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Written answers

Friday, 7 July 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new EU directives relating to his Department's responsibilities are in negotiation in the EU.

    • Department for Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many EU directives relating to his Department are being transposed into UK law.

      Department for Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to stop transposing new EU directives into UK law.

      Vetting: Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to take steps to require criminal records checks to be made of drivers prior to hiring a van or car.

      Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the use of AdBlue in road transport on the (a) carbon footprint of AdBlue production...

      Airports: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which month the final National Airports Policy Statement will be published.

      Traffic Commissioners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to relocate the Traffic Commissioner for Wales to an office in Wales.

      A19: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 336 on A19: accidents, if he will commission a report into the causes of injuries and...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of including wider social and wider economic considerations in the placing of orders for trains.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the potential merits of reforming the law to give Transport for London the power to cap the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of trends in passenger numbers on the East Coast Main Line since 2010.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to reduce toxic cabin air incidents affecting flight crew and passengers; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase capacity for rail freight in the Newcastle region.

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have received driving bans in (a) Stroud District, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) England in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average increase in rent was for armed forces personnel living in service families accommodation in each of the last five years.

    • Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average time taken was for an applicant to the Reserve Forces to be accepted in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on offering financial support to households that are not fuel-poor to make their homes...

    • Industry: East Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's industrial strategy on East Renfrewshire.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on its decision to suspend indefinitely the newspaper Al Wasat.

    • Bahrain: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided technical assistance to the Bahrain National Security Agency.

      Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Kingdom of Bahrain on the treatment of family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on upholding the one country, two systems principle in Hong Kong.

      Gaza: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will support the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs emergency fuel fund for hospitals in...

      USA: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effect the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement may have on UK contributions to that agreement's goals.

      UN Mission in South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help to ensure that the UN Mission in South Sudan can fulfil its mandate in that country.

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help to ensure that members of South Sudanese civil society can effectively participate in the...

      John Cantlie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent information his Department has received on the wellbeing of the hostage John Cantlie; and what steps his Department...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the release of Libyan assets in the UK to compensate the UK victims of Gaddafi-IRA...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Polling Stations: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will introduce legislation to require all polling stations to be accessible to people with disabilities.

    • Political Parties: Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ask the Electoral Commission to review political parties' compliance with regulations during the 2017 General Election.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to postpone the 2018 Boundary Commission Review.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the amount of manual processing on paper that it carries out and to make such processing...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance has been published on supporting religious minorities studying at university.

    • Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has had any discussions on potential discrimination faced by children with illnesses and disabilities which prevent them from...

      Springwood Heath School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much high need funding Springwood Heath Primary School in Garston and Halewood constituency received for (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18; and how much...

      GCE A-level: Knowsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 20 July 2016 to Question 43655, what progress she has made on ensuring that A-level provision will be available in...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of white pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 who were eligible for free school meals in any of the previous six years were...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of planned increases in the national minimum wage and the national living wage on the financial...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on universal infant free school meals; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding will be made available in capital funding to help primary schools develop nurseries where they currently do not have the facilities...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for software allowing early years providers to check eligibility for 30-hours free childcare to be available for use.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a reduction in the number of childminders on the implementation of her Department's 30-hours...

      Primary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to review funding for universal infant free school meals.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on the introduction of the healthy schools rating scheme.

      Pre-school Education: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the new early years menus for childcare settings; and what plans she has to publicise those menus.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to review and update school food standards.

      Employment: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on implementing the recommendations on devolving accountability and resources to enable the development of local skills strategies...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the recommendations in the Social Mobility Commission's report, entitled The Time for Change, published 28 June 2017, what plans she...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the sittings of domestic violence cases in Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales are arranged to enable independent domestic violence...

    • Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the process is for (a) determining the category of prisoners to be held in a prison and (b) changing the category of prisoners to be incarcerated...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how his Department determines whether (a) an existing or (b) a new prison is run by a (i) public or (ii) private operator.

      Prisons: Port Talbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which criteria were used by his Department to identify land on which to build the proposed prison in Port Talbot.

      Industrial Disputes: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress the Criminal Cases Review Commission has made on its review into the Shrewsbury 24 case.

  • Prime Minister

    • General Election 2017: Scotland

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on negotiations between the Government and the Democratic Unionist Party on a confidence and supply.

    • Ruth Davidson

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings of (a) her and (b) her predecessor's Cabinet Ruth Davidson MSP was invited to; and how many of each category of those meetings she attended.

      Andrew Davies

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings of (a) her and (b) her predecessor's Cabinet Andrew Davies AM was invited to; and how many of those meetings he attended in each category.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Prime Minister, when the Government plans to respond to the report of the Intelligence and Security Committee, UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria, published on 26 April 2017.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rotherhithe and Poplar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral statement of the First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office of 26 June 2017, Official...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to prepare for the roll-out of ultrafast broadband.

      SS Mantola: Salvage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether any salvage retrieved from SS Mantola has to comply with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plants: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk to wildlife in the UK from the plant disease Xylella fastidiosa; if he will make it...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new directives relating to his Department's responsibilities are under negotiation in the EU.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many directives of the EU relating to his Department's responsibilities are awaiting incorporation into UK law.

      Fisheries Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to leave the 1964 London Convention; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts put out to tender by her Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.

    • Counter-terrorism: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent, and from which initiatives, by the Prevent programme in Barking and Dagenham in each of the last five years; and...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total number of referrals to the EU Internet Referral Unit was; and how many of those referrals led to the deletion of internet...

      European Cybercrime Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of losing access to the (a) European Cybercrime Centre and (b) Internet Organised Crime...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguarding measures are in place to protect minors who come forward with evidence to the independent inquiry on child abuse.

      Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to introduce legislative proposals on laser pen attacks.

      Emigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people emigrated from the UK in 2016; what the destinations were of those leaving the UK, including how many entered other EU...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the potential loss of access to Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Centre on tackling human...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on revoking citizenship for UK citizens who join foreign armies and engage in military or terrorist actions...

      Public Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the legal requirements are for (a) fire risk assessments to be undertaken by a competent person and (b) who is able to carry out fire...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many European Arrest Warrant (a) arrests, (b) requests and (c) surrenders have been made in each year since 2010.

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many kilograms of (a) drugs, (b) new psychoactive substances and (c) endangered species goods have been seized in the UK as a result of...

      Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential loss of access to the Schengen Information System on tackling crime after the UK leaves the EU.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the Crown Prosecution Service of the potential loss of access to the European Arrest Warrant.

      Domestic Appliances: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with fire and rescue services on preventing and reducing the number of electrical fires in domestic...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to expand the Fire Kills campaign.

      Drugs: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Greater Manchester Police on the recent discovery of a new crystalised form of the drug Spice in that area.

  • HM Treasury

    • Barclays: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with Barclays on its programme of branch closures.

    • Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister since 9 June 2017 on increasing Government borrowing to invest in national infrastructure; and if he...

      Financial Services: ICT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to promote the use of blockchain technology in the financial sector; and what assessment the Government has made of the...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in the personal allowance threshold and the one per cent public sector pay cap on household...

      Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent rises in inflation on the standard of living for the lowest income households.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the current offer for EU citizens in the UK may be subject to change as a result of negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Film: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department has taken to support the film industry in the North East.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which countries he has opened a dialogue with on trade deals after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department of Health

    • Health Professions: Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has published on ensuring exemptions for female health care professionals returning from maternity leave.

    • NHS: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a public consultation will be held on the capped expenditure process in North Central London.

      NHS: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation has been undertaken to assess the effect of potential NHS service consolidation in (a) the London Borough of Enfield and (b) North...

      Midwives: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of midwives at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make representations to the Department for Health to reintroduce NHS bursaries to reduce the need for overseas recruitment.

      Health Professions: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Social Mobility Commission report, Time for Change: An Assessment of Government Policies on Social Mobility 1997-2017, what steps...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that (a) patients and (b) the public are consulted on the creation of Accountable Care Systems.

      Visual Impairment: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when magnetic implants to improve eyesight will be available on the NHS.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that mental health patients can receive treatment closer to where they live.

  • Home Office

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      Her Majesty's Government how notifications of the refusal of (1) visas, and (2) deportations, are served; and whether, for those purposes, there is routine use of mail that is not recorded...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the average time between receipt of a claim for asylum and determination of that claim.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of action being taken to ensure the well-being of unaccompanied refugee children in Greece; and what steps they are taking to establish whether...

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