Written answers

Thursday, 7 July 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve bus passenger safety.

    • M1: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on plans in the Road Investment Strategy for a new smart motorway between junctions 23 and 25 of the M1.

      M1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a new Junction 25A on the M1.

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to support the UK freight sector.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will support the introduction of high-bioethanol blends into petrol to maintain future jobs in the bioethanol industry.

      Shipping: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2016 to Question 41126, on shipping: energy, what penalties were given to each of the 24 vessels identified with...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote increased awareness among cyclists of other road users and pedestrians; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of local authority-owned properties which have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme...

    • Kingston upon Hull City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2016 to Question 40188, on Kingston upon Hull City Council, what the source is for the...

      Homelessness: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the population of (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the Liverpool City Region was homeless in...

      Fracking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take into account the views of local communities and Lancashire County Council when deciding whether to reverse the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • EU Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Government officials with trade negotiating skills are currently based in Brussels.

    • Palestinian Authority: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the USA and (b) the EU on corruption in the Palestinian authority.

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of China on the persecution of Christians and other faith groups.

      Israel: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to paragraph 19 of the concluding observations on the fifth period report of Israel by the UN Committee against...

      Israel: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to work with Israel to support the formulation of the criminal offence of torture in that country.

      Israel: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Israeli counterpart on ending the practice of administrative detention in that country.

      Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the British embassy in Tel-Aviv is taking to monitor the case of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha.

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian government on the alleged political imprisonment of orphanage worker Maryam...

      Bahrain: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the extension of the prison sentence from four years to nine years of Sheikh Ali Salman in Bahrain; and...

      India: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on efforts to free the Seamen Guard Ohio crew.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK Ministers plan to participate in discussions initiated by the French government on the Middle East peace process.

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the (a) UK's and (b) EU's sanctions policy for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on arrangements at the border between...

    • UK Withdrawal from EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what administrative arrangements have been made within her Department to respond to the result of the EU referendum.

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the proposed closures of electoral offices in Northern Ireland on voter registration...

  • Attorney General

    • Gurpal Virdi

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Ministerial Correction of 24 June 2016 to Question 40180, on Gurpal Virdi, (a) when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) became aware that the...

    • Gurpal Virdi

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Ministerial Correction of 24 June 2016 to Question 40180, on Gurpal Virdi, how many statements of fact by the complainant were contradicted by (a) Tom...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Government plans to enter into talks with non-EU countries on initiating free trade agreements.

    • Skilled Workers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the ability of firms to recruit...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the Government's (a) expertise and (b) capacity to carry out trade deals as a result of the...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made on the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on EU development funding...

      Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (a) how much has been paid to officials of his Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department provides to female entrepreneurs in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) the Liverpool City...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Digital Technology: EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to negotiate access to the Digital Single Market for British online retailers.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of the (a) UK and (b) North East of the UK leaving the EU and businesses...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that digital consumer rights are not lost in the process of the UK leaving the EU.

      Employment: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to protect employment levels in the North East from the potential (a) immediate effect of the UK voting...

      Trade Agreements: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether officials from the Welsh Government have been identified to take part in the establishment of expanded trade negotiation...

      Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will be considered an exclusive competence of the EU.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that the hon. Member for Walsall North receives a reply to his letter of 3 May 2016 to the Chief...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the total budget for the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme will be funded by her Department; and if she...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to identify potential recipients of overseas development assistance currently given to (a) the...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what were the 10 foreign languages most spoken by pupils for whom English is listed as an additional language in the annual school census in (a) 2000...

    • Academies: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide emergency funding to academies in Gloucestershire while the review of education funding is pending to cover additional costs...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) childcare places are available for three and four year olds and (b) eligible children there are in (i) England and (ii) Copeland constituency.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the process is for (a) ensuring that religious education is taught to all pupils in all schools and (b) reporting schools that are not teaching...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to ring-fence the funding rate paid to providers of free childcare for eligible three and four year olds.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the ability of childcare providers in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency to provide the additional...

      Classroom Assistants: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants have been trained by local authorities in each year since 2010.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants were employed in schools in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Merseryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many decisions taken on claims for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments have been appealed in (i) St Helens...

    • Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons the abolition of section 225 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 was not applied retrospectively for prisoners serving sentences for...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will make an assessment of the effect of extending the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has plans for educational projects to commemorate the First World War in addition to...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps are being taken by the Church of England to tackle human trafficking.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear warheads the UK currently retains.

    • Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the UK's role in NATO.

      Armed Forces: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal British Legion on their Count Them In campaign.

      Military Bases: Northwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the outcome of the EU referendum for the EU Maritime Headquarters at Northwood.

      Ministry of Defence: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how much has been paid to officials of his Department as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime payments, (b)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answers of 29 January 2016 to Question 23225 and of 28 April 2016 to Question 35312, what progress his Department has...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has issued to officials of his Department on processing disability benefit claims from people who are on the organ transplant...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a single asbestos disease-related benefit.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to provide funding for youth employment in the North West in the event of funding currently received from the EU...

      Local Housing Allowance: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse from applying the Local Housing Allowance cap to supported housing; and...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to publish child poverty statistics at a regional level.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on the number of children living in (a) absolute and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish updated mortality statistics for employment and support allowance, incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for the consultation on attendance allowance.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment and support allowance claimants living in Hove constituency were reimbursed for travel to Brighton Assessment Centre in 2015.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of personal independence payment claims which a tribunal ruled should be paid are reinstated within six to eight weeks.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is for a personal independence payment claim to resume after the claimant has successfully challenged a stop to...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether people claiming attendance allowance can access Motability.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of requiring at least 50 per cent of the licence fees raised in...

    • Information Commissioner: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made representations to the Information Commissioner's Office management and directors on ensuring that terms of pay and...

  • Home Office

    • GMB: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to letters from the GMB trades union National Secretary, Mick Rix, on the outsourcing of jobs at British Airways and...

    • Hate Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of (a) religious and (b) hate crime were reported to the police in London in each of the last five years.

      Common Travel Area: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on cooperation with Ireland on matters under the...

      Refugees: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the Government's role in (a) tackling the...

      Aviation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to advise people in the UK of their continuing rights to travel freely within the EU.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the immigration health surcharge for visa applications on the number of visas applied for; how...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees that her Department plans to relocate to Coventry under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who will be relocated through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme in the next...

      Agriculture: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board in 2013 on the proportion of migrants...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the systems for measuring levels of illegal immigration in other countries; and whether such systems could...

  • HM Treasury

    • Railways: South Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government intends to replace or substitute any loss of funding to the Welsh Government for the South Wales Metro as a result of the outcome of...

    • Insurance: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the (a) regulation of the insurance industry and (b)...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the transposition of the Basel III reform measures into UK law.

      Economic Situation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Multiple Occupation: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that houses with multiple occupation that are let on a room-by-room basis are not exempt...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on advertising in the last six months.

    • UK Withdrawal from EU: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the petition on the change.org website, entitled Restore truthful politics - create an independent office to monitor political...

      Lung Cancer: Liverpool

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the Liverpool City Region have been (i) diagnosed with and (ii) died from lung cancer...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to reduce air pollution in (a) Liverpool and (b) Merseyside since 2010.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the main reasons for delays in basic farm payments were in the most recent year for which information is available; and...

      Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many big cat sightings have been reported in each year from (a) 2000 to 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016 to date.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to produce data on the reduction in single-use plastic carrier bag usage in England for the...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on banning wild animals from being used in circuses.

      Hill Farming: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent support her Department has given to lamb farmers.

      Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to help more children access and understand nature.

      Agriculture: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to encourage more women to work in the food and farming industries.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Wildlife Crime Unit in tackling wildlife crime and...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the decline in the bee population.

      Government Departments: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made on ensuring that government departments buy more British food.

  • Department of Health

    • WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's priorities are for the 7th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to be...

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England has met the key deliverable in the 2014-15 NHS England business plan to ensure that more than 70 per cent of all scientific and...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the tobacco industry on the Government's commitment to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products and its...

      NHS: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS clinical staff work part-time.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the guidelines are for remuneration of chairs of clinical commissioning group governing bodies.

      West Cumberland Hospital: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence his Department is taking into account to decide whether (a) consultant-led and (b) midwife-led maternity services should be withdrawn at...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated by the NHS for gambling addictions in each of the last five years.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average total remuneration was of chairs of clinical commissioning group governing bodies in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will adopt the recommendations of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health in its Inquiry Report into NHS England's Five...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the level of alcohol dependency in the criminal justice system.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to develop (a) interventions for people with alcohol problems before they commit criminal offences and (b) support...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment has been made of the access to clean drinking water and adequate water supplies for the Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Israeli water supplier, Mekorot, reduced water supply to the West Bank during Ramadan.

      Developing Countries: Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to ensure that the UK delivers on the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030, to which it committed at the 69th World...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the Global Fund in the fight against Malaria.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of resourcing from the international community needs to be applied to meet the Global Fund's target of saving an additional eight million people...

  • Department of Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to engage with individuals who are aware of having an alcohol problem but have not, because they are too ashamed or frightened,...

    • Childbirth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reductions they aim to achieve in rates of (1) stillbirths, (2) neonatal deaths, and (3) brain injuries, in (a) single pregnancies, and (b) multiple...

      Multiple Births: Perinatal Mortality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS England’s stillbirth care bundle will be reviewed to assess whether it is having an impact on reducing stillbirths among multiple...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many clinical negligence legal cases there have been in the last five years; and how many of those were settled by way of a payment for damages within...

      Antidepressants: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, further to the review of clinical trial evidence Comparative efficacy and tolerability of antidepressants for major depressive disorder in children...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 June (HL645), why no information is available of the number of patients who have died to date,...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 June (HL645), how many of the 8,408 rare disease genomes and 1,671 cancer genomes have been...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was NHS England's expenditure in 2015–16 on (1) cancer, (2) HIV, (3) cystic fibrosis, (4) multiple sclerosis, and (5) hepatitis C, and what is the...

      X-rays: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether x-ray equipment bought for a hospital trust by local fundraising efforts belongs to that trust or to NHS Property Services.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what happens to unused medication sealed and in date, in hospitals on the discharge or death of a patient.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the consent of Parliament will be obtained to a new agreement governing the UK’s relationship with the EU.

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to table motions in both Houses of Parliament to enable Parliament to debate the negotiations for the UK exiting the EU holistically, or...

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