Written answers

Friday, 21 April 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities have to prevent vehicles parking on pavements.

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many blue badge permits were approved by local authorities in each of the last five years.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were registered for the blue badge scheme, by health condition, in each of the last three years.

      High Speed Two: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the HS2 Limited board are (a) women, (b) from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, (c) disabled and (d) from lower socio-economic...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications the board of HS2 Limited received during its last intake.

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the Highway Code to examine whether to introduce a universal duty to give way when turning and conduct further research into...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the public consultation on local authority Best Practice Guidance for Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles will be published.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the effect of time restrictions on the disabled person's bus pass...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 8 and 28 March 2017 to Questions 65946 and 69578, if his Department will ensure that the planned revision of Local...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to review the Traffic Regulation Order making process.

      Road Traffic Control: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from Calderdale Council on (a) addressing traffic congestion and (b) tackling air pollution issues at...

      Railways: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Network Rail's business plan for the digital railway is planned to be published.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to Mode Shift Revenue Support grants on the volume of rail and road freight in the UK; and what...

      Roads: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.22 of the Spring Budget 2017, how much of the £220 million to address pinch points on the strategic road network...

      Skoda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2017 to Question 69282, on Volkswagen, how many Skoda cars fixes had been applied to by the time of the (a) January,...

      Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the safety of driver-controlled operation on railways in northern England.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the forecasts for new renewable energy capacity in his Department's updated Energy and Emissions...

    • Renewable Energy: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the international competitiveness of the UK's renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

      Renewable Energy: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage a global market for the UK's renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support his Department plans to offer to help non-fuel poor households make their homes warmer and more...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's decision to focus the Energy Company Obligation on fuel...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on proposals to run subsidy-free auction rounds for solar photovoltaic and onshore wind.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the roll out of SMETS2s will begin.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by his Department since 8 May 2015.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many security passes giving access to his Department's premises are currently valid.

      Hong Kong: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since her recent election.

      Burma: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Burma on allowing the UK team of experts on sexual...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Security

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people holding security passes for other Government Departments are granted access to the Law Officers' Departments' premises with that pass, by Department.

    • Attorney General: Staff

      To ask the Attorney General, how many people are currently employed by the Law Officers' Departments.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) official and (b) official sensitive documents have been recorded as lost by her Department since 8 May 2015.

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2017 to Question 67083, on trade agreements, if she will publish the review referred to in the...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK aid is not being passed on by the Palestinian Authority to the families of...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people aged 18 years and under receive (a) direct payments and (b) a personal budget from her Department.

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to include an LGBT aspect in statutory sex and relationships education; and whether her Department has consulted LGBT...

      Children in Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) data and (b) methodology her Department uses to calculate the level of funding for staying put arrangements.

      Children: Gynaecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has issued to teachers and support staff who work with children with specific learning difficulties to support those...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that additional funding to support the education of children who are entitled to free school meals can...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications for education, health and care plans were (a) made, (b) accepted and (c) refused in 2016.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers with responsibility for providing careers advice have had training in autism.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Skills Funding Agency about allowing functional skills in English and mathematics to be permitted on the Early...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether hon. Members are able to access (a) funding for apprenticeships and (b) apprentices on account of the House's contribution to the...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much investment is predicted to be stimulated from the apprenticeship levy in each of the next five years.

      Apprentices: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many autistic people completed apprenticeships in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government's plans to introduce statutory sex and relationships education will include a requirement to teach children about consent.

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children went missing from local authority care in (a) 2014, (b) 2015 and (c) 2016.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children's homes there are in England and Wales.

      Pupils: Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of school days lost as a result of children's dental problems in each of the last five school years.

      Skills Funding Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications the board of the Skills Funding Agency received during its last intake.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence imposed for conviction of (a) rape, (b) sexual offences excluding rape, (c) child abuse and (d) domestic abuse was in the last...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Parliament: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether a television licence is required solely to view live streaming video of Parliamentary proceedings or recordings of such...

    • Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to reduce nuisance telephone calls to elderly or vulnerable residents.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2017 to Question 68607, if she will publish all evidence considered by her Department which...

      Cybercrime: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date in June the cross-government meeting on cyber hate will be held; and with whom her Department is consulting on that...

      Arts Council England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications the board of Arts Council England received during its last intake.

      S4C: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the independent review of S4C will be completed before 1 October 2017.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Arts Council has given to (a) independent museums and art galleries, (b) regimental museums, (c) local...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Arts Council has given to national museums and art galleries in each year since 2010.

      Arts Council England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the Arts Council England board are (a) women, (b) from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, (c) disabled or (d)...

      Arts Council England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who makes appointments to the Board of Arts Council England; which other organisations or individuals provide advice on those...

      Public Libraries: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the full data set collected by the Libraries Taskforce will include library opening and staffing hours.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers local authorities have to tackle air pollution caused by idling cars near schools and other public areas.

    • Environment Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the Environment Agency board are (a) women, (b) from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, (c) disabled...

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the consultation on the UK ivory market will look at plans to ban the trade in pre-1947 ivory.

      Environment Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications the board of the Environment Agency received during its last intake.

      Fisheries: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48853, what proportion of the total fishing trips were accompanied by...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms in (a) Boston and Skegness constituency, (b) Lincolnshire and (c) England are in receipt of EU subsidies; and...

      Sewers: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to amend the private sewer transfer regulations to allow the transfer of private sewerage pumps to be...

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to increase the maximum custodial sentence for the most serious acts of animal cruelty to five...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to (a) retain and (b) strengthen existing environmental standards regulations after the UK has...

  • Home Office

    • Weapons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what preparations her Department is making for the coordination of efforts to tackle weapons trafficking with EU member states after the UK...

    • Homicide: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve police training on tackling femicide.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the timing of the return of original documents to people applying for (a) citizenship, (b) further leave to remain and...

      Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is enrolled on any trusted flagger programmes with social media companies.

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy will be after the UK has left the EU on universities losing their licence to recruit international students if...

      Community Security Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding for what period has been granted to the Community Security Trust to administer for the security of Jewish schools and other...

      Police Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales received during its last intake.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child sexual offences were reported to the police in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015 and (d) 2016 in each police force area in England...

      Children: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child abduction warning notices were granted in each year since 2010.

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the UK National Resilience contract with the Fire Service College was terminated by her Department; what account was taken...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of children aged 16 and 17 who have been victims of sexual abuse in each year since 2011.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of frontline police officers have received child sexual exploitation training in each police force area in England and Wales.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual offences were committed against children in (a) the UK, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) Wigan in 2016.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the 2017-18 police budget in England and Wales has been reduced in real terms.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the leading indicators used to assess detriment in police service performance are.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women have been deported from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police authorities spent on the provision of diversionary courses for speed awareness in each of the last five years.

      Bashar al-Assad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether international arrest warrants exist for the former Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad and members of his family for (a) war crimes, (b)...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which EU executive and regulatory agencies the Government plans to replicate in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Renewable Energy: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase (a) renewable energy and (b) low carbon technology exports.

    • Trade Agreements: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many reports he has commissioned to seek advice on free trade agreement provisions and workers' rights.

      Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many reports he has commissioned to seek advice on free trade agreement provisions and environmental protection.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Waste

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total amount of waste generated across the Parliamentary estate was in each of...

  • Department of Health

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients (a) psychological wellbeing practitioners, (b) cognitive behavioural therapists, (c) counsellors, (d) psychotherapists and (e)...

    • Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of waiting time for patients to see (a) psychological wellbeing practitioners, (b) cognitive behavioural therapists, (c)...

      Social Services: South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Spring Budget 2017, how much of the £2 billion fund for councils in England to spend on adult social care...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 April 2017 to Question 69386, on care homes, how many (a) registered care home and (b) nursing home places there were in each...

      Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for Wakefield Clinical Commissioning group to complete funding assessments for patients awaiting transferral from...

      Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients in Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group who are currently waiting to be discharged from hospital to...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce maximum pack size legislation for the sale of tobacco products.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on private sector companies acting as the delivery organisation in Accountable Care Systems and Accountable Care Organisations.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2017 to Question 69447, on civil partnerships, whether she plans for an assessment of the effect of the...

    • Directors: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that diversity on boards is being promoted in (a) private companies, (b) the public sector and (c) the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Central European University

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Hungary to protect the legitimacy, autonomy and academic freedom of the Central European University.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the details of each court fee charged to businesses for money claims in each year since 2013.

    • Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of court fee increases for money claims brought by small and medium-sized businesses since 2015.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which charities were awarded funding from the Tampon Tax Fund; how much was allocated to each charity; and what were the criteria used to determine those awards.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the annual budgets for (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the Royal Air Force, and (3) the Army, for each financial year from 2014–15 to 2019–20;...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many grants of discretionary leave to remain were made in 2016 in respect of asylum seekers whose claims had been refused; and how the reasons for those...

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the fall in the number of people who have been resettled to the UK under the Mandate resettlement scheme, from 90 in 2009 to eight...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they will give in their negotiations on leaving the EU to securing an agreement continuing the annual increase in the UK state pension for UK...

    • Environment Protection: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a draft of the Great Repeal Bill and associated legislation during the Brexit negotiation process, to enable all interested parties...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for legislative consent motions to be passed by the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and the Northern Ireland...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to impose any legislative requirement on the devolved administrations to comply with the principles of (1) non-discrimination, and (2)...

  • Department of Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many anti-depressants were prescribed to patients in 2015 who continued to consume alcohol; and at what cost.

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