Written answers

Friday, 17 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of the UK remaining a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency after the UK has left the EU.

    • Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on improving of the reliability and availability of wifi and mobile connectivity on trains between (a) Penzance and London...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with drone manufacturers on the use of mapping services for geo-fencing.

      Rolling Stock: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department is making in replacing pacer trains.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Local Government: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of senior civil servants of his Department are (a) men, (b) women, (c) disabled, (d) from working-class...

    • Airports: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many applications to open new general aviation airfields have been received by UK planning authorities in the last five years.

      Communities and Local Government: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2017 to Question 65551, where in the Office for National Statistics Civil Service employment...

      Communities and Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) businesses and (ii) registered charities...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of ending the automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18 to 21 year...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK will be represented at the proposed 2017 UN Conference to negotiate a global ban on nuclear weapons; and if he...

    • Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what review process was undertaken to establish that Turkey should not be designated as one of the 30 Human Rights Priority...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to send a UK representative to the March 2017 UN Conference to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies introduce public registers of beneficial...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in his Department have been seconded from (i) businesses and (ii) charities.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) businesses and (ii) registered charities...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether non-participation in the March 2017 UN Conference to Negotiate a Ban on Nuclear Weapons is compliant with the UK's...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of heart disease rates on (a) life expectancy and (b) economic growth in developing countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has assessed the potential merits of introducing a helpline for children within the social care system to call or text in...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a method of anonymous feedback for children who have been through...

      Free Schools: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2017 to Question 64751, what the estimated value is of all land acquired to free schools.

      Children: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure schools have policies in place to look after children with medical conditions.

      Ofsted: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure more teachers from non-leadership backgrounds are recruited as Ofsted inspectors.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Probation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders supervised by (a) the National Probation Service and (b) the Community Rehabilitation Company in Wales were taken back to prison...

    • Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to review the capability of (a) HM Prison Service and (b) contracted-out prisons to respond to incidents of concerted indiscipline.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions in the last year private prisons have required the support of HM Prison Service to deal with concerted indiscipline.

      Domestic Violence Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many domestic violence protection orders have been made by the courts in each year since those orders March 2014.

  • Leader of the House

    • Short Money

      To ask the Leader of the House, when he plans to publish the Short money funding allocation to Opposition political parties for the 2017-18 financial year.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Chipping Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to improve access to high-speed broadband in suburban areas such as Chipping Barnet.

    • BBC Board: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultation the Government undertook with the Welsh Government before deciding not to appoint a representative for Wales on the...

      BBC Board: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the new timetable is for the appointment of the representative for Wales on the BBC Board.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department are employed in media and communications roles; and what the cost to the public purse was for the salaries...

    • Proceeds of Crime: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total value is of recovered assets belonging to politically exposed persons from Nigeria through civil recovery orders by the...

      Immigration: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people resident in Pakistan applied for (a) visitor visas and (b) permanent settlement in each year since 2010.

      HM Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2017 to Question 65319, on HM Passport Office, what the scope is of the review referred to; and when she...

      Domestic Violence Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many domestic violence protection notices have been issued by each police force in each year since March 2014.

      Bryn Alyn Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse has been of Operation Pallial's investigation into Peter Steen, Dafydd Vevar, Alan Challenor, Keith Evans,...

  • HM Treasury

    • VAT: Training

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to reduce VAT on flight training and general aviation-related mechanical or engineering education programmes.

    • Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the finding of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association report on the...

      Self-employed: Entertainers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his proposals on Making Tax Digital, published in December 2015, for what reasons the threshold of an income of £10,000 was agreed;...

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the Financial Secretary to the Treasury has had on tobacco related taxation with representatives of (a) the All Party Parliamentary Group...

      Equity Release: Advisory Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the private finance industry on how to increase the number of financial advisers qualified to advise on equity release.

      VAT: Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on sixth form colleges of being ineligible for VAT registration.

      Tax Havens

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a plan to stop the use of tax havens including containing steps to help UK-linked tax havens transition towards other types of economies...

      Treasury: Secondment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in his Department have been seconded from (i) businesses and (ii) charities.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on maintaining automatic annual increases in the state pensions of UK...

    • Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether negotiations to secure the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK after the UK leaves the EU will also include securing the...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in his Department have been seconded from (i) businesses and (ii) charities.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) businesses and (ii) registered charities since...

      Cross Border Cooperation: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he last discussed cross-border issues resulting from the UK leaving the EU with representatives from the Republic of Ireland.

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK Trade and Investment: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the turnover rate for UK Trade and Investment local-hire staff in overseas postings has been in each of the last three years.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Marginal Rate Emergency Tariff (MRET) fund reinvestment in reducing emergency admissions for...

    • Pathology: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of pathologists.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 28 February (HL Deb, col 714), whether at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council they will...

    • Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on alleged massacres by the Turkish army and gendarmerie in Cizre, Sur,...

      Juhel Miah

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what explanation they have received from the US authorities for the refusal to allow British citizen Juhel Miah to fly to New York on 16 February.

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign Secretary discussed (1) the US administration's immigration and refugee policies, and (2) relations with Russia, during his meeting with...

  • Department of Health

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 28 February (HL5495), whether, and if so when, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent proposal by the British Chamber of Commerce that Brexit should be postponed if a trade deal with the EU does not...

    • Cars: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to respond to requests for tariff-free access to the single market for car manufacturers in the UK.

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