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Written answers

Friday, 15 December 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations any Minister of his Department has received from Bell Pottinger on behalf of (a) Atos IT Services UK Limited, (b) Centrica PLC,...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place the HS2 route plans for the refined Meadowhall route at the time of the completion of the updating of standards stage in 2014 in the...

      Department for Transport: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff have left his Department since 1 January 2015; and how many of those members of staff were nationals of non-UK EU countries.

  • Home Office

    • Freezing of Assets: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to use the powers given to her under of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 against Andrei Pavlov and others listed under the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tobacco: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness of counterfeit standardised tobacco.

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential for generation of (a) electricity and (b) gas by anaerobic digestion by 2030.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for a carbon capture storage and utilisation retrofit solution for the UK coal fired power...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December to Question 115960, whether his Department plans to offer financial support to...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that potential delays to the construction of new nuclear power stations...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to incentivise businesses and consumers to participate in demand-side flexibility...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to engage the UK public with future developments and opportunities associated with the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that electricity generated from renewable sources takes priority over...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the production of electricity from onshore wind.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Occupied Territories: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the demolition of Palestinian buildings by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government supports a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine.

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the alleged torture of Jagtar Singh Johal in Punjab.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of his Department's Answers to Written Parliamentary Questions have advised that the requested information was not...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations any Minister of her Department has received from Bell Pottinger on behalf of (a) Atos IT Services UK Limited, (b) Centrica PLC,...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2017 to Question 115398, whether her Department has set targets for the uptake of apprenticeships for the year...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the net contribution foreign students studying in the UK made to the economy in each of the last three years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will extend the provision of 15 additional hours of free childcare under the Childcare Act 2016 to foster children in England.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to increase the national minimum fostering allowance to take into account the cost of childcare.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what she is doing to remove barriers for people who want to combine work outside the home with fostering.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to increase funding for ESOL courses in areas with the highest proportion of refugees.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the 30 hours free childcare policy on nursery school budgets.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the fall in the number of apprenticeship starts between May to July 2017 compared to the same period...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools entered into elective home education in each local authority in each of the last...

      Department for Education: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many members of staff have left her Department since 1 January 2015; and how many of those members of staff were nationals of non-UK EU countries.

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on whether school governing bodies are making arrangements within their school policies for the support of...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 115404 on Pre-school Education: Finance, when the Department plans to announce the funding...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the adequacy of the delivery of adoption...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what action his Department requires courts to take upon being notified that a defendant has given an invalid or unavailable bail address to the court.

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will publish a draft Courts Bill.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many members of staff have left his Department since 1 January 2015; and how many of those members of staff were nationals of non-UK EU countries.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the average length time it takes from a new applicant for universal credit beginning their...

    • Universal Credit: Ogmore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the revised dates for the roll-out of universal credit are across job centres within the Ogmore constituency.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plants: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with UK retailers on the sale of plants grown with neonicotinoid pesticides; and if he will...

    • Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that farmers have access to a sufficient number of workers to work in the horticultural...

      Rural Areas: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on reducing the incidence of rural crime.

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets his Department has set for tree planting.

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse of administering and running the Countryside Stewardship Scheme annually is.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of farmers who do not take up the basic payment scheme.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if a (a) local planning authority, and (b) planning inspector, is able to consider as a material planning consideration, the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Minister of State for Housing and Planning on the potential effect of the roll-out of universal credit on people...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the potential effect of the the roll-out of universal credit on levels of...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he plans to make to the EU to audit its accounts after the UK has left the EU but while the EU is still in receipt of monies from the...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what representations any Minister of his Department has received from Bell Pottinger on behalf of (a) Atos IT Services UK Limited,...

    • Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2017 Question 2584 on business: Scotland, if he will publish the (a) correspondence and (b) minutes...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many members of staff have left his Department since its creation; and how many of those members of staff were nationals of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations any Minister of his Department has received from Bell Pottinger on behalf of (a) Atos IT Services UK Limited, (b)...

    • Energy: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what energy-related exports to sub-Saharan Africa have been supported by UK Export Finance and for which (a) companies (b) type of project...

      Renewable Energy: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support his Department provides to help UK renewable energy companies export to Africa.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Department of Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support GP services in (a) Sevenoaks and (b) England.

    • Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of hospital eye departments to meet the demand for treatment in a timely manner.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to promote the greater use of community optometrists and opticians to relieve pressure on hospital eye departments.

      Ophthalmic Services: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of committing additional funds to optometry research in the 2018-19 financial year.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce winter deaths.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals had comprehensive front-door clinical streaming in (a) March 2017 and (b) October 2017.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's Good practice guide: Focus on improving patient flow published in July 2017, how many NHS hospitals adopted that best...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Gender Recognition Act in the workplace.

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what infrastructure improvements by Network Rail had been (1) contracted, and (2) announced, in respect of the East Coast Main Line at the time the contract with...

    • East Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Comptroller and Auditor General was informed, prior to the announcement on 29 November, of the decision to terminate the Stagecoach Group and Virgin...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the statement by Baroness Sugg on 29 November (HL Deb, cols 679-682), whether any rail franchise operator, other than Stagecoach Group and Virgin...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the traffic performance of each of the train companies operating rail franchises in the first six months of 2017; and how that performance compares to the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Sugg on 29 November (HL Deb, cols 679–82), whether any other rail company, besides Stagecoach Group and Virgin Rail...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many major highway enhancement schemes, costing more than £5 billion, were completed in the period 2010–15; what were the value for money criteria...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the estimate by the Civil Aviation Authority that 1.5 million drones will be sold this Christmas; and what actions they propose...

      Leamside Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to re-open the Leamside railway line between Sunderland, Washington and Durham; if so, what steps they are taking to achieve this; how...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the impact on the budget of the Department for Transport of the changes to the franchising regime announced on 29 November; and...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which external consultants were engaged to assist or advise on the new policy on rail franchising announced on 29 November.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Social Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 1 August (HL1112), in what ways their Industrial Strategy will better support social enterprises.

    • Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate will be the components of the UK’s energy mix in (1) 2030, and (2) 2050.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of additional construction workers required to build 300,000 homes a year; and where any additional workers required...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sayed Alwadaei

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Embassy of Bahrain in the UK's involvement in actions against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei since October 2016.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 5 December, how many Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are in commission on 5 December; and how many will be...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 28 November (HL3456), how they assess and evaluate (1) progress in tackling poverty, and (2) the impact...

    • Welfare State: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 28 November (HL3456), how they monitor the accumulated impact of welfare benefit changes on different...

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