Written answers

Friday, 28 October 2016

  • HM Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters of complaint to HM Revenue and Customs have been responded to within 28 days in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average waiting time was for telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs to be answered in each year for which figures are available.

      VAT: Electric Vehicles

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the rate of VAT on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles once the UK has left the EU.

      VAT: Solar Power

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce VAT on the purchase of new solar panels as part of home renovations once the UK has left the EU.

      Boats: Belgium

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to the Belgian government on allowing owners of UK leisure craft to use Belgian port facilities without fear of prosecution...

      Bank Cards: Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recorded incidents of fraud on contactless cards have been recorded since that technology became available.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will increase the Local Majors Fund.

      Excise Duties: Spirits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on small and new-entrant producers of the introduction of the standard charge imposed by HM Revenue and...

  • Prime Minister

    • Leader of the House of Commons: Elections

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will introduce legislative proposals to allow the Leader of the House to be elected by the House; and if she will make a statement.

    • Prime Minister: Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 48659, if she will make it her policy to include minutes of meetings with external agencies and members of the...

      Prime Minister: Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will update the publication of the quarterly statistics of meetings held by the Prime Minister to cover the period since March 2016.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the evidence his Department has received which illustrates that a change in the level of employment and support allowance...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is by the Benefit Director in his Department to reply to hon. Members' correspondence.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedure is in place for the Benefits Director in his Department to send written replies to letters from hon. Members writing on behalf...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2016 to Question 48471, if he will make it his policy to collect shift pattern data for (a) mining and...

  • Home Office

    • Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department plans to allocate £2.4 million for the security measures at vulnerable faith institutions in Action Against Hate:...

    • Asylum: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who are also victims of trafficking were witnesses or accused in criminal proceedings in each year from 2010 to 2015.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals for her Department to take responsibility for the care and accommodation of trafficked children.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the £500 million designated to shared education and housing from the Fresh Start deal has been spent to date.

  • Department of Health

    • Cannabidiol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has had any discussions with the Home Secretary on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) review of the...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to announce details of the discretionary support scheme for people affected by contaminated blood.

      Liver Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake a national review of liver transplantation services to help (a) ensure better access for patients and (b) increase capacity.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce alcohol consumption in England.

      Pharmacy: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the supplementary hours worked by pharmacists on provision of pharmaceutical services in each NHS...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2016 to Question 49267, (a) when and (b) with which providers the 65 specialist mental health beds were...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 2.2 of the Government response to the Review on Antimicrobial resistance, published in September 2016, what plans he has to...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on NHS waiting lists for kidney transplants.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of student midwives who started their training (a) completed their studies and (b) went on to work as midwives in the NHS in each of the...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department intends to ensure that (a) no community in England will be left without a pharmacy and (b) that access to pharmacies will improve...

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made for the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the Care Quality Commission report, The state of health...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 September to Question 46210, who will represent his Department at the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) standalone midwife-led units, (b) midwife-led units situated alongside consultant-led maternity units and (c) consultant-led maternity...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the average travel distance to GP services for patients in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Redcar and...

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS-supplied (a) crutches, (b) wheelchairs and (c) other such mobility aids that have been broken are...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18698, on midwives: training, whether any revisions have been made to the figures for...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Bank Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with commercial banks and other providers of Radio Frequency Identification-enabled cards...

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to complete the ratification of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the renewable subsidies programme on household electricity bills.

      Electricity interconnectors: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential importance of a North/South Interconnector on the island of Ireland to the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 9 September...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department is providing to Iraqi and Kurdish forces to assist in the recapture of Mosul; and if he will make a statement.

    • Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the reliability of the vehicles involved in the transportation of nuclear warheads; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans his Department has for the decommissioning of nuclear-powered submarines if a suitable geological disposal facility is not identified.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear-powered submarines are waiting for decommissioning work to be (a) commenced and (b) completed.

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recruitment targets his Department has set for the Royal Naval Reserve.

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the level of retention in the Royal Naval Reserve.

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Royal Naval Reserve to support the Royal Navy in meeting its current operational commitments.

      Armed Forces: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to notify the appropriate coroner when the body of a deceased military person is repatriated to England or Wales from...

      AWE: Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to resolve the current impasse between parties on proposals to close the defined benefit pension scheme at the Atomic Weapons...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office report, Departmental Overview 2015-16, Ministry of Defence, published 21 October 2016, page 37, what steps...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office report, Departmental Overview 2015-16, Ministry of Defence, published 21 October 2016, page 17, if he will...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office report, Departmental Overview 2015-16, Ministry of Defence, published 21 October 2016, page 37, what steps...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to social landlords on transfer of tenancy agreements to victims of domestic violence when...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many members of the public have contacted his Department on the implementation of the Pensions Act 1995, the Pension Act 2011 and the campaign to...

    • Scotland Office: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has set a target time in which to respond to correspondence from members of the public; and what the average response time for...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has begun the formal negotiation process for any new trade deals; and if he will make a statement.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that experts in trade from all countries of the UK are engaged in work on new trade agreements...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase demand for British services and manufactured goods in non-EU unsaturated markets abroad.

      Department for International Trade: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants working in his Department have opted out of the EU Working Time Directive.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress has been made on changing restrictions on gay men being permitted to donate blood; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will put in place a legal ban on the construction of a fourth runway at Heathrow Airport.

    • Heathrow Airport: M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body will finance changes to the M25 resulting from the decision to expand Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the proposed six and a half hour ban on night flights to and from Heathrow Airport will be given legal force.

      Heathrow Airport: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much financial support the Government will contribute towards the cost of surface access to Heathrow Airport in the event that a new third runway...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mechanisms the Government will use to guarantee that an expanded Heathrow Airport reserves a set percentage of its slots for flights to other UK...

      Driving under Influence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to monitor the effect of changes to the drink-driving limit in Northern Ireland due to come into force in 2017.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Weapons: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultation took place between the Government and hon. Members prior to the UK disarmament ambassador to the UN speaking...

    • Holidays Abroad: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice his Department provides to people going on holiday abroad on travel insurance.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what opportunities the Government will provide to Parliament to scrutinise the implementation of article 11 of the 1967...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the provisions of part two of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 will apply to the extension of the...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has raised with his Israeli counterpart access to essential medical treatment for people living in Palestinian...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on whether the 1967 exchange of notes between the UK and US concerning the British Indian Ocean territory...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance for medical care the Government provides for people living in Palestine.

    • Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the outcome of the EU referendum and the consequent renegotiation of international trade deals, whether her...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much direct financial assistance the Government plans to give to the Palestinian Authority in financial years (a) 2016-17 and (b)...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which programmes administered by her Department provide financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

      Climate Change Convention: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to ensure progress on international climate change agreements relating to loss and damage at the upcoming...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to build resilience to climate change in developing countries through weather-indexed insurance at the...

      Climate Change Convention: Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to increase binding commitments to protect the world's poorest from climate-related natural disasters...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase climate risk insurance programmes to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what domestic visits (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have made since July 2016; and what the purpose of each such visit was.

    • Department for Education: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding her Department has allocated to the Troubled Families Programme for (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19.

      Teachers: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on which regions the teachers who have signed up to take part in the North West National Teaching Service pilot...

      Pupils: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment she has made of how far pupils travel to attend (a) existing grammar schools and (b) non-selective secondary schools (i)...

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that all staff in schools, including teachers, teaching assistants, and kitchen assistants, have basic training in...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the games industry on the potential effects on that industry of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many start-up businesses have participated in the Early Stage Accelerator programme since it began.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 26796, how the figure of (a) £1,500 allocated to each young person...

      National Citizen Service Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 26796, whether the return of £3.98 for every £1 spent on the National...

      Advertising: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 49394, on communication: competition, whether Ofcom has responsibility relating...

      Voluntary Work: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people have participated in the National Citizen Service from each local authority area in each year since that service was...

      Voluntary Work: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many participants in the National Citizen Service have been eligible for free school meals in each year since that service was...

      Gaelic Athletic Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department has provided for Gaelic Athletic Association activities in England.

      Broadcasting: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on devolving responsibility for (a) S4C and (b) all aspects of broadcasting to the National Assembly for Wales.

      S4C: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she will be obliged to put into effect recommendations arising from the Independent Review of S4C.

      S4C: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Independent Review of S4C will include an assessment of the channel's impact in Wales in areas of language use, culture,...

      Big Lottery Fund: West Ham United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she will take steps to ensure the return of £425m of Big Lottery Fund money which was used to subsidise West Ham United's...

      Communication: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect on the communication sector of the use of advertising as a proxy for payment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question 49488, what estimate she has made of the number of full-time...

    • Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on closing the UK domestic ivory trade.

      Cheese: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote the export of cheese.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to promote the planting of trees.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 49427, whether EU students will be eligible for student loans and grants in...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2016 to Question 49489, if he will make it his policy to collect information on the number of...

      European Medicines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on the UK's relationship with the European Medicines Agency since the vote...

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government plans to share with Parliament the analysis presented to Ministers on the options for the UK leaving the EU.

      UK Withdrawal from EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government plans to publish a White Paper or a Green Paper including proposals for the negotiations for the leaving the...

  • Attorney General

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Death: Beachy Head

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been recorded to have died at Beachy Head in each of the last five years; and what the (a) nationality, (b) sex and (c) age was of...

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information her Department holds on the number of people who have paid more than 25 per cent of their financial claims compensation to the claims...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings (a) Ministers of her Department and (b) officials of HM Prison Service have had with drone manufacturers in each quarter of each of...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 19 January 2016 to Question 21876, what progress her Department has made on its review of the effect of the introduction...

      Ministry of Justice: Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which Minister of her Department has responsibility for claims management company regulation.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the living conditions in young offender institutes.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Employment: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made any calculation of the numbers of citizens of other EU member states working in different sectors of the economy.

    • Social Class

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many regional roundtables with employers his Department has held to develop new measures of socio-economic background.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Natural England are planning to report on net loss of biodiversity measurements in relation to Phase 1 of the HS2 project, as called for in the...

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to preserve the mutual recognition of disabled persons’ Blue Badges throughout the UK and EU in their negotiations to leave the EU.

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent emission standards for buses and coaches are set by (1) the Traffic Commissioners, (2) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and (3) highway...

  • Department for Education

    • Aerospace Industry: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprenticeships are currently in place in the UK aerospace industry.

    • Welsh Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make available the teaching of the Welsh language in schools in England.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the results of their Consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate, launched in November 2015.

      Vocational Guidance: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that schools, further education colleges and universities are able to provide specialist careers advice and support for...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Package Holidays: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the new EU Package Travel Directive (2015/2302/EU); and what plans they have to implement that...

    • Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 October (HL2257), how much has been spent by departments other than the Department for Transport.

      Research Councils

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect Shared Business Services to cease to provide services to Research Councils.

      Research Councils

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to retain key staff during the migration of back-office Research Council services to a new platform.

      Mergers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing the national interest test for mergers and acquisitions that was part of the brief of the Monopolies and Mergers...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the six steps towards peace in Syria proposed by Lord Williams of Baglan in the October and November edition of the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Royal Parks: Cycleways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks supports the provision of safer and improved cycleways, even at the expense of reduced space for cars and carriages.

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