Written answers

Friday, 22 July 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help define the fair share contribution for the global shipping sector as part of the International Maritime...

    • Ferries: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Consumer Council on UK ferry operators and their pricing structures.

      Network Rail: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2016 to Question 40374, what the estimated values are of Network Rail's costs referred to in that Answer by (a)...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether under the terms of its franchise agreement Govia Thameslink Railway is required to consult stakeholders before introducing a change to the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Joseph Kony

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide assistance to the Ugandan government to support the capture of Joseph Kony in that country.

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide support to overseas students who convert to Christianity in the UK to ensure they are not persecuted for...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Zimbabwean counterpart on (a) steps to improve democracy and (b) support for the...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea in reducing conflict in border areas between those...

      Angola: Yellow Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Angola on the yellow fever epidemic and shortages of medical supplies.

      Angola: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Angola on freedom of human rights activists and organisations in Angola.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Myanmar government on steps to prevent hate speech and incitement of violence against...

      Burma: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Myanmar government on reform of that country's 1982 Citizenship Law.

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on supporting an independent investigation with international experts to investigate human rights violations...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the Myanmar government beginning a reconciliation process between different communities and...

      John Cantlie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help secure the return of John Cantlie to the UK.

      Bangladesh: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Bangladesh on tackling levels of violence against minority Hindu...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which infrastructure projects were funded through or supported by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) between 1...

    • Developing Countries: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which infrastructure projects were supported by borrowing guaranteed through GuarantCo between 1 January 2010 and 30 June 2016; how...

  • Department for Education

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what account the Government plans to take of the recommendations of the report from the Terrence Higgins Trust, Shh.No Talking, published in July...

    • Children: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the levels of self-harm among (a) boys and (b) girls in secondary schools.

      Children: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has assessed the effect of experiencing domestic violence in the home on the educational attainment of pupils at primary and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Slavery: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to publish the sentencing guidelines for Part 1 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

    • Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal claims have been made under the Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 since those...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications have been issued in England and Wales for financial provision for the children of unmarried parents under schedule 1 of the...

      Prisons: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what her plans are for prison reform.

      Community Orders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which women's centres which were providing services for women who were on licence or serving a community sentence prior to the introduction of the...

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the causal link between a reduction in reoffending among women and the work of women's (a) centres and (b) groups.

      Reoffenders: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many men supervised by community rehabilitation companies (CRC) following a prison sentence of less than 12 months have been recalled to prison in...

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women have been released from prison to no fixed address in each month since February 2015.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many breach proceedings initiated by community rehabilitation companies, the National Probation Service has rejected; and what the reasons for those...

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on the number of prison officers who work additional shifts at other prison establishments; and whether line...

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations she has received on prison officers working additional shifts in other prison establishments than those at which they are based...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of breach proceedings initiated by community rehabilitation companies resulted in a person being recalled to prison by the National...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has plans to work with the Mayor of London to create a chief digital officer to oversee and champion the Capital's...

    • Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make representations to her EU counterparts and the European Commission on amending provisions related to take-down notices...

      Broadband: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to her Department's Business Broadband Review, what assessment she has made of the connection needs of businesses in London.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of take-up was for superfast fixed broadband in each parliamentary constituency in the latest year for which figures are...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to tackle cold-callers.

      Broadband: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many businesses do not have access to high speed broadband in each region of England.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of proposed changes to the work related activity group on the effectiveness of the assessment process.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason Motability is required to repossess a claimant's vehicle before mandatory reconsideration or appeals related to personal...

      Fairgrounds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to prevent accidents at funfairs and amusement parks.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pigmeat: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the most recent meeting took place between the UK Embassy in Beijing and the Chinese Certification and Accreditation...

    • Pigmeat: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for the time taken to begin trade with China in pigs' trotters since the protocol on such trade was...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the welfare of quail in the egg farming industry; and if she will extend the ban...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the value of fishing to the UK economy in each of the last five financial years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to provide a comprehensive government response to the Committee on Climate Change UK Climate Change Risk...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that dairy farmers receive a greater proportion of the profits of their...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy that payments delivered through the Common Agricultural Policy will in future be delivered at...

      Dog Fighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle and prevent organised dog fighting.

  • Home Office

    • Modern Slavery Act 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when guidance on Part 1 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was sent to (a) Chief Police Officers in England and Wales, (b) the National Crime...

    • Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle online abuse on social media.

  • HM Treasury

    • Employee Ownership

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employee share ownership schemes were submitted to HM Revenue and Customs' valuation check service in each tax year since 2010-11.

    • Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-assessed tax returns which included employee share ownership schemes required investigation by HM Revenue and Customs in each tax year since...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the effect on the gaming industry of the timing of Triennial review of stake and prizes; and if he will make a statement.

      Alternative Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the Alternative Fuels Framework's (a) effectiveness and (b) criteria.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what severance pay has been granted to the special advisers that left his Department in the last week.

    • Infrastructure and Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42548, what the cost to the public purse is of employing the 37 people referred to in that Answer.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42551, if he will take steps to improve take-up of the Accelerate programme by disabled members of staff.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the number of officials that will be employed by his Department in each of the next three years; and if he will...

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs were employed in Halton Clinical Commissioning Group area in each year since 2012.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Agricultural Products: ACP Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue to recognise EU sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and food safety approvals for imports of agricultural products from the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Zimbabwe: Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the government of Zimbabwe's previous breaches of domestic and international commitments, what assessment they have made of the risk of it...

    • Zimbabwe: Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministers plan to meet Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa prior to the decision of the International Monetary Fund on whether Zimbabwe...

      Southern African Development Community: Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Southern African Development Community and the EU signed on 10 June.

  • Department of Health

    • Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the removal of the role of the National Clinical Director for gastrointestinal and liver diseases, what other forms of information and advice on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to government procurement rules they envisage as a result of the referendum on 23 June to leave the EU.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports Competitors: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to allow transgender athletes to compete at the Olympic Games; what...

    • Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet received a report from the Premier League on progress towards the implementation of accessible stadia guidelines by August 2017.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Premier League and the Football League about meeting disabled access guidelines at football grounds.

      Sportsgrounds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governing bodies of sports other than football about meeting disabled access guidelines at sports stadia.

      Sportsgrounds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for revising the terms of reference for the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to ensure that they encompass disabled access requirements...

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