Written answers

Friday, 27 May 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorists were fined as a result of motorway average speed cameras in each year since 1985 for which figures are available; and how much was...

    • London City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account he plans to take of the construction of C-Series planes by Bombardier in Northern Ireland in any decision on London City Airport...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether revenue risk on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise will be borne by the franchisee or the public purse in the event of...

      Cycling: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Government's response on the e-petition entitled, To introduce a permanent, minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists,...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure electric car charging points are accessible across the UK.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2015 to Question 16942, for what reason his Department does not publish statistics on the number of buses...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 March 2016 to Question 29991, what estimate he made of the total amount local authorities have spent on delivering...

      A14: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he made of the (a) time and (b) financial cost to motorists and road hauliers of the 40mph limit on the A14 for recent road improvement...

      Foreign investment in UK: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of airport expansion at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick Airport on the level of foreign...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage investment in (a) sustainable aircraft fuels and (b) other renewable technology.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to include producers of aviation fuel within the ambit of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

      Horse Riding: Bridleways and Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the safety of and access for horse riders on roads and bridlepaths.

      Driving Instruction: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to launch the Government's proposed consultation on changing the law to allow learner drivers to drive on motorways with instructors.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of potholes that have been filled from the Pothole Action Fund since November 2015.

      Public Transport: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to make public transport more accessible for people with guide dogs.

      Department for Transport: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual budget is for food produced for his Department's offices; and what proportion of food produced for his Department was sourced from...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2015 to Question 16941, on bus services: disability, what the different potential solutions for achieving...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish a draft of the Modern Transport Bill announced in the Queen's Speech.

      Driverless Vehicles: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the implications are for the UK's autonomous vehicle technology industry of the Declaration of Amsterdam signed by Transport Ministers on 14...

      Driverless Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the UK's existing (a) road infrastructure and (b) skills in the workforce for the anticipated rise...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on improving road-side facilities for hauliers on the strategic road network.

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department plans to spend on cycling in each year from 2016 to 2021.

      Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department plans to spend on walking in each year from 2016 to 2021.

      Rapid Transit Systems: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the £40 million that was allocated to the Supertram scheme for Leeds that was cancelled in 2005 was spent.

      Cycling: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to better connect cycling and rail infrastructure to support more active travel.

      Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will direct Vauxhall to extend the vehicle safety recall of Zafira B models to include those equipped with automatic climate control.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the regulation of drones to protect the public from their misuse.

      Department for Transport: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many visits (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have made to Coventry in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mexico: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he made and received during his visit to Mexico in May 2016 on upholding the right to freedom of religion...

    • EU Staff: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals were employed by the European Parliament in each year since 2010; and how many such people were employed...

      EU Staff: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals were employed by the European Commission in each year since 2010.

      Bangladesh: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to engage with international partners to tackle the persecution of secularists or of people with no faith in...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the reported raid of Nabil Adib's office by Sudan's national security and intelligence services...

      Egypt: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of Egypt's compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law in its...

      EU Staff: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals have been on the staff of the European Commission in each year since 2010.

      EU Staff: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK nationals have been on the staff of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU in each year since 2010; and...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings he has had with the European Commissioner for Competition on EU state aid rules and support for energy-intensive...

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Materials Processing Institute to the development of a modern British...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the British Business Bank's (a) total operating budget, (b) budget for communications and (c) expenditure on third party...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what UK Trade and Investment's total (a) operating budget, (b) communications budget and (c) expenditure on third party...

  • Department for Education

    • English Baccalaureate: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what impact assessment was conducted to identify the consequences of not including arts in the English Baccalaureate.

    • Cooperative Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the establishment of co-operative schools.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Key Stage 1 children in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority area and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber were in classes of...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy that parents will retain the right to remain anonymous from the school in question when they object to a schools...

      Private Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools founded since 2015 are compliant with section 5 of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010.

      Private Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many enforcement actions have been initiated by her Department for contravention of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England)...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) physics and (b) chemistry trainee teachers undertook a pre-initial teacher training subject knowledge enhancement course, broken down by...

      Academies: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department gives to schools which are converting to academy status on whether that school should adopt a new uniform; and what...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33136, whether her Department provides guidance to academies on the consultation of local...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on trends in the number of vacancies for teachers in secondary schools in (a) Calderdale, (b) West Yorkshire and...

      Academies: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy schools that are currently rated as inadequate have been waiting longer than six months to be re-brokered to another academy sponsor.

      Children: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to review the system of provision of schooling for children being treated for childhood cancer, leukaemia and other serious...

      Children: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance she provides to local authorities, schools and colleges on helping child survivors of cancer and leukaemia to return to education.

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on trends in the number of vacancies for teachers in primary schools in (a) Calderdale, (b) West Yorkshire and...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) mathematics and (b) physics teacher training places have been allocated in each available teacher training route for the 2016-17 school...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding has been received from the European Social Fund via the National Offender Management Service Co-Financing Organisation to help employer...

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 13 January 2016 to Question 20908, on prisons: discipline, how many days were added in each prison establishment as a...

      Young Offender Institutions: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answers of 25 January 2016 to Question 22862 and of 26 June 2015 to Question 2890, for what reasons additional days were added as...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) children under 18 years of age and (b) young people aged 18 to 24 applied for legal aid under the Exceptional Case Funding Scheme in (i)...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Credit: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Financial Conduct Authority is taking to enforce rules which prevent misleading advertisement by credit brokers.

    • BBC: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to his Department was of commissioning and publishing the report, entitled Research to explore public views about the...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to his Department was of commissioning and publishing the report, entitled BBC television, radio and online services: An...

      Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the funding allocated by Broadband Delivery UK to Fastershire remained unspent at the end of the Phase 1 broadband delivery...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many ex-offenders have been helped into employment in each year since January 2010.

    • Jobcentres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that the quality of service is consistent at jobcentres around the country.

      Joint Work and Health Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations the Joint Work and Health Unit has undertaken with external groups on its work since its creation.

      State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with which other EU countries the UK has a bilateral arrangement for the payment of annual uprating of pensions that would remain in force in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 17583, on child maintenance, for what reason there is a difference between the...

      Employment Schemes: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 13 April 2016 to Question 32812, whether the figures provided for sums to be spent annually and in total are...

      Jobcentres: Lytham St Annes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2016 to Question 36891, whether it is his Department's policy to retain a Jobcentre Plus in Fylde; and for...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether UK citizens will have automatic right to mutual recognition of pension contributions in EU countries in the event of the UK leaving...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to improve take-up of the Pension Wise guidance service.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will extend the payment of child maintenance to the carers of children looked after under a special guardianship order.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the then Secretary of State for Defence of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 291, whether the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Tax Collection: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been collected by other EU countries on behalf of the Government through the Mutual Assistance Recovery Directive in each year since that...

    • Public Private Partnerships

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 14 April 2016 to Question 33354, who is responsible for (a) initial negotiation and (b) any renegotiation of...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of annual claims made for (a) tax credits and (b) child benefit by EU nationals who remain in the UK for less than one year in...

      Individual Savings Accounts: Young People

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2016 to Question 37150, what assessment he has made of the effect of new lifetime ISA on changes in the levels of pension...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the application of EU state aid rules related to the provision of (a)...

    • Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on EU state aid related to UK interconnector operations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the level of procurement of British steel by local authorities in the UK.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library copies of his letter to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield of 4 May 2016 on local government and ethical...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many young people in Stafford constituency participated in the National Citizen Service in each of the last two years.

      Anti-corruption Summit: European Parliament Members

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Members of the European Parliament were invited to the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what funding the Government provides its Anti-Corruption Tsar to tackle corruption.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government's Anti-Corruption Tsar addressed the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Corruption: Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what visits the Government's Anti-Corruption Tsar has taken in an official capacity to the British Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies since...

      Corruption: Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 10 May 2016 to Question 36307, what the total cost was of (a) the Anti-Corruption Summit held on 12 May 2016 and (b)...

  • Department of Health

    • Youth Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of the extent of variation between local authorities in their (a) per capita spending on physical activity...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the current scheme of discretionary top-up payments provided by the Macfarlane Trust to its beneficiaries will be removed as a result of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 23 March 2016 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Mr C Costigan.

      World AIDS Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to raise awareness of World AIDS Day before 1 December 2016.

      Breast Cancer and Heart Diseases: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on potential links between moderate alcohol consumption and levels of (a) heart disease and (b) breast...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure by the NHS on HIV drugs was in each of the last five years.

      Hypnosis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS uses hypnosis to improve dietary and exercise habits in children.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to encourage people to reduce the symptoms of diabetes using exercise and diet.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support innovation in assistive technology for use by people with dementia.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) improve the provision of care for patients with lung disease and (b) increase funding for research into...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with NICE on changes to its current methodology for evaluating new drugs.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that when revised UK Chief Medical Officers' Guidelines on keeping health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level,...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 35866, what the capital spend by (a) the Health Protection Agency on its National Incident...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he plans to take of dietary inequality and food insecurity in the planned childhood obesity strategy.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to ensure that the medical exemption criteria for determining prescription charges is suitable to allow for the...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to continue monitoring breastfeeding rates following the abolition of the infant feeding survey; and if he will make a statement.

      Professions: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that scientists and technicians working in the health sector should be registered with a professional body such as the...

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department invested in research using adult stem cells in 2015.

      Gastrointestinal System: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with (a) Crohn's disease and (b) ulcerative colitis have been treated with biological drugs in each of the last five years.

      Palliative Care: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Advanced Cancer Care Equality Strategy for Gender and Sexual Minorities study in improving...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote onsite preparation and cooking of fresh food in hospitals.

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to define a target for the number of out-of-area placements for non-specialist mental health care.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted on the effect on levels of food waste in hospitals of changing provision of food from in-house kitchen...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36176, what steps his Department is taking to support research to develop a non-invasive...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the NHS will distinguish between sexuality and gender identity in the collection of data for people accessing Improving Access to Psychological...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has plans to encourage mental health providers to use social technology as a part of therapeutic treatments for young people.

      Social Networking and Technology: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) mental and (b) physical health risks to young people of social media and technology.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were subject to do not resuscitate orders in the last year for which figures are available.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to district nurses on discussing do not resuscitate orders with patients and next of kin.

      Doctors: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the annual cost to the NHS of General Medical Council appraisals.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance his Department published to commissioners on meeting excess treatment costs for clinical trials.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methodology and data NHS England plans to use to determine which services it will commission at the specialised commissioning prioritisation process...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to move more UK officials to Calais and Northern France to work full-time on identifying, screening and processing potential...

    • Turkey: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received concerning the welfare of refugees and migrants removed from Greece to Turkey, in the light of reports that some are being...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pregnant women are currently held in detention under the Immigration Act 2014.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional financial resources and staff are being made available to assist unaccompanied children coming to the UK from refugee camps (1) in Europe,...

      Asylum: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, in Calais and throughout Europe, to enhance the processes for identifying children with rights to family reunion in the UK.

      Refugees: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK is still bound by the provisions of Directive 2005/85/EC on minimum standards on procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of a letter from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to Lord Marlesford, how a series of sophisticated search algorithms and the search systems...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Missing Persons: Guardianship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward a draft bill to make provision for guardianship of the property of missing persons.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communication the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has had with the South Sudanese Transitional Government of National Unity.

    • Israel: Land Mines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of the news that the HALO Trust has been granted approval to clear mines around the site of the baptism of Christ, what representations they...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to participate in the initiative of the government of France for ending the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take, in the light of the recent deaths caused by the electricity crisis in Gaza, to (1) initiate discussions with other EU member...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the firing of tear gas canisters at journalists in front of Ofer Prison.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the firing of live bullets at Palestinians protesting against the Israeli incursion...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the aerial bombing of the Heiban locality in the South Khordofan and Blue Nile regions on 1 May, what assessment they have made of (1) the...

      Philippines: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to request reports from the UN and from human rights groups on the existence in the Philippines of death-squads and their use to murder...

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the following European Union implementing acts, when those acts were due to be transposed into UK law; when they intend to have transposed each;...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports from Physicians for Human Rights in Israel that wounded Palestinians have...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding its decision to refuse to renew permits for Palestinian stone quarries on private...

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