Written answers

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential for driverless cars to improve the efficiency of use of road space on motorways.

    • Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential for driverless cars to reduce motorway collisions.

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential for driverless cars to increase energy efficiency.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to Question 31603, from which funding stream the additional £130 million funding for repair of roads and bridges damaged...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25277, when he expects the memorandum of understanding to be agreed.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25276, on unmanned air vehicles: safety, when he expects his Department to complete the detailed...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the alternative Colne Valley tunnelling scheme for High Speed 2 as proposed by Hillingdon Council; and if he will meet the hon....

      Rolling Stock: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions his Department has put in place to improve rolling stock as part of the rail franchise package for the North West.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will discuss with the European Aviation Safety Agency agreeing a minimum numbers of hours for airline pilots between each flight for EU and...

  • Home Office

    • Special Constables: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department provides to special constables seeking to claim for loss of earnings due to injuries sustained while on duty.

    • Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2016 to Question 30648, what details of family members her Department records in respect of refugees who...

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2016 to Question 30649, when she plans to publish the outcomes of the review of the process of dealing...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the proportion of rebel ground forces in Syria which could be considered moderate.

    • Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of Hamas fighters joining ISIS in Syria.

      Gaza: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the influence of ISIS in Gaza.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on prisoners of conscience in that country.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade and diplomatic connections between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

      Israel: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the use of administrative detention in that country.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with HM Treasury on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the economy.

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage greater diplomatic co-operation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to support the formation of the transitional government of national unity in South Sudan.

      China: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of diplomatic and economic relations between China and the UK.

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the participation of women in the Syrian peace negotiations.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on implementation of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students studied higher education in further education colleges in each constituency in each of the last five years.

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to maintain core funding for British schools and institutes abroad which promote UK higher education and...

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on encouraging public procurement for British Steel.

      British Academy: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will restore the full previous block funding arrangements for institutions and societies sponsored through the British Academy.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2016 to Question 30689, when his Department plans to publish the declaration of actual or...

      Employment: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of differences in mortality rates for (a) permanent and (b) temporary workers.

      New Businesses: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with disabilities receive support to start small business enterprises.

      Audio Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has (a) received and (b) made on guidance on volume controls of mobile phones and other...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what applications for arms export licences were rejected by his Department in each year since 2010.

      Small Businesses: Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to promote the take-up of employee ownership schemes by small and medium-sized businesses in each nation...

      Motor Vehicles: Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will discuss with vehicle manufacturers improvements to in-vehicle technology to prevent vehicle hacking.

      Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Government plans to publish its response to Lawrence Tomlinson's report on the lending practices of banks to small...

  • Department for International Development

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the UK is joining the EU Consortium to support the construction of small-scale infrastructure in Area C; and whether such...

  • Department for Education

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria the Government plans to use to calculate each school's allocation of funds raised from the soft drinks industry levy for school sports.

    • Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence she took into account before making it her policy to abolish the right of parents to be represented on school governing bodies; and if...

      Business: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) female and (b) other students are encouraged to take modules in entrepreneurship and business...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage nurseries to teach early language skills.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities are required to take action on education and early years settings that intentionally exclude...

      Children: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to provide additional support for educational studies to young carers.

      Sexting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent guidance she has issued to schools about sexting; and if she will make a statement.

      Child Protection Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who has attended meetings of the Child Protection Task Force and on what dates; and what action has been decided at those meetings.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of pupil premium on ensuring children who are classed as behind reach their expected grades at...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the year 7 catch-up premium in raising pupil attainment at GCSE level.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2016 to Question 30139, what steps she plans to take to expand grant funding projects to other local authorities to...

      Child Rearing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department issues guidance to schools on how to identify and manage incidences of parental alienation.

      Foster Care: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) the tax treatment of foster carers who claim tax benefit and (b) the...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2016 to Question 29811, on further education, if she will publish the minutes of each of those meetings.

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in how many towns there is no choice of secondary education provision.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) working at height and (b) concerted indiscipline incidents have been recorded in each prison since May 2010.

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents at height in respect of each method of access there have been in each prison in each month since May 2010.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report by Professor Walton, entitled The likely effect of the Jackson reforms on insolvency litigation - an empirical...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive on the ability in future of Members of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on British service personnel being served food which contains mould and maggots; and what monitoring his Department...

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sites are under consideration for the shore-based testing facilities for the power and propulsion systems for the T26 Global Combat Ship.

      MDP Wethersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Written Statement of 10 March 2016, HCWS605, on Air Cadet Aviation Re-launch, whether a decision has been taken to...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the local government finance settlement 2016-17, whether he consulted the Office for Budget Responsibility on...

  • HM Treasury

    • Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's investigation into benefits to consumers from falling gas prices.

    • Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Competition and Markets Authority report on energy market investigation published on 10 March 2016, what recent progress has been made...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on allowing for integration of the lifetime ISA and existing standard ISAs.

      Energy: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.134 of Budget 2016, when HM Revenue and Customs plans to publish the technical note clarifying the interpretation of existing...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that consumers have adequate advice and information about the benefits and risks of investing in a lifetime ISA.

      Child Benefit: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of child benefit payments to non-UK citizens.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department has allocated for projects to prevent flooding in Burnley and Padiham.

    • Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that public bodies under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 comply with their duty to...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff employed by the Environment Agency earn salaries of more than £100,000 per year.

      Litter: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a national deposit return scheme as part of the...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tonnes of air pollution control residues were recovered into end-of-waste products in 2015; into what types of...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, upon what criteria she plans to decide whether to remove the derogation in the Waste Framework Directive which currently...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the (a) most recent environmental risk assessment for bound use of air pollution control residues in...

      Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent any person convicted of animal abuse from owning an animal.

  • Department of Health

    • Kawasaki Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support children with Kawasaki disease.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the time taken to transfer women from abortion clinics to hospitals in cases of serious complications following abortions;...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to NHS England and clinical commissioning groups on the account they should take of future residential developments...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that safeguarding policies at British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion clinics reflect national guidance on sexual...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce regional variation of access to (a) minimally invasive technology and (b) drug eluting stents designed to tackle...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every patient with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is recorded on (a) a local searchable database and...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will meet with NICE, NHS England and Vertex to discuss the provision on the NHS of the drug Orkambi to treat cystic fibrosis.

      AIDS: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) ministers and (b) officials of his Department will be present at the International Aids Conference in Durban in July 2016.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many take charge requests the UK has received from each EU country per year since Dublin III came into force; how many of those were successful; how many...

    • Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum cases they have received from France under the Dublin III regulations.

      Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have established the current facts concerning access by the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration to (1) the informal and...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether revenue generated from the immigration health surcharge for foreign nationals will be re-directed back into funding for the NHS; and if so, what...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what form they will report on the revenue collected from the immigration health surcharge for foreign nationals; and whether that information will be...

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received an explanation from the government of the United States as to why the approved biometric permit enrolment centres are delayed in...

      Visas: South Asia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of visitor visa applications received from (1) India, and (2) Pakistan, in the last six months; and what was the success rate in...

      Immigration: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Afghan interpreters, and (2) members of their immediate families, have been relocated to the UK under (a) the ex-gratia redundancy scheme, and...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of grooming and sexual exploitation in Rotherham and elsewhere which has been carried out by (1) Muslims,...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the cases of organised grooming and sexual exploitation in Rotherham and elsewhere, whether police forces have been issued with new guidance on...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Syrian refugees scheduled for resettlement to the UK are located in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.

      Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for asylum from refugees in the Calais and Dunkirk camp they have accepted under the Dublin III Regulations.

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have forecast how many of the 20,000 asylum seekers to enter the UK by the end of this Parliament will be under 18.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 19,000 remaining refugees to enter the UK by the end of this Parliament have been already identified by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

      Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 15 March (HL6859), how many take-charge notices issued by French authorities have been accepted by British...

      Asylum: France

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 15 March (HL6859), whether the number of Home Office officials seconded to the Interior Ministry's Dublin...

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 9 July 2015 (HL Deb, col 243), what action the City of London Police and Action Fraud have taken to...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of non-EU citizens who face being deported after 6 April because they earn less than £35,000.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people held in Immigration Control Centres are not free to leave to go to other jurisdictions.

      Immigrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the letter from Lord Bates on 21 March following the Report Stage of the Immigration Bill, which states that "migrants who do not understand...

  • Cabinet Office

    • West Lothian Question

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether it is appropriate for Scottish MPs to vote on trading hours in other parts of the UK.

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 14 March (HL6673), whether Mr Hopkins importuned any persons to sign letters to national...

      G4S: Government Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial difficulties of G4S will have an impact on any government security contracts.

      Elections: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since 1990 a British Prime Minister has made public remarks about how citizens of the US should vote.

      Government Departments: Newspaper Press

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 16 March (HL6672), whether the respective Codes of Conduct for (1) ministers, (2) officials, and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to encourage more females into STEM professions.

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