Written answers

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will implement the proposal set out on page 326 of the OECD Policy Roundtable on Competition in Road Fuel to introduce road signs displaying the...

    • Department for Transport: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which reports commissioned by his Department from external bodies between 1 January 2015 and 31 August 2016 have not yet been published; when each...

      Aviation: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has issued guidance to the Aviation Authority on fire risks related to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that public transport is adequately equipped for people with sensory loss.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the number of talking buses in the UK.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of those provisions in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which relate to rail passengers claiming...

      Highways England: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce stronger key performance indicators to evaluate the performance of Highways England.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of making the National Agreement for the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Pakistani counterpart on reports of the persecution of Christians and other minorities...

    • China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on reports of the persecution of Christians and other minorities...

      Dogs: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his global counterparts on cruelty in the global dog meat trade; and if he will make a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Open Public Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current work priorities are of the Open Public Services group.

  • Department for International Development

    • Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding has been provided to the (a) Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga, (b) Kurdish government in Northern Syria and (c)...

  • Department for Education

    • Adult Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review proposed arrangements for the non-examined assessment elements of new GCSEs and A-level examinations to enable adult learners who...

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish updated guidance on opening a university technical college.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students attend university technical colleges.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many university technical colleges are (a) open and (b) planned in England in the next five years.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in secondary schools are teaching subjects in which they do not have (a) a degree, (b) an A-Level and (c) an O-Level or GCSE at...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the effect on the self-esteem of female prison officers of having to wear a uniform.

    • Remand in Custody: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of (i) men and (ii) women were refused bail and remanded in custody when the alleged offence related to an incident...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders in each offence category were released on post-conviction bail by Crown Courts in each of the last three years; and (a) how many and...

      Supervision Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of offenders who breached a Supervision Default Order were (i) sent to prison and (ii) not sent to prison since the...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to expand education in prisons to reduce reoffending rates and improve life chances for offenders returning to their communities.

      Breast Ironing: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions have been made for cases involving breast ironing in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that apprenticeships and training programmes are adequately supported through current and future defence procurement...

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many FTRS contracts have been used to reinforce the Capita armed forces since that contract began; and how it is being met.

      Kurds: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Kurdistan regional government on support for its army in tackling Daesh.

      Army Reserve: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets he has set for recruiting female soldiers into the Armed Forces Reserve; and how he plans to track those soldiers' performance through the...

      Army Reserve: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Reserves recruits made it through Phase 1 of the recruitment process in the last 12 months; and whether the target for such recruitment was met.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the military (a) capabilities and (b) asset levels in Northern Ireland to deal with the threat level.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers on leaving service have transferred to the Reserves in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Development Consent Orders for (a) energy and (b) transport projects his Department considered in each year since...

  • HM Treasury

    • Biotechnology and Drugs: Industry

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department's press release entitled, Chancellor steps up industry engagement, published on 7 September 2016, what plans he has to...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Research

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

  • 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 proposed weekend pay under the new junior doctors' contract with weekend pay for (a) prison...

    • Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will consider setting up a system of Finnish-style care packages for elderly people leaving hospital and going into care homes.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that community services for people with learning disabilities should employ people with learning disabilities to provide those...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with learning disabilities who have been sectioned have accessible information about their rights.

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the quality of the implementation of the Quality Toolkit developed by NHS England to assess health services provided to people with...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the additional costs to the NHS if Israeli-owned or Israeli-based companies were banned from supplying generic medicines to the NHS.

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Wheelchairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that taxis are wheelchair accessible; and whether they plan to set a target for all taxi firms and hire car operators to...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL515), what progress has been made in assessing the detailed implications for the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL516), what assessment they have made of the levels of punctuality and reliability of...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL518), how many unplanned closures of the East Coast Main Line there were in August.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL402), when they expect to complete their estimate of the financial impact that the...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ensure that EU law relating to traffic will continue to be enforced when the UK leaves the EU.

      Roads: Gloucestershire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Gloucestershire County Council regarding the budget required to repair local roads in the county.

      Railways: Graffiti

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to remove graffiti from the rail network.

      Railways: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the health and safety implications of discarded pieces of rail and equipment alongside tracks across the rail network.

  • Leader of the House of Lords

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the $6 billion of humanitarian aid pledged at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in February has been disbursed.

    • Syria: Foreign Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in February in implementing loans by multilateral development banks and...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in the light of the call by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for international support to...

      St Helena: Airports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on tackling the wind shear issue that is preventing the opening of St Helena’s airport to regular passenger flights; and...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the names of the receiver organisations currently reported as "Supplier Name Withheld" for the £5.49 million in disbursements...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total values of UK aid disbursements in the Palestinian territories given for the purpose of (1) legal assistance, and (2) promoting peaceful...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reports of a senior World Vision official in Gaza diverting funds to Hamas, what steps they are taking to ensure that UK aid given to...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they are making, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to the statement on 8 September of the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works...

      Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian situation in Rakhine State in Burma.

  • Department for Education

    • Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 3 August (HL1378), how many institutions applied to the Quality Assurance Agency’s Advisory...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that has identified an 18 per cent gap between men's and women's earnings.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Rodents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether, and to what extent, subterranean development is increasing incidents across England of mice and other rodents...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of (1) imports, and (2) exports, between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.

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