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Written answers

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the actual cost of replacing Trident does not exceed the current estimated cost.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraphs 5.36 to 5.38 of the Cabinet Manual, whether the convention that a debate in Parliament should be held before troops are...

      MOD Wethersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to ensure that a minimum number of homes are constructed on MOD Wethersfield for local residents during negotiations for...

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HM Revenue and Customs will end its requirement for hon. Members' case correspondence to be submitted by fax and accept such correspondence from a...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed parents who will be eligible for tax-free childcare.

      Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the change in the value of the pound since following the EU referendum on private pension funds.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax measures he is putting in place to encourage higher levels of business investment in the UK.

      Infrastructure: West Midlands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support infrastructure development in the West Midlands.

      Economic Policy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to update the Government's long-term economic plan in response to the outcome of the EU referendum.

      Self-employed: Government Assistance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to help self-employed people.

      Personal Savings

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support people with personal savings.

      Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to limit the level of overdraft charges for people in financial difficulties.

  • Home Office

    • Modern Slavery Act 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the implementation plan and monitoring framework for the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

    • Human Trafficking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of human trafficking of women (a) from and (b) into Lancashire have taken place over the past five years.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with police forces on policing strategies to help protect older and more vulnerable citizens against crime.

      Hate Crime: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of each type of hate crime were recorded in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the Liverpool City Region in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Rebecca Coriam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide a schedule of documents held by his Department that relate to the disappearance of Rebecca Coriam from the...

    • Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help secure a lasting peace settlement in Syria.

      Rebecca Coriam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide a schedule of communications that have taken place between the Government and the governments of (a)...

      Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) extent of protection of human rights and (b) operation of the democratic process...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the governments of (a) India and (b) Pakistan on the current situation in Kashmir.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on implementing pledges on child education made in the Supporting Syria Conference held in the UK in...

  • Department for Education

    • Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to reassure European students studying abroad in Britain that the outcome of the EU referendum will not lead to changes to the...

    • Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to ensure that new investment in the Primary PE and Sport Premium directly benefits (a) the least active children...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish the findings of the first phase of its consultation on a national schools funding formula; and when the second...

      Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the number of school places that will be available in Yorkshire and Humber in each of the next five years.

      Higher Education: Redcar and Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school leavers in Redcar and Cleveland who were (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals went to university in the last three...

      Children in Care: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the merits of the recommendation in the Fourth report of the Education Committee, Session 2015-16, HC 481, that all...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received from minority faith groups since July 2013 on the availability of coroners at all times.

    • Coroners: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress his Department has made on preparing a response to the consultation on the post-implementation review of the coroner reforms in the...

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the introduction of proposals for a British Bill of Rights.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals have been granted in a claimant's favour following an assessment prior to a transfer from disability living allowance to personal...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has for reform of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to publish its review of employment tribunal fees.

      Judicial Review: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans she has for reform of judicial review.

  • Scotland Office

    • Trade Unions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he has had in the last six months with (a) Scottish Trades Union Congress and (b) affiliated trade unions; and if he will make a...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Art Works: Redcar and Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many works of art from public collections were loaned to institutions in Redcar and Cleveland in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of the local housing allowance cap on (a) people claiming that allowance in Bermondsey...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) benefit sanctions, (b) work capability assessments and (c) other government welfare reforms...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many assessments of claimants transferring between disability living allowance and personal independence payments have been made in the...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to ensure that his Department undertakes research into the potential merits of a universal basic income.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure consistency in the length of intervals between awards of personal independence payments.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to ensure that the level of functional impairment is adequately assessed to provide appropriate support for a...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of extending the Shared Accommodation Rate to social rented housing on the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the payment of pension part weeks to cover the period when recipients reach...

      Social Security Benefits: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receive benefit and pension payments by Simple Payments in the Liverpool City Region.

      Bakeries: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice and guidance he has received from the Health and Safety Executive on reducing the level of occupational asthma in the baking industry.

      Whooping Cough: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2016 to Question 42446, how many people have (a) claimed and (b) received payment under the vaccine damages...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations concerning austerity measures in paragraph 19 of the...

      Work Programme: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which companies are currently participating in the Work Programme in Glasgow; and what work experience each of those companies offers to...

      Social Security Benefits: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants were sanctioned more than once in (a) Glasgow South West constituency and (b) Glasgow in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support beekeepers whose colonies are at risk from notifiable diseases.

    • Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspectors are employed by her Department to monitor the health of bee colonies across the UK.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many beekeepers are registered on BeeBase.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to tackle light pollution and help protect dark skies in...

      Lighting: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to include measures to protect and improve England's dark skies in the Government's 25-year plan for the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the Government's 25-year plan for the natural environment.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking in response to the findings of the World Health Organisation's report, entitled WHO...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) effectiveness of introducing voluntary targets to reduce...

      Farms: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to encourage long-term tenancies in the agriculture sector.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on how many times air quality safety levels were breached in (a) Port Talbot, (b)...

      Air Pollution: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's projections are for levels of air pollution in the Ribble Valley over the next five years.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what savings his Department expects to accrue to the public purse as a result of transferring attendance allowance funding to...

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the definition of statutory homelessness in preventing rough sleeping.

      Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on how to take into account a neighbourhood planning process being...

      Shops: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to prevent shop closures in town centres.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 9 November 2015 to Question 14704, what plans his Department has to review and enhance the...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of demand on social care services.

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department had with the Scottish Government on provisions in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 which require...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of houses in Lancashire are built on flood plains.

  • Wales Office

    • M4: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions his Department has had with members of the National Assembly for Wales on the proposed Blue Route M4 relief road.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will conduct a public inquiry into the practice of employment blacklisting; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Migration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish its most recent data on migration to and from the UK.

    • Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to allow all British citizens who live abroad but pay income tax in the UK to vote in UK elections regardless of the...

      Living Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) the Liverpool City Region and (c) England are paid less than the...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) mechanisms and (b) timescales are for securing input into his Department's work on negotiations for withdrawal from the EU from (i)...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths were recorded for which (a) malnutrition was listed as the underlying cause of death and (b) malnutrition or effects of hunger were...

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of additional staff to be recruited from outside the civil service to work on...

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of electoral registration arrangements for UK nationals abroad in (a) general and (b) Germany in...

      EU Nationals: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people from other EU countries are resident in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire.

      British Nationals Abroad: Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure overseas electors receive ballot papers in time to vote in elections.

      Atos Healthcare: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the performance of Atos in delivery of services under government contracts.

      Cabinet Office: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve the gender balance of the Cabinet Office Board.

      Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to table 1.4 of his Department's 2015-16 Annual Report and Accounts, what the reasons are for the increase in his salary between 2014-15...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Security

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the security arrangements for screening...

  • Department of Health

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he and his officials have had with Public Health England about the collection of data on secondary breast cancer in (a) the West...

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on workforce numbers in the NHS of the UK withdrawing from the EU.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 23 May 2016 to Question 37122, on variations in access to transcatheter interventions for heart valve disease, whether...

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of welfare reform on health inequalities in (a) Glasgow, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role he plans for the UK in discussing antimicrobial resistance at the G20 summit in September 2016.

      Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England plans to publish an in-year policy review on the use of everolimus to treat subependymal giant cell astrocytoma.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons there is no appeal process to NHS England's prioritisation mechanism for the commissioning of new drugs.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account NHS England has to take of cost effectiveness and the effects of costs when prioritising the commissioning of new drugs.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS patients are able to opt out of data being held by their GP being sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

      Mental Health: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on whether the Government plans to implement the recommendations of the Education...

      Mental Illness: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are for NHS trusts to share with (a) the Care Quality Commission and (b) other regulators the placing of mental health patients...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2016 to Question 42420, on what dates Ministers of his Department met Ministers from other government departments...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the updated 2017-18 deliverables under the Government's Mandate to NHS England include specific actions to reduce...

      Tuberculosis: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of tuberculosis were recorded in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency and (b) the Liverpool City Region in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Royal Artillery Museum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure continued public access to the archives and collections of the Royal Artillery museum once the existing site at...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of Israeli troops shooting a Palestinian with Down’s Syndrome who...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel in the light of remarks by the UN Secretary General following his visit to Israel on 28...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of continuing and increasing collective punishment of Palestinian...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 30 June (HL758) about the recognition of genocide, which judicial bodies could take such a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many organisations named as second- and third-tier subcontractors to community rehabilitation companies in successful bids have ended their contract in 2016.

    • Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the decision-making criteria are for the closure and sale of prisons as part of their prison building programme.

      Females: Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Offender Management Service is still providing prison officer training under the Women Awareness Staff Programme.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Youth Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding (1) the National Youth Theatre, (2) the National Youth Orchestra, (3) the National Youth Dance Company, and (4) the Youth Music Theatre UK,...

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 21 April (HL7422), how many of the 60 foreign unlicensed online gambling websites to which the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Heathrow Airport: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation is responsible for the monitoring and collection of pollution data in and around Heathrow airport.

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many independent child trafficking advocates will be needed to fulfil the requirements under section 48 of the Modern...

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and how local authority chief executives have been informed about their statutory duty to notify information about suspected victims of slavery or human...

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