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Written answers

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the EU in 2017-18.

    • Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it remains the Government's policy to accept the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Commission in relation to Crossrail 2.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Crossrail 2 business case submitted by Transport for London to his Department sets out how Transport for London will provide for and raise...

      Crossrail 2 Line: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of his Department's staff are currently working on Crossrail 2.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with Network Rail on projects scheduled to be finished within Control Period 5 which will not be completed.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Crossrail 2 business case submitted by Transport for London to his Department.

      Railways: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of work orders necessary to ensure the retention of a skilled work force in the railway supply chain.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Railway Industry Association and representatives of companies in the railway supply chain on Control Period 6.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of the upgrade to the Midland Main Line; and how that figure differs from the initial estimate of...

      Department for Transport: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of Acts or parts of Acts in the remit of his Department that will be subject to repeal...

      Department for Transport: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of his Department's online services are only available in the Welsh language on request.

      Liverpool Port: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2017 to Question 4567, how much his Department plans to spend on (a) setting out its priorities for investment in...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2017 to Question 4564, what assessment he has made of the quality of the analysis in the National Infrastructure...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of a relative price cap for domestic energy consumers.

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the UK's offshore wind sector is owned by UK investors and companies.

      Energy: Swansea East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of how many and what proportion of constituents in Swansea East constituency will be covered...

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that conventional telephone line-only customers can access competitive rates.

      Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government takes to ensure that British businesses abroad uphold (a) international law on free, prior...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public body have the word trade in their job title.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to re-introduce the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2017.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Transport about the use of British-made steel in the...

      Industry: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to establish an industrial energy efficiency scheme.

      Ethnic Diversity of UK Boards Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Parker Review on corporate boards.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on commissioning an independent review into the cost of energy for households and businesses.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which of his Department's online services are only available in the Welsh language on request.

    • Kamal Foroughi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on ensuring that Mr Kamal Foroughi is allowed to receive social and...

      Commonwealth: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government will put equalities issues on the agenda for the 2018 Commonwealth Summit; and if he will make a statement.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the extension of universal franchise in Hong Kong with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

      Pressure Groups: Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the rights of land and environmental activists operational in other countries;...

      Hong Kong and Macao: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Consul General of Hong Kong and Macao.

      Hong Kong: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) the Minister for Asia has met with any members of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong since 8 June 2017.

      British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Overseas Territories did not establish a register of beneficial ownership by 1 July 2017.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have the word trade in their job title.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of Acts or parts of Acts in the remit of his Department that will...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that human rights abuses in Tibet are raised in discussions with the Chinese Government at...

      Kamal Foroughi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the prison conditions of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with his Turkish counterpart the issue of human rights violations against those peacefully protesting against...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people executed in each country by the government of that country in...

      Maryam Rajavi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU member states will (a) allow and (b) not allow Maryam Rajavi to visit.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his Department's statement of 8 July on the outcome of the United Nations' Nuclear Weapons Ban treaty, which...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the joint statement by the UK, US and France of 7 July 2017 on the adoption of a treaty banning nuclear...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade With EU: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will seek concessions on tariff-free trade with the EU for (a) the automotive industry and (b) Nissan in Sunderland after the...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many officials of his Department have the word trade in their job title.

      Children and Young People: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which policy areas relevant to vulnerable children and young people are under consideration in the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 6 of his Department's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK...

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3786, what assessment he has made of the level of rights protection offered to UK...

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the future of the UK's participation in the Erasmus scheme.

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his counterparts on the future of the UK's participation in the Erasmus scheme.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2017 to Question 3557, whether (a) EU and (b) non-EU family members who join eligible EU citizens...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3560, whether non-UK EU nationals who have previously lived in the UK but have...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2017 to Question 3557, if during the negotiations on the UK's exit from the EU, he will seek for UK...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 3956, on procurement, which contract was cancelled; and what the status was of...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government plans to include a multilateral deal on public country-by-country reporting as part of its negotiations on...

  • Wales Office

    • Public Sector: Neath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of constituents in Neath worked in the public sector in each year for which data is available.

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what level of financial reserves were held by each further education establishment in the East Midlands at the end of each financial year from 2010 to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Photographs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation making it an offence to take multiple images of an individual, unless it is in the public interest to do so,...

    • Electronic Surveillance: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation to make it an offence to use a digital device to repeatedly locate, listen to or watch a person without a...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce legislation to make it an offence to repeatedly order goods or services for another person if the purpose of such actions...

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the EU in 2017-18.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to reduce re-offending rates for those convicted of serious offences.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when Bedford employment tribunal court is expected to close; which bodies were (a) consulted on and (b) notified of the proposal to close that court;...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who died as a result of drug misuse in 2015 (a) were serving and (b) had previously served prison sentences in the UK.

      Offences Against Children: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will update the guidance to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme so that the governing rules are in line with the law and state that a child...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment appeals there have been in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Widows: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people received a war widows pension in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

    • Armed Forces: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces received an operational allowance in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

      Veterans: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether skills training is available for veterans who have been medically discharged from the armed forces.

      Ministry of Defence: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the potential number of Acts or parts of Acts in the remit of his Department that will be subject to repeal as...

      Ministry of Defence: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's online services are only available in the Welsh language on request.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of planned reductions to the Ministry of Defence Police's officer complement on the security of the defence estate.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensioners: Christmas Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners received a £10 Christmas bonus in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

    • Universal Credit: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on disabled full-time students of the introduction of universal credit.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants have appealed the level of personal independence payment awarded in (a) Aberdeen North constituency, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants moving from disability living allowance to personal independence payment have been awarded less than they were receiving...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2017 to Question 1063, if he will make it his policy to record the data necessary to calculate the average...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on advertising campaigns to alert women born in the 1950s of the changes proposed by his Department in each year...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the 10 costliest advertising campaigns undertaken by his Department were in each year since 2010.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many items of correspondence his Department has received on pension changes to pensions of women born in the 1950s from (a) hon. Members...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of (a) benefit sanctions, (b) the benefits cap and (c) the benefits freeze on the mental...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of women killed by a partner they had already reported to police in the last three years; and if...

    • Cybercrime: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to ensure that each police service in England and Wales record complaints and outcomes of digital crime and abuse.

      Police Community Support Officers: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in the number of community police support officers in (a) the UK and (b) South...

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Safer Neighbourhood teams were operational in each police force on 1 January 2010 in England and Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers by rank were in post on 1 January 2017 in England and Wales.

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often tasking meetings were held by the Police in each London borough in (a) 2010 and (b) 2016.

      Crimes of Violence: Acids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recorded number of (a) attackers and (b) victims of an incident involving a corrosive substance was by gender in (i) 2015, (ii)...

  • HM Treasury

    • Petroleum Revenue Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received an exemption from the petroleum revenue tax for the oil allowance in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the lessons learned investigation across Whitehall co-ordinated by the National Security Adviser to report.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the EU in 2017-18.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in providing local authorities with the means to alleviate rises in business rates as announced in the Budget, particularly in relation to...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they took in relation to the comments by the coroner following the Lakanal House fire that Approved Document B was "a most difficult document to use".

      Religion: Freedom of Expression

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 July (HL47), whether UK citizens are free to criticise religions in private and in public.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of France regarding the Safe Schools Declaration.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding the case of Liu Xiaobo and his desire to be released to seek medical treatment abroad.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic efforts they are leading to help resolve the crisis between Qatar and its neighbouring states.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what priority they are giving to assist in the disruption of ISIS's financial networks; and what action they are taking in this regard.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief that the "recent escalation in persistent pattern of persecution of the...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government when was the last occasion on which British officials raised with the Iranian authorities the issue of Iran's refusal to recognise dual nationality.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Permanent Representative to the EU has relocated full-time to Brussels; and, if not, whether this was the expectation when he was appointed.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the arrest, alleged torture and general treatment of Ebtisam Al-Sayegh, a human rights worker;...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether reports of the torture and sexual abuse of Ebtisam Al-Sayegh by the National Security Agency of Bahrain on 26 May, and her subsequent arrest and alleged...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they have received reports of any sexual assault by staff of the National Security Agency of Bahrain and, if so, what assessment they have made of these allegations.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, by Bahrain's Lower Criminal Court, to two years in prison on charges of "publishing and broadcasting...

  • Department for Education

    • Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 June (HL354), how long it took to set up the Trusts in Kingston-upon-Thames and Slough; what were the costs...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research undertaken for the Local Government Association by the Learning and Work Institute estimating that 12 million people...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to prepare a strategy for older prisoners; and if so, when it will be published.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that procedures for complaints are made known in full to all prisoners held in Private Managed Prisons.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to report any solicitor firms that have been engaged in fraudulent claims alleging food poisoning of British holidaymakers on holiday overseas to the...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the Fundamental Rights Agency.

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      Her Majesty's Government, following the recent report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons on youth detention centres, whether they plan to consider the recommendations made in the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve their cyber warfare capability and defences.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many Army units are stationed in Scotland; and where those units are located.

  • Home Office

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what safeguards for the United Kingdom Overseas Territories are intended to be included in the negotiations to leave the European Union.

  • Department for International Trade

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of China's One Belt, One Road initiative, and of its implications for (1) the UK's economy, and (2) the global economy.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how much (1) has been paid since July 2016, and (2) is budgeted to be paid in 2017–18, by the Department for International Trade for the training of staff.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how many qualified lawyers have been recruited by the Department for International Trade.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the travel budget for the Department for International Trade in 2017–18.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) regarding the fee structure for coaching courses and for the Level One coaching qualification for...

    • Arts: Recruitment

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the ability of the creative industries to recruit highly-skilled workers, including freelance...

      Arts: Free Movement of Labour

      Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held with representatives of the creative industries in the last six months to address issues relating to the impact of the UK's withdrawal from...

      Entertainers: Free Movement of People

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the free movement of musicians and performers.

      BBC: Pay

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value for money for licence fee payers of those BBC journalists paid over £650,000 per year.

  • Department of Health

    • UK Permanent Representation to the EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include information on twins and multiple births in any formal updates on progress towards their aim of halving the rates in England of...

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