Written answers

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to encourage investment in community energy generation.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish evidence of the merits of (a) an absolute and (b) a relative price cap for gas and electricity...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to (a) encourage domestic investment and (b) raise productivity in the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2017 to Question 119064, what estimate his Department has made of the increase in...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a sensitivity analysis setting out emissions reductions in each sector of the economy.

      Royal Mail: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December to Question 113922, how many of the Royal Mail's 142,000 staff are not on...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the sustainability of sectors...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December to Question 118980, how many onshore wind farms he expects to be deployed by...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Companies: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the UK Overseas Territories on the adoption of public registers of...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of his Department's Answers to Written Parliamentary Questions in the 2017-18 Session to date have...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the representatives of the United Nations on restoring the provision of humanitarian aid to...

    • Syria: Foreign Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information his Department holds on the level of United Nations aid that has been given provided to (a) the Assad regime and (b)...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid her Department has provided to (a) the Assad regime and (b) Eastern Ghouta in each of the last five years.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department is making in developing the education strategy discussed in Westminster Hall on 6 July 2017 on global...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is undertaking research on access to education for disabled children and the supply of teachers to inform its...

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will maintain the current level of funding for the Global Partnership for Education at the 2018 Replenishment Conference.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the long-term economic effect of the International Citizen Service projects on communities in...

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered in East Ghouta and other besieged areas in Syria.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what oversight (a) in general and (b) of the content taught the Government conducts of education programmes funded by UK Aid.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy for there to be a review of the options for law reform to ensure that large companies and financial institutions can be...

    • Ministry of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to implement the guidance set out by the Government Commercial Function in its paper entitled Exiting Major IT...

      Courts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that all court services across the country are committed to the Disability Confident initiative; and if he will make a...

      Package Holidays: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the Government's timescale is for implementing any changes resulting from his Department's recent call for evidence on fraudulent gastric illness...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of hours per day was that prisoners were kept in cells in each prison in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Justice: Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to improve social mobility in each of the last seven years.

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate has he made of the number of unfilled cases since the contract to provide interpreters to all courts was contracted out; and if he will...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual value is of the private contract to provide interpreters to courts in England and Wales; and how much is spend on each region on that...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the estimated cost to the public purse is of unfulfilled or cancelled cases in each year since the contracting out of interpreter services to all...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many formal complaints there have been related to interpreter services in each year since that service was contracted out; and what the main reason...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to provide compensation to farmers for the use of their land to store flood water.

    • Local Authorities: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities have waste minimisation strategies pursuant to provisions of (a) the Waste Minimisation Act 1998...

      Marine Environment: Fibres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle the release of microfibres into the marine environment from washing clothes.

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic straws.

      Joint Air Quality Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 118244, if he will publish the programme of work to be undertaken by...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to implement the guidance set out by the Government Commercial Function in its paper...

    • Planning Permission: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on planning applications (a) on and (b) near coastal cliffs.

      Aviation: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to strengthen planning guidance on aerodromes; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of airfields potentially due to close as a result of planning permissions;...

      Local Authorities: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is compulsory for local authorities to offer residents a choice of how they wish to receive communications.

      Rough Sleeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on how many people have died while sleeping rough in each of the last seven years; and...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his Department’s assessment is of the progress local authorities are making on developing their brownfield land register.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department For International Trade: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to implement the guidance set out by the Government Commercial Function in its paper entitled Exiting...

  • Department of Health

    • Contraceptives: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency will review the description in ellaOne packaging that states that if you are already pregnant,...

    • Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Age UK’s Painful Journeys campaign, what steps his Department is taking to make travelling to and from hospital easier for older...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Department for International Development programmes for development assistance must include measures to limit the global spread of plastic waste and other...

    • Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why international funds are provided for reconstruction in devastated cities, such as Mosul, in Iraq, but not for those in Syria.

      Syria: Reconstruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to call for donations and other measures from the diaspora community in order to assist the reconstruction of Syria.

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 23 October (HL1710), which 16 Syrian councils have received funds; whether any of those councils are in areas...

      Syria: Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent further deaths from communicable diseases in Eastern Ghouta; and whether they intend to facilitate evacuation, if necessary...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a national autism and education strategy.

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the draft regulations placing (1) personal, social, health, and economic education, and (2) sex and relationship education, on a statutory...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to assist society in tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have with local authorities regarding implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 27 November (HL Deb, col 485), what precisely was revised in 1998 in respect of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

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