Written answers

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whom he has appointed as his new special advisers.

    • Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will, in his negotiations to leave the EU, retain production chain food traceability measures for live animals, animal-based...

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will, in his negotiations to leave the EU, ensure that the agreement puts no legal obstacle in the way of the Scottish...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he plans to take during negotiations on leaving the EU to ensure that people in the UK who benefit from the Common...

      EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with other EU member states on the rights of UK nationals living in those countries.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many officials his Department will have once it is fully staffed; and by what date he expects his Department to be fully staffed.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what role the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations have in negotiating with the EU.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what criteria his Department has drawn up that must be satisfied before the Government activates Article 50.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans his Department has to ensure that Gibraltar and other Overseas Territories will be included from the beginning in...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will, in negotiations to leave the EU, ensure that courts retain the ability after the UK leaves the EU to put questions of EU...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with other EU countries on the timetable for triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans the Government has to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on funding for the UK's life sciences sector.

      Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he plans to consult Parliament on the triggering of Article 50.

      Visas: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the practical consequences of re-introducing a visa system for EU citizens entering the UK and the...

  • Department for Education

    • Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in English state schools took at least one GCSE in a foreign language at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2014-15; and whether her...

    • Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the subjects most likely to be affected by a reduction in the number of people taking them in the event of...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the relative value of a foreign language GCSE compared to a qualification in a creative or technical subject; and what the...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Schools of 4 July 2016, Official Report, column 210WH, what the evidential basis is for...

      Class Sizes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Key Stage 1 children in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) the East of England were in classes of more than 30 children in...

      Teachers: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers went on strike in Lancashire on 5 July 2016.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans to ensure that the early years workforce strategy encourages the recruitment and retention of early years teachers.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Key Stage 1 were taught in classes of more than (a) 30 and (b) 35 pupils in the academic year beginning September 2015 in each...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the results of the post-occupancy data on schools built under wave 1 of the Priority Schools Building Programme will be published before wave...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

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

    • Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for (a) prison officer and (b) prisoner safety of prison officers working in shifts at other...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when her Department plans to publish its green paper on reform of the law supporting victims.

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the performance of (a) the National Probation Service and (b) community rehabilitation companies in placing ex-offenders...

      Crime: Victims and Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of allowing police and crime commissioners to commission witness and victim support services.

      Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people from ethnic minority backgrounds were sent to prison in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of the total annual prison...

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with which other government departments and executive agencies her Department works to provide support for victims of terrorism; and what steps her...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will review the Family Procedure Rules 2010 to ensure that those rules do not restrict the ability of hon. Members to represent their...

  • Home Office

    • Prostitution: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made under the Street Offences Act 1959 for the offence of soliciting by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) ethnicity and (d)...

    • Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to speed up the application process for refugee family reunion.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to monitor the application of section 60 of the Immigration Act 2016, on limitation on detention of pregnant women.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 July 2016, Machinery of Government Changes, HCWS94, how many civil servants the Government plans to make...

  • Department of Health

    • Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long his Department estimates the Commissioning through Evaluation analysis phase will last for (a) selective dorsal rhizotomy, (b) patent foramen...

    • Cerebral Palsy: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS plans to take to maintain the availability of selective dorsal rhizotomy for children with cerebral palsy during the Commissioning...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the Accelerated Access Review.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that (a) clinicians and (b) patients participate in the decision making process for the routine commissioning of...

      Antidepressants: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions of individual antidepressants were dispensed in the community in 2015.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) and of the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) on the circumstances in which Driver-Only Operation...

    • Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their latest rail freight strategy.

      Level Crossings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to implement the recommendations made by the Law Commission in 2013 regarding level crossing legislation.

      Volkswagen

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the investigations into diesel emissions by Volkswagen vehicles conducted by prosecutors in Germany and the US Department of Justice, what...

      Official Cars: Parliamentary Estate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to drivers of ministerial cars waiting for passengers on the Parliamentary Estate regarding idling engines, in the light of Rule 123...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the rail sector will be compliant with the Consumer Rights Act 2015 by the earliest possible date.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the earliest date by which they expect the rail sector to be compliant with the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the transparency of decisions taken by Local Economic Partnership (LEP) members, such as requiring registers of members'...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan and Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the South Sudan Troika plans to issue a comprehensive statement on its priorities in Sudan and South Sudan.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of new rules of engagement for Israeli police allowing the use of live...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports of the confiscation and sinking of fishing boats by Israeli forces in the...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what hard evidence they have collected that Daesh is using small commercial drones for surveillance and for conveying explosives.

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs of the civilians living in the rebel-held areas of Aleppo, and of reports that those civilians are...

    • Rwanda: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting the government of Rwanda in its work to provide reproductive health choices to women and girls in Rwanda.

      Rwanda: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting victims of rape in Rwanda.

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in South Sudan.

      South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the support and help that Sudan provided to ease the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan by opening its border, allowing...

  • Department for Education

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that there is an adequate supply of history, geography, and language teachers to meet the forecast demand stemming from...

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place (1) before the introduction of the English Baccalaureate in 2010, and (2) before the decision in 2015 to make the measure...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Berwyn Prison

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are being made at HM Prison Berwyn to meet the reasonable requirements of Welsh-speaking prisoners.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Missiles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the in-service date for the UK Trident Mark 4A nuclear warhead; what are the estimated costs of the Mark 4A programme; and what progress has been...

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new arrangements they plan to introduce for the delivery of the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme, and when those arrangements will enter...

      Awe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current anticipated outturn costs and in-service dates for (1) Project Mensa, and (2) Project Pegasus, at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK troops are now present in Misrata, Libya.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigration offenders, excluding failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders, have been removed in each of the last five years for which...

    • Free Movement of Labour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Directive 2014/54/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on measures facilitating the exercise of rights conferred on workers...

      Immigrants: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who are classed as having a disability have been (1) deported, and (2) detained for immigration purposes, in each of the last 10 years.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of victims of female genital mutilation in each of the four nations of the UK; and what steps they are taking to...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 12 July (HL Deb, col 124), how many Syrian refugees have been settled in each of the 71 local authorities so far.

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they provide to refugees before they are settled in the UK.

      Refugees: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what UK-led English language classes are available in the refugee camps in Calais, Dunkirk and Turkey.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their programme and timetable for the reception of 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to establish a working group of voluntary organisations and officials to help the 20,000 Syrian refugees to settle successfully in the UK.

      Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 June (HL Deb, col 1352), what assessment they have made of whether, when referring to cases such as...

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