Written answers

Friday, 1 July 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with airline companies on the provision of bad or adverse weather training for airline staff.

    • Bus Services Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department expects the Bus Services Bill draft statutory guidance to be published.

      Bus Services Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department expects the Bus Services Bill impact assessments to be published.

      Taxis: Assistance Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the taxi driver licensing process provides more awareness to taxi drivers of the requirements to...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on the near collision between an unmanned drone and a passenger aircraft above...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents involving unmanned drones and aircraft in the proximity of UK airports have been reported in each month in each of the last five years.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines there are for the flying of unmanned drones in the proximity of airports.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which types of lorries are being used for the delivery of High Speed 2 projects.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with airline operators in response to incidents between unmanned drones and passenger airlines.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on the issue of resilience in the event of a drone collision with a passenger...

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for facilitating the development of infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) the UK.

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2016 to Question 39766, what proportion of all flights between UK airports and oil rigs were undertaken by (a) AS332...

      Offshore Industry: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2016 to Question 39766, on offshore industry helicopters, how many and what proportion of flights in the UK North...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 11 June 2015, Official Report, column 1310,...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assistance his Department is providing to support research and development into technologies to reduce emissions from ships.

      Shipping: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the process to ensure that ports effectively...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with the European Maritime Safety Agency on implementing sulphur reduction...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work his Department is carrying out in advance of the International Maritime Organisation's 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on diplomatic efforts to promote an agreement for reducing shipping emissions through the...

      Official Cars: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.31 of his Department's Road Safety Statement, published in December 2015, what progress he has made on ensuring that the...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support the updating of the European NCAP and (b) promote new road safety technology.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to amend road accident investigation procedures to enable more data to be gathered about accidents on roads.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to incentivise road haulage businesses to purchase vehicles with (a) lower driving positions, (b) observation cameras, (c) glass...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a compulsory module on understanding the needs and risks of vulnerable road users to the Driver Certificate of Professional...

      Roads: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve road connectivity between Bradford and its wider region.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's Local Transport Note No. 2/95, published in April 1995, if he will amend that note to assume a lower walking speed...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Bus Reform Workshops: background information, published in September 2015, for what reason...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he had with (a) bus operators and (b) local authorities on preventing local authorities outside of London from forming bus companies...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects HS2 Ltd to implement discretionary arrangements to assist property owners affected by the High Speed 2 route.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the relative priorities given to wheelchair users and passengers with pushchairs using dedicated access spaces on buses.

      Motor Vehicles: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations his Department has received on motor vehicle mileage fraud; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Albinism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the issue of attacks on and murders of people with albinism with his counterparts in sub-Saharan African countries.

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the constructive engagement of the Saudi-led coalition with the UN on the...

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Burmese counterpart on (a) releasing people detained for the exercise of their human...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the temporary removal of the Saudi-led coalition from the UN's list of states...

      Turkey: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2016 to Question 37099, if the Government will support an independent investigation into...

      Turkey: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2016 to Question 37099, if the Government will support a public call on the government of...

      Turkey: Alevism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Alevi community in Turkey has the right to exercise freedom of religious...

      Turkey: Alevism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation of the Alevi community in Turkey; and if he will...

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the treatment of minority religious groups in Turkey.

      Turkey: Alevism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the European Court of Human Rights' ruling of 26 April 2016...

      Bahrain: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to engage the Bahraini monarchy to ensure that freedom of religion and belief is promoted...

      Bahrain: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the relocation of Bahraini citizenship from Sheikh Isa Qassim.

      Bahrain: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Bahrain on the protection of the civil and political rights of the Shia...

      Bahrain: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Bahrain on the protection of the rights of the Shia population in that...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: EU Action

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

    • Department for International Development: EU Law

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

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she expects the airport at St Helena to open to commercial flights; and if she will make a statement.

      Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of an escalation of border clashes between Eritrea and Ethiopia on refugees in...

  • Department for Education

    • Design and Technology: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of including design and technology in the EBacc.

    • Education Funding Agency: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the value is of property not in use which was purchased by the Education Funding Agency since 2012.

      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 first competition which concluded in July 2015...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: EU Law

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

    • Ministry of Justice: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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 Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide additional funding for broadband provision to difficult to reach properties in (a) rural and (b) urban areas which...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the cost to his Department of processing mandatory reconsiderations in each of the last three years.

    • Occupational Pensions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the Financial Conduct Authority review on the disclosure of transaction cost information for workplace pension schemes is planned...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to facilitate and promote (a) work opportunities and (b) apprenticeships for people with both a physical and mental...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that families of children with life-shortening conditions receive financial support in order to care for...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2016 to Question 39438, if his Department will keep an annual record of locations visited by...

    • Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many cases referred to the Housing Ombudsman since 2015 have (a) not yet been concluded and (b) been awaiting consideration...

  • HM Treasury

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will prioritise the recruitment and training of trade negotiators in the event of the UK voting to leave the EU.

    • Financial Institutions: Capital

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of instituting a common standardised approach for calculation of risk weights in the capital...

      Stocks and Shares

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the systemic financial risk from tranching of securitised assets.

      Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the results of the Current Account Switching Service for personal current account holders with overdrafts.

      Invest to Save Budget

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many evaluation reports HM Treasury's Invest to Save Budget Unit produced between 1999 and 2010.

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 1 March 2016 to Question 25631, whether HM Revenue and Customs has completed its investigations into the six social care...

      VAT: EU Action

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to respond to the EU Action Plan on VAT.

      Environment Protection: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to bring forward VAT proposals to comply with the European Court of Justice judgement of 2015 on green products.

      Drugs: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the rate of VAT levied on over-the-counter medicines; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Grants and Loans: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will bring forward proposals to underwrite all EU funding for projects in Scotland in response to the result of the referendum on the UK's...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: EU Action

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

    • Northern Ireland Office: EU Law

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

  • Department of Health

    • Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of healthcare professionals trained to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

    • Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will be responsible for higher education placements for (a) allied health, (b) nursing and (c) midwifery in 2017-18.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Department's Framework for Sexual Health Promotion in England, published in March 2013, what steps he has taken to ensure that...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of alternative providers entering the higher education sector to deliver health, nursing and allied...

      Department of Health: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil service employees of his Department were based in Coventry in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Older People: Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with appropriate clinical bodies on the effectiveness of treatment with statins for people aged 60 and over.

      Ovaries: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with appropriate clinical bodies on the provision of ovary transplants.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of risk reduction and prevention of dementia; and what information he holds on the effect of (a) alcohol,...

      North Middlesex Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take in response to the announcement by Health Education England that it will not allow postgraduate training to continue in North...

      North Middlesex Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations officials, advisers and Ministers of his Department have made to the Chief Executive and Chair of North Middlesex University...

      Chase Farm Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has carried out of the effect of the closure of the emergency department at Chase Farm Hospital in 2013 on other hospital...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the decline in cervical screening uptake in the 25 to 29 age group.

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24th May 2016 to Question 37256, on the WHO framework convention on tobacco control, when he expects to take a decision on...

      Dairy Products: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Public Health England on the effect of the revised Eatwell Guide on milk and dairy consumption by children.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of contracts for sexual health services that include requirements to provide...

      Ambulance Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made by the East Midlands Ambulance Service on reducing patient handover times to local hospitals.

      East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve staff morale at the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

      East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to address understaffing at the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what awareness-raising activities his Department has undertaken in support of Diabetes Awareness Week 2016.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 9 May (HL7498), whether the recent inquiry and report by the Quality Assurance Agency on...

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