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Written answers

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assurances he has received from Vauxhall that all owners of Zafira B models were informed about the changes to the vehicle safety recall relating...

    • Vauxhall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the independent testing of Vauxhall Zafiras meets the aims set out for that independent testing.

      Renewable Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve investor confidence in the production of (a) renewable fuel in general and (b) sustainable aircraft fuel.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he, Ministers or officials of his Department have had with Govia Thameslink Railway on indemnifying Govia Thameslink Railway from...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the most recent Public Performance Measure figures are which have been reported by Govia Thameslink Railway.

      Railways: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to improve the rail network and services between London and Stafford.

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to assist local authorities with the maintenance of rural roads.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the most recent Public Performance Measure figures reported by Govia Thameslink Railway put Govia...

      Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much information his Department holds on how many electric motorcycles have been sold in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Road Traffic: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic surveys and counts his Department has conducted in Stafford constituency since 2010.

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department is making on the procurement and appointment process for the construction of a new lorry park around junction 11 on the M20.

      Road Traffic: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking on steps to find a long-term solution for congestion in the South East.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on the closure of Govia Thameslink Railway ticket offices; and what the dates of...

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on the closure of Govia Thameslink Railway ticket offices; and what the outcome...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the definition of ticket office is for the purposes of Schedule 17 ticketing arrangements.

      Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what sanctions can be applied in the event of a breach by Govia Thameslink Railway of its remedial plan.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote religious freedom in Saudi Arabia; and what recent representations the Government has made...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Directors: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reason Companies House publishes the month and year of birth of company directors.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he will reply to the letter of 18 April 2016 on the closure of a Crown Post Office in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency;...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number and value of arms export licences issued to Saudi Arabia since 19 March...

      Public Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take in response to the leaked documents relating to the operations of Mossack Fonseca to ensure that...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that...

      Trade Unions: Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to section 4 of the Trade Union Act 2016, when he plans to commission an independent review of electronic...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what date in June 2016 the UK's public central register of company beneficial ownership will be launched.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish a detailed timeline for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy to assist small and medium-sized...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that young people who receive summer assessment results in September (a) 2017 and (b) 2018...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 28171, what rules will apply to use of the reading room for hon....

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what links firms bidding to run the Land Registry have to offshore tax havens.

      Land Registry: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will reconsider the proposal to privatise the Land Registry; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Vocational Guidance: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions the Careers and Enterprise Company has held with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership on improving careers information advice...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review funding levels for the care of 2 year old children.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of steel used in the new Ajax armoured vehicles will be (a) sourced from the UK and (b) imported from abroad.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the outcomes were of the universal credit in-work conditionality pilots.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the consequences of pollution levels in London; and what steps her Department is taking to...

    • Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the funding available to the Waste and Resources Action Programme in each of the...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy will be on supporting further protection through an uplisting of (a) elephants, (b) rhinos and...

  • HM Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulation of banking sector.

    • Digital Technology: Corporation Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of corporation tax receipts from the digital economy sector in 2015-16.

      Financial Services: Equal Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the gender pay gap in the financial services sector.

      Tax Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he has given to HM Revenue and Customs on the use of powers in the Finance Act 2014 to issue accelerated payment notices for seeking...

      Exports

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase exports.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve tax transparency.

      Disability

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people are not disproportionately affected by reductions in government expenditure.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the Government's steps to tackle aggressive tax avoidance on the revenues derived from general taxation.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of personal injury whiplash claims.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether she discussed soil carbon targets when she met Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner, at their...

    • Climate Change Convention: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Government plans to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2016.

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on conscientious objection for midwives asked to (a) advise on and (b) participate in abortions.

    • Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many heart valve replacements have been undertaken in the last five years for which figures are available; and whether those figures are comparable...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the introduction of abortion up to birth.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of NHS blood donation services.

      Department of Health: Coventry

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

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether healthcare professionals in Greater Manchester expressed support for the introduction of charging for (a) primary care and (b) emergency care in...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS Supply Chain on that organisation's decision on the choice of urine drainage bags available through the...

      Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has assessed the effect on (a) patients and (b) patient choice of centralised procurement.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will re-open the consultation on pharmacy dispensing models and displaying prices on medicines that closed on 17 May 2016 in order to allow...

      Health Education: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to prevent the publication of books, papers and other...

      Department of Health: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37198, how many of the leaflets entitled Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the...

      Clinical Audit: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to review and update NICE guidance to take account of emerging new technologies in electronic auditing.

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of Ehlers-Danios Syndrome have been diagnosed in each of the last five years.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what compliance procedures the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has to ensure that its pharmacovigilance functions do not conflict...

      Neuroendocrine Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the use of peptide receptor radionuclide therapy treatments to target carcinoid tumours.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Lutathera drug was removed from the list of drugs available under the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Neuroendocrine Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to findings presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress on Lutathera, what assessment he has made of the reported benefits of that drug...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Women and Equality Unit: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from the Government Equalities Office circulated to (a)...

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has discussed with the Prison Service and probation services the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee in its First...

      Restaurants: Guide Dogs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if her will estimate the number of times people with guide dogs have been refused entry to restaurants in each of the last five years; and what steps...

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to simplifying the Governance for Railway Investment Projects process.

  • Home Office

    • EU Immigration: Horn of Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office has commissioned any research into migration to the EU from Horn of Africa nations, in line with the UK's role as the Chair of the...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect British girls in the Dawoodi Bohra community from female genital mutilation, in the light of the sermon by Supreme...

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to limit online financial fraud.

      Cycling: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that the identity and addresses given by cyclists being issued with fixed penalty notices are not false.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Union Act 2016: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 19 April (HL Deb, col 614), whether they will write to the Welsh Government Minister for Public Services...

    • Tata Steel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public funding was involved, and on what terms, in the purchase by Greybull Capital of Tata Steel’s Long Products Europe business.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with (1) the Howard League for Penal Reform, (2) The Children's Society, (3) Barnardo's, (4) the NSPCC, (5) other children's...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Fines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that the Sentencing Council’s fine calculator does not reflect the new victim surcharge fees for offences committed on or...

    • Magistrates' Courts: ICT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in accordance with the advice of the Senior Presiding Judge and the Sentencing Council, it is permissible for magistrates to use their own...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many authorised claims management companies have been operating over the last five years.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the UK withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • BBC: Met Office

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Met Office will cease to provide forecasts for the BBC; what assessment they have made of the impact of that change on the provision of the shipping...

    • ICT: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of which sectors have (1) increased, and (2) reduced, their percentage of IT spend on cyber security between 2014 and 2015.

      Claims Management Services: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce an enforceable regulatory regime of any type to tackle nuisance calls, texts and other forms of marketing for claims...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of claims management companies that have faced some sort of intervention from the Information...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the freeze on housing benefit rates, combined with an extended benefit cap and rising rents, on homeless...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence will follow the lead of the US military by training relevant officers serving in at-risk countries in how to identify early...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the relationship between the inability to pay high rents and the risk of homelessness, what they are doing to ensure access to social housing.

    • Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the levels of community infrastructure levy levied by each local planning authority in England.

      Derelict Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what government funds now exist to support brownfield housing; how much is available and for what purposes; what are the procedures for distribution of these...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remit of the National Infrastructure Commission includes the provision of sufficient social and affordable housing.

      Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that greenbelt land is only built on in exceptional circumstances.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 February 2015 (HL4187), whether the Weekly Collection Support Scheme is still in operation,...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Radioactive Materials: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 May (HL Deb, col 138), whether the same level of protection is given to storage sites for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their planned legislation to enfranchise British citizens resident abroad for over 15 years will be introduced in the current Session.

  • Department of Health

    • Surrogate Motherhood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the views of surrogates, academics, parents through surrogacy, and legal practitioners, about the case for surrogacy law...

    • Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why NHS England has decided to restrict hepatitis C treatment, with providers subject to a financial penalty if they do not keep within specified numbers,...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the shortfall in resources available to enable elderly and disabled patients to be discharged from hospitals with adequate...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether elderly and disabled patents are being discharged from hospitals without adequate on-going care arrangements in...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of people who visited a hospital Accident and Emergency department in the UK on (1) a weekday, or (2) a Saturday or Sunday, in 2015.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were employed in the NHS in England last year; how many (1) left, and (2) joined, the NHS in that period, and of those who (1) left, and (2)...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 28 April (HL7700), how NHS England has satisfied itself that Nottinghamshire Clinical...

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