Written answers

Friday, 31 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: South of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he is taking to improve passenger rail journeys in southern England.

    • Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to provide support for a new fleet of rolling stock serving the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the long-term investment of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much per capita funding was spent on transport infrastructure in (a) the North East and (b) London in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to invest in new road infrastructure in the South West; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether plans to dual the A303 and upgrade the A358 will change in response to the recommendations in the recently published National Audit Office...

      Great Northern Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to support plans to introduce four trains an hour through New Barnet and Oakleigh Park on the Great Northern Line when...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2017 to Question 65186, on High Speed 2, how much has been paid to each of the contractors listed in Annex A in each...

      Redcar British Steel Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passenger journeys have (a) started and (b) ended at British Steel Redcar Railway Station in the last five years.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2017 to Question 65946, when his Department plans to publish the revised Local Transport Note 2/08 guidance on cycle...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has any plans for discontinuance of access by armed forces personnel to the e-bluey service.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of dredging Portsmouth Harbour to allow the Queen Elizabeth carriers to enter Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth.

      Navy: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 13, page 10, of the National Audit Office report, Delivering Carrier Strike, published on 16 March 2017, what steps he is...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 1.8, page 16, of the National Audit Office report, Delivering Carrier Strike, published on 16 March 2017, what proportion of...

      Ministry of Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the five most visited websites were by staff of his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to prepare the national grid for a potential increase in the use of electric cars.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Imad Hamato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on President Abbas' appointment of Imad Hamato as dean...

    • USA: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the new Executive Order implementing a travel ban on people from six...

      Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and economic situation in Venezuela.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on UK arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on human rights and alleged religious persecution in that country.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the five most visited websites were by staff of her Department in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Afghanistan: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 4985, what funding her Department has provided for services in Afghanistan...

      India: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people have benefited from improved energy access as a result of the 540MW Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Limited power...

      India: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has been made of the economic benefits delivered as a result of the 540MW Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Ltd...

      East Africa: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government plans to take with its international partners to increase the level of food available to Somalia and South Sudan.

  • Department for Education

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department paid any sums in to the Baker-Dearing Trust in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will introduce a limit for online gamblers that applies on all platforms.

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that under-age people are not able to gamble online.

      Digital Technology: Great Grimsby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2017 to Question 66060, on Digital Technology: Great Grimsby, which companies have committed to...

      Historic Buildings: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that buildings in the North East on the National Heritage List for England are properly maintained.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the economic value of tourism.

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of English tourism funding has been allocated to (a) London and the South East and (b) other English regions in each...

      Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on UK firms engaged in the digital economy if the UK were to be outwith the EU Electronic...

      Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on UK firms engaged in the digital economy of proposed changes to the EU Electronic...

      Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with local authorities on their role in strengthening the digital economy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people with multiple sclerosis on (a) income-based employment and support allowance and (b) the limited...

    • Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria a person would have to meet to receive a sanction equal to the financial support they receive from the limited capability for...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the five most visited websites were by staff of his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

      State Retirement Pensions: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons state pensions are not provided to those who have lived in care homes for the previous 12 weeks or more.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65698, how much of that procurement spending in each of those years related to the services...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether food labelling in respect of sugar and fat content applies to all packaged foods and snacks available in retail outlets.

    • Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department have for improving information on food labelling and origin.

      Agricultural Products and Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase consumer awareness of British-sourced and farmed produce and food after the...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the placing of pollution standards on coal power stations is included in the...

      Horses: Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times in each county or local government area in England and Wales a freeholder or lawful occupier of private land...

      Fisheries: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to give notice to terminate the London Fisheries Convention 1964.

      Newts: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the resources, including staff time, needed by Natural England to implement the pilot scheme...

      Land: Walsall North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the letter from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 20 February 2017 to the hon. Member for...

  • Home Office

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on ensuring that NHS providers fulfil requirements under the Mental...

    • Europol: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with Europol on data sharing and access related to law enforcement after the UK's exit from the EU.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children she plans to resettle in the UK under the Dubs amendment in the next six months.

      Home Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for...

      Deportation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which EU readmission agreements contain clauses regarding the return of third country nationals.

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the number of police officers on long-term sick leave over the last three years.

      Deportation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries the UK has EU readmission agreements.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time has been for an application for a form EEA document certifying permanent residence in each month since January...

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications from EEA nationals for a registration certificate to live in the UK have been (a) submitted, (b) successfully...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Tier 1 general, (b) Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur, (c) Tier 1 exceptional talent, (d) Tier 1 investor, (e) Tier 4 general, (f)...

      Police Service: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her speech of 30 November 2016 to the College of Policing, which roles within the police service she is considering for...

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been on long-term sick leave in each month since April 2016.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government takes to minimise the separation of peer and sibling groups among unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as part of...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the unique needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are met during integration into...

      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 Easington of 15 February 2017, reference EN7643, relating to Mr Brown and...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that the receipt of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (a) incorporates young person-centred...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will lay before the House the results of each wave of the National Cyber Security Tracker survey from its inception to the present.

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the safety of restraint techniques and equipment used by police officers on people suffering mental health...

      Imitation firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the risks to public safety and police welfare of the public availability of imitation firearms that are...

      Mobile Phones: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the merits of a change in legislation to require all pre-paid mobile phone numbers to be registered to an...

      Derbyshire Police Authority: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days a year the Derbyshire police force area has had full crewed air capability available in each year since 2010-11.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the current level of threat to democracy in the UK from cyber attacks, propaganda and subversion by hostile...

  • Department of Health

    • Genetics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide an update on his Department's work on the 100,000 Genomes Project; and if he will make a statement.

    • HELLP Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with HELLP syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Genetics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the 100,000 Genome Project; and if he will make a statement.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the NHS has made of the potential merits of the use of stem cell technology to treat damaged Achilles tendons.

      Liver Diseases: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the effect of over-eating on the prevalence of liver cirrhosis among teenagers.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on potential negative health effects of a gluten-free diet.

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder in each of the last five years.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS takes to promote the breast feeding of babies beyond the age of two months.

  • Home Office

    • Entry Clearances: India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Tier 4 (General) student visas were granted to Indian nationals in each year since 2001.

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