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Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's news story of 30 January 2017, new vehicle tax rate from 1 April 2017, what steps his...

    • Department for Transport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62467, on shipping: pollution control, whether any UK registered vessels were detained for...

      Road Traffic Offences: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that drivers from other EU member states who are charged with traffic offences in the UK are dealt with...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62467, on shipping: pollution control, how many vessels on routes in the sulphur emission...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of quality partnership schemes between 2010 and 2016.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise the use of electric cars.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons why the number of deaths caused by drink-driving has increased each year since 2010.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2017 to Question 62343, for what reasons the technical advice from Chris Gibb has not been made publicly available.

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to support the growth of Birmingham Airport in his Department's planned aviation strategy.

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Midlands Connect on ensuring its strategy promotes the importance of Birmingham Airport.

      Severn River Crossing: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Severn Bridges will return to public ownership.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the proposed timescale is for installing a free-flow toll system on the Severn Bridges.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road safety for children near schools.

      Heathrow Airport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new apprenticeships resulting from the expansion of Heathrow airport; and what assessment he...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths from illegal drug use.

    • Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been barred from entering the UK for having engaged in unacceptable behaviour in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59477, what equalities assessment has been carried out on the cap...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee's Sixth Special Report of...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his Department's road map for the development of small modular reactors; and if he will make a...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria his Department used to determine the preferred bidder in the sale of the Green Investment Bank; and if he...

      Pregnancy: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle discrimination against women who are expecting or have children; and what recent...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Post Office on the level of government investment in the Post Office and its...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61718, on energy: conservation, if he will make representations...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Electrical Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to prevent counterfeit electrical goods from entering the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the establishment of a UN inquiry into alleged human rights violations committed against the...

    • Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the basing of the British Embassy in Tel Aviv; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total pay bill was for (a) male and (b) female employees in his Department in 2015-16; and what the average per capita spend from that pay bill...

  • Department for Education

    • Academic Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representation she has received on the effect of university and college diversity officers on academic freedom.

    • Schools: North Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase funding for schools with a high concentration of students with special educational needs in North Tyneside.

      Department for Education: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in her...

      Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2016 to Question 54215, on apprentices: females, how much funding her Department has (a) allocated and (b) spent...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of applications for early years teacher training programmes.

      Schools: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has visited any schools in Haringey since her appointment to her post.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Children: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions she has had with the Family Justice Board on handling vexatious repeated requests relating to access to children; and if she...

    • Prison Officers: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to protect prison officers from the harmful effects of psychoactive substances used by prisoners.

  • Leader of the House

    • Leader of the House of Commons: Security

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many security passes into his Office are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his Office.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that the diverse needs of the creative industries will be supported after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on whether the UK will be able to protect the territoriality of copyright after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who...

      Mass Media: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on promoting media literacy in each year since 2008.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to review the effect of alcohol advertising on 10 to 15-year-olds following the recent report from Public Health...

      Social Networking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has undertaken an assessment of the potential merits of introducing proposals for the regulation of online...

      Mobile Phones: Morley and Outwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase the reliability and affordability of mobile coverage in Morley and Outwood.

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to support the rollout of 5G.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals against decisions to refuse disability living allowance were (a) lodged, (b) upheld and (c) dismissed in respect of children...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the written statement of 12 December 2016, (HCW 5339), what the planned (a) timetable and (b) content is for the Automatic...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK service personnel are embedded with or seconded to the national armed forces of other countries in the coalition participating in Operation...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK service personnel have been embedded with or seconded to coalition forces participating in Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen; and what roles...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to recognise the bravery and sacrifice of members of Army bomb disposal units who were killed or maimed during the...

      Ukraine: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the UK military training programme in Ukraine; what assessment he has made of the effect of recent...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60366, if he will publish his Department's unpublished impact assessment...

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil...

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps (a) he and (b) the Government has taken to make public its policy against Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism since...

  • Department for International Development

    • UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53867, who will represent the Government at the 61st session of the UN...

    • Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2017 to Question 61410, on developing countries: children, how her Department measures the...

      Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations she has made to the Governments of (a) Ukraine and (b) Russia on humanitarian access to eastern Ukraine;...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil...

    • Shellfish: Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the spread of the invasive species of demon shrimp, dikerogammarus haemobaphes.

      Inland Waterways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the condition of the navigable waterways managed by the Environment Agency in the...

      Air Pollution: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of premature deaths attributed to particulate air pollution; and what...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Security

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his Department.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff of his Department at what grade were employed in the Cabinet Office youth policy team in July (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

    • Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases accepted for investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman were classed as open in each month since January 2015.

      Cabinet Office: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his...

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 61923, what assessment he has made of the long-term risks to the financial performance of the...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many British citizens live in (a) the EU and (b) each EU country other than the UK.

      Data Steering Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59728, what steps he plans to take to ensure that minutes of meetings of the Data Steering Group...

      Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) on staffing and funding levels in the PHSO offices.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on when the Government plans to end the public sector pay freeze.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Commission: Security

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, which persons not employed by the House of Commons Commission hold security passes...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many security passes into his Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in his Department.

    • Palliative Care: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaf people have received end of life care in the last five years.

      Palliative Care: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff involved in end of life care have received bespoke British sign language and deaf awareness training for their work in the last five years.

      Dental Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time is for which applicants to the National Dental Performers' List wait for their application to be processed in (a) NPL1, (b) NPL2...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Security

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many security passes into her Department are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in her...

    • Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to ensure that schools are safe spaces for children and young people to learn without the...

      Equal Pay: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she plans to extend the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations to the public sector.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57766, when she plans to confirm the budget for the Equality and Human Rights Commission for...

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2017 to Question 62006, when in 2017 she plans to make an announcement on funding arrangements for the revenge...

      Racial Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on the handling of racially motivated attacks.

  • Department for Transport

    • Passenger Ships: Rescue Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations and procedures are in place relating to the evacuation of ships designed to carry more than 5,000 passengers and crew, when those ships are...

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 January (HL4622) concerning the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, what survey of incoming...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 February (HL4840), what estimate they have made of the percentage reduction in capital and...

      Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 concerning social aid for transport for residents of remote regions can be introduced in England; for what...

      Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the law to allow the automatic confiscation of a mobile phone that has been used illegally by a driver.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 24 October 2016, whether they plan to limit charges for the use of electric charging...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make funding available to enable substantial upgrades of rail infrastructure on the East Coast Main Line during Control Period 6.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with vehicle manufacturers to work towards the standardisation of styles and shapes of electric charging systems in...

      Aviation: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to repatriate to the Civil Aviation Authority the regulation of civil aviation following Brexit.

      Solar Power: Roads

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost-effectiveness, durability, safety and efficiency of paving roads with solar panels.

      A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 September 2016 (HL1574), whether they will now publish in the Official Report the findings of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect of the Government's decision to leave Euratom on the cost, safety and regulatory processes associated with existing and planned...

    • Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Brexit, what plans they have to encourage investment in the car production industry.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 28 December 2016 (HL4016), and in the light of the LuxLeaks trials in Luxembourg, whether they...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 1 February (HL4906), whether the Consumer Green Paper will address the level of staffing in local...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Regional Growth Fund on stimulating enterprise in the English regions.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value of each contract made with community rehabilitation companies in the last 12 months.

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what services community rehabilitation companies are required to deliver as part of their contract with Government.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons are presently serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection in England and Wales; and how many of them are more than 80 years of age.

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been subject to suspended committals for non-payment of council tax over the last three years; and what was the breakdown by (1) gender,...

      Prisoners: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens of the Irish Republic are held in UK prisons.

      Carillion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance by Carillion of their contract to provide personal items to serving prisoners.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mass Media

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that the Minister for Digital and Culture is holding talks with UK newspaper industry representatives on accuracy in journalism and...

    • Press Recognition Panel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Press Recognition Panel is entitled, under powers granted to it by the Royal Charter, to advocate changes to English law.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that air pollution levels are reduced in the UK, in the light of the alert declared in London recently as a result of...

  • Home Office

    • State Visits: USA

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the UK of providing security for the visit of the US President to the UK; and which department or agency will be...

  • HM Treasury

    • Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that general living standards do not suffer as a result of rising inflation.

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to reduce levels of insolvency among UK borrowers.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the main exports and imports between the UK and (1) France, (2) Germany, and (3) Italy, in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, and (c) 2016.

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