Written question – Cannabis [15/11/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department remains the ministerial lead for the medicinal use of cannabis-based products. (188186)

Tabled on: 05 November 2018

Mr Nick Hurd:

The Home Office leads the Government’s policy and legislation on the misuse of drugs, including on the scheduling of substances controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and associated legislation. The Department of Health and Social Care has responsibility for the safe management and use of medicines in healthcare.

The answer was submitted on 15 Nov 2018 at 17:58.



Written question – Welfare [14/11/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants in Inverclyde were in receipt of severe disability premium before transferring to universal credit. (189739)

Tabled on: 09 November 2018

Sarah Newton:

The information requested is not collated centrally. This would require the merging of several complex datasets, and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The answer was submitted on 14 Nov 2018 at 16:20.


Written question – Gambling [09/11/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has allocated to (a) support and (b) treat people who indicate they are addicted to gambling or have suffered gambling related harm in (i) 2018-19 and (ii) 2017-18. (186383)

Tabled on: 31 October 2018

Steve Brine:

Decisions on the commissioning of effective treatment services are the responsibility of local commissioners, based on an assessment of local need. Information on funding allocated to gambling related services is not held centrally.

There are a range of services available to people with a gambling addiction, details of which can be found on the NHS Choices website at the following link:


The answer was submitted on 09 Nov 2018 at 10:26.


Written question – Child Maintenance [07/11/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2018 to Question 182229 on Children: Maintenance, if she will publish those same figures for Inverclyde constituency. (186382)

Tabled on: 31 October 2018

Justin Tomlinson:

The number of paying parents with any unpaid maintenance, and the corresponding amount of money outstanding of such unpaid maintenance as of June 2018 for the constituency of Inverclyde are outlined in the table below. This includes all paying parents with unpaid maintenance regardless of whether there is an ongoing maintenance liability.

Number of paying parents with unpaid maintenance Amount of unpaid maintenance (£)
Inverclyde 150 230,000

Paying parents are rounded to the nearest 10; unpaid maintenance is rounded to the nearest £10,000.

The answer was submitted on 07 Nov 2018 at 10:26.

Written question – Defence [29/10/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of (a) civilian casualties, (b) damage to property, community facilities and infrastructure by RAF strikes in Mosul in 2016-17. (180811)

Tabled on: 17 October 2018

Mark Lancaster:

The RAF does everything it can to minimise the risk to human life and to civilian infrastructure from UK strikes, through our rigorous targeting processes and the professionalism of the RAF crews. All RAF weapons are deployed in strict accordance with the Law of Armed Conflict and rigorous Rules of Engagement.

Thus all strikes we carried out in Mosul were designed to cause the minimum amount of damage, proportionate to the task of clearing the city of the terrorist threat posed by Daesh.

Given the ruthless and inhumane behaviour of Daesh, we must accept that the risk of inadvertent civilian casualties is ever present. We have not seen any evidence that we caused civilian casualties during the campaign in Mosul.

The answer was submitted on 29 Oct 2018 at 16:55.


Written question – Work & Pension [17/10/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the last time was that (a) Ministers and (b) Officials from her Department visited Greenock Jobcentre to discuss the roll-out of Universal Credit. (177348)

Tabled on: 09 October 2018

Alok Sharma:

There have been no Ministerial visits to Greenock Jobcentre. However a number of senior officials from the Department have visited the office since it went live with Universal Credit on 23 November 2016. The last time an official from the Department visited Greenock Jobcentre was on 14 June 2018.

The answer was submitted on 17 Oct 2018 at 17:51.