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Written answers

Thursday, 30 June 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to Question 39527, (a) for what reasons and (b) what the evidential basis is for the decision that the commissioning and...

    • Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the relative merits of hydrogen-powered vehicles compared to electric vehicles.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39847, what effect he expects the provisions of the Bus Services Bill to have on his Department's...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39847, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cycling and walking investment strategy on...

      Electric Vehicles: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the sophistication of the plug-in grant to promote high safety rated electric and low emission vehicles.

      Marine Environment Protection Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, of which correspondence groups the UK is a member within the International Maritime Organisation's Marine Environmental Protection Committee process.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who drive heavy goods vehicles in city centres receive training that specifically addresses...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy that (a) plug sockets, (b) tables and (c) WiFi equipment should be installed in all standard class Thameslink Class 700...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the British steel industry to future transport infrastructure projects in the UK.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39847, on travel, when he plans to update the National Transport Model estimates given in that...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39847, on travel, what the road traffic forecast estimates are for each of the forecast scenarios 2...

      Bus Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department provided in bus subsidies to Lancashire in 2015.

      A59: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on the A59 road in the area of Ribble Valley in the last two years.

      Department for Transport: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40542, what estimate he has made of the number of his Department's civil servants that will be...

      A17: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to dual the A17 between Newark and Sleaford.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Burmese government relaunches the Prisoner of Conscience Affairs Committee or...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to recruit more trade specialists as a result of the outcome of the referendum on the UK's...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what framework determines what will be included in the 2021 census.

    • Cabinet Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that his Department's purchasing policies support British (a) industry and (b) agriculture.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) that all Government services are available through the gov.uk website and (b) that that website...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2016 to Question 39321, what progress his Department has made on plans to diversify the civil...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what EU directives related to his Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans for the provision of charging points for electric cars at multiple locations in the UK.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support the electric car industry.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing incentives to encourage householders to have outdoor...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress is being made on developing the Pubs Code; and when he plans that that code will be made available.

      Overseas Investment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's bilateral investment treaties on its policies on human rights,...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received on the potential merits of establishing a materials catapult for manufacturing.

      Business: EU Withdrawal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from businesses expressing concern at the result of the referendum on the UK's membership...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to recruit more trade specialists as a result of the outcome of the referendum on the UK's...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full-time trade specialists are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to Eastern Kachin and Northern Shan states in Burma.

    • Developing Countries: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of bilateral investment treaties between the UK and developing countries on the...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the de-listing of the Saudi-led coalition in the UN Secretary-General's report on...

      Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided for the internally-displaced people who have fled their homes in Fallujah after the Iraqi...

      Indonesia: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to assist people in the Indonesian province of Province of Davao del Norte affected by the drought in that...

  • Department for Education

    • Children and Young People: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the capacity of schools and colleges to support children and young persons who are experiencing mental illness.

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2016 to Question 40258, what the minimum number of responses is for results for a school to be published on Parent View.

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional funding to schools with high teacher vacancy rates for teacher salaries.

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department spent in the last five years on the provision of English language teachers for students recently arrived in the UK with little...

      Department for Education: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Civil Service employees of her Department were based in Coventry in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Performing Arts: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to increase funding of post-16 performing arts education and training.

      Academies: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the academy trusts approved to receive the Northern Fund for academy sponsors in the second competition which concluded in February 2016...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many men have been found guilty of offences under Section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 as amended by Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act...

    • Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 14 June 2016, Official Report, column 1617, on EU Prisoner Transfer Directive, to which EU member states the 102...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the judiciary on the potential change in the number of litigants in person in personal injury claims as a result of the...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the reasons for recent reductions in the number of cases brought by women in employment tribunals.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of employment tribunal fees on the gender pay gap.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal claimants withdrew their case due to the requirement to pay fees (a) since 2013, (b) between April 2014 and March 2015 and...

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Law Society's online survey of individuals' handling of legal...

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40498, on domestic violence: legal aid scheme, which domestic violence support groups, legal...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what EU directives related to his Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

    • Ministry of Defence: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which EU (a) legislative and (b) other proposals his Department is leading negotiations on for the Government in the Council of the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has issued written guidance to providers of the work capability assessment informing them not to direct customers to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance the Government provides to local authorities to enable them to provide recycling facilities for all kinds of...

    • UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations she has made for the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-13 conference to be held in Cancun in December...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the sustainable development goals that have 2020 deadlines will be met.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Convention on Biological Diversity Strategic Plan, what discussions she has had with stakeholders on...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) Burma, (b) Afghanistan and (c) Syria are held in immigration removal centres in England.

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that non-EEA family members of UK citizens have equal rights of travel within the EU when...

      Visas: Mohammed Amir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons Mohammed Amir has been granted a visa to travel to the UK for the Test series between England and Pakistan.

      Visas: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people granted visitor visas from countries in sub-Saharan Africa did not return to their country of...

      Home Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to ensure that staff in her Department receive religious literacy training.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether security staff working on mass deportation flights have accredited training in the use of force in the confined space of an aircraft.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to allow EU citizens resident in the UK to be able to continue to live in the UK.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of slavery have been reported in each of the last five years.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what EU directives related to his Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what EU directives related to his Department's responsibilities are awaiting transposition into UK law.

    • Scotland Office: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which EU (a) legislative and (b) other proposals his Department is leading negotiations on for the Government in the Council of the EU.

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on (a) online advertising and promotion, (b) animation, (c) design and (d) in total on its recent #GetInOntheAct campaign.

      Scotland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many instant rewards of what value were given to officials of his Department in 2015-16.

      Scotland Office: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on advertising, marketing and external communications in 2015-16.

      Dover House: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on renovations and repairs to Dover House in 2015-16.

      Scotland Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on air, rail and taxi travel in 2015-16.

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has visited a food bank in Scotland since February 2016.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Bill of Rights: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the proposed British Bill of Rights.

  • Department of Health

    • Breast Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer have a named clinical nurse specialist as part of their care in (a) England and (b)...

    • Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with appropriate clinical bodies on the potential use of oxygen bubbles and nutrients as part of treatment for cancer.

      Diabetes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the balloon device to be available through the NHS for people with diabetes.

      MRKH Syndrome: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have been diagnosed with MRKH syndrome in the last 12 months.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to regulate the prices of everyday drugs sold to the NHS by pharmaceutical companies.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to nationally commission (a) minor ailments services and (b) minor eye conditions services.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) in general and (b) who have long-term health conditions are liable for prescription charges.

      Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to contribute to the Government's aim of reducing the regulatory burden on...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to introduce mandatory data collection on hospital-initiated postponement or cancellation of ophthalmology follow-up...

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase capacity for (a) new and (b) follow-up appointments in ophthalmology clinics.

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on funding research into improving the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Kidney Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to make a decision on the drug Nivolumab becoming available under the Early Access to Medicines Scheme to treat patients with renal cell...

      Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to take steps to ensure that the costs of social care do not rise as a result of the introduction of the national living wage.

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce health inequalities.

      Health: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve health outcomes in the North East.

      Social Services: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 2.1(5) of the Principles for maintaining continuity of care when moving across borders within the United Kingdom, published...

      Health Services: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the local management structure is of the NHS in West Sussex.

      Health Services: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what local organisation is accountable for the operation of the NHS in (a) Mid Sussex, (b) West Sussex and (c) Brighton.

      NHS Trusts: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts operate in West Sussex; and what the responsibilities are of each such trust.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens are resident in each European Union member state; how many from each of those states are resident in the UK; and in each case how...

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 6 June (HL320), what assessment they have made of the effects on Turkey’s candidate...

      Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 6 June (HL320), which elements of Turkish democracy they consider "modern"; and whether they...

      Council of Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend the UK to continue to be a member of the Council of Europe and party to the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current state of bilateral relations with Iran a year after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in...

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan has adequate supplies of electricity; what assessment they have made of...

    • South Sudan: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the amount of funding they give to develop hospital infrastructure in South Sudan.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners have been identified as having been radicalised whilst in custody in England and Wales since the beginning of 2014.

    • Parole

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria approved by Ministers for use by the Parole Board when considering whether to authorise the release of prisoners serving indeterminate...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Infrastructure: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which applications under section 100 of the Planning Act 2008 an Examining Authority has appointed a person to act as assessor.

    • Housing Estates: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December 2015 (HL4001), how much funding has been awarded to each of the successful...

      Circle Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which occasions (1) ministers, and (2) officials, have met members of (a) the Management Board, and (b) the Senior Management Team, of Circle Housing...

      Circle Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which occasions the Chair of the Regulatory Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency and his staff have met members of (1) the Management Board, and...

  • Department of Health

    • Heart Diseases: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the cardiac nursing workforce is comprised of heart failure specialist nurses.

    • Heart Diseases: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop a workforce register of heart failure specialist nurses in England.

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