Written answers

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the M1 motorway between London and junction 32 will next be free of roadworks and lane closures.

    • Motorways: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that smart motorways, when activated, react more speedily to changing traffic conditions to avoid motorists being...

  • Home Office

    • Cycling: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116256, what discussions she has had with police authorities on improving the...

    • Alternatives to Prosecution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women were given out-of-court disposals in each of the last five whole reporting years, broken down by nationality of offender and...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has any plans to introduce gun licensing for air guns similar to that in force in Northern Ireland and Scotland; and if he will...

      Crime: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces in England have the (a) highest and (b) lowest ratio of crimes per police officer.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number of police officers per capita was in (a) England and Wales, (b) London, (c) the East of England and (d) Bedfordshire in each...

      Bedfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for increased demands on Bedfordshire Police due to the expansion of Luton Airport;...

      Bedfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the changes in the demands placed on Bedfordshire Police due to counter-terrorism operations; and...

      Airguns: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recently announced air weapons review in England and Wales, if he will seek the views of (a) Police Scotland, (b)...

  • HM Treasury

    • Payments: EU Law

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it remains his policy to implement the Second Payment Services Directive after the UK has left the EU.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Committee on Climate Change on the cost and feasibility of delivering the Clean...

    • Better Regulation Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the performance indicators are for the Better Regulation Executive.

      Bereavement Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to bring forward a mandatory minimum period of bereavement leave for workers who have...

      Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure electrical chargers comply with regulatory standards.

      Standardisation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the United Kingdom will remain a member of the European Committee on Standardisation after we leave the EU.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Human Rights

      What recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the protection of human rights in that country.

    • USA: State Visits

      What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on President Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK.

      Poland: Diplomatic Relations

      What recent assessment he has made of diplomatic relations with Poland.

      Oman: Diplomatic Relations

      What recent assessment he has made of diplomatic relations with Oman.

      Terrorism

      What steps he is taking with his international counterparts to tackle Islamist terrorism globally.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department (a) has drafted or (b) is drafting a market access commission on the implications of the withdrawal of the UK...

    • British Irish Chamber of Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what representations he has received from the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce on the recent agreement reached between the UK and...

      Gibraltar: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will ensure that any agreement in respect of the UK withdrawal from the EU does not extend to Spain an exclusive right to...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent representations he has received from (a) key stakeholders and (b) individuals on (i) the appeal rights of people who are...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he plans for a new regime for state aid and competition rules to be covered by a future deal between the UK and the EU.

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of expertise in respect of competition policy in officials engaged in...

      Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department has held meetings with (a) the Legatum Institute and (b) Barnabus Reynolds/Politeia on market liberalisation...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the time spent by officials in his Department compiling impact assessments on the UK leaving the EU; and...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who was present at each roundtable discussion listed in the Ministerial Meetings section of his Department's Transparency Data for...

  • Department for International Development

    • Pitcairn Islands: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money from the public purse has been spent on Pitcairn Island in each of the last five years; what projects that spending has...

    • Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that have been allocated to the production of impact assessments...

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in higher education, published on 11 December 2017, what assessment she has made of...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to table 1.9 of Autumn Budget 2017, what estimate he has made of level of Resource Accounting and Budgeting required for undergraduate...

      Animal Welfare: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will introduce animal welfare education into the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's report, Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential: a plan for improving social mobility through education, published...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to schools in England per pupil in real terms in (a) 1990, (b) 2000 and (c) 2017.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to protect prison officers from exposure to new psychoactive substances.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communication his Department had the United States Visiting Forces before F-22 Stealth bombers from RAF Lakenheath were used to intercept Russian...

    • Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 116853, what the source of the recruitment budget is for the Maritime reserve.

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average size is in terms of personnel of an Army Reserve (a) Company or equivalent and (b) battalion or equivalent; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Volunteer Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 116996, how many and what proportion of the strength of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force were on...

      RAF Volunteer Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 116988, how many and what proportion of the strength of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force were on...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Maritime Reserve qualified for their annual bounty in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16; how many members in...

      Royal Auxiliary Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average number of Reserve Service Days committed to recruitment by the Royal Air Force Auxiliary was for (a) Individual Reservists and (b)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those regulations have been...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what processes his Department has put in place to (a) monitor, (b) collate cost information on, (c) review and (d) respond to requests to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of surplus food disposed of by supermarkets in the UK each year and...

    • Circuses: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of animals in circuses.

      Animal Welfare: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Animal and Plant Health Agency has carried out its investigation into Hall Farm in Necton Norfolk; and what...

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase compliance with the ban on the routine tail docking of pigs; what estimate...

      Agriculture: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further support he plans to provide for agricultural cooperation; and if he will make a statement.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU (a) Directives, (b) Regulations and (c) other legislation affecting his Department he is planning to propose (i)...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average waiting time was for complaints to the Independent Housing Ombudsman to be investigated.

  • Scotland Office

    • Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his oral contribution on 6 December 2017, Official Report, column, 1014, what the outcome was of his discussions with RBS on bank branches...

    • Scotland Office: Social Mobility

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

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met with the management of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and whether the proposed closure of RBS branches was discussed at that meeting.

      Scotland Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2017 to Question 118330 on Scotland Office: official hospitality and the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Social Mobility

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

    • Marriage: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the dates were of the meetings he has held with the (a) Northern Ireland Equality Commission and (b) the Northern Ireland Human Rights...

      Northern Ireland Office: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; which of those regulations have been...

      Northern Ireland Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which EU (a) Directives, (b) Regulations and (c) other legislation affecting his Department he is planning to propose (i) revocation and (ii)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118624, on trade agreements, if he will list the organisations that submitted responses.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118985, on trade agreements, how many trades unions he has met with; and how many...

  • Department of Health

    • Social Services: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for social care in Garston and Halewood constituency.

    • Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of hospital admissions as a result of malnutrition within the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2017 to Question 11556, what plans his Department has to promote the uptake of a daily supplement containing 10mcg...

      Vitamin D: Deficiency Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency in each (a) clinical commissioning group and...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effect of the Healthy Start scheme on levels of malnutrition among children.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 112819 on Carers: Young People, what the programme of work is for the cross-Government programme...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the paragraphs entitled (a) Inputting evidence to the development of the next tobacco control plan and (b) Undertaking activity to...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the total healthcare budget that is spent on mental health provision.

      Suicide: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the follow-up process is for a patient admitted to hospital for attempted suicide.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to introduce automatic insulin delivery devices for people who live with diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      Anaemia: Children and Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the increase in iron deficiency anaemia, particularly among children and older people.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to extend beyond 2018 the NHS England guidance on commissioning excellent nutrition and hydration; and if he will...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2017 to Question 117778, on gender recognition, what steps her Department has taken to ensure the correct...

  • Department for Transport

    • International Driving Permits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many International Driving Permits were in issued in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016.

    • Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much income they received from the sale of private number plates in each year since 2010.

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many trade licence plates have been approved by the DVLA; and how many are currently in use.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Statutory Off Road Notifications were received by the DVLA in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total amount raised by the heavy goods vehicle road user levy since April 2014.

      Motor Vehicles: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles have been inspected using the Operator Compliance Risk Score since 2015.

      Axle Weights: Weighing Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many weighbridges there are in the UK.

      Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to investigate the interest rates set on loans from shareholders to Monarch Airlines Group and determine whether those rates were...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to (1) the government of Pakistan and Federal Board of Revenue of Pakistan, and (2) British Overseas Territories, on preventing tax...

    • Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 December (HL3727), in describing the Bahrain Ombudsman for the Ministry of the Interior as...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make a decision, if required, on a Northern Ireland Budget for the financial year 2018–19; and what steps they intend to take to provide...

  • Attorney General

    • Hate Crime: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 6 December (HL Deb, col 1050), whether the definition of hate crime adopted by the Crown Prosecution...

    • Hate Crime: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 6 December (HL Deb, col 1051), whether the Baroness Vere of Norbiton has written to the Director of Public...

  • Department for Education

    • Social Workers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 December (HL3750), what progress they have made in developing a continuous professional...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of female prisoners held for non-violent crimes are mothers with children under the age of 18 in (1) England, and (2) Wales; and what percentage of...

    • Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of women in prison are re-offenders in (1) England, and (2) Wales; and of those, what percentage are in prison for non-violent crimes.

      Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which prisons and young offenders institutions have confined prisoners to their cells for more than 22 hours per day on any day in the last three months; and what...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which prisons and young offenders institutions have cancelled educational activities as a result of staff shortages on any day in the last three months; and...

      Prisoners: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many medical appointments have been missed by prisoners as a result of a shortage of escort staff in each prison and young offender institution in...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of prisoners on custodial sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth, other than segregated prisoners, spent at least 22 hours locked in...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of prisoners on custodial sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth were unlocked for at least six hours each weekday in the latest...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many serious assaults by inmates on one another at Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth were recorded in each of the last two years for which figures are...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of self-harm by inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth were recorded in each of the last two years for which figures are available.

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison staff at bands 3 to 5 were assigned to Her Majesty's Prison Wandsworth; and how many vacancies there were in each of the last two years for which...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) operational prison staff at each of bands (a) 3, (b) 4, and (c) 5, are employed at Her Majesty's Prison Wandsworth, (2) operational staff on...

  • Home Office

    • Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Marlesford on 7 December (HL Deb, col 1270), whether a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mr Ibrahim Munir, is living in...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which occasions in the last ten years they have given an official Treasury platform to someone convicted of a criminal charge in a court in another EU country.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were (1) the International Monetary Fund predictions of the UK growth rate, and (2) the actual growth rate, over the last five years.

      Treasury: International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which dates during the last seven years they have hosted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Treasury for the IMF to launch a report on the...

      Construction: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contractors are registered with the Construction Industry Scheme.

      National Insurance Contributions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who work overseas have opted to pay National Insurance contributions.

      Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that insurance providers can lawfully operate and fulfil their contractual obligations after Brexit.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to encourage and facilitate more companies attaining authorised economic operator (AEO) status, as well as to address any...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide copies of the 39 Brexit sectoral analyses, which were provided to the European Union Committee on 27 November, to relevant...

    • Court of Justice of the European Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases involving the UK the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave rulings on in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017 to date; what were the broad...

      Brexit: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the transitional arrangements that will be sought for the UK as part of the EU withdrawal agreement will cover (1) Gibraltar, and (2) all other UK...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual level of exports to the EU from the UK in each of the last three years, broken down into (1) temperature controlled, (2) unitised, and (3)...

      Brexit: Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect Gibraltar's special position as the only UK Overseas Territory within the EU, following the transitional...

      EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pieces of EU legislation have become law in the UK since 1973.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total tariffs which (1) EU exporters would pay to the UK, and (2) UK exporters would pay to the EU, under World Trade...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) EU jobs which are involved in exports to the UK from other EU member states, and (2) UK jobs which...

      Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to incorporate representatives from industry sectors in the process of negotiating both transition and long-term deals.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to replace trading deals with non-EU countries and to ensure that those deals are in effect on Brexit day.

  • Department of Health

    • Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to ensure the retention of doctors who work in the NHS, and (2) for recruiting more overseas doctors, after the UK leaves the EU.

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to prevent medicine shortages and disruptions in dealing with public health crises following Brexit.

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