Written answers

Friday, 13 October 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce any incentive schemes to encourage people to stop using the most polluting diesel cars.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will appoint an independent committee to examine the governance of recognised supervisory bodies.

    • Business: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to regulate third-party intermediaries for business customers in the (a) water, (b) energy and (c)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the statutory obligation on Ofgem to consult with energy firms on an...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Military Exercises: Far East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on tensions in the region of military exercises in which the UK has (a) participated...

    • India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the treatment of Christians in India.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Malaysia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Malaysia on that government's treatment of atheists and apostates.

      Embassies: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which British Embassies flew the rainbow flag to mark the (a) Pride day of the local country, (b) International Day Against...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made in enabling access to BBC World Service in (a) North Korea, (b) Russia and (c) other countries...

      BBC World Service: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will transfer governmental responsibility and funding of the BBC World Service to the Department for International...

      China: Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations on the environmental effects of the ivory trade in China with his Chinese counterpart.

      Venezuela: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department provides on accessing diplomatic assistance in Caracas during the ongoing political situation in...

      Poland: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Polish Government on logging in the Bialowieza forest.

      Catalonia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support has been provided to British nationals affected by recent events in Catalonia.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the UN and (b) his counterpart in Cyprus on the UN-Cyprus talks.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to support UN-Cyprus talks.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 9980, on iron and steel: procurement, what progress his Department has made on...

    • Cross Border Cooperation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how he will maintain co-operation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as required by the Good Friday Agreement when the UK...

      Cross Border Cooperation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) cross-border bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement and (b) community and other third-sector...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that funding to support the electoral process is effectively disbursed to help stabilise...

    • International Citizen Service: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answers of 18 July 2017 to Questions 4979 and 4980, for what reasons there was a reduction in ICS (a) expenditure in...

      Israel: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds of instances when the work of organisations in receipt of its funding or other support has been...

      Palestinians: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for the development of the Palestinian Territories of Amendment 27 to the...

      Department for International Development: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 7998, on secondments, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the rise...

      Syria: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of progress towards the amount the Government pledged for education in Syria at the London...

      Dominica: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the Government has offered to the Commonwealth of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria and other recent extreme...

      Dominica: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the need for disaster relief and reconstruction funding for the Commonwealth of Dominica in the wake...

      United Nations: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding from the public purse will be disbursed for each post on the UN Junior Professional Officer programme by location and...

      British Overseas Territories: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and the Turks Caicos Islands to repair the...

      British Overseas Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government's duty to provide assistance to British Overseas Territories is separate to its commitment to meet its UN 0.7...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the report by STOPAIDS entitled A Stocktake Review...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department monitors and assesses the effectiveness of HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns and training as part of their...

      International Assistance: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received on its implementation of the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance framework.

      International Assistance: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure its provision of overseas assistance is in accordance with the Government's human rights...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations her Department has received from childcare providers on the effect of the level of central government funding to local...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government has made an estimate of the number of work hours for which people cannot work on account of free childcare not being available...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the causes of the reduction in the number of further applications to ensure adequate numbers of foster...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the publication of the Government response to the National Fostering Stocktake consultation.

      Intercountry Adoption: Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending pupil premium to cover children from overseas adopted in the UK.

  • Prime Minister

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that reprisals against former or current members of the armed forces through the legal system for political reasons...

    • Stonehouse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the new basing arrangements for Royal Marines currently based at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth.

      Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8734, on Ministry of Defence: buildings, from whom at what values and in order to rent which...

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many secondary victims claims have been made against his Department in each of the last 10 years; how many of those claims were successful; how many...

      Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many awards have been made for claims of punitive damages in cases of death of military personnel in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he will conduct a new Strategic Defence and Security Review when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Hartlepool have appealed against his Department's decision not to grant them personal independence payments in the last 12...

    • Pensions: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many UK citizens are in receipt of a pension from another EU member state.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people over 100-years old receive the UK state pension in each country outside the UK.

      Jobcentres: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many screened interview rooms are being lost in jobcentres in South Yorkshire.

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance is being provided to staff of jobcentres selected for closure who are unable to relocate to alternative sites and maintain...

      Pension Credit: East Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many East Renfrewshire residents (a) are eligible to receive and (b) claim pension credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he has put in place to deal with trends in the level of personal debts to water companies after the...

    • Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in (a) increasing the number and (b) improving the quality of sustainable drainage systems installed.

      Deer Act 1991: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of an offence under the Deer Act 1991 in each police force area...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of measures to prevent the illegal export of electronic waste to developing...

      Air Pollution: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any funding has been allocated from the public purse to support Sheffield Council in establishing its air quality plans.

      Fisheries Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2017 to Question 5176, what advice his Department issued to the local authority and voluntary...

    • Electric Cables: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to investigate the leader of Gloucestershire County Council on whether he acted ultra vires by agreeing to...

      Electric Cables: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure that Gloucestershire County Council undertakes environmental impact assessment on the impact of...

      Social Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether social rents will revert to the previously agreed settlement of Consumer Price Index plus one per cent from 1 April 2020.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department made an assessment of the effect on the timescale for local authorities to grant business rate reliefs...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2017 to Question 8732, from whom that money came; and for the renting of which parts of...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on council tax revenue of revaluing properties to their current levels.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people presented as homeless in each local authority area in England and Wales in each month from January 2017.

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to strengthen the powers given to local authorities to regulate private car parks.

  • Scotland Office

    • Research and Innovation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6 September 2017,...

    • Research and Innovation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6 September 2017,...

      Research and Innovation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6 September 2017,...

      Tumble Dryers: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (b) Scottish Government on tackling...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether EU nationals granted permanent residence prior to the EU referendum taking place will retain the right to reside in the UK,...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department still plans to complete negotiations on the UK leaving the EU by April 2019.

      UK Membership of EU: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the position paper, Confidentiality and Access to Documents, published on 21 August 2017, what assessment the...

      UK Membership of EU: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the position paper, Confidentiality and Access to Documents, published on 21 August 2017, what representations the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in her Department are part of the Government Commercial Function; and how many of those civil servants...

    • Public Libraries: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on the number of council-funded library sites in the South East which have closed in the...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on the number of council-funded library sites across England in each local authority...

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Devolution

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

    • General Practitioners: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long on average it has taken to fill a vacant GP post in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Yorkshire and (c) the UK in each year since 2010.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to respond to the Murray review of community pharmacy; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours spent on administrative tasks each week by GPs in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of dentistry services by the NHS.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the GP to patient ratio for (a) Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, (b) other clinical commissioning...

      European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of replicating the relevant functions of the European Centre for Disease...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Smoking: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with television companies on reducing the prevalence of smoking and alcohol consumption in programming.

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to incentivise people to have an active lifestyle.

      Hay Fever: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) have been diagnosed and (b) are being treated for hay fever aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 16 to 30, (iii) 30 to 80 and (iv) over 60 years...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people there were with HIV in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Prescription Drugs: Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that delivery of prescription drugs for patients with long-term conditions and illness will be maintained.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the connection between height and prostate cancer risk.

  • Department for International Development

    • Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided to the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar.

    • Health Services: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings in the Lancet Commission report, The path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans by 2030, published on 17...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Absent Voting: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 September (HL1448), whether there is a specific timescale for the outcome of the Chief...

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