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Written answers

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to improve housing conditions for older tenants in the private rented sector.

    • Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 49099, of the 244 of local planning authorities who have an adopted Local...

      Private Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies on meeting the needs of housing for older people...

      Social Security Benefits: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Ministers or officials of the Department for Work and Pensions on the effect on homelessness...

      Social Rented Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what regulations cover his Department's policy on cavity wall insulation for properties in the social housing sector.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have used Public Space Protection Order (PSPOs) to address issues relating to rough sleeping since...

      Housing: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and which local authorities do not have a five year land supply for housing.

      Small Businesses: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many small businesses in (a) Calderdale and (b) West Yorkshire have claimed small business rate relief in the latest period...

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what evidence his Department provides to local authorities on whether the better care fund can be used to establish changing...

      Social Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to review the effectiveness of the delivery of housing adaptations and repairs for low-income...

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many changing places toilets for the disabled are located within 25 miles of Retford.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department takes to monitor use of the better care fund by local authorities.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will take steps to ensure that all new homes meet standards of accessibility for older people.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Charities: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to maintain the Charity Research Support Fund beyond 1 April 2017.

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2016 to Question 46899, how much of the £8,157,919 of arrears recovered from...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2016 to Question 39267, how much of the £2,065,874 of arrears recovered from...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hezbollah: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the expansion of Hezbollah's weapons arsenal.

    • Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Israeli government on reports of a new illegal settlement at Shiloh in the West Bank.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from UK diplomatic posts of the Fatah Facebook page praising a murderer who killed two Israelis...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question 50279, whether his evidential basis for the assessment of Mr Tsege as not...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Employment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of EU tariffs and non-tariff barriers on jobs in Wales when the UK...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to Answer named day Question 48230, tabled on 12 October 2016, by the right hon. Member for East Ham on Questions 43736, 43737 and...

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to provide assistance with the adoption process to British nationals who adopt foreign-born children.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2016 to Question 49914, on overseas students, what plans she has to revise the estimated number of potential (a)...

      Pre-school Education: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of recruitment shortages in early years education on the Government's commitment to provide...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of employees who work for companies who will have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy who are ineligible to...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Post-16 Skills Plan, published in July 2016, whether there will be multiple qualifications in any of the 15 routes.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to assess the potential cost to local authorities of implementing new IT systems to enable the move to the monthly...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to ensure that careers advice in schools draws the attention of young people to apprenticeships so that they are aware...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of university students fund their studies without a student loan or other financial assistance from the state.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the introduction of the 30-hour free childcare entitlement on sessional early years...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on early years funding.

      Grammar Schools: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has for academic selection in the Bradford district.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to bring forward the fair funding formula.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Government plans to spend on apprenticeships in the 2017-18 academic year.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of 16 to 18 year olds who take up apprenticeships.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK's decision to leave the EU on student and staff numbers in the higher education sector.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football Association: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public funding was given to the Football Association in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new household benefit cap on homelessness.

    • National Insurance: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many live national insurance numbers there currently are (a) in total and (b) for people aged over 100.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6874, if he will make an estimate of the cost of reinstating war pensions to widows who...

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide details of all minor defects requiring repair on each of the Type 45 destroyers on the day this Question is received by his...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's report, a Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, page 38, where he plans to hold the industry day...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular armed forces personnel (a) were based in Scotland in each year since 2010 and (b) his Department plans to have based in Scotland in 2020.

  • Home Office

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates meetings were held between Dame Lowell Goddard and officials of her Department between the date of her appointment as chair of...

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what correspondence she has received from legal counsel for the independent investigation into child sexual abuse relating to the conduct of...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when (a) she and (b) her Department's officials have met John O'Brien, Secretary of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse since...

      Home Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many apprenticeships have been created in her Department in each region in each of the last five years; and how many participants in...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department was first notified by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that an allegation of sexual assault had been made...

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department was consulted by staff working for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on that Inquiry's decision to...

      Voluntary Work: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure charitable workers and volunteers are safe from harassment and abuse.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will respond to the recommendations of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reforms Accessing Medicinal...

      Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to give the Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Professor Alexis Jay, access to a full copy of the...

      Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has allocated resources to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in order to provide witnesses with mental...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • India: Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support the Indian government in its efforts to protect Indian elephants.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on measures to (a) encourage and (b) require education institutions to adopt a...

    • Cancer: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children have been diagnosed with cancer in each of the last five years.

      Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of the Macur Review on preserving and correctly archiving materials, including...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will pursue a free trade deal between the UK and South Africa after the UK has left the EU.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Learning Disability

      To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many people in the House of Commons Service have learning disabilities.

  • Department of Health

    • Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on developing a tobacco control strategy.

    • Nursing Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the specific role is of nursing associates; and what effect that role has on the role of qualified nurses.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement his Department's childhood obesity strategy.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on implementing the GP Forward View strategy.

      NHS: Corruption and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing arrangements for investigating fraud and corruption in the NHS.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Public Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 24 October (HL2163), what assessment they have made of the case for intervening under...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Manufacturing Industries: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to encourage and attract investment to the steel, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries in the UK.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) burning heather, and (2) depleted peat bogs, on the UK’s carbon emissions.

      Nissan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) whether they offered compensation to Nissan for any harm to its operations in the UK arising from the UK's future trade arrangement with the EU and, if...

      Energy Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of forecasts that the UK’s coal-fired electricity will fall by two thirds this year, what steps are being taken to ensure that the...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial caps have been agreed with EDF and the Chinese investors in relation to the cost of storage of Hinkley Point’s nuclear waste.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the likelihood of taxpayers having to fund any additional cost of storage of Hinkley Point’s nuclear waste.

      British Business Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are planning to take to ensure that the British Business Bank lends to all parts of the UK.

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to mitigate the effects of sand used in the fracking process being released into the atmosphere.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to make representations to the governments of Israel and Egypt to provide entry permits to Gaza for UN and international NGO personnel.

    • Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to protest to the government of Israel about the number of demolitions of houses, farm buildings and other structures in the West Bank...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russian Language

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fluent Russian speakers have been trained or recruited by the FCO since June 2015, and how many fluent Russian speakers are presently employed by...

      Iran: Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken any action to prevent the Iranian Embassy in London from opening a UK bank account; and if so, why.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any EU sanctions are currently in place against Iran; and if so, what they are.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any UK sanctions are currently in place against Iran; and if so, what they are.

      Tanzania: HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Tanzania concerning their decision to stop HIV prevent programmes for gay men.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 24 October (HL2327), whether they have studied the report by the multi-faith pastoral group.

      Maldives: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the security issues facing UK tourists visiting the Maldives.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incursions by Spanish state vessels into British territorial waters around Gibraltar there were in the 12 months to 31 October 2016; and whether...

      Sudan: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the arrest and interrogation of Sudanese doctors across Sudan over the weekend of 29 and 30 October, including...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, attended the talks between foreign ministers hosted in London by the Foreign Secretary on 16 October.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment since 23 June of the economic impact on the UK of leaving the Single Market.

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on Question Time on 3 November, whether it is their view that...

  • Department for International Development

    • Jordan: Migrant Camps

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to obtain full access for representatives of the UNHCR to the refugee camp at al-Rukban on the frontier of Jordan, together with the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many assaults there have been on prison officers and prisoners in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Prisoners: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths have occurred in prisons in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Navy: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the responsibilities of each of the 40 admirals in the Royal Navy; and what is the total cost of their posts including salaries, expenses and...

    • Ethnic Groups: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made regarding the employment prospects of black and minority ethnic personnel leaving the Armed Forces and entering the job market.

      UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, attended the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households in Newcastle upon Tyne they estimate will suffer reductions in housing benefit as a result of the new cap on housing benefits to be...

    • National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many national insurance numbers are currently in circulation in the UK; what is the current official population of the UK; and if these two numbers...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rights of Way: Driverless Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether self-driving wheel-based robots can be used on footpaths, bridleways and cycleways which are public rights of way; and if so, in what circumstances.

    • Air Pollution: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policies for reducing air pollution in cities include expanding the areas of planting of trees and other vegetation on the ground and on...

      Disposable Wipes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to consult the public on the case for banning all wet wipes which contain plastic fibres.

      Plants: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to list all the UK's tree and plant species under threat from pests and diseases found in plants imported to the UK from the EU.

      Plants: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to draw up a new phytosanitary inspection regime for plants imported from the EU after the UK's withdrawal.

      Playgrounds and Schools: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to provide compulsory air quality monitors outside all schools and children’s playgrounds.

      Grouse Moors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken to assess the impact of grouse moors on the management of water flows and flooding.

      Disposable Wipes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with manufacturers to improve the labelling of wet wipes to avoid them being flushed into the sewers and becoming a marine pollutant.

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 October (HL1831), how many arrests of illegal immigrants, and how many arrests for...

    • Immigration Controls: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy options they have considered regarding controls on EU citizens entering the UK through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following the...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 October (HL2171) concerning the European Arrest Warrant system, whether they will now...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last met with the Muslim Council of Britain to discuss the Prevent strategy.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to accepting a greater number of unaccompanied child refugees into the UK.

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 October (HL Deb col 2279), what they consider to be the normal levels of hate crime; whether...

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Supreme Court judgement R (on the application of Johnson) v the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on 19 October on the matter...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all unaccompanied children they have brought to the UK from the Jungle camp in Calais are assessed by social workers or specialist charities for...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have accommodated any unaccompanied children from Calais in any immigration detention facility in the last month.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether children brought to the UK from Calais in accordance with the Dublin Regulation are given safeguarding assessments by social workers before being...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations concerning guardianship in paragraphs 320 and 321 of the 2nd report of the EU Select Committee Children in...

      Older People: Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which police forces in England and Wales maintain units devoted exclusively or principally to tackling abuse of elderly persons; and how many officers are...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ireland regarding security arrangements on the border with the...

      College of Policing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 November (HL2530), whether, in the light of the fact that Dame Shirley Pearce has...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing the decision to close the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme; and if so, when their findings will be published.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 November (HL2634), whether (1) nationality or country of origin, and (2) the status of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the significance and the implications of the reported rise in the prices for (1) Apple Mac computers, (2) motor vehicle...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many licences for Microsoft Office have been held by each government department in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what...

    • House of Lords: Ministerial Statements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many references to Pepper v Hart have been made in ministerial statements in the House of Lords.

      List of Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the List of Ministerial Responsibilities published by the Cabinet Office in October (1) describes Earl Howe as Parliamentary under-Secretary of State at...

      By-elections: Richmond Park

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to the public purse for the by-election in the Richmond Park constituency following Zac Goldsmith's resignation.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the law relating to political donations.

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Electoral Commission in respect of changes to electoral law.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 31 October (HL2406), whether parity of esteem, as set out in the Belfast Agreement 1998, relates to (1)...

    • Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 31 October (HL2453), whether the Northern Ireland Parades Commission is only accountable to the courts on...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many additional cybersecurity experts they estimate are needed to implement the National Cyber Security Strategy, (2) what priority is being given to...

    • BBC Monitoring: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to fund the monitoring work of the BBC directly through grant in aid.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the public sector spend on health per head of population in real terms for each of the years from, and including, 2010; and what is the...

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of clinical commissioning groups commission technologies to support atrial fibrillation detection in routine care.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to consult the public on proposals to make doctors personally liable to the NHS if they fail to collect fees from health...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the official figure of £10 billion extra in funding for the NHS by 2020–21 is correct.

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to encourage retired general practitioners to work part-time for the NHS; and, if so, on what terms and conditions.

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