Written answers

Friday, 8 September 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential extra cost to projects in Control Period 6 and beyond in the event that the railway supply chain receives...

    • Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2017 to Question 204, on Crossrail 2 Line, what the timescale is for the analysis referred to; and when the date of...

      Railway Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the announcement of successful bids to the New Station Fund.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 70590, on bus services: concessions, whether it remains his Department's policy to not...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on implementing eCall in all new vehicles in the UK by April 2018.

      Roads: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to reduce the length of closures which occur on major roads and motorways after a collision; and if he will...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of aircraft on air quality levels in the area surrounding Heathrow airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of additional flight paths at Heathrow on levels of (a) noise, (b) air quality and (c) health in...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the length of procurement period for classic-compatible trains required for operation on the HS2 network.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Government plans to allocate for network improvements north of Crewe on the West Coast Mainline for Control Period 6.

      Luton Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received seeking reductions in levels of noise pollution from people living under Luton Airport's flight path.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what network improvements are planned to take place north of Crewe on the West Coast Mainline within what remains of Control Period 5.

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average journey time from Crewe to Glasgow on a high speed classic-compatible train.

      Airports: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the effect of the Government's strategy to address climate change will be on the draft National Policy Statement on airports.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to revise the Aviation Policy Framework.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of improvements to surface access infrastructure at airports in (a) London and (b) the UK.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport.

      Airports: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the report of Sir Jeremy Sullivan on the public consultation on the Airports National Policy Statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of surface access improvements if Heathrow airport is expanded.

      Public Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2017 to Question 67195, on public transport: disability, when his Department plans to publish the draft...

      Cherwell Valley Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when work will be completed on the electrification of the railway line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway to be completed.

      A34: Wolvercote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will monitor noise levels affecting residents living near the A34 in Wolvercote between the Peartree flyover and the Botley junction.

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of re-opening the Skipton to Colne railway.

      London Underground: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of passenger overcrowding on the London Underground.

      Heathrow Airport: RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the interaction of airspace between an expanded Heathrow and RAF Northolt.

      RAF Northolt: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether RAF Northolt meets civilian aeronautical regulations for the commercial flights that operate from there.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 69958, if he will consult on the proposals that were contained in the Disability Equality...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) TFL on expanding and upgrading the London Underground network.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent he has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) TFL on capacity of and crowding on the London Underground.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make a decision on future funding for Crossrail 2.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2017 to Question 5262, on non-domestic rates, how many responses were received to the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate the Government has made of the number of staff required for an agency to replace Euratom; and whether...

    • Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases involving Euratrom have been taken to the European Court of Justice for arbitration since that agency...

      BMW: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on how much British steel will be used by BMW to manufacture the e-Mini at Cowley.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his Department's paper, Future Capabilities of the UK Steel Sector.

      Economic Growth: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he will publish the Green Growth Plan.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs before the announcement...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to introduce a safeguard tariff cap.

      Mergers and Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government is making on its plans for new policies on mergers and takeovers; and if he will make a...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government is making on its plans for the introduction of a cap on energy bills; and if he will make...

      Energy: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money energy companies have spent on assisting low income households in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to bring all homes in England and Wales to at least an Energy Performance Certificate C rating...

      Directors: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to give employees of a listed company the right to be represented on the board.

      Domestic Appliances: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department has allocated to Trading Standards services in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c)...

      Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to (a) ensure and (b) monitor implementation of Article 10 Financial incentives and market...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel and Occupied Territories: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart about human rights violations committed against children in...

    • Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on progress made on UN Human Rights Council resolution 33/16.

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4993, whether he has (a) requested and (b) been provided with evidence from...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the Nigerian Government in protecting minority groups vulnerable to persecution...

      West Bank: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans for UK diplomats to visit Khan Al Ahmar in the West Bank.

      Tanzania: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which date a Minister from his Department last visited the Republic of Tanzania; and what issues were discussed during that...

      Central African Republic: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of (a) inter-community violence, (b) political instability and (c) the risk of genocide in...

      Uganda: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Ugandan authorities and the UK's Ugandan High Commissioner on...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions during the summer adjournment of the House with (a) Iranian authorities and (b) EU counterparts...

      Burma: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his counterpart in Myanmar; and what was discussed at that meeting.

      Rwanda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports of disappearances, political arrests and assassinations and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Short Money

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will amend the Resolution on Short Money to support independent members of Parliament who have sworn the oath; and if she will make a statement.

    • Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, when the Government plans to publish the draft Bills outlined in the Queen's Speech.

      Leader of the House of Commons: Vacancies

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many vacant posts there were in her Office on 24 July (a) 2017, (b) 2016, (c) 2015.

      Leader of the House of Commons: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will publish the Ministerial responsibilities of the Ministers in her office.

      Oral Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions she has had with Ministers on the timely delivery of copies of Oral Statements to the Official Opposition.

      Times of Sittings: House of Commons

      To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the current sitting times in the House of Commons; and if she will make a statement.

      Oral Questions: Westminster Hall

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will bring forward proposals for cross-cutting questions to be taken in Westminster Hall.

      e-petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the e-petitions system; and if she will make a statement.

      Legislation: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House, what plans she has for the parliamentary scrutiny of draft legislation.

      Private Members Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House, if she will make it her policy to bring forward proposals on timetabling for Private Members' Bills.

      E-petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House, for what reasons petitions on the e-petitions website were not carried over from the beginning of purdah on 3 May 2017.

      E-petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House, how many times the e-petitions website was visited between 3 May 2017 to 4 September 2017.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many defence procurement contracts went over budget in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (f) 2015, (g) 2016 and (h) 2017.

    • RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of time RAF service personnel spend on their military duties at RAF Northolt.

      Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether animal testing is conducted at Porton Down.

      Army Foundation College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Military Police investigations into staff at AFC Harrogate there have been in the last 10 years; what the (a) related allegations and (b)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a memorandum setting out in respect of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support allowance and (c)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was paid in agricultural subsidy payments to maintain grouse moors in each of the last five years.

    • Rivers: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to prevent the pollution of rivers by water companies through the disposal of raw sewage.

  • Home Office

    • West Midlands Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) what the budget was and (b) how many firefighters were employed by West Midlands Fire Service in each of the last seven years.

    • Stalking: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of stalking were made to each police force in Wales in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016; and how many of each were investigated by the...

      Emergency Services: Mobile Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the number of masts built using state aid that can be shared by all mobile network operators before the emergency...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that each police service in England and Wales invests in training on the prioritisation, investigation...

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police budgets in England and Wales for Safer Neighbourhood teams were ring-fenced in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

      Mental Illness: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2017 to Question 3125, on mental illness: police custody, when the 2016-17 data on police cells being used...

      Antisocial Behaviour: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of anti-social behaviour were made in connection with mopeds in (a) Barnsley East and (b) South Yorkshire in each of the...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police chases of mopeds were authorised in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is issued to police officers to make them aware of appropriate places of safety for people detained under section 136 of the...

      Police: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police actions were made related to moped use in (a) Barnsley East and (b) South Yorkshire in each of the last two years.

      Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of motorcycle and moped crime in London.

      Police: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will give the police powers to recover costs from landlords in cases where the police are repeatedly required to deal with...

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect changes in the size and capacity of Police Safer Neighbourhood teams in England and Wales has had on their capacity to collect...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to increase the fees for firearms licences to ensure that the cost of administering the system is covered by the charges.

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2017 to Question 71424, whether she has assessed the potential merits of linking data on arrests to...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the 101 police non-emergency telephone number in reducing public demand on the...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2017 to Question 71274, what process her Department follows to distribute funds from the Police...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2017 to Question 71878, on domestic violence, what steps she is taking to address the number of...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will increase the level of the one per cent rule applied to the Police Special Grant.

      Police Community Support Officers: Keighley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers there were in Keighley constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the minimum income requirements for non-EEA family members.

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what distributional analysis his Department has carried out on the public sector pay cap; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that analysis.

    • State Retirement Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of maintaining the triple-lock pension after 2020.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of pay of public sector workers since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the £1bn of additional financial support allocated to Northern Ireland announced in the Government policy paper UK government financial support...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equality impact assessment on gender and other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 his Department has undertaken with regards to the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of the second phase of High Speed 2 from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of High Speed 2.

      Insurance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2017 to Question 3386, when he expects to conclude his assessment; and if he plans to publish a report based on that...

      Health Insurance: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure insurance companies do not increase premiums for patients with existing conditions for which the treatment is...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department of Health

    • Ataxia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support those diagnosed with Ataxia.

    • Department of Health: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount his Department has spent on private contract providers in each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to fund tobacco cessation services during this Parliament.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage choice of pharmacy at the point of an electronic prescription being issued.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding pharmacies have received for providing (a) essential and (b) advanced services in each year since 2007-08 in (i) England and (ii)...

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to clinical commissioning groups on the allergy quality standard.

      Propranolol: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for Propranolol were issued in each year since 2010 by type of diagnosis.

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to enact the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases in England.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients the NHS is treating for multiple sclerosis.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breaches of guidance on mixed-sex sleeping arrangements occurred in each of the last six years.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to exempt NHS staff from hospital car parking charges when they are at work.

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the size of the training and development budget was for health visitors in England in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that UK citizens who (a) are on dialysis and (b) otherwise require healthcare under the...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fire fighters have developed cancer in the first 10 years after retirement since 1967.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on a Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed programme.

      Orthopaedics: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many amputations as a result of diabetic conditions have been performed by the NHS in the last 12 months.

      Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that emotional and mental health support is provided to young people with cancer (a) during and (b) after...

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Ministry of Justice's decision to change the personal injury discount rate on the future costs...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups do not meet NICE guidelines for IVF treatment.

      Cancer: Yoga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing and other professional medical bodies on the potential efficacy of yoga for cancer sufferers.

  • Women and Equalities

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