Written answers

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Manchester Piccadilly Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made for future capacity needs of Manchester Piccadilly station in (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20, (c) 2020-21 and (d) 2021-22.

    • Railways: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the electrification of the line between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date all the derivatives owned by Network Rail are scheduled to have expired or been closed out.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecast has been made of the overall profit or loss of the derivatives held by Network Rail in the last five years.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost overruns on major projects at Network Rail have been in the last five years.

      Railway Signals: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the programme for introducing digital signalling on the rail network.

      Department for Transport: Official Hospitality

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

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the change in the amount of time taken to access the platforms at St. Pancras International station since the...

      Garages And Petrol Stations: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the extent of price differentials between motorway and non-motorway service stations; and if he will make a...

      Aircraft: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to make the carriage of defibrillators compulsory on aeroplanes.

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2017 to Question 68777, if he will provide the number of (a) Audis, (b) SEATs, (c) VW commercial vehicles and (d)...

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ePassport gates are in place at St Pancras International Station; and what proportion of those gates have been fully functional for each day...

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of legislation governing noise from motorcycles.

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the penalty is for motorcycles exceeding permissible noise levels on roads.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to encourage hauliers to switch to alternatives to diesel engines.

      Aircraft: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British people (a) suffered and (b) died as a result of cardiac arrests while on a plane in each of the last five years; and if he will...

  • Home Office

    • Social Media: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent (a) meetings or (b) discussions she has had with people who understand the necessary hashtags.

    • Social Media: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's press release of 26 March 2017, on social media companies, how she defines the term necessary hashtags.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of UK Visas and Immigration staff were employed to process citizenship applications in each month since January...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of UK Visas and Immigration staff were employed to process applications for documents certifying permanent...

      Right of Abode: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2016 to Question 28086, when the decision on whether to grant the right of abode to former...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will respond to the Reshaping policing for the public report, published by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary on 25 June 2015; and if...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the merits of the use of drones for forensic imaging as a substitute for crewed police air surveillance capacity.

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the legislative framework for police powers regarding mental health.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2017 to Question 68205, what the Government's policy is on retrospective removal of the status of non-UK...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Social Services: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what analysis he has undertaken on the effect of the national living wage on the cost to the adult social care sector...

    • Renewable Energy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many accredited renewable energy generators operate in (a) Hampstead and Kilburn and (b) London in each of the last...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff employed by his Department overseas in roles requiring an ability to speak a local...

    • Russia: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the deployment by Russia of Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad constitutes a breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Official Hospitality

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

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Iraqi Government on the importance of protecting the religious freedom of Christians in...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 16 March 2017 to Question 63102, on diplomatic service, what the (a) name and (b) post is of...

      French Front National

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the rationale is for the Government's longstanding policy on contact with the Front National in France; and whether he...

      Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 4985, what funding his Department gave to the Afghanistan...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Saudi authorities about the attack by a helicopter on a boat carrying Somali civilians...

      Yemen: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterparts on the potential famine in Yemen.

      Gaza: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian authorities on fuel shortages in Gaza.

      USA: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the US Administration on the potential move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

      Syria: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 18 December 2015 to Question 19719, how much has been allocated to Syria under the Conflict,...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his US counterpart on civilian casualties as a result of US airstrikes in Syria.

      Somalia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Somalian Government on the recent presidential elections in that country.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the digital economy of releasing government data sets.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Internet

      To ask the Attorney General, what the five most visited websites were by staff of the Law Officers' Departments in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Attorney General: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Attorney General, how much the Law Officers' Departments has spent on (a) hotels, (b) hospitality, (c) food and drink and (d) transport in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Attorney General: Management Consultants

      To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2017 to Question 65676, how much of the procurement spending in each of those years related to the services of management consultants.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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...

    • Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government plans to take to promote good nutrition in developing countries (a) before and (b) after the G7 meeting in...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many hours of training in supporting children with special needs newly qualified teachers receive.

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many bursaries and scholarships were provided under the Your Future Their Future campaign for the academic year 2016-17; and what the value was of...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding from the public purse was spent on the Get Into Teaching campaign in 2015-16.

      Higher Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spent on higher education in the 2015-16 financial year.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that the UK continues to attract international students to study at its universities.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley of 15 February 2017 on section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) children under 18- years of age and (b) young people aged 18 to 24-years old received legal aid funding for immigration cases in each year...

      Pregnancy: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tribunal cases there were related to section 18 of the Equalities Act 2010, workplace pregnancy and maternity discrimination in (a) 2015-16 and...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on domestic violence victims of having to pay a fee to GPs to provide evidence of eligibility to...

  • Leader of the House

    • Keith Palmer

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether he will consider honouring PC Keith Palmer with a shield in the Chamber like those which commemorate hon. Members killed in war or by terrorist acts.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2017 to Question 64527, when the next regular review of all cyber security standards will be...

    • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of civil servants in her Department are (a) under 30 and (b) over 50 years of age.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has reached a decision on whether to support the European Commission in the case of La quadrature du Net and...

      Business: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of accounting entities in the UK that exchange data with other such entities in other EU countries.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects within her Department have been awarded an amber rating by the Infrastructure Projects Authority at the time of the most...

      Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the implications of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of S. and...

      Telecommunications: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to incentivise innovation in internet communications infrastructure.

      Mobile Phones: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on competition between mobile providers.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the proposed changes to the Pension Protection Fund's compensation cap extension will be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) training and (b) guidance personal independence payment assessors receive in the social model of disability.

      Social Security Benefits: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department enforces the repayment of any benefit payment made into an account after the death of the person entitled to that benefit.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Official Hospitality

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

      Jobcentres: Plaistow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the closure of Plaistow Jobcentre Plus on people with (a) learning disabilities, (b) autism,...

      Jobcentres: West Bromwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many public access computer terminals there are for searching Universal Jobmatch and applying for universal credit across the Jobcentre...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been written off by his Department as a result of maladministration in the last five years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Leasehold Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to require whoever is Chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service to have no business interests in...

    • Leasehold Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to require at least one member of the Board of the Leasehold Advisory Service to be an...

      Empty Property: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will provide financial support to bring back into use derelict properties in Easington constituency.

      Landlords: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote responsible letting and (b) deal with rogue landlords.

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many starter homes were built in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Newts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to 2.27 of the Housing White Paper, if he will set out the (a) timeline and (b) process for implementing the new...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 2.73 of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body 46th Report, what steps his Department is taking to promote cohesion between...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Official Hospitality

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

    • Exports: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what guidance is available to businesses on obtaining an export license.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support he plans to provide to assist first-time export businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to improve bilateral trade with India.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the impact assessment on the consultation on the Special Category Mechanism and Financial and Other Support in England of 7 March 2017,...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 63452, on blood: contamination, how many such applications have been received since that date; and...

      Department of Health: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what refurbishments have been carried out by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies in (i) 2015-16 and (ii)...

      Air Pollution: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential link between (a) asthma and (b) asthma hospitalisation rates and air pollution in Greater Manchester in...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assurance process has been in place since clinical commissioning groups were established to ensure good governance and probity; and what assessment...

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on improving the way that decisions about the funding of treatments are communicated to patient...

      Furness Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that there will be no appointments to a single management board prior to any clinical commissioning group mergers until the situation...

      Dental Services: Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department gives to dentists on the currency of their NHS Choices profiles.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital bed days were lost in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK as a result of delays in discharging patients each year from...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he has had with officials of his Department regarding the effect of sustainability and transformation plans in areas with a shortage of...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria his Department is using to assess whether NHS sustainability and transformation plans have been the result of local community consultation.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to improve the support provided to deaf people; and if he will make a statement.

      Orthopaedics: Robotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of making available robotic arms on the NHS for people with limb amputations.

      Spinal Injuries: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many spinal injuries there have been related to (a) rugby, (b) football and (c) other sports in each of the last five years.

      Department of Health: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2017 to Question 66933, on Department of Health: overseas aid, when each of those projects listed in that Answer were...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to oral evidence given to the Public Accounts Committee on 27 February 2017, if he will specify the legal status of the new organisations...

      Outpatients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median waiting time for a first (a) outpatient ophthalmology, (b) paediatric ophthalmology, (c) medical ophthalmology, (d) outpatient optometry...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 4 March 2016 to Question 29083, how many (a) registered care home and (b) nursing home places there were in (i) 2017,...

      NHS: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's Delivering the Forward View: NHS Planning Guidance 2016-17 to 2020-21, whether additional funding will be made available...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to transpose into UK legislation, both pre- and post-Brexit, all European employment rights.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Households

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the change in the total number of UK households in the period 2010 to 2015; and what was the change in the number of those households with (1) a...

  • Department for International Development

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no reference to (1) targeted and persecuted religious minorities, or (2) the fundamental human right of freedom of religion and belief, is made in the...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many further education colleges rated (1) good, or (2) outstanding, by Ofsted were not included on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been paid to Carillion as a result of damage to prison property during disorders and riots in the last five years.

    • Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the consultation proposed in A better deal: boosting competition to bring down bills for families and firms (Cm 9164), published in November 2015, on...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Channel Four Television: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 21 March (HL5834), whether the female candidate who was not approved for appointment by the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of people currently receiving the enhanced mobility rate of Personal Independence Payment who will move to the...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of people with each of (1) anxiety and depressive disorders, (2) depressive disorder, (3) schizophrenia, (4)...

      Employment: Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the full-time employment of adults with special learning needs; and what progress was made in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to ensure that the Army Review of Junior Entry (1) seeks and considers external evidence, (2) considers how the armed...

    • Maritime Patrol Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that testing and evaluation in the US of the Boeing-P8A aircraft being purchased by the UK will be completed.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours the RAF fleet of C-130Js has flown in each year since entering service; and what was the average cost per flying hour for the C-130J over the...

      World War I: Military Decorations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations apply to the preservation of King's Colours laid up across the country after the First World War.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 December 2016 (HL4083), which local authorities in England with responsibility for adult...

    • Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their intention to devolve discretionary funding on supported housing costs to English local authorities, funding will be provided...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Economic Area

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an application by a country to become party to the EEA Agreement requires the agreement of each individual EU member state or of the Council of the...

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that they have the necessary resources to manage the transition of powers from the EU, in relation to (1) central...

  • Department of Health

    • Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS hospital trusts are permitted to purchase residential or nursing home beds for patients who no longer need to occupy an acute hospital bed but...

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 July 2016 (HL1005), whether the UK National Screening Committee has considered the timing of...

      Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to identify people with atrial fibrillation at high risk of stroke who are (1) not anticoagulated, or (2) not maintained in...

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