Written answers

Friday, 15 September 2017

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2017 to Question 4882, how many advisers in her foreign affairs team are not Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff.

    • Domestic Visits: Easington

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the last occasion was that a serving Prime Minister visited Easington constituency.

      Housing: Horden

      To ask the Prime Minister, if she will visit Easington constituency to discuss housing issues in Horden.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b) correspondence in BSL to...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much is owned to resident parents by non-resident parents in child support arrears in each local authority in Scotland in the latest...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is after an application is submitted for universal credit before the first payment is received for claimants in (a)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many visits ministers of his Department have made to (a) food banks, (b) summer holiday lunch clubs and (c) credit unions since 1 June...

      Jobcentres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which jobcentres in Wales have closed since 2010.

      Personal Independence Payment: Stretford and Urmston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants in Stretford and Urmston constituency have had their personal independence payments decisions...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of universal credit claimants have fallen into rent arrears in each month from January 2017.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of claimants have received hardship payments under universal credit in each month from January 2017.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the series of trials in which his Department is testing the effectiveness of interventions to support those already in work to...

      Jobcentres: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Questions 6552 and the Answers of 25 July 2017 to Questions 5366 and 5365, whether his...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will change current regulations so that employers are required to issue annual automatic pension statements.

  • Home Office

    • Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will extend the proscription of the military wing of Hezbollah under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000 to include its...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Tourism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress he and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are making to attract more visitors to Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what services his Department has received from the Behavioural Insights Team since 2014.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b)...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to improve broadband speeds in rural areas.

      Tourism: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the tourism industry shared between the UK...

  • Department of Health

    • Measles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the immunisation rate is for measles; and what steps the Government is taking to improve measles immunisation coverage.

    • General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and which GP practices (a) closed and (b) opened in the London Borough of Enfield in each year since 2010.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on wheelchair provision in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Professions: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS staff are representative of the population in respect of ethnicity.

      Candida Auris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to prevent the incidence of Candida auris in NHS hospitals.

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the recent trends in the NHS high-risk maintenance backlog; and what steps he is taking to tackle that backlog.

      NHS Trusts: Cerner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of IT exemplar trusts use IT systems supplied by Cerner.

      Urinary System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with urinary tract infections went on to contract sepsis in each of the last five years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many referrals by Tier 1 Authorities under Regulation 23(9) of the Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny)...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the consultation process that a sustainability and transformation partnership is required to undertake when a decision to...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the primary care support services contract since it was taken over by Capita; and if he will make a...

      NHS Property Services: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2 August 2017 to Question 5853, if he will make an assessment of the income of NHS Property Services Ltd for the 2017-18...

      General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2017 to Question 5742, what the total amount was of GP practice service charges that were overdue in each of the last...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2017 to Question 5811, how many areas were subject to the capped expenditure process plan to reduce the number of...

      Female Genital Mutilation: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number and location of clinics which are recommended for people who have undergone FGM.

      Durham City Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Durham County Council has received from the public health grant in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made towards meeting its commitment to recruit 5,000 additional GPs by 2020.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were carried out at (a) NHS hospitals and (b) registered clinics in Lancashire in 2016; and how many (i) male and (ii) female foetuses...

      Health: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in real terms per head of the population on health in each year for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new hospitals were built in each year for which figures are available.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed transfers of care there were in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide a statutory basis to sustainability and transformation partnership structures.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many never events have occurred involving (a) audiologists, (b) cardiac physiologists, (c) gastro-intestinal physiologists, (d) neurophysiologists,...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sustainability and transformation partnerships are chaired by a local government official.

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints were made to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency regarding transvaginal mesh implants in each of the last 10...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tumble Dryers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on addressing concerns relating to tumble dryer safety; and what recent discussions he has...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid to the Behavioural Insights Team in each year since 2014.

    • Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the behaviour of the Iraqi armed forces trained by UK armed forces is compliant with international...

      Ministry of Defence: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b) correspondence in BSL to people whose...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of whether uncertainty around the future status of non-UK EU citizens in the UK will lead to...

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department paid to the Behavioural Insights Team in each year since 2014.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local authorities on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) the delivery of child social...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish a breakdown of all office improvement costs at his Department's offices at 2 Marsham Street in each year...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b)...

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the future funding of supported housing consultation.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each local authority spent on council tax reduction schemes in each year for which figures are available.

  • HM Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to section 8 of his Department's Civil Service Pay Guidance 2017-18, published on 27 April 2017, what recruitment and retention-related pay...

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to issue remit letters to the chairs of the pay review bodies for the 2018-19 pay round before the 2017 Autumn Budget.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the requirement in the Illicit Trade Protocol to license tobacco manufacturing...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs jobs were based in Wales in each year since 2010.

      Science: Fund Raising

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of life science companies reach their annual and lifetime fundraising limits with the Enterprise Innovation Scheme and Venture Capital...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies registered under UK Standard Industry Classification Code Section 78 pay the apprenticeship levy.

      Revenue and Customs: Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HM Revenue and Customs has to adopt GOV.UK Verify.

      Financial Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he or Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of the (a) insurance, (b) mortgage and (c) banking industry on updating...

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons recruitment controls were imposed at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Glasgow, London, Newcastle and Worthing from 1 August 2017; and what...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs plans to reply to applications from the haulage sector for bespoke agreements to pay overnight allowances to drivers; and if he...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs plans to change the sleep cab allowance for lorry drivers from April 2017; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether those inspecting social investment tax relief advanced assurance applications in his Department are conducting their inspections in line with the...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to announce the results of the Government's review into business rates.

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the additional benefits that have been awarded under surplus sharing arrangements to members of the (a) the Mineworkers Pension Scheme...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish a list of future meetings with (a) US Administration staff, (b) business representatives and (c) others who he plans to...

    • Department for International Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish details of (a) US Administration staff, (b) business representatives and (c) others who (i) he and (ii) Departmental...

      Department for International Trade: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which agencies his Department has used to recruit staff to that Department.

      Department for International Trade: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the number of staff required to assist in trade negotiations; how many such staff have been hired; and what the...

      Exports: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which areas of the Japanese market are considered to be the most attractive to British exporters.

      Trade Promotion: North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to improve trade relations with (a) Tunisia and (b) other Northern African countries.

      Department for International Trade: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to promote whistleblowing in his Department.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to further support women from Northern Ireland accessing abortion care in England with regard to travel and...

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what changes the Government plans to the funding of the Government Equalities Office to support its work in helping women from Northern Ireland...

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b) correspondence in BSL to people...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: South Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in South Suffolk, and if she will make a statement.

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to her oral statement of 17 July 2017, Official Report, column 567, what proportion of the £2.6 billion over two years in funding for...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will revise the home-to-school travel and transport statutory guidance to reduce the mileage thresholds beyond which free transport is provided...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to pages 45-46 of the Social Mobility Commission's report, Time for Change: an assessment of government policies on social mobility...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to (a) increase core schools' funding in (i) England and (ii) Hampshire and (b) introduce a fairer funding formula...

      Schools: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the proposed additional £1.3 billion of funding for schools will be allocated; and how much of that funding will be provided to schools in...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to increase the intake of students on university nursing courses.

      Careers and Enterprise Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the work of the Careers and Enterprise Company to help young people into work; and whether her Department...

      Schools: Scunthorpe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in Scunthorpe constituency have been allocated a careers and enterprise company adviser.

      Children: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many under 18-year olds enrolled on computer or IT-based (a) training and (b) degree courses in each of the last five years.

      Young People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage more young people to train in computer-based industries.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the public purse of the write-off student loans after the 30 year term expires.

      Children: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to UN Sustainable Development Goal 2.1 to by 2030 end hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food...

      Unemployment: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding and resources her Department is providing to reduce the number of people not in education, employment and training in (a)...

      Schools: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency have been allocated a careers and enterprise company adviser.

      Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to deal with the implications of Wakefield City Academy Trust no longer running schools in that area.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken at ports to tackle illegal smuggling of puppies and other animals into the UK.

    • Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on access to non-UK migrant labour in (a) non-seasonal agricultural sectors and...

      Local Government: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to UN Sustainable Development Goal 2.1 to by 2030 end hunger and ensure access by all people to safe,...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of waste was recycled in each local authority area in each year for which figures are available.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of existing environmental legislation to maintain and restore the UK's natural...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ensure that Government funding for the formed environment is invested to preserve the...

      Fly-tipping and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the capacity of local authorities to respond to incidents of littering and...

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to change regulations to enable local authorities or central government to stipulate that food and drink...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has received evidence of EU nationals facing discrimination in access to services in the UK as a result of the lack of...

    • EU Nationals: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make it his policy to allow EU27 citizens to continue to be able to vote and to stand as candidates in local government...

  • Attorney General

    • Extradition: Rwanda

      To ask the Attorney General, what cost has been incurred by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last 11 years of extradition proceedings in relation to suspected Rwandan genocide by Dr...

  • Wales Office

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any additional funds above the agreed contract for 2016-17 were given to community rehabilitation companies in England and Wales.

    • Trials: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to use technology to improve the efficiency of the judicial process.

      Ministry of Justice: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b) correspondence in BSL to people whose...

      Visas: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many visa appeals have been decided for those who have no recourse to public funds in each month of the last two years.

      Prisons: Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) e-cigarettes and (b) tobacco products were sold in prison shops in each of the last 12 months.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and performance of community rehabilitation companies since their inception.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what factors led him to conclude in July 2017 that the problems experienced as a result of the reform of the probation service were unforeseen.

      David Kelly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will instigate a coroner-led inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly in 2005.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of the current Boundary Review (a) up to 3 May 2017 and (b) from that date to the most recent date for...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to review UK cyber-security capabilities.

      Government Departments: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of steel procured by Government departments has been supplied by British companies in each year since 2010.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if it is still the Government's policy to proceed with the 2018 Boundary Review.

      Cybercrime: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many 11 to 15-year olds have completed a CyberFirst course in the last 12 months.

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward proposals to allow people to register for a postal vote online.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what has been the cost, and (2) what is the predicted cost, of extending the electrification clearance through train stations from 2.75 metres to 3.5 metres;...

    • Air Routes: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 19 July (HL1088), in developing their plans to negotiate the best possible relationship between the UK and the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in the last 12 months a commercial aircraft runway in England and Wales has had to close temporarily due to a drone sighting.

      Railways: Plumpton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of planned cuts to Southern Rail services to Plumpton station at peak times; and whether they have made an assessment of the impact of those...

      Great Western Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, apart from the new bi-modal trains, there is any passenger rolling stock on order for Great Western franchise which is not yet in service or fully in service.

  • Department for Education

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns expressed by the NSPCC regarding the 60 per cent rise in reports of child neglect over the past five years.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that every child has access to 30 hours of free childcare.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of those who enquire about joining (1) the Navy, (2) the Army, and (3) the Royal Air Force, are eventually recruited into those services.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Languages: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Belfast Agreement ensures equality between the Irish and Ulster Scots languages.

    • Prisoners' Release: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been released under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998; and of that number, how many prisoners were designated as (1) loyalist,...

      Absent Voting: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 July (HL3), what discussions, if any, they have had with (1) the Police Service for Northern...

  • Department of Health

    • Strokes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that new treatments for stroke, including mechanical clot retrieval, will be available throughout the country once the National...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all professionals and staff involved in the detection of female genital mutilation have received appropriate and in-depth training.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid (1) by the UK to each EU member state for healthcare provided to (a) UK citizens, and (b) UK pensioners resident in of those states in the...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of arrangements for the payment of healthcare costs for EU pensioners living in the UK and UK pensioners living in the EU after the...

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