Written answers

Monday, 26 June 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Gibb Report on the Southern Rail franchise before the end of June 2017.

    • Railways: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to bring forward proposals for a rail ombudsman.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the Gibb report into the Southern Rail franchise.

      Victoria Station: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) his Department or (b) Network Rail have carried out a risk assessment on the ability to evacuate the concourse at London Victoria Station...

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the Gibb report into the Southern Rail franchise.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the report by Chris Gibb on the Southern rail franchise and the Government's response to that report.

      Teddington Station: Lifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether work on the Access for All lift provision at Teddington Station will be completed by the end of 2017-18.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timetable the Government has for completion of Crossrail 2.

      Transport: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total external costs of advisers and other bought-in items was to his Department for franchise specification and procurement for each year...

      Transport: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's internal staffing and administration costs were for franchise specification and procurement in each year since 2010-11.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the full report and recommendations of Chris Gibb's project board into rapid improvements of Southern Rail will be published.

  • Home Office

    • Skilled Workers and Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response her Department has made to the recommendations of the report entitled, Facing the future: tackling post-Brexit labour and...

    • Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of security at places of worship.

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether other mosques have been awarded funding in addition to those announced in 2016 under the scheme for security funding for places of...

      Hate Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of hate crime resulted in convictions in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places of worship chosen to benefit from the scheme for security funding for places of worship have had the work relating to that...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made to the scheme for security funding for places of worship since it was reopened early in 2017.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that information provided by survivors of Grenfell Tower about residency or immigration status will not be used for...

      Radicalism: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to (a) monitor and (b) control increases in levels of (i) extremism and (ii) radicalised Islam in Birmingham.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to lift the suspension on the processing of certain applications for partner visas that was introduced as a result...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to refund fast track payments made by applicants for partner visas where the processing of those...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's report on foreign funding of extremism and radicalisation in the UK.

      A19: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase patrols and speeding enforcement at accident blackspots on the A19.

      Police: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dedicated officers there are in each police force that specialise in fraud.

      Police: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to provide police forces with additional resources when handling complex fraud cases.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue was generated from visa applications that were denied in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue was generated by the premium visa service in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in the level of funding for police forces on those forces' ability to counter terrorism.

      Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a requirement that air rifles should be kept in a locked cabinet; and if...

      Domestic Violence: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of pre-charge bail reforms on the police's response to domestic abuse incidents.

      Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 25 January 2017 to Question 60970, whether there have been more (a) racist incidents and (b) banning orders...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Furniture: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he intends to respond to the consultation on Furniture and furnishings fire safety regulations: proposed changes,...

    • Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will commission research to determine the take-up of shared parental leave; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the announcement made by his Department on 27 March 2017 on new guidance to support working mothers of...

      Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce legislation on property ownership and public contracting by overseas companies and legal...

      Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the outcome of the Government's consultation on property ownership and public contracting by...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to establish a regulatory body for fuel pricing.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned date is for the Hinkley Point C reactor to start transmitting electricity to the National Grid; and...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to provide certainty of energy policy in order to attract green technology companies to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that reductions in energy bills do not affect commitments to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Venezuela: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Venezuelan Government on the political situation in that country; and...

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Iran on the decision of the Supreme Court in Iran not to free...

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's priorities are for the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Human Rights Council: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on reform of the UN Human Rights Council; what discussions he has had with his international...

      Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish a draft International Sanctions Bill.

      USA: UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US on that country's membership of the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Attorney General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney General, what the cost is of (a) running and (b) administering the Serious Fraud Office online reporting tool.

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 70644, on confiscation orders, how much has been collected as a result of confiscation orders obtained by...

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 70644, on confiscation orders, what the outstanding debt is by Crown Prosecution Service Area.

  • Department for International Development

    • Venezuela: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the UK has provided for the citizens of Venezuela in the past five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the results of the consultation on a national funding formula for schools which closed in April 2016.

    • Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to review the relationship between the Education and Skills Funding Agency and local education authorities regarding the provision...

      Nurseries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to improve nursery care to ensure that all children are ready for school age at five.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much debt, including interest, remains outstanding under confiscation orders obtained where HM Courts and Tribunals Service has the lead enforcement...

    • Hull Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners are serving public protection sentences at HM Prison Hull.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure that the UK Olympic team is referred to as Team UK rather than Team GB.

    • Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish her response to her Department's consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation; and if she will...

      Mass Media: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

      Charities: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act...

      Culture: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to continue to participate in Creative Europe when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Glasgow East constituency have transitioned from disability living allowance to personal independence payments in the last...

    • Carer's Allowance: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of carer's allowance in Glasgow East constituency.

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the then Prime Minister's speech on Life Chances on 11 January 2016, when the Government expects to implement the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to decide on the extension of the yellow card early warning system for benefit sanctions across the UK

      Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's review of the DWP estate, including jobcentres; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to cease work capability reassessments for employment and support allowance claimants with the most severe health...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is providing for the food manufacturing sector to mitigate the effect of EU workforce shortages.

    • Litter: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 34 of the Government's Litter Strategy for England published in April 2017, whether the timeline for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Forthside Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plan and timetable his Department has for the sale of the Forthside Barracks site.

    • Military Bases: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to dispose of (a) Stonehouse Barracks and (b) the Royal Citadel in Plymouth.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the National Shipbuilding Strategy has been written; and when his Department plans to publish that strategy.

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to publish new strategic equality objectives.

      Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the reduction in SSN submarines from seven to six will have on the Navy's capabilities.

      Istar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reducing the number of Sentinel aircraft on the RAF's ISTAR capabilities.

  • HM Treasury

    • European Investment Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Mansion House speech of 20 June 2017, what discussions he has had with the European Investment Bank in the last three months.

    • Taxation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve corporate and tax transparency in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

      Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect on the level of UK GDP of the UK leaving the EU prior to the conclusion of any deal with the EU.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal cigarettes sold in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2017 to Question 71682, what plans the Government has to review its policy on insurance premiums.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will create a shared Prosperity Fund to replace EU economic aid.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Answer of 13 April 2017 to Question 70785, what plans he has to fill the vacancies in HMRC Minimum Wage Compliance Unit; and if he...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of parents who will sign up for Tax-Free Childcare in 2017-18.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Mansion House speech of 20 June 2017, what assessment his Department has made of...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 63690, how many full-time equivalent staff his Department has.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total number of (a) secondees and (b) contractors from the private sector is in his Department.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate his Department has made of the number of officials it has yet to recruit which it requires for the negotiations on the...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of his senior negotiating team are women.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of withdrawing from the single market on the land border between Northern Ireland and the...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Answer of 30 March 2017 to Question 69306, for what reason he believes the information requested would...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the timetable is for trade negotiations formally to commence with non-EU countries.

  • Department of Health

    • NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all hospitals and NHS buildings are fully compliant with fire and building regulations; and if he will ensure that all NHS properties will be...

    • Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the updated Tobacco Control Plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the rollout of a new contract to dental care providers.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on changing the law on abortion in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who in his Department has lead responsibility for the new capped expenditure process in the NHS.

      Patients' Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to protect and promote patient's rights under the NHS constitution in those areas affected by the new NHS capped expenditure process.

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proactive steps (a) his Department and (b) NHS England are taking to ensure adequate provision of mental health support for people affected by the...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the number of (a) adults and (b) children who are (i) experiencing or (ii) likely to experience post-traumatic...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will allocate additional funding to the local mental health trust to strengthen provision of mental health support for people affected...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specific steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of people who have experienced bereavement as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire.

      Teachers: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on mental health first aid training for teachers.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new nurses have been employed in each NHS hospital trust in the last 12 months.

  • Home Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what co-operation exists between customs, immigration and border authorities in Kent and the Pas de Calais, including local authorities, central government agencies,...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 July 2016 (HL1382), whether, in cases of grooming gangs, they will identify the perpetrators as they...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the procedure for freelance public service interpreters and translators to apply for clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park mosque, what measures they are taking to prevent further violence in the name of religion.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote freedom of religion and belief as part of (1) their Counter-Extremism Strategy, and (2) the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what level of benefits and other support is given to (1) single, and (2) married, asylum seekers each month after arriving in the UK.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what was the main reason the majority of 18 year old asylum seekers were deported in 2016.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what measures will be contained in the domestic violence legislation announced in the Queen's Speech.

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