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Written answers

Friday, 10 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase the number of locations with paid toll crossings in England.

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on extending Driver Only Operation; and what the outcome of those discussions was.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2016 to Question 34680, if he will provide an update on his Department's work through the EU and the European...

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which month he expects the Greater Anglia rail franchise to be awarded.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to recommendation 9 of his Department's Trust Port Study, published on 26 May 2016, what (a) guidance and (b) additional assistance his...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include a requirement in the Bus Services Bill for all new buses to be talking buses.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens currently resident elsewhere in the EU his Department expects to return to the UK in the event of a vote...

    • European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects negotiations on the new EU treaty to incorporate the new settlement for the UK in the EU to begin in the event...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal status UK citizens currently resident elsewhere in the EU will have in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

      Burma: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the Burmese government on repealing or amending provisions of that country's (a)...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

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

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from his Department circulated to (a)...

      Turkey: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the EU budget is for assistance to Turkey for strengthening its external border with Syria, Iran and Iraq in (a) 2016-17...

      Ukraine: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security implications for the UK of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy that the UK is part of the European Project, as that term is used by the EU Commission...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to sign the Safe Schools Declaration following the World Humanitarian Summit discussions on...

      Cuba: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve relations between the UK and Cuba.

      Cuba: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he had with representatives of the Cuban government during his visit to Cuba in April 2016.

      Cuba: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the bilateral EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on non-payroll staff in his Department in 2015-16.

      British Overseas Territories: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the US administration to secure its co-operation in surveillance and...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to implement the recommendation in the report by Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for...

      Egypt: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has (a) received and (b) made to the Egyptian government on investigations in Egypt into...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the report, The Blood of People Who Don't Cooperate, published by Human Rights Watch in November 2015, if he...

      Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of UN Secretary-General's report on Children and Armed Conflict and its Annex, published in April...

      Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN Secretary-General's report on Children and Armed Conflict, published in April 2016, if his Department...

      Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN Secretary-General's report on Children and Armed Conflict, published in April 2016, what steps he is...

      Yemen: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 1460, on child soldiers, if he will encourage Saudi Arabia and other states in...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will suspend arms export licences and reject new applications for arms exports to Saudi Arabia while there is a risk that...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many civil servants currently working for the Government have been involved in negotiating trade deals over the last 20 years.

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 May 2016, HCWS30, how many roles there are (a) at and (b) below Senior Civil...

  • Department for International Development

    • Bangladesh: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to assist people in Bangladesh to mitigate the effects of Cyclone Roanu.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will place in the Library copies of all letters, leaflets and other material from her Department circulated to (a) stakeholders and (b) members...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reform of access to legal aid in cases of domestic violence on children; and if he will make a...

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review charges made by the (a) police and (b) NHS for obtaining official documentation when such papers are required for applications for...

      Companies: Criminal Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to make banks and large companies criminally responsible for employees who embezzle funds,...

      Tivium: Judgements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) court judgments have been made against Tivium and (b) such judgments have been satisfied in (i) England, (ii) the North West and (iii)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Prime Minister, 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 European Union is...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Pensions Regulator will now update its rules on defined benefit (DB) schemes to clarify the legal responsibilities of DB trustees.

    • State Retirement Pensions: Civil Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues to inform people of state pension age of the implications for their surviving civil partner in the event...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to encourage other EU member states to implement the Birds and Habitats Directive.

    • Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on the National Litter Strategy which was announced on 5 December 2015.

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the (a) issuing and (b) geographical extent of abatement...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues on housing renewal in former industrial areas and the replacement of dilapidated housing...

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to improve access to the Help to Buy scheme.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what indicators the Government uses to determine levels of community integration.

      Community Engagement Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how his Department is monitoring the effectiveness of the Community Engagement Forum; how frequently that forum has met; and...

  • HM Treasury

    • Equity Release

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what studies and research his Department has undertaken or commissioned on the potential benefits of equity release on retirement incomes; and if he will...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives, what estimate he has made of the long-term...

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the report, Tackling Tax Fraud, published by the National Audit Office in December 2015, how much of the tax revenue at stake for...

      Treasury: UK Membership of EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 European...

      Child Benefit: EEA Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HM Revenue and Custom's publication Statistics on recently arrived non-UK EEA nationals subject to income tax and National Insurance...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates in each of the last three months officials of his Department have discussed the UK's plans for an exemption of VAT on sanitary products with...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish all correspondence between his Department and the European Commission on the UK's request to introduce a zero rate of VAT on women's...

      Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he expects the planned removal of VAT on women's sanitary products to take effect.

      Economic Growth: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 148 of his Department's analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives, Cm 9250, if he will set out...

      Taxation: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential implications of the EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee's decision of 27 May 2016 to introduce European...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which government department has responsibility for the cross-agency taskforce established to examine the Panama Papers.

      Welfare Tax Credits: EEA Nationals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the HM Revenue and Customs publication, entitled Tax Credits Statistics on non-UK EEA Nationals, of 22 February 2016, how many (a) in-work...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level and amount of the UK EU rebate in each year to 2030.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) press officers and (b) other officials of his Department have been or are undertaking work related to the referendum on UK membership of the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many complaints relating to equal pay were made by (a) male and (b) female employees of government departments in each of the last three years.

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on requiring companies bidding for government contracts to declare their ultimate beneficial ownership before a...

      Civil Servants: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government expects to complete its analysis of responses to the consultation on reform of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

      Anti-corruption Summit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the British Virgin Islands were not invited to the UK Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May 2016.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on implementing its policy to move graduate recruitment outside London and establish a regional assessment centre.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Freedom of Information requests have been refused by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department have specific policy responsibility for deregulation.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have applied for special leave to carry out work for non-governmental departments in the last 12 months.

  • Department of Health

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation undertakes an assessment of the recommendation from the Britain Against...

    • Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the National Screening Committee's recommendations for the bowel and cervical screening programmes; and whether he plans...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will remove the restriction that prohibits the publication of official government documents relating to the contaminated blood scandal under the...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date he plans to publish official government documents relating to contaminated blood that are held under the 100-year rule.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many official government documents are held under the 100-year rule relating to the contaminated blood scandal.

      European Medicines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health has seen the complaint by the Nordic Cochrane Centre to the European Medicines...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to support people who have had adverse reactions to vaccines administered by the NHS.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on e-cigarettes as a potential gateway to smoking.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of e-cigarette users who will return to smoking tobacco products in the year ending May 2017 as a result of...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date in June 2016 the HPV vaccination pilot for men who have sex with men is planned to commence; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he made of the utility of data from the clinic in Brent and Harrow which has been providing men who have sex with men with HPV...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the budget for the revised Cancer Drugs Fund was established at £340 million.

      Blood: Viral Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs plans to undertake or commission on the risk of blood-borne viruses for...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what framework assessment is undertaken when determining the allocation of financial resources to a clinical commissioning group for primary care.

      Primary Health Care: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of UK funding for primary care is spent on BME communities in the Southampton City Council area.

      General Practitioners: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding allocation for GPs in the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group area is spent on (a) leases and (b) land.

      General Practitioners: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase the number of health professionals who support GPs in the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group area.

      General Practitioners: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have benefited from improved access to GP services in the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group area since the announcement of...

      Primary Health Care: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group's funding for primary care services was spent on translation services in the latest...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group receives from the public purse; and what that funding is for the (a) highest and (b)...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 mental health pilots aimed at helping people with mental health problems...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the distance is between two pharmacies that his Department uses to define a cluster.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2016 to Question 37646, what preparatory work NHS England is undertaking on Translarna; and whether a date has been set...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has responded to the report of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the shortages of acute adult psychiatric beds in England.

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the decision by the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to allow competition on the East Coast Main Line will...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the new open access operators using the East Coast Main Line will pay access charges that provide for fair...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it has been since the Operational Research Computerised Allocation of Tickets to Services arrangements under which revenue is shared between...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any assessment of the impact on operational resilience by an experienced and professional railway operator of the decision by the...

      Pedicabs: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the drivers of rickshaws that carry paying passengers have to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the requirements for other...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which modern foreign languages could be studied at (1) GCSE, and (2) A-level, in each of the last 10 years.

    • Languages: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals (1) took, and (2) passed, a modern foreign language at (a) GCSE, and (b) A-level, in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensions Regulator

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 626), on how many occasions since its inception has the Pensions Regulator used...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of waste collection authorities in England that are collecting residual kitchen and non-recyclable domestic waste (1)...

    • Dairy Products: Origin Marking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 12 May (HL8175), whether they are able to legislate for the labelling of British milk and dairy...

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