Written answers

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

    • Great Western Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the completion of the Great Western Railway's electrification scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) resilience of power supply arrangements to railway signalling centres and (b) provision of back-up...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an estimate of the potential net benefit of smart meter roll-out in (a) cost savings...

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government provides to people who received Green Deal finance from a company that has since gone into...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2016 to Question 47955, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Poland: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of diplomatic relations between Poland and the UK.

    • Libya: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on tackling Daesh in Libya.

      USA: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the incoming US administration on climate change.

      Marshall Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his future plans are for the Marshall Scholarship scheme.

      Islamic State: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the persecution of Christian and other religious minorities by Daesh.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) trends in the level and (b) the causes of recent violence in Israel and the West Bank.

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote press freedom abroad.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the recommendations made in Securing the Ballot that the Government identifies in its response to that report as requiring or likely to...

  • Department for International Development

    • CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to deliver the UK National Action Plan...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2016 to Question 50659, what data from the National Pupil Database her Department shares with (a) the Home...

    • Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to ensure that new and existing school building stock can adapt to rising pupil numbers.

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's estimate is of the potential number of pupils in the 2017 secondary intake; and what projections they have made for future...

      Alternative Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's most recent estimate is of the number of children not being educated in school.

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications to extract information from the National Pupil Database were refused in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information the National Pupil Database holds on the (a) nationality and (b) ethnic background of pupils; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications to extract information from the National Pupil Database were approved in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many year seven pupils received free school meals in each grammar school in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve the number of available places in good and outstanding schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Free Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many new school places have been created in free schools rated inadequate by Ofsted in each year for which data is available; and how many free...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2016 to Question 55973, on school closures, whether the guidance her Department gives to academies on school...

      Universities: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the merits of launching an inquiry into the levels of staff-to-student sexual harassment in universities.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Blackburn

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, (a) what steps the Diocese of Blackburn has taken to work with Caring for God's Acre to map flora and fauna on its...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of portable television licences for people living in multiple accommodation.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

    • Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of recent trends in the level of food poverty in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) number and (b) value of recoverable hardship payments awarded is.

      Department for Work and Pensions: iNHouse Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is in communication with iNHouse Communications Ltd in relation to any ongoing commercial tender process.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how many people in the disabled working-age population in the Glasgow South constituency are using services at...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's staff are expected to be relocated as a result of proposed jobcentre closures in Glasgow.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on which date a Minister of his Department last visited Bridgeton Jobcentre Plus in Glasgow.

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review his Department's plans to cap housing benefit for those in supported housing in line with local housing allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 56948, if his Department will meet the PCS union in January 2017 to discuss social...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed jobcentre closures in Glasgow on levels of deprivation in (a) Glasgow...

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with third sector organisations on the proposed jobcentre closures in Glasgow.

      National Insurance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers have been issued by jobcentres in (a) Castlemilk and (b) Langside in the last 12 months.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to provide an equality impact assessment in relation to the proposed jobcentre closures in Glasgow.

      Jobcentres: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to meet with representatives of the eight jobcentres in Glasgow earmarked for closure before his Department's public...

      Social Security Benefits: Hounslow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants affected by the lower benefit caps in Hounslow are in receipt of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what instructions are given to staff working on the universal credit enquiry lines on protocols concerning the disclosure of personal data to...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that funding is provided to older people and other vulnerable people so that those people can access...

      Housing Benefit: Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the housing benefit cap on the affordability of housing for claimants living in supported housing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his comments on the Andrew Marr BBC TV programme on 11 December 2016, on Yemen, what the evidential basis is for his statement that...

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what ammunition his Department plans to use for the Semi-Armour-Piercing High-Explosive Incendiary-Tracer round for the F35B Lightning II gun.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57051, what the final test point score was for the F-35B Lightning II; and what the planned such...

      RFA Tiderace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 57254, what the cost was to the public purse of accommodation in South Korea for the Lady Sponsor...

      Imphal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of refurbishing Imphal Barracks in York in order to accommodate 1st Division Headquarters.

      Ascension Island: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what environmental impact assessment his Department plans to undertake for the runway resurfacing project on Ascension Island; and whether that...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a phase start for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for the F35B Lightning II.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the F35B Lightning II is due to complete air-to-air instrumentation testing before the end of Block 3F testing.

      Type 31 Frigates: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57632, what assessment has been made of the identity of the principal competitors for Type 31...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2016 to Question 57052, on joint strike fighter aircraft, whether he has made an assessment of the potential...

      Arms Trade: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the sale of UK-manufactured cluster bombs to non-NATO countries between 1980 and 1995.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Third Tier arrangement between the UK and the US for responding to an accident in the UK involving US nuclear weapons was last reviewed and...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referral notices were issued to landlords or agents as part of the right to rent scheme between (a) 1 December 2014 to 31 January...

    • Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage gap in earnings is between the pay of full-time staff in the highest pay grade in her Department and average full-time...

      Home Office: Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Treasury Committee on 12 December 2016, in response to...

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the Government plans to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

      Home Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West of 3 November 2016 on representation of the...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many students have been granted short-term study visas to study English in the UK in the last year for which figures are available.

      Home Office: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department and its arms-length departmental bodies have spent on (a) staffing, (b) other revenue costs and (c) capital...

      Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the total amount of compensation payments it has made at the request of the Parliamentary and...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are made to ensure that people convicted of using an impersonator to take a written or practical driving test do not continue to...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on continuing direct grant funding from her Department to support independent domestic violence advisers and multi-agency...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton of 21 October 2016 to Question 48536, on overseas students, if her...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many current European citizens applying for permanent residency in the UK have had their applications rejected since 23 June 2016.

      Refugees: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have been supported through the Community Sponsorship scheme since that scheme was launched.

  • HM Treasury

    • LIBOR: Fines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 56783, how decisions on the allocation of monies from LIBOR fines between facilities based at MoD...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 52620, whether it is the UK's policy to claim jurisdiction of Carlingford Lough up to...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Companies: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of UK-based companies operating in Eritrea.

    • Exports: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many export licences to Eritrea the Government has issued to UK-based companies in each of the last three years.

      Overseas Trade: Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to promote trade between the UK and Zambia.

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to include the issue of corporate responsibility to respect human rights in international investment agreements after the...

      Trade Promotion: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the annual budget is for the GREAT campaign.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the application in the UK of standards...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish a Flood Resilience Review addressing the risks of flooding from surface water.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of rising food prices on average household budgets.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help prevent the hunting to extinction of endangered species.

      Elephants: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on ensuring elephants are given the highest level of international...

      Packaging: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2016 to Question 56277, what the evidential basis is for the target figures for 2018...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 2.151 and table 1.10 of the Autumn Statement 2015, Cm 9162, how much in planned efficiency...

      Food: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to support food and drink supply chains through the Great campaign.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department and its arms-length departmental bodies have spent on (a) staffing, (b) other revenue costs and (c)...

  • Home Office

    • Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter from Karen Bradley MP to Lord Morrow on 21 February 2014 (CTS Ref MS16/14), what assessment they have made of the actions taken by...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EU nationals in the United Kingdom have obtained the right to permanent residency; and how many applications for permanent residency are pending.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish responses to the reports by (1) Help Refugees, Life for the Children of the Calais Jungle Post Eviction–An Uncertain...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many registered child refugees in France have been refused admission into the United Kingdom; and how many of those have been provided with written...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied children under 16 years of age have been granted asylum in the UK in the past (1) six months, and (2) 12 months.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under 16 years of age are currently being held in detention centres; and, of those, how many have been detained for periods of (1) less...

      Asylum: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied child asylum seekers under 16 years of age are currently being held in detention centres; and, of those, how many have been detained...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children had been brought to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 by 20 December.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 is still available to unaccompanied children in Europe who meet the defined criteria, on which guidance was...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 review will be published on the Home Office website.

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the deadline for their consultation on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 so that small dealers, including those from the Gypsy,...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that oral consultation will be made available to scrap metal dealers from the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities during the...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adverse impact of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, and in particular its licensing requirements and fees, on dealers...

      Sexual Offences: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 December (HL3671) concerning the actions taken by police after the victim of Keith and...

      Refugees: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that non-Muslim civilians who have been forced to flee from Greek refugee camps are eligible to apply for refugee status...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what personal pupil data the Department for Education shares with the Home Office, and for what purpose.

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) maintained schools, (2) academies, and (3) free schools, invited outside organisations to provide careers guidance and advice to their pupils in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Greece: Migrant Camps

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Greece regarding the harassment and persecution of non-Muslims in refugee camps and the provision of...

    • Greece: Migrant Camps

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Greece regarding the prevention of radicalisation of unaccompanied minors in refugee camps.

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