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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45695, what proportion of rail fares paid by passengers are reinvested in the railways by...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has the power to enforce landing slot requirements at Heathrow Airport to ensure (a) access for domestic flights and (b) the use of cleaner...

      Department for Transport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

      Aviation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) consult on and (b) publish new guidance for the Civil Aviation Authority on Environmental Objectives Relating to the Exercise...

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has consulted the Office of Rail and Road on the implications for its remit of the draft Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on the implications for its remit of the draft Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Ports: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to improve the information and advice it provides to hauliers and businesses affected when operation of the port...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Question 47386, whether every pound raised from passenger journeys means every pound spent by passengers...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2016 to Question 47386, on railways: finance, what the remaining 74 pence is spent on.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to ensure that local communities are (a) kept informed of and (b) consulted on proposals for Crossrail 2; and if he will...

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Crossrail 2 strategic outline business case will be approved by Spring 2017.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that hybrid legislative proposals for Crossrail 2 will be ready to be brought before Parliament in 2019; and if he...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • War Graves: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 18 December 2014, HCWS154, what progress has been made on the grave...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to replace EU funding currently received by local authorities when the UK leaves the EU.

      Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a)...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what gigawatt capacity of gas or diesel reciprocating engines won 15-year contracts in the first two T4 Capacity Market...

    • Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote innovation in (a) south east England and (b) nationally.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will introduce a ban on the import of carbon monoxide alarms which do not comply with the BS EN 50291...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received representations from the BBC on providing a Korean-language service for North Korea.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a)...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which repatriated powers will become the responsibility of the devolved administrations when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 30 August 2016 on the Kingston Centre (Primary PRU), our...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of further education institutions in England offer courses funded by advanced learner loans.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the relative level of pupil performance in West Sussex at key stage (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4 compared to the...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) selective and (b) non-selective schools (i) she and (ii) the Minister for School Standards has visited since taking office.

      Private Education: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many independent schools sponsor (a) academy schools, (b) free schools and (c) multi-academy trusts; and what the Ofsted grade is for each of...

      Further Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students enrolled in each of the further education colleges in Greater Manchester for each level of NVQ in the last three years for which...

      Further Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students progressed from level 2 NVQ to further training and education in each of the further education colleges in Greater Manchester in the...

      Further Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students enrolled in (a) GCSE and (b) A Level courses in each of the further education colleges in Greater Manchester in the last five years...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 44997, in what ways the Government is (a) encouraging a wider range of young people into...

      Department for Education: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which agency has assumed the role formerly performed by 4Children of providing on-going support to organisations seeking to become childminder agencies.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships were available in (a) St Helens North, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK in each year between 2010 and 2015.

      Apprentices: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship is accessible to people from low-income backgrounds.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps her Department is taking to protect victims of domestic abuse in family law courts.

    • Cremation: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to list the local authorities which have (a) conducted or are conducting inquiries into baby ashes and cremation regulations and (b) had discussions...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2016 to Question 48562, how much notice was given to the family of each victim of the release on temporary licence...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department over the last 12 months of expanding recall eligibility to those released from short prison...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to start the national roll-out of pre-recorded cross-examination for young vulnerable witnesses following the pilot of section 28 of the...

      Prisons: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will report on the progress of the prison reform programme.

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment her Department has made of the causes of the increase in the number of women recalled to prison from licence since December 2014.

      Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 13 February 2014 to Question 184186, how many (a) active and (b) inactive registered intermediaries there were in each...

      Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 13 February 2014 to Question 184190, how many sexual offences were prosecuted which involved a person aged under 18...

      Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 13 February 2014 to Question 184189, how many (a) matched and (b) unmatched registered intermediaries there were for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2016 to Question 26634, what progress he has made on the establishment of UK Defence Staffs in the Asia Pacific,...

    • Law of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Government's Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Second Report of Session 2015-16, what recent discussions his...

      Law of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Government's Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Second Report of Session 2015-16, what recent assessment his...

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 October 2016 to Question 46813, what timescale has been set for the review of Defence Fire and Rescue Service pensions by HM...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces discharged on medical grounds secured an increase in a guaranteed income payment under the Armed Forces...

      Navy: Task Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the tweet of 1 November 2016 at 16:18 from the @HMSPWLS twitter account, whether his Department is planning to deploy the carrier...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to make sure that British Sign Language users are made aware that the two-ticks scheme is being...

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of a real terms increase of (a) 1.5 and (b) 2.5 per cent in the basic state pension in each year to 2025.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated projected cost is of (a) the basic state pension and (b) additional pensioner benefits by benefit for (i) the lifetime of...

      Department for Work and Pensions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's digital and IT projects are (a) under review and (b) at risk of cancellation.

      Children: Tottenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Tottenham constituency (a) are entitled to claim child benefit and (b) have experienced payment arrears due to non-resident...

      British Steel: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the British Steel Pension Scheme Consultation.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 47959, whether his Department plans to regulate the way public money is spent by private...

  • Home Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) legal and (b) financial obstacles to immediately changing the colour of UK passports to blue.

    • Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken as a result of the recommendation made in the Hutton review of forensic pathology in England and Wales,...

      Firearms: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many gun-related homicides have taken place in (a) London and (b) Bethnal Green and Bow in each year since 2005.

      Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average police helicopter response times have been for each police force in each of the last five years.

      Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what value of criminal assets has been recovered from overseas confiscation orders in each of the last seven years.

      Police: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were dismissed under The (a) Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, (b) Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 and (c)...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Government plans not to reinstate police widow pensions for widowers who have had their pensions revoked due to...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Females

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

    • Treasury: Temporary Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he made of the potential cost to the public purse of subsidising tariffs for access to the single market for the (a) financial services, (b)...

      Taxation: Company Cars

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the car industry on the proposals to increase taxation on company car drivers contained in the HM Revenue and...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the accessibility of the online self-assessment tax returns service.

      Bank Services: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the Government to adopt the revised EU Payment Services Directive into UK law.

      Incentives

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2016 to Question 46911, what evidence base his Department used to inform the conclusion that cash bonuses have reduced...

      Incentives

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2016 to Question 46912, if he will make it a requirement for insurance firms to introduce similar policies on bonuses...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative Assistant, (b)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has consulted the Competition and Markets Authority on the implications for its remit of the draft Transatlantic Trade and...

    • Department for International Trade: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of women are employed by his Department on an inner London pay structure in the following pay grades (a) Administrative...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his Department's policy to refuse future trade deals between the UK and countries that criminalise consensual same-sex...

      Department for International Trade: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much his Department has spent on agency workers in each of the last five years.

      Antidumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what work his Department has undertaken on developing affordable, accessible and adequate UK trade defence instruments.

  • Department of Health

    • Docklands Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the correction of 1 November 2016 to the Answer of 26 October 2016 to Question 49779, what the terms of reference were of the NHS England...

    • Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to review the private contracting of patient transport services; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which civil society stakeholders have been consulted on the proposed restructuring of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any evidence from OTB Engineering on whether the Wendover short mined tunnel proposed for HS2 should be cost neutral; and if so,...

    • Driving: Eyesight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 October (HL2259), what is their assessment of the views of Brake that regular eye tests for...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that common law tenancies for (1) residential accommodation in general, and (2) houses in multiple occupation in particular, are being...

    • Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the use of common law tenancies for the provision of housing accommodation and what is their estimate of the number...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of India concerning recent reports of arrests, killings and human right abuses in Kashmir.

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent Rally for Aleppo demonstration which took place in London; and what action they will take in response to reports...

      Ministers: Conduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the involvement of ministers in encouraging protest outside foreign embassies based in the UK.

      Islamic State: Yazidis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of the trafficking of Yazidi women by Daesh in Iraq and Syria; what countries have been identified as their...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for a greater period or more stages of pre-legislative scrutiny in advance of the introduction of the expected...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 24 October (HL2166), under what criteria, and in what circumstances, the education allowance to staff of the...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of concerns expressed by UK non-governmental organisations in response to comments by the Secretary of State for International...

      West Bank: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of restrictions imposed by Israel on the water supply for Palestinians in the West Bank.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many parental complaints have been made to the Department for Education concerning special educational needs and disability in the last two academic years.

    • National Curriculum Tests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are reviewing the experiences of children who took their standard assessment tests in the last year and who raised problems of inaccessibility.

      European Union: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the vote to leave the EU, what action they are taking to ensure that for so long as EU information continues to be provided to schools and other...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely increase or decrease in the numbers of small and medium-sized enterprises taking on apprentices following the...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they gave to recommendations of the Bacc for the Future campaign in deciding which subjects to include in the English Baccalaureate.

      Archaeology: GCE A-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the discontinuance of archaeology A-level on the number of students taking archaeology at undergraduate level.

      Schools: Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to encourage schools to promote Gypsy Roma Traveller History month in June 2017.

      Children in Care: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Gypsy and Traveller children were taken into care in 2015 and how this compares with the general population.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of university technical colleges on improving the supply of British workers with high quality science,...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage employers and universities to become involved with the university technical colleges programme.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision not to construct a secure college on the site of HMP Glen Parva, what plans they have for that prison.

    • Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 17 October (HL2078), which stakeholders, including disability groups, officials are engaging with, and...

      Youth Justice: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to enable the identification of Gypsies and Travellers in the youth justice system so that data can be gathered.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Illustrious

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the willingness of a group of investors to purchase and refurbish HMS Illustrious so that it can become a museum in the UK, whether they...

    • RAF Northolt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision proposing a third runway at Heathrow, what will be the future of nearby RAF Northolt.

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that future air strike missions against land targets in Syria or Iraq, in which RAF aircraft are involved, have had...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 October (HL2323), when they expect to be able to report to Parliament the results of the coalition...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Land

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 24 October (HL 2124), what guidance they have given to Parish Councils regarding their powers to...

  • Home Office

    • Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the UK is not represented on the Committee of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many community protection notices relating to dog behaviour have been issued under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 since it came...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the refugees taken under the vulnerable children's Resettlement Scheme are (1) Christian, (2) Yazidi, (3) male Muslims over 15-years old.

      West Midlands Police: Uniforms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police to consider allowing female police officers to wear the burka...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 20 October (HL Deb, cols 2439–40), what estimate they have made of the total number of people...

    • Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of British citizens living overseas who may be entitled to qualify for inclusion on UK electoral registers if the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK will still be able to trade under the existing EU free trade agreements once the UK has left the EU.

  • Department of Health

    • Hospitals: Richmond upon Thames

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total funding given to each hospital within the Borough of Richmond in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how...

    • Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are penalised for breaches of targets set out in the NHS Constitution and pledges on waiting times, and Acute...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why NHS England have told commissioners that they cannot utilise non-recurrent reserves held in their funding allocation to mitigate future potential risks;...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure full adoption of the British HIV Association standards to deliver optimal HIV diagnosis and care.

      HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they intend to take to ensure that HIV indicator conditions, such as shingles and glandular fever, are understood by medical professionals...

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