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Written answers

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been of consultants working on High Speed 2.

    • High Speed Two Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of High Speed 2.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies of the Public Health England report, The Public Health Burden of Alcohol and the...

      Driving under Influence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Public Health England report, The Public Health Burden of Alcohol and the...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library the terms of reference for the review of the cost-effectiveness of current energy performance...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2017 to Question 61335, when he plans to meet the US Secretary of State; and whether he...

    • Guyana: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations from (a) parliamentarians and (b) the public on the appointment of a new chair of the...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the current state of basic freedoms, the rule of law and democracy in Hong Kong; and if he will make...

      Hong Kong: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the effectiveness of the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to fulfil the Government's obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration to monitor and speak...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Hong Kong Government regarding (a) legal challenges against democratically elected...

      Ukraine: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Ukrainian Government to finance ongoing military operations in the east of...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Ukraine and (d) Russia on progress...

      Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the conflict in Ukraine.

      Ukraine: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on alleged human rights abuses committed by (a) armed militias and (b) Ukrainian Government troops...

      Ukraine: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support efforts by the Government of Ukraine to tackle official corruption; and what assessment he...

      Kenya: Farms and Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Kenya on the incidence of home and farm seizures in that country.

      Ukraine: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Dutch counterpart on implementation of the EU's Association Agreement with Ukraine; and...

      Ukraine: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the EU's Association Agreement with Ukraine on the prospects for...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the Governments of (a) Ukraine and (b) Russia in implementing their...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Ukraine on the passage of political and constitutional reforms...

      Philippines: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Filipino counterpart on extra-judicial killings in that country.

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times (a) he and (b) the Minister for the Middle East and Africa have met representatives of Reprieve to discuss the...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to make regular oral or written statements to the House on the situation in Libya.

      Crimea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for a negotiated settlement between Ukraine and Russia on the status of Crimea.

      Nepal: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of Christians in Nepal.

      Nepal: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Nepal Government on permitting Christian non-governmental organisations to...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion with his counterpart in the Turks and Caicos Islands since the last...

      Montserrat: Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed tax (a) avoidance and (b) evasion with his counterpart in Montserrat since the last Joint Ministerial...

      Fayez Sharary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact he has had with Fayez Sharary or his family since his detainment in Israel in September 2016.

      Fayez Sharary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the case of Fayez Sharary.

      West Bank: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to meet his Israeli counterpart to discuss the retrospective legalisation of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

      Colombia: Peace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the Colombian peace process.

      Colombia: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he or (b) the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas plans to visit Colombia in the near future.

      Ukraine: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with officials from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine on the...

      Ukraine: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine to fulfil its responsibilities...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • USA: State Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the implications for Northern Ireland of a visit by President Trump; and if he will make a statement.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to fund pensions for those victims of terrorism identified by the Northern Ireland Victims' Commissioner as in need of...

  • Attorney General

    • Plea Bargaining

      To ask the Attorney General, what information his Department holds on the number of plea bargains offered to defendants in England since 2010.

    • Attorney General: Security

      To ask the Attorney General, how many security passes into the Law Officers' Departments are issued to people (a) not directly employed by and (b) who are not civil servants who work in the Law...

      Phil Shiner

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with the CPS on the potential grounds for prosecuting Phil Shiner for his role in making false allegations against members of the Armed...

      Witnesses: Older People

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure that the CPS deal sensitively with elderly witnesses who are afraid of giving evidence in court.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with which university vice-chancellors she has discussed opening new free schools; and what progress has been made on opening such schools.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many special needs assessments were undertaken in each school in England in each year since 2010-11.

      Universities: Hereford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has for the funding of a university in Hereford.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate her Department has made of the financial contribution to the UK economy of law firms based elsewhere in the EU and operating in the UK;...

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 February 2016, HCWS549, what progress her Department has made on procuring new electronic...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on the provision of housing legal aid advice in Wales.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what dates the Government plans to (a) start and (b) end the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she last observed proceedings at a First-tier Immigration Tribunal.

      Domestic Violence: Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of domestic violence received awards from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2016; what the average length of time was...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden of 2 December 2016 on behalf of his constituent, William Dickinson...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will commence section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

      Law Reporting: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will ensure the local provision of Welsh language transcription services in Wales once contracts have been awarded under the Framework and...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she has taken to ensure that cost savings to consumers resulting from reforms to personal injury statutes are passed on to consumers by the...

      Law Reporting: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) transcription of UK court and tribunal hearings will not be undertaken offshore, (b) UK transcription jobs...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the SA80 L85 A2's lifecycle.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much will accrue to the Exchequer from the decision not to increase benefit payments for four years.

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken in response to the National Audit Office's December report on the UK's benefit sanctions system; and if he will launch...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the transition of child maintenance arrangements from 2017 on children and their parents.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints his Department has received from people on the termination of their arrangements with the Child Support Agency.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have child maintenance arrangements with the Child Support Agency have received letters on the termination of those...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Overseas Trade: Agriculture and Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned on likely trends in the agricultural and environmental sectors' international...

  • Home Office

    • Travel Restrictions: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the US Administration on its travel ban for refugees and nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,...

    • Overseas Students: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many certificates of sponsorship were issued to Scottish employers for students switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 visas in each year from...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to continue the implementation of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 for the rest of the current Parliament.

      Hate Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) online and (b) non-cyber harassment and hate crimes resulted in a conviction in the last year for which figures are...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of online fraud and other forms of cybercrime was reported to the police in each of the last three years.

      Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) fraudulent banking transactions and (b) crimes in other categories result in a conviction.

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of administrative review appeals for a UK visa was processed within 28 working days in the last 12 months.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children have come to the UK under the Dubs amendment.

      Coastal Areas: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve coastal and marine policing in the East of England.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum decisions were made in cases of applicants who were detained at the point of decision in each quarter since 1 January 2014.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of non-settlement visa applications was processed within 15 working days in the last 12 months.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many premature deaths have been attributed to the effects of particulate air pollution in London in each of the last five years.

    • Data Steering Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2017 to Question 59728, for what reasons the minutes of the Data Steering Group's meetings from February to...

  • Department of Health

    • China and Pakistan: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to the Governments of (a) Pakistan and (b) China on the trafficking of human organs from those countries; and if he will...

    • Ketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an assessment has been made of the potential merits of making ketamine available on the NHS to help tackle alcohol dependency.

      Social Services: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) staff in social care settings and (b) people providing care in people's own home have received bespoke British sign language and deaf...

      Brentuximab Vedotin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure relapsed and refractory Hodgkin lymphoma patients continue to have access to brentuximab vedotin.

      Palbociclib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that palbociclib is made available to all eligible breast cancer patients.

      Mental Health Services: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was provided to mental health services in Northamptonshire in 2015-16; and how much is projected to be spent in 2016-17.

      Clinical Trials: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on clinical trials involving children in the UK beginning before such trials are proven to be safe.

      Action on Smoking and Health: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Shipley of 25 January 2017 to Question 43975, on Action on Smoking and Health: complaints, what information...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electric charging points for vehicles are available in service stations on UK motorways; and whether data is available on the numbers of each type...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the proposal by the EU Committee of the Regions to establish locally determined contributions and regionally determined...

    • Offshore Industry: Decommissioning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans there are for reviewing the decommissioning policy for UK oil and gas installations at the end of their operating life.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are proposed to stimulate new exploration and appraisal drilling on the UK Continental Shelf.

      National Grid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Connection and Use of System Code panel, and its modification and voting process, on (1) competition, and...

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report of the Insolvency Service investigation into the failure of BHS.

      Estate Agents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will institute a review of the practice of estate agents requiring pre-contract deposits in the process of purchasing homes.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (1) the amounts of CO2 produced, and (2) the targets adopted to reduce carbon emissions, by (a) the UK, (b) India, (c) China, and (d) the USA.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • France: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 24 January (HL4702), what contacts the British Embassy in Paris has had with presidential...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of troops and units which the UK, USA and Canada have stationed in other NATO countries in Europe.

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the deliveries of the nine P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft are on schedule; and when they will be delivered.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the infrastructure work at RAF Lossiemouth will be completed in time to enable the base to be used by the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 31 January (HL4999), whether "summer" is defined as (1) from the summer solstice to the September equinox, or...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to propose to NATO that NATO members which do not spend two per cent of their GDP on defence should not receive help or protection under...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will paint the RAF Voyager which conveys Her Majesty the Queen and the Prime Minister in distinctive colours which clearly indicate that it is...

      Russia: Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reported remarks of the Secretary of State for Defence on 3 February that Russia had carried out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks...

      Sierra Leone: Joint Exercises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the recent joint exercise carried out by British Army personnel and their Sierra Leone counterparts.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 54 Watchkeeper reconnaissance drones ordered by the Ministry of Defence in 2005 have yet entered service; and if not, why not.

  • HM Treasury

    • Wines: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many imported bottles of wine were sampled in each of the last five years, in order to check for fraud and forgery, broken down by samples from (1) EU...

    • Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 18 January (HL Deb, col 212), and in the light of paragraph 17(7) of Schedule 19 to the Finance Act 2016...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Absent Voting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Young of Cookham on 9 January (HLWS400) concerning the Government response to Securing the ballot, what is their...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in the number of applications by students in England for nursing and midwifery courses at British...

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