Written answers

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress is being made on creating sector deals as part of the industrial strategy.

    • Apprentices: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has plans to increase the national living wage for apprentices above £3.50 per hour.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 7643, if he or a Minister of his Department will undertake to...

      Shareholders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce legislative proposals to prohibit nominee shareholdings.

      Shareholders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce legislative proposals to require companies to identify all of their shareholders.

      Companies: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce legislative proposals to prohibit directors of companies registered in the UK Crown Dependencies...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Poland: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government plans to sign the defence co-operation treaty with Poland announced in the joint communiqué issued in December 2016.

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants in his Department are part of the Government Commercial Function; and how many of those civil servants have been seconded (a)...

      Ministry of Defence: Arabic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent assessment is of the level of Arabic-language proficiency in his Department.

      Poland: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what specific areas of co-operation will be covered by the UK's defence co-operation treaty with Poland announced in the joint communiqué issued in...

      Poland: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the added value a bilateral defence co-operation treaty with Poland will bring to existing NATO guarantees...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide the data set out in tables 6, 7 and 10 of the document entitled MoD Regional Expenditure with UK Industry and Commerce and Supported...

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 9, paragraph 15 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, if he will define the term points of presence.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 10, paragraph 16 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, if he will publish comparable statistics on the performance of the UK...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the currently operational Type 23 frigates are not planned to contribute to NATO's Standing Maritime Groups.

      Rosyth Dockyard: Materials Handling Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations his Department received from officials of other governments on the sale of the Rosyth Goliath crane.

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, what the timeframe is for the competition to build the Type 31e frigate.

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who from his Department will represent the UK at the November meetings of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva and Group of...

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 24, paragraph 67 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, what plans are in place to develop exportable through life support...

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 18, paragraph 44 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, whether he expects that prime contractors will bear the cost of any...

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 23, paragraph 61 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, what assessments contributed to the setting of a maximum £250...

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 13, paragraph 36 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, whether the Master Plan for naval shipbuilding will be released into the...

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 15, paragraph 40 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, what the timetable is for the formulation of a Client Board and when it...

      Ministry of Defence: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department will appoint a Chief Science Advisor.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total salary commitment of each service of the armed forces is by country and region.

      Antiship Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Royal Navy's decision to withdraw the Harpoon anti-ship missile by the end of 2018 on the...

      Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8368, on Ministry of Defence: redundancy pay, how much was paid in redundancy payments to...

      Royal Welsh: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits to the Royal Welsh regiment were resident in Wales in each of the last five years.

      Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations his Department has made to the Council of Ministers and other relevant EU mechanisms on continued co-operation on arms...

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will base Welsh regiments in Wales when they are not on active service.

      Queen's Dragoon Guards: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many recruits to the Queen's Dragoon Guards regiment were resident in Wales in each of the last five years.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions (a) he and (b) his predecessors have had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the relevance of...

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of impact of the closure of Army Reserve centres on levels of recruitment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Cryptocurrencies: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the extent of the potential use of cryptocurrencies for criminal purposes; and if she will make a...

    • Israel: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Israel and the UK have reciprocal visa requirements for visits of six months or less; and whether there are any additional...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the length of time required to introduce a new seasonal agricultural workers' scheme.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to introduce regulations under the Immigration Act 2016 relating to new support arrangements for individuals or families...

      Compass Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the six Compass contracts for asylum accommodation include (a) a supply chain assurance strategy or (b) open-book accounting clauses.

      Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications from residents of the Republic of Ireland were processed through the Belfast Passport Office in each year...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made to conclude entry clearance application GWF 043559042 lodged at post in New Delhi on 4 May 2017 and received by...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to the visa processing centre, Sheffield on the handling of visa entry clearance applications for a...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to the visa processing centre, Sheffield on the recording of (a) courier receipts and (b) tracking...

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 8184, on immigration: biometrics, what the timetable is for that review to be...

      Asylum: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7641, how many asylum cases had an initial decision made in the year prior to 30...

      Visas: Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visit visas issued to Malawi nationals expired unused during the latest period for which figures are available.

      Visas: Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average time taken was by her Department to process visit visa applications for Malawi nationals in the latest period for which figures...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure that EU nationals applying for a place on a UK university course will not face additional migration...

      UK Border Force: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Act of Parliament enables Border Force officers to access social media of people presenting at the UK border.

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa refusal decisions, (b) visa curtailment decisions and (c) removals have been made in respect of overseas students whose...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to her Department of the legal action arising from (a) visa curtailments and (b) removals of overseas students whose...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visitor visas were granted to applicants of each country in each of the last 10 years.

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of re-testing overseas students whose certificates for the Test of English for International...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refusals of indefinite leave to remain were overturned on appeal between March 2016 and March 2017; how many of these appeals were...

      UK Border Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of the amount which accrues to the public purse of telephone calls made to the UK Border Agency.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets are in place for the production of (a) visitor and (b) Tier 5 (Temporary Work) visas to be granted from overseas visa...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what terms of reference she has set for the study of the economic and social contributions and costs of EU citizens in the UK that she has...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for EU nationals to apply for special status.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the implications are for her policies on the use of immigration detention of the Panorama documentary of 4 September 2017.

      Visas: Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 7349 on visas: Malawi, when she will next meet with representatives of the Scotland...

      Visas: Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the (a) efficacy of procedures and (b) adequacy of the time taken to process visit visas for Malawians.

  • HM Treasury

    • New Businesses: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7295, how much funding UK companies have received from the (a) European Investment Bank and the (b)...

    • Money Laundering

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which organisations responsible for monitoring and enforcing anti-money laundering laws are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8744, Northern Ireland Office: buildings, from who the sub-let income in 2016-17 was...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7938, on Northern Ireland Office: consultants, to who and for what work the daily rate...

      Northern Ireland Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8763, on Northern Ireland Office: procurement, if he will provide details of the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers of his Department and their counterparts in the devolved administrations;...

    • Defence Equipment: Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the assessments made of the military equipment approved for exports to Venezuela between 2015 and 2017.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2017 to Question 9573, what discussions he has had with those EU companies which are investing most...

      Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with which arms dealers he has had discussions at the Defence and Security Equipment International Conference.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government is making against its target to deliver access to superfast broadband to 93 per cent of West...

    • Personation: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had on measures to deal with catfishing in the Internet Safety Strategy.

  • Department of Health

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the NHS has an adequate supply of flu vaccines in autumn 2017.

    • Hospitals: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has emergency plans in place to assist NHS hospitals in the event of a severe influenza outbreak this year.

      Department of Health: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants in his Department are part of the Government Commercial Function; and how many of those civil servants have been seconded (a)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Justice on making drugs policy a responsibility of his Department.

      Self-harm: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2017 to Question 6832, and with reference to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51973, whether the process...

      Mental Health Services: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 9368, what reason was given by each clinical commissioning group that did not meet the Mental...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the real terms increase was in NHS funding as set out in the NHS mandate between 2013-14 and 2017-18.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2017 to question 8038, how many and what proportion of (a) permanent staff, (b) contractors and (c) agency staff...

      Department of Health: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8038, on Department of Health: cybercrime, whether his Department requires contractors to have...

      National Guardian's Office: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints have been submitted to the National Guardian's Office in each year since it was established.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8799, on genetics: screening, in what locations other than Cambridge NHS genome testing will take...

      NHS Trusts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide a list of IT exemplar trusts.

      Department of Health: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with the Chief Scientific Adviser in his Department in the last three months.

      Lyme Disease: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve public awareness and education on Lyme disease and its prevention.

      Pathology: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant cellular pathologists have been employed by the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the legal status is of an sustainability and transformation partnership board decision.

      Lyme Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to support the development of a vaccine against Lyme disease.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on vaccinations against meningitis; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Office

    • Electronic Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to implement the recommendations relating to the interception of emails and the theft of data set out in the 2013...

    • Work Permits: Football

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of the EU withdrawal negotiations, what criteria they intend to apply post-Brexit to work permits for footballers who are (1)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during his recent visit to Libya, the Foreign Secretary addressed conditions inside Libyan detention centres; and what assessment they have made of...

    • Hurricanes and Tornadoes: Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department is responsible for overseeing weather phenomena during the Caribbean hurricane season.

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