><p>We do not hold information on the number of planning applications on Green Belt land approved after referral to the Secretary of State.</p><p>Over the last 10 years, the following number of planning applications on Green Belt land in Walsall MBC were referred to the Secretary of State:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>2019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>To obtain accurate data for Green Belt applications in England over each of the last 10 years would involve a disproportionate amount of resource and would not be possible within a reasonable timescale.</p>
answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
grouped question UIN 277186 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:45:44.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:45:44.7Z
answering member
4495
label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
previous answer version
129830
answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
answering member
4495
label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
tabling member
4076
label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
1138948
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Green Belt: Walsall South more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications on Green Belt land in (a) Walsall South constituency and (b) England were called in by the Secretary of State in each of the last 10 years. more like this
tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
tabling member printed
Valerie Vaz more like this
uin 277186 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Over the last 10 years, the Secretary of State has not called-in any planning applications on Green Belt land in Walsall MBC.</p><p>We do not hold information on the number of planning applications on Green Belt land approved after referral to the Secretary of State.</p><p>Over the last 10 years, the following number of planning applications on Green Belt land in Walsall MBC were referred to the Secretary of State:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>2019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>To obtain accurate data for Green Belt applications in England over each of the last 10 years would involve a disproportionate amount of resource and would not be possible within a reasonable timescale.</p>
answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
grouped question UIN 277187 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:45:44.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:45:44.637Z
answering member
4495
label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
previous answer version
129828
answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
answering member
4495
label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
tabling member
4076
label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
1138933
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Housing: Older People more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of housing stock suitable for older people. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly more like this
uin 277120 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Department surveys the English housing stock in its annual English Housing Survey and uses this data to monitor the adequacy of housing suitable for older people. The last report for 2017-2018 reported on the housing stock, its condition and characteristics. Other reports include the “Adaptations and Accessibility report” and the “Housing for older people report”.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:44:26.347Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:44:26.347Z
answering member
4495
label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
previous answer version
129827
answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
answering member
4495
label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1138675
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Sex and Relationship Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the introduction of compulsory relationships and sex education in schools in each of the next three years. more like this
tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle more like this
tabling member printed
Emma Hardy more like this
uin 276600 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Department announced a budget of £6 million in financial year 2019-20 to develop this programme of support for schools. Funding beyond 2019-20 is a matter for the forthcoming Spending Review.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has also published an impact assessment which provided an estimate of the impact of the new regulations on the school system. The assessment includes reference to the fact that many schools are already teaching a great deal of the content in the new statutory guidance. The impact assessment can be accessed here.</p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/781029/Updated_impact_assessment_-_Relationships_Education_and_Relationships_and_Sex_Education.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/781029/Updated_impact_assessment_-_Relationships_Education_and_Relationships_and_Sex_Education.pdf</a></p><p>The Department has published the statutory guidance and guides for parents, which schools can use to inform their engagement. These are available here, respectively:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-sex-and-health-education-guides-for-schools" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-sex-and-health-education-guides-for-schools</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to supporting schools to teach the new subjects to a high standard. The Department will continue to work with subject experts to ensure schools are supported to improve their practice, focusing on an implementation guide, support for training needs, and materials. This will also include sharing effective practice so schools can learn lessons from each other.</p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
grouped question UIN 276599 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:41:27.707Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:41:27.707Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4645
label Biography information for Emma Hardy more like this
1138674
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Sex and Relationship Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of guides for teaching relationships and sex education in schools for the 2020 school year. more like this
tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle more like this
tabling member printed
Emma Hardy more like this
uin 276599 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Department announced a budget of £6 million in financial year 2019-20 to develop this programme of support for schools. Funding beyond 2019-20 is a matter for the forthcoming Spending Review.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has also published an impact assessment which provided an estimate of the impact of the new regulations on the school system. The assessment includes reference to the fact that many schools are already teaching a great deal of the content in the new statutory guidance. The impact assessment can be accessed here.</p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/781029/Updated_impact_assessment_-_Relationships_Education_and_Relationships_and_Sex_Education.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/781029/Updated_impact_assessment_-_Relationships_Education_and_Relationships_and_Sex_Education.pdf</a></p><p>The Department has published the statutory guidance and guides for parents, which schools can use to inform their engagement. These are available here, respectively:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-sex-and-health-education-guides-for-schools" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-sex-and-health-education-guides-for-schools</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to supporting schools to teach the new subjects to a high standard. The Department will continue to work with subject experts to ensure schools are supported to improve their practice, focusing on an implementation guide, support for training needs, and materials. This will also include sharing effective practice so schools can learn lessons from each other.</p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
grouped question UIN 276600 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:41:27.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:41:27.66Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4645
label Biography information for Emma Hardy more like this
1138806
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Flowers: Conservation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the contribution of wildflower meadows to the success of the various bee populations in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Wycombe more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Steve Baker more like this
uin 277177 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Wildflowers provide pollen and nectar resources essential for sustaining wild and honey bees. Wildflower meadows therefore provide vital habitats for bee populations.</p><p> </p><p>Published scientific research has established that range contractions in many of our bee species are linked to the loss of species-rich habitats such as wildflower meadows. It also found that bee populations are more diverse on farms where wildflowers are sown or in landscapes with greater densities of wildflower meadows and other species-rich habitats.</p><p> </p><p>We also know that when we put wildflowers back, bees respond. Landscape-scale studies of wild bumblebee populations in farmed landscapes, led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and part-funded by Defra, revealed that providing flower-rich habitat enhances the long-term survival of bumblebee families.</p><p> </p><p>Through our programme of agri-environment monitoring, we are currently evaluating how sowing wildflowers on farms is supporting bee populations.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:38:58.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:38:58.607Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4064
label Biography information for Mr Steve Baker more like this
1138070
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Iran: Minority Groups more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on (a) reports that the Public Places Supervision Office is seeking to close Baha’i-owned businesses in Iran and (b) the targeting of other minority communities in that country. more like this
tabling member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Brake more like this
uin 275647 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>We are aware of reports indicating that Baha'i owned businesses are being targeted for closure, including reports of the attempted closure of a care centre in Karaj, Iran. We remain concerned about the continued harassment and mistreatment that the Baha'i and other minority groups face.</p><p>We support the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran's assessment that discrimination against the Baha'is in Iran is legally sanctioned by a lack of constitutional recognition and the absence of other legal protections for adherents of this faith. We regularly call upon Iran to cease harassment of all religious minorities and to fulfil its international and domestic obligations to protect freedom of religion or belief.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:38:30.503Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:38:30.503Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
1138227
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Ahmed Mansoor more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Emirati counterpart to ensure that Ahmed Mansoor's prison conditions comply with internationally agreed minimum standards. more like this
tabling member constituency Exeter more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
uin 275651 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The case of Ahmed Mansoor was raised by my officials with senior Emirati officials in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The UK urges all countries to comply with their human rights obligations. When we have concerns in this regard, we raise those concerns at senior level levels with foreign governments.</p><p>​</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:35:57.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:35:57.967Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
230
label Biography information for Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
1138668
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Private Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of UK children that have attended fee paying schools in the UK in each year since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Hitchin and Harpenden more like this
tabling member printed
Bim Afolami more like this
uin 276596 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The number of pupils attending independent schools in England in each year since 2010 is published in table 1a of the ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical release. This can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2019" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2019</a>.</p><p>Information on the nationality of pupils is not collected and information on children attending schools in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the devolved administrations.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Guildford more like this
answering member printed Anne Milton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:31:44.647Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:31:44.647Z
answering member
1523
label Biography information for Anne Milton more like this
tabling member
4639
label Biography information for Bim Afolami more like this
1138236
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Tanzania: Non-governmental Organisations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of NGOs by the Tanzanian Government. more like this
tabling member constituency South Leicestershire more like this
tabling member printed
Alberto Costa more like this
uin 275785 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>​We are concerned about the treatment of Non-Governmental Organisations in Tanzania and increasing restrictions on the democratic space in which they operate. The UK Government is working closely with civil society, including through the Department for International Development Accountability in Tanzania programme, to strengthen civil society and promote positive and constructive engagement with the Tanzanian authorities on difficult issues. I raised our concerns regarding the protection of civil and political rights with the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Defending Media Freedom conference in London on 11 July 2019.</p> more like this
answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:25:21.65Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:25:21.65Z
answering member
4107
label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
tabling member
4439
label Biography information for Alberto Costa more like this
1138378
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Adoption: Yorkshire and the Humber more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many babies under six weeks old were placed for adoption in Yorkshire and the Humber by local authority area in each year since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 276231 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The department collects data on children who are placed for adoption. However, the information requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The breakdown requested and the following significant caveats are:</p><ul><li>Data isn’t collected on the area where the child is finally placed for adoption.</li><li>Data isn’t collected from all routes of adoption, for example private adoptions.</li></ul><p>The number of looked after children, nationally, who were adopted by age is published for the last 5 years in table E1 of the statistical release: Children Looked After in England (including Adoption) year ending 31 March 2018, which is available at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018</a>.</p><p>Figures on the number of children who ceased care due to adoption in 2018 by local authority is published in the underlying data table ‘CEA2018’ from the same statistical release: Children Looked After in England (including Adoption) year ending 31 March 2018.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:22:30.137Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:22:30.137Z
answering member
4113
label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1138828
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Public Transport: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to ensure that the Access for All accessibility programme includes improving access to public transport for autistic passengers and other people with invisible disabilities. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff West more like this
tabling member printed
Kevin Brennan more like this
uin 277116 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>We recently added 73 stations to the £300m Access for All programme, which provides accessible routes at stations. Network Rail will engage with local disability groups to ensure that designs meet the needs of all passengers.</p><p> </p><p>£20m of this funding is available for smaller scale access improvements and we will welcome nominations for projects that provide improvements for non-visible disabilities, such as autism.</p><p> </p><p>Direct awards and future franchise replacements will also require train operators to deliver staff disability training which includes awareness of non-visible disabilities.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Wealden more like this
answering member printed Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:16:35.567Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:16:35.567Z
answering member
4460
label Biography information for Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
tabling member
1400
label Biography information for Kevin Brennan more like this
1139030
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Offenders: Foreign Nationals more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken as a result of the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services report on police effectiveness in March 2018 which concluded that background checks were being missed on foreign national offenders; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
tabling member printed
Philip Davies more like this
uin 277303 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The importance of submitting checks for overseas convictions is widely recognised and has been the focus of attention within the Home Office and with policing partners for some time. UK Policing has issued guidance to support forces in the management of Foreign National Offenders to increase the number of overseas conviction checks submitted. This guidance was supported by extensive outreach campaigns to educate officers.</p><p>Individual force performance is one of the issues reviewed regularly at senior levels within the Home Office Foreign Criminality Programme. This programme has driven a range of activity to improve engagement between Police and Immigration colleagues and drive up the incidence of police conducting criminality checks routinely in relation to the foreign nationals they encounter.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
answering member printed Mr Nick Hurd more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:15:57.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:15:57.68Z
answering member
1561
label Biography information for Mr Nick Hurd more like this
tabling member
1565
label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
1139028
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Offenders: Foreign Nationals more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many background checks on foreign offenders were requested by police, broken down by police force, in the most recent year for which information is available . more like this
tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
tabling member printed
Philip Davies more like this
uin 277301 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>The Home Office does not hold the specific information requested.</p><p><br>The ACRO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) carry out overseas criminal records checks on behalf of police forces. ACRO record the number of requests to and from both EU and non-EU countries.</p><p>These figures are published at:</p><p><br><a href="https://www.acro.police.uk/acro_std.aspx?id=226" target="_blank">https://www.acro.police.uk/acro_std.aspx?id=226</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
answering member printed Mr Nick Hurd more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:15:12.873Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:15:12.873Z
answering member
1561
label Biography information for Mr Nick Hurd more like this
tabling member
1565
label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
1138960
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Electric Scooters more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of e-scooters; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
uin 277108 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Given that electric scooters, and other micromobility devices, are treated like any other motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act, this means they are subject to laws requiring them to conform to technical standards and be used safely. This includes requirements for users to have insurance, driving licences, number plates, and helmets. At present, it is difficult for electric scooters to meet these requirements and as such they are illegal to use on a public road. Therefore, the Department has made no assessment of their prevalence. The Future of Mobility regulatory review will address the challenges of ensuring our transport infrastructure and regulation are fit for the future. This is a broad programme of work, and we expect to publish an initial consultation in autumn this year.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:14:46.237Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:14:46.237Z
answering member
4116
label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
tabling member
253
label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
1138662
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Visas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was for a decision on visitor visa application from (a) US, (b) Russian, (c) Indian and (d) Chinese citizens in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Delyn more like this
tabling member printed
David Hanson more like this
uin 276517 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Information on performance against service standards for UKVI international operations is published in the Migration transparency data, the latest publication of which is available at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-may-2019" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-may-2019</a>.</p><p>These indicate that the large majority of straightforward non-settlement visas (the large majority of which are visitor visas), 98.7%, are completed within the service standard of 15 working days.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:14:00.567Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:14:00.567Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
533
label Biography information for David Hanson more like this
1138663
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Visas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what performance targets his Department has put in place for the time taken to make a decision on a visitor visa application form (a) US, (b) Russian, (c) Indian and (d) Chinese citizens. more like this
tabling member constituency Delyn more like this
tabling member printed
David Hanson more like this
uin 276518 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answer text <p>Under our published customer service standards we aim to process straightforward non-settlement applications within 15 working days.</p><p>The information for the latest quarter available is published online.</p><p><br>Data on entry clearance visa processing times, including the percentage and number of visas that are processed within service standards, is published at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data</a> (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas &amp; Immigration’).</p> more like this
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-18T16:13:13.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T16:13:13.803Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
533
label Biography information for David Hanson more like this