Written answers

Thursday, 9 November 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU with (a) an agreement on future...

  • Home Office

    • Cybercrime: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2017 to Question 109740, on Cybercrime: surveys, how much has been paid from the public purse to IPSOS...

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to change the (a) design, (b) colour and (c) wording of the new UK passport after the UK leaves the EU; and if she will...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure that all asylum seekers are guaranteed the right to work in the UK.

      UK Border Force: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of additional UK Border Agency officials that will be needed in Northern Ireland as a result of the...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that all 280 remaining places allocated for unaccompanied child refugees under section 67 of the 2016 Immigration Act...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest period is during which an EU national has been held in immigration detention in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Refugees: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to provide asylum seekers and refugees with low levels of English a minimum of six months free English for...

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of how much it receives per year in fees from people applying to enter the country legally; and what...

      Skilled Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential costs and benefits for (a) her Department and (b) the tech sector of high tech visas.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of police spending on counter-terrorism.

      Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many EU-EEA citizens currently resident in the UK do not benefit from EU treaty rights or any other rights...

      Migrant Workers: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of her Department's ability to instate a registration scheme for EU-EEA citizens wishing to come to work in the...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are not detained in immigration detention centres.

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU with (a) an agreement on future...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seeker placements each local authority has had in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many domestic energy customers with SMETS1 smart meters have switched energy suppliers since the roll-out programme...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many SMETS1 smart meters have been fitted in domestic premises in each nation and region of the UK since the start...

      Manufacturing Technologies Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Manufacturing Technologies Association on plans to relocate jobs to Europe after...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the importance of the food and farming sector in the new industrial strategy.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds a central list of the IT and digital assets of its arm's-length bodies.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from the general public expressing concerns on fracking for shale gas.

      Government Assistance: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support small businesses after the UK leaves the EU.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the value to UK businesses of a legal framework to protect and enforce their...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2017 to Question 109370, on fracking, and with reference to his Department's...

      Art Works: Royalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the artist's resale right will continue to apply to artists and...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Internal Trade: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU on customs arrangements for movement of goods within Europe after the UK...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the importance of regulatory alignment to the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Business: Transitional Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the benefit to businesses and the economy of a transition period of three years or longer as called...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department holds a central list of the IT and digital assets of its arm's-length bodies.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on not reaching a deal with the EU on exiting the EU on the UK economy.

      EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to provide UK businesses with certainty about the UK's future relations with the EU.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many and what proportion of his Department's public phone-lines charge members of the public to call.

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism and the effect of the Israeli...

    • Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU with (a) an agreement on...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will amend the statutory guidance entitled Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school to include a requirement for all schools to...

    • Special Educational Needs: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with an (a) Education, Health and Care plan, (b) Statement of SEN or (c) Learning Difficulties Assessment received a permanent or...

      Department for Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department holds a central list of the IT and digital assets of its arm's-length bodies.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department is making on the provision of and parental choice on 30 hours of childcare to working parents in Hampshire.

      Apprentices: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starts have been taken up by learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and special education needs and...

      Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships have been taken up by women born in the 1950s after they reached the age of 60.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cammell Laird: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Youth Justice of 25 April 2017, Official Report, column 993, on...

    • Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have applied for a gender recognition certificate in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of the...

      Gender Recognition Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many gender recognition certificates have been granted to transgender women who posses male genitalia.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to record the religious identity of people subject to the courts system and the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Ministry of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department holds a central list of the IT and digital assets of its arm's-length bodies.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current estimated budget for project JANUS is.

    • Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of the Royal Navy's maritime support in-year budget was for each of the last 10 years.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the shortfall was in trained and qualified staff within Defence Equipment and Support navy supply teams in each of the last five years.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) permanent and (b) contracted staff there were within (i) Defence Equipment and Support Ships Operating Centre and (ii) Defence Equipment...

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's spend in the last year has been with Government strategic suppliers.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers issued to EU-EEA citizens are currently active.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of his Department's public phone-lines charge members of the public to call.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of employment support allowance have moved into work since changes were made to the level of that benefit in April 2017.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU with (a) an agreement on future...

      EU Grants and Loans: Keighley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date he expects a decision to be made on the community-led local development aid for Keighley CCLD.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Length of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of service is in his Department by its 10 most highly paid officials.

      Bakeries: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the recommendations of the Workplace Health Expert Committee report on the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to review the PIP2 form and the requirement that it be returned to his Department within four weeks.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what disability-specific training personal independence payment assessors receive to enable them to adapt their communication and assessment...

      Personal Independence Payment: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what venues were used for assessments for personal independence payments in Manchester in the last 12 months; and what assessment his...

      Personal Independence Payment: Manchester Gorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Manchester Gorton constituency have been denied a home assessment for their personal independence payment claim; and what...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's Personal Independence Payment Assessment Guide, paragraph 1.5.4, what recent assessment he has made of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to review its policy on exemptions from reassessment for personal independence payments claimants.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has published to raise awareness of requesting a home assessment for personal independence payments applicants.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to review the personal independence payments claims process.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which tickets relating to which journeys set out in the transparency release, entitled DCLG ministerial travel, April to June...

    • Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 105187, what information his Department holds on the number of private...

      Disability: Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to respond to the ninth report of the Women and Equalities Committee's report, Building for Equality:...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the trends in the level of compliance with Article 13 of the energy performance of buildings...

      Electrical Safety: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the responsibility for responding to the recommendations of his Department's Electrical Safety Working Group has been...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the amount spent on children's social care by local authorities in each year from 2010.

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent on regeneration of town centres in England since 2010; and in which such towns.

      Supported Housing: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the funding supported housing consultation published on 31 October 2017, what funding settlement will be in...

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU with (a) an...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2017 to Question 105187, on energy performance certificates, what estimate his Department...

      Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has for further reform of planning regulations to support investment in infrastructure to improve...

      Job Creation: Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2017 to Question 108119, on job creation: enterprise zones, how many jobs enterprise zones...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Food Banks: North Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will visit the Storehouse North Down food bank; and if he will make a statement.

    • Northern Ireland Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department holds a central list of the IT and digital assets of its arm's-length bodies.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of civil service posts in his Department was vacant for a week or longer since his Department was established; and what the...

    • Manufacturing Technologies Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the Manufacturing Technologies Association on (a) frictionless trade and (b) the ability to...

      Agriculture: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with representatives of the food and farming sectors on the development of new trade deals with other countries.

      Department for International Trade: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what childcare facilities his Department makes available for its staff; how much his Department spent (a) overall and (b) per child on those...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Companies: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many companies were notified of the data breach experienced by an accredited body for Cyber Essentials in June 2017 that...

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department holds a central list of the IT and digital assets of its arm's-length bodies.

      Treasure Act 1996

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to review the effectiveness of the Treasure Act 1996.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of spending on youth services excluding spending on the National Citizen...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to implement the Government's Positive for Youth policy on youth.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the Government's updated youth policy.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many and what proportion of (a) parliamentary and (b) contracted staff are employed...

  • Women and Equalities

  • Home Office

    • Police: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their response to the representations made by the Royal Hong Kong Police Association in its letter of 25 July to the Home Secretary.

  • Cabinet Office

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

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they and their agencies spent on commercial advertising on (1) TV, and (2) radio, in each year since 2009, broken down by region.

    • Department for Education: Ministers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they carry out due diligence into the commercial activities in the education sector of prospective ministerial appointments in the Department for Education...

      Policy Exchange

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any financial, organisational or other support to the Policy Exchange in the last five years; and if so, what was the source...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they regard cyber warfare as a Tier One threat to national security; whether they are considering the creation of a new international Bletchley Park to...

  • Department for Education

    • Agriculture: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to expand the provision of courses in organic and agroecological practices in agricultural colleges and other appropriate institutions.

    • Overseas Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the governing provisions in EU law that require universities to charge EU students the same as UK students.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • MTCnovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many offenders have failed to keep appointments with probation officers employed by MTC Novo.

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the courts have robust and reliable non-custodial sentences available to them.

      Marriage: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ask the Law Commission to examine how to improve the protection of British Muslim women in marriage law.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative assessment they have made of the infantry fighting value of (1) line regiments, (2) the Parachute Regiment, (3) the Royal Marines, and (4) RAF...

    • Littoral Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have recently re-assessed the global strategic environment; and if not, whether the national requirement for amphibious capability will remain as...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Packaging: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken in the last six months to encourage best practice in terms of limiting packaging waste by major retailers; and what action they are...

    • Packaging: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, and are planning to take, to discourage the use of packaging to promote multi-purchase discounts, and to encourage greater use of IT...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • European Regional Development Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of European Regional Development Fund support payments per capita in real terms in (1) Cornwall, (2) Devon, and (3) England, in each year...

    • Local Government: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities are free to borrow against the security of their capital assets, for example for new housing; if so, whether such borrowing is...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many devolution deals are under discussion between local authorities and HM Government at the present time.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511) on the update on the Brexit negotiations, whether they keep a record of informal...

    • EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed agreement on EU citizens living in the UK will provide certainty about residence and benefits; and if so, how; and whether there will be a...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken legal advice on whether they can revoke or pause the Article 50 two year timetable.

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 23 October (HL2086) concerning constitutional advice on the possible revocation of the Article 50...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of problem gambling among vulnerable groups, including (1) those with mental health issues,...

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Government's Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, published on 11 October,  addresses the issue of the anonymity of internet users.

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