Written answers

Monday, 19 September 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many citizens of other EU countries work in (a) his Department and (b) agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on making the pension age for Civil Nuclear Constabulary police officers the same as...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to continue to support Government investment in (a) new energy sources and (b) tidal energy.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of solar panels installed in homes and small businesses in the UK in each of...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what Freedom of Information requests (a) his Department and (b) the Department for Energy and Climate Change received...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential opportunities to reduce the regulatory burdens on business (a)...

      Coal Gasification: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 20 October 2015 to Question 11541, whether the Department for Energy and Climate Change...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to improve the performance of the feed-in tariff scheme for solar power; and what the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to place a legal obligation on energy suppliers automatically to transfer pensioner...

      New Businesses: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to help ensure that start-up companies who receive funding from EU institutions...

      Australia: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to stop the shipment of UK nuclear waste to Andnyamantha homelands in Australia up to 2020.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40370, when his Department plans to outline its new approach to the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote animal welfare in the Government's foreign policy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to update the guidance issued to Government departments on drafting answers to parliamentary questions.

    • Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether students aged over 18 years in higher education are separately identified as an element in the sub-national population and household...

  • Attorney General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney General, in (a) how many and (b) what proportion of common assault cases flagged as involving domestic violence with allegations against (i) male and (ii) female defendants...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the level of adherence by the Palestinian National Authority to the principle...

    • Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department last made a formal assessment of the Palestinian National Authority's adherence to its commitment to ensure that...

      Yemen: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the number of people who have been displaced in Yemen in the last five months.

  • Department for Education

    • Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of degree-level education on employment prospects.

    • Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the availability of university year-abroad schemes.

      Pre-school Education: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings on the gender pay gap for early language attainment at age five in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of child maintenance have received an exemption from the application fee on the grounds of domestic abuse since June 2014.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce homelessness.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from charities, local authorities and policy experts on potential ways to reduce homelessness.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the consultation on the Local Government Pension Scheme: investment...

      Communities and Local Government: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which reports commissioned by his Department from external bodies between 1 January 2015 and 31 August 2016 have not yet been...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for the mandatory provision of accessible toilets by all public organisations...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will amend national planning policies so that development of land designated as Green Belt will be resisted until the...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in relation to the sub-national population and household projections, if he will review with the Office of National Statistics,...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which reports commissioned by his Department from external bodies between 1 January 2015 and 31 August 2016 have not yet been published; when each report...

    • Concentrix: Complaints

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints his Department has received from hon. Members on the service of Concentrix in the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff were employed in Scotland in each year since 2006.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff his Department plans to employ by the end of the current financial year; and in which regions those staff will be employed.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which social and workers' rights protected in existing EU treaties it is his policy to protect during negotiations on the UK leaving...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he plans to take to ensure that local businesses in (a) the UK and (b) Northampton have appropriate information to enable them...

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his policy that the UK leaving the EU will not (a) affect the UK's position as a signatory to the EU's Code of Conduct on...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 17 March 2016 to Question 30754 and the Written Ministerial Statement of 21 July 2016, HCWS 125, whether...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 17 March 2016 to Question 30754, how many arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia have been revoked in each...

      Drugs: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has had discussions with representatives from Japan on arrangements for Japanese pharmaceutical companies in the UK.

  • Department of Health

    • Junior Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a comparative assessment of the level of the proposed night time premium under the new junior doctors' contract with the night time...

    • Consultants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many consultants earn more than the Prime Minister.

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to recruit more diabetes specialist nurses.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will put in place standardised data collection and reporting measures on autism better to address the clinical needs of people diagnosed with...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed new junior doctors' contract on reducing rota gaps.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed new junior doctors' contract on ensuring safe working hours.

      Junior Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much basic pay will increase for each grade under the proposed new junior doctors' contract.

      Health Professions: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many guardians of safe working have been appointed to NHS organisations; and what the responsibilities will be of those roles.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average earning rate is of graduates who studied medicine 10 years after graduation; and if he will make a comparative assessment of that level...

      Health Professions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of consultants earn above (a) £100,000, (b) £125,000, (c) £150,000 and (e) £175,000 per annum.

      Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a comparative assessment of the earning distribution of hospital and community health service doctors to the earning distribution of...

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a comparative assessment of the average earnings for hospital and community health service doctors and the average earnings for workers...

      Uveitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatment options are available to adults with uveitis to access anti-TNF treatment therapy who do not meet the exceptionality criteria of the...

      Uveitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adult patients with uveitis have had access to treatment with anti-TNF therapy through the individual funding request process since July 2015.

      Hospitals: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups consider the effect of hospital reconfigurations on (a) other health services, (b)...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the transparency of NHS England's decision making process on the prioritisation of investment in specialised services.

      Uveitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Life Sciences of 9 December 2015, Official Report, column 389-90WH, if...

      NHS: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the concerns of local populations are taken into account in decisions about NHS Sustainability and Transformation...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on the future of the common cancer clinical reference groups.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consultants working for HS2 Ltd will be prevented from participating in any tender for main contractor roles in the design and delivery of HS2 in...

    • Euston Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the station to be built at Euston in accordance with Additional Provision 3 to the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill will be designed...

      Dover Port: Channel Ferries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce queuing by motor vehicles for Dover ferries in summer peak periods.

      A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 June (HL500), whether they intend to publish in the Official Record a summary of the findings...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks by the Minister for Universities and Science that it would be “business as usual” for EU funding committees until...

    • Greenwich Mean Time

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change the meaning of the acronym GMT from Greenwich Mean Time to Greenwich Meridian Time.

      Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey showing that there has been a 20 per cent increase in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Trade Promotion: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they decided to open an office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    • Trade Promotion: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what locations they considered for their new offices in the USA focused on international trade.

      Rakhine State Advisory Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they plan to give to the Commission on Rakhine State led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking ahead of the EU General Affairs Council on 20 September to engage their EU counterparts on the issue of imposing restrictive...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 25 July (HL1110), whether they are at variance with the government of the Republic of Cyprus...

      Turkey: Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on UK–Turkish financial services transactions of the reported collection by the Turkish government of client...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, ahead of the referendum in the entity of Republika Srpska on 25 September, what support they have given High Representative Valentin Inzko to enable him to...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they made of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, and its role in Yemen, before announcing that the UK would continue to sell weapons to...

      Egypt: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to strengthen ties, and build a partnership, with Egypt to fight terrorism and promote peace and British interests in the region.

      Egypt: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the Egyptian economy and tourism industry of their continued advice against all but essential travel by air...

      Morocco: EU External Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the nature of the agreement between Morocco and the EU; and in particular whether Morocco has access to the European single market.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent the continued demolition of Palestinian homes.

      Bilal Kayed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in response to the concern expressed by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid in the occupied...

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for ending the siege of Gaza in the light of the new data released by the UN Office for the Coordination of...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel in the light of the concern expressed by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel following reports that Israeli forces prevented an ambulance from taking an injured person...

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of South Sudan following reports of attacks on aid workers at the Terrain hotel in Juba in July; and...

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evaluated the efficacy of the emergency response of foreign embassies to the reported attacks on aid workers at the Terrain hotel in Juba...

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reported attacks on aid workers in Juba in July on (1) the longer-term presence of UK non-governmental...

      Iran: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 6 September (HL Deb, col 936), and in the light of the release of the Montazeri audiotape regarding...

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist with the formulation of a regional strategy and regional co-ordination to prevent IS fighters relocating from Libya to...

      Philippines: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of the Philippines following reports that many hundreds of people have been killed by police and...

      Ilmi Umerov

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of the Russian Federation about the medical condition and official treatment of Mr Ilmi Umerov and his...

      Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reply they intend to give to the petition of Ms Jennifer Chim Pik Yee of Hong Kong addressed to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Pakistan about the kidnapping and forced conversion of Christian and Hindu girls and young women,...

      Saudi Arabia: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Saudi Arabia about foreign workers now unemployed and owed pay; and whether they plan to consult...

      Syria: White Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds or other support they have provided in recent years for the organisation known as White Helmets in Syria; and what assessment they have made of...

      Italy: Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consular offices remain in Italy at which UK citizens can renew their passports, and what plans they have for those that still provide this service.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were (1) the core, and (2) the non-core, contributions made by the Department for International Development to (a) the United Nations Population Fund,...

    • South Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much development aid has been provided to South Sudan in each of the last three years, and how much of that aid was specifically focused on conflict...

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students, broken down by region of domicile, were enrolled for higher education qualifications at further education colleges in England in the...

    • Further Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, (3) 2013–14, and (4) 2014–15, how many of the "level 4+" qualifications (a) started, and (b) achieved,...

      Adult Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to adults gaining qualifications under the Government-funded education and training budget in 2014–15, how many of the 86,700 gaining a...

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the tuition fee loans made by the Student Loans Company in (1) 2014–15, and (2) 2015–16, were for awards at a level below a full...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students (1) completed, and (2) commenced, a foundation degree in (a) 2013–14, and (b) 2014–15.

      Construction: National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many level 5 and level 6 Construction Industry Training Board Construction NVQ diplomas were awarded in (1) 2014, and (2) 2015.

      Further Education: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Higher National Certificates were awarded for courses funded from the Skills Funding Agency’s further education and skills budget in (1)...

      Further Education: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Higher National Diplomas were awarded for courses funded from the Skills Funding Agency’s further education and skills budget in (1)...

      Schools: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for patients who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, mental health problems or other illnesses, to...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish details of how the apprenticeship levy will affect employers in the devolved UK nations.

      Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the finding in the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2014–15 that the ability to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force each have the manpower to meet their current operational...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the qualifying criteria for servicemen to be considered as mobilised, and how mobilisation is recognised.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any follow-up work as a result of the MoD study Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region published on 15 May...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue to include the current requirements for cross compliance within continuing farm payments up to 2020 following the UK leaving...

    • Kielder Forest: Lynx

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to undertake a consultation with farmers and farmers' organisations on any proposal to release lynx into Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently introduced air quality action plans will require local authorities to take into account the latest research showing that air pollution...

      Koi Herpesvirus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to use further interventions to prevent the spread of Koi herpesvirus disease which kills common and ornamental carp.

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 April (HL7511), and in the light of the outcome of the EU referendum, whether they will now...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received an evaluation of the Troubled Families programme from the consultancy firm Ecorys; when they received that evaluation; whether...

    • European Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the EU referendum result, what is the status of applications made to the European Investment Bank by housing associations and local authorities.

  • HM Treasury

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that “structural and investment funds projects signed before the Autumn Statement and...

    • Occupational Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many workers earning below the personal tax threshold were paying into net-pay pension schemes in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3)...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 5 September (HL Deb, col 849–50), what assessment they have made of the impact of immigration...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report published on 8 July by the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund, The IMF and the...

      Personal Savings: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for not taxing the income from interest-bearing savings whilst interest rates are low.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the criticisms in the report published on 8 July by the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The IMF and...

      Pensions: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with HM Revenue and Customs about the annual publication, in standard format, of data on the drawing of pension savings that...

      Broadband: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many proposals they have received from prospective fund managers in response to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority competition for a commercial...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to bring forward legislation to provide a statutory basis for the independent National Infrastructure Commission.

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the absence of proposals in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, whether they still plan to put the National Infrastructure Commission on a...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland on a special arrangement for the land border between the EU and the UK as a...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Turkey: Overseas Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implications for inward investment in Turkey by UK companies and financial institutions of the attempted coup of 15 July.

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients were treated for hepatitis C and what were the actual or estimated costs of such treatment in each of the years 2014–15,...

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