Written answers

Monday, 18 July 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2016 to Question 41675, on shipping: exhaust emissions, what legal and technical barriers his Department has...

    • A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will conduct a study on the potential merits and feasibility of upgrading the trunk road section of the A595 in 2016.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reports of non-compliant vehicles were sent by the DVLA to NSL Services Ltd in the last year for which information is available; and how many...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the maintenance and safety of unadopted roads.

      Motorway Service Areas: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorway service stations have rapid chargers installed to allow charging of electric vehicles in (a) Liverpool City Region and (b) England.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2016 to Question 42538, what the timescale is for updating the Cycle to Work scheme guidance published on gov.uk;...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women were killed by their current or former partner in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the Liverpool City Region in...

    • Hate Crime: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of hate crime were reported in Croydon in each of the last 12 months.

      Vetting: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the potential effect of delays in the processing of...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Disclosure and Barring Service renewal applications were made prior to the renewal date and issued after the applicants'...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2016 to Question 37587, whether she is taking steps to reduce the time taken to process applications for...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward proposals for secondary legislation on identifying and supporting victims under section 50 of the Modern...

      Refugees: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to allow people who have recently been granted refugee status and have not yet received a refugee integration...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child refugees have been accepted by the UK under the Immigration Act 2016.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to ensure that people recently displaced by violence in South Sudan receive humanitarian...

    • South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to First Vice-President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan to encourage their...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the preliminary ceasefire recently agreed in South Sudan.

  • Attorney General

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people were charged under section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 in 2015.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of Syrian children in Lebanon in education.

    • Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that other countries follow up the commitments made at the Supporting Syria conference...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance is given to local education authorities on the use and facilitation of managed moves between schools for pupils with a Statement of...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department monitors the number of managed moves between schools.

      Schools: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision schools make for Muslim children who want to take time off school for Eid.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children and young people who are either educated at home or not in employment, education or training are recorded within the statistics and...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the geographical allocation of placements of teachers to initial teacher training schemes.

      Graduates: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will consider the introduction of a programme to reduce or write off student loans for top graduates entering teaching or social work in areas...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that non-religious worldviews form part of the religious education curriculum.

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce delays processing medical discharges in the Army Health Medical Directorate.

    • Military Aircraft: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of noise caused by the training of military aircraft pilots on local communities; and what steps his...

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will put in place measures to ensure that future CSIIP providers do not offshore work, data and processes which are currently within the remit of...

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to publish the business case relating to the tender of the CSIIP contract within Defence Business Services; and if he will...

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to include a fully-resourced in-house option in value for money tests on potential outsourcing of Defence Business Services.

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what functions his Department carries out centrally which he plans to add to the functions of Defence Business Services; and what the timescale for any...

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any future corporate services integration and innovation provider for Defence Business Services will be permitted to bid for contracts for...

      Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what footprint and locations within Defence Business Services his Department is planning for inclusion in the corporate services integration and...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if Sport England will take steps to ensure that children's fitness and activity levels do not decline from their term-time levels in...

    • Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an assessment of the feasibility of banning the advertising of junk food before the 9pm watershed; and if she will...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2016 to Question 37452, if she will commission detailed monitoring of the effect of local authority...

      Broadband: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many businesses in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) Liverpool City Region do not have access to high speed broadband.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for claimants of universal credit to receive their first payment.

    • Fit for Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Fitness for Work data his Department receives from GPs, collected under the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Statements...

      Social Security Benefits: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants were sanctioned more than once in (a) Fife and (b) Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in (i) 2011-12, (ii)...

      Poverty: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) Liverpool City Region are living in (i) absolute and (ii) relative poverty.

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Jobcentre Plus staff follow the guidance on newly recognised refugees applying for welfare...

      Work Programme: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which companies are currently participating in the Work Programme in Fife; and what kind of work experience does each such company to offer to...

      Social Security Benefits: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's distributed ledger technology benefits payments trial, whether restrictions are placed on where benefit...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timescale is for closing the 1993 and 2003 child support allowance IT systems before they reach end of usable life.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for personal independence payments (PIP) have been rejected since the introduction of PIP; how many applications for PIP...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Speed Limits: Lake Windermere

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to review the speed limit on Lake Windermere.

    • Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on access by farmers to new...

      Water Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support households which are in water poverty.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the insurance industry on the development of a Flood Re scheme for businesses.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that government offices and departments procure local food.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2016 to Question 42168, what legislative options are being explored by his Department to...

    • European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on his Department's work with the European...

      Combined Authorities: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the consideration of the Greater Essex Combined Authority bid.

      Local Government: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on City Deals in Scotland.

      London City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce his planning decision on the proposed expansion of London City Airport.

      Local Government: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on City Deals in Scotland.

      Local Government: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on City Deals in Scotland.

  • Scotland Office

    • State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the effect of the Government's changes to the state pension age on...

    • Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his policy is on whether the Scottish Government can seek to negotiate a separate relationship for Scotland outside the EU compared with the rest...

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the Government's policy is on whether it has a reserved power to negotiate a separate and different relationship for Scotland with the EU compared...

  • HM Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in tax revenue since the EU referendum; and if he will make a statement.

    • Taxation: Birmingham

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has, other than devolution of business rates, to increase Birmingham's ability to levy taxes.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make an assessment of the implications for his policy on fiscal devolution of the findings of the Centre for Cities report, 10 years of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions have been brought against companies which have failed to pay the national minimum wage in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office EU Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the EU Unit has to recruit staff (a) from within and (b) externally to the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement.

    • UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the legal costs it will incur in connection with the legal case brought by Mishcon de Reya in respect of...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether once Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union has been triggered it can be untriggered before the UK's negotiations on withdrawal from...

      Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority are employed on temporary contracts.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of how effective his Department has been in promoting the advancement of disabled members of staff.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff there were in his Department with off-payroll engagements of more than £220 per day in the last six months; and what the job titles...

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many disabled members of staff in his Department are currently enrolled on the Accelerate talent programme.

      Cabinet Office: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve the gender balance among Senior Civil Servants in his Department.

      Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on legal advice relating to Freedom of Information cases in the last 12 months.

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department are paid a private secretary allowance.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to publish its assessments of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU conducted in the six months before the EU...

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many spoilt ballots were counted in the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

  • Department of Health

    • Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of proposed insurance-based reimbursement funding models, including cap and collar...

    • Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the decision was taken to end the care.data programme; and with whom he consulted prior to taking that decision.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the (a) ownership and (b) control by patients of data relating to them.

      Air Ambulance Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many air ambulance rescues have taken place in Cumbria in each month of the last 10 years.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to (a) issue the local authority self-assessment questionnaire on implementation of the adult autism strategy, (b) receive all responses...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the advertising of junk food on children's diets and health; and if he will make a statement.

      Hidradenitis Suppurativa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NICE has made of the need for clinical guidelines on hidradenitis suppurativa.

      Hidradenitis Suppurativa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the capacity of specialist dermatology centres to support people living with hidradenitis suppurativa.

      Lyme Disease: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) people and (b) children are being treated for Lyme disease in (a) Halton constituency and (b) Merseyside.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on NHS services provision of the findings in the article entitled, Mental health...

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide support to employers to encourage people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes to attend a diabetes education course soon after they are...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to people with Type 1 diabetes who self-fund a continuous glucose monitor.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2016 to Question 41992, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the childhood obesity strategy; and if he...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified UK applicants to study nursing at higher education institutions in England for academic year 2015-16 were rejected; and how many such...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the last meeting of the National Autism Programme Board, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that waiting times between...

      Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was to see a Person Centred Therapy Counselor in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool City Region and (c)...

      Royal Blackburn Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to support Royal Blackburn Hospital's accident and emergency department.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) public, (b) private and (c) third sector money was spent on the care.data programme prior to the decision being taken to close that...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff worked in the NHS in each year from 2010-11 to 2015-16; what estimate he has made of the numbers of such staff in each year from 2016-17...

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Office of National Statistics data, Dementia/Alzheimer's and respiratory disease behind biggest annual increase in deaths since the...

      Maternity Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 13 July 2016 to Questions 42245, 42246 and 42247, whether his Department plans to collect information on how many NHS maternity...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has carried out of the effect of proposed changes to the size of the budget for the Equality and Human Rights...

  • Home Office

    • Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recommendation in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report Current and future uses of biometric data and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Judiciary: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress towards achieving a more diverse judiciary in the last six years.

    • Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the consultation process for the prison sale and building programme.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the contract value allocated to each Community Rehabilitation Company and what percentage is spent on direct front line delivery staff as opposed to...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Inter-Ministerial Group last met, and what conclusions were made about establishing the Tourism Industry Council.

    • Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to ensure that the aim to distribute inbound tourism across the UK, as set out in the Five Point Plan, will be met.

      Swimming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the findings of the 2016 UK Swimming Industry Report that the number of swimming sites is in decline, what steps they intend to take to...

      Video on Demand: Hearing Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of broadcasters towards increasing the provision of access services to video-on-demand content for viewers...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the amount of benefits to which people are entitled that go unclaimed.

    • Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the discount rate used to calculate the funding status of defined benefit pension schemes.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the people previously claiming Disability Living Allowance at the higher component of (1) mobility, or (2) care, how many have been assessed for (a) the...

      Motability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Motability Scheme funds cars, powerchairs and mobility scooters but does not extend to cycles.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many species of bumblebee there are in the UK, and what assessment they have made of the challenges faced by those species.

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