Written answers

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118502, what the estimates used by his Department as determined by the Office of the Rail...

    • Department for Transport: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to transparency data, DfT's gender pay gap report 2017, published 18 December 2018, if he will break down the pay gap data for median,...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which overseas trips Ministers of his Department have made since July 2016; and what were the costs of each such trip.

      British Transport Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers have (a) applied for and (b) been granted an individual firearms licence since 2011.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Department for Communities and Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the transparency document entitled DCLG's Gender Pay Gap Report 2017, if he will set out the pay gap data for...

    • Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 118353, on Temporary Accommodation, how much of that fund has been...

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how newly built student accommodation is recorded in his Department's data set entitled Housing supply: net additional...

  • HM Treasury

    • Valuation Office Agency: Equal Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the transparency document entitled Valuation Office Agency's Gender Pay Gap Report 2017, if he will set out the pay gap data for median,...

    • Treasury: Equal Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Gender Pay Gap Report 2016-2017: HM Treasury Group, if he will break down the data on the gender pay gap data for (a) median, (b) mean...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to increase the number of staff at Companies House that monitor the accuracy of data on the...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the Impact Assessment for the Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill does not include...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for what reason the Impact Assessment for the Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill does not include an...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons his Department's impact assessment on the Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill does...

      Electricity Generation: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much energy has been produced from each energy from waste facility currently operating and receiving local...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the transparency document entitled Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gender Pay Gap Report...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Belgium: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the UK's diplomatic relations with Belgium.

    • Luxembourg: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the UK's diplomatic relations with Luxembourg.

      Netherlands: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the UK's diplomatic relations with the Netherlands.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that his Department allocated to the production of impact...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Law

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

      British Overseas Territories: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with Government officials in the Overseas Territories on reducing the amount of...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the...

      China: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on animal welfare standards in that country.

      Colombia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what technical support the UK Government is providing to the Colombian Government to ensure the establishment of the proposed...

      José Napoleón Tarrillo Astonitas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Foreign Office has made to the Peruvian Government on environmental protection in that country as a...

      North Korea: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on the situation in North Korea; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had any recent discussions with his international counterparts on the non-proliferation and reduction of nuclear...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will be making representations to the UN Conference on Disarmament in 2018.

      Africa: Diplomatic Relations

      What his diplomatic priorities are for Africa after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Attorney General

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask the Attorney General, how much money has been spent from the public purse on training members of the CPS and its agents on the criminalisation of forced marriage and the breach of forced...

  • Department for Education

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve support for the families of servicemen and women during deployments.

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the amount of government funding was on Cadet Forces in each of the last seven years; how much of that funding was allocated to the Cadet Expansion...

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has approved the sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the written evidence submitted by Maximus to the Work and Pensions Committee, PEA0532, if he will instruct the Centre for...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Gower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Gower constituency had personal independence payments overturned as a result of (a) mandatory...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people missed their appointment for a work capability assessment in the last twelve months; and what proportion of all work...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people missed their appointment for a personal independence payment assessment in the last 12 months; and what proportion of all such...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 20 December 2017 to Questions 119457, 119458, 119459, and 119461, and with reference to the paper entitled Work and...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3475 on Employment and Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease, if he will publish the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to protect claimants in the Employment and Support Allowance Support Group and its Universal Credit equivalent from financial...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government paper Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability, published in November 2017, if he will...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 21 December 2017 to Questions 119554, 119555 and 119556 and with reference to the paper entitled Work and Pensions...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120384, if he will place in the Library copies of any printed materials his Department...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the transparency document entitled Department for Work and Pensions: Gender Pay Gap Report 2017, if he will set out the pay...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 68 of the Government's report, Improving Lives: The Future of health, Work and Disability, published in November...

      Statutory Sick Pay: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish the Government's proposed consultation on statutory sick pay.

      Social Fund: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118806, on Social Fund: Credit, how many loans were provided through the Discretionary...

      Mortgages: Interest Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to make people in receipt of the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme aware of forthcoming changes to that...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many regulations were introduced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in calendar years 2014, 2015...

    • Animal and Plant Health Agency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118449, what estimate his Department has made of the change in the...

      Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the implications of an outbreak of an animal disease in the UK after the...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to review and report on The Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012; and...

      Dogs: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information he holds on the number of (a) consignments of dogs exported to Pakistan and (b) dogs within those...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent industrial fly-tipping.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers of local councils to prevent fly-tipping.

      Electricity Generation: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2017 to Question 115103 on electricity generation: waste, what steps he is taking to...

      Biodegradability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what waste his Department classifies as biodegradable waste.

      Agriculture: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer with regard to the recommendations made on taxation by the...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to standardise the collection and disposal of plastic items from the doorstep.

      Bees: Fungicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to regulate Chlorothalonil and other fungicides after research from Cornell University showed the link...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to use the biodiversity net gain approach to establish environmental performance criteria for farmers and...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will establish a new strategic framework for designating protected sites and species within UK...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to increase public investment in reprocessing facilities for plastics as a result of the imposition of the...

      Cosmetics: Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ban microbeads from (a) sunscreen and (b) all other leave-on cosmetic and personal care...

  • Home Office

    • Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date (a) she, (b) each Minister of her Department and (c) officials in her Department first became aware of alleged malpractice...

    • Public Spaces Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish updated guidance on the use of Public Spaces Protection Orders and Community Protection Notices.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that accommodation for asylum seekers under contract with Compass is safe and quality checked.

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the employer checking service for people seeking employment.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Migration Advisory Committee has made on its assessment of the labour market in relation to seasonal agricultural workers.

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the first responder role as a result of reforms to the National Referral Mechanism...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask The Secretary of State for The Home Department, if she will take steps to roll out Independent Child Trafficking Advocates nationally before 2019.

      Skilled Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the suitability of the UK Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List for the current UK labour market.

      Home Office: Brexit

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

      Home Office: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which EU (a) Directives, (b) Regulations and (c) other legislation affecting her Department she is planning to propose (i) revocation and...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government plans to introduce primary legislation on Irish citizens and immigration law after EU freedom of movement rules cease to...

      Road Traffic Offences: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will introduce a website similar to Operation Snap introduced in Scotland to help the public report road traffic offences...

      Visas: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements she has made with the US Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration with regard to UK...

      Police: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the public purse the Volunteer Police Cadets received in each of the last seven years; and on what such funding was spent.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any funding for the new national economic crime centre will be allocated out of the budgets for the Serious Fraud Office or any of...

      Temporary Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many temporary exclusion orders have been imposed on people under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in each year.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people had passports seized and temporarily retained under section 1 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in (a) 2016 and...

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalties by type have been issued for employing illegal workers in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outgoing Dublin III regulation transfers were made by the UK in 2017.

      Police Custody: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the provision of tampons and sanitary towels is for women in custody at each police station in each constabulary in the North West of...

      Police Custody: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that police services provide access to sanitary care products and washing facilities to all female...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2017 to Question 118337, on Scotland Office: Buildings; what the equivalent costs were for the previous five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many regulations have been repealed since July 2014.

    • Cabinet Office: Social Mobility

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve social mobility in each of the last seven years.

      Cabinet Office: Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last four years.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have travelled abroad in relation to projects organised through the Government's Prosperity Fund since that fund was established.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average cost has been of each project organised through the Government's Prosperity Fund since that fund was established.

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts were put out to tender for the purpose of completing projects organised by the Government's Prosperity Fund during 2017.

      Prosperity Fund: Behavioural Insights Team

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many projects organised through the Government's Prosperity Fund have included a partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team since that fund was...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has issued on the target timescales for Ministerial responses to be sent to letters received from hon. Members.

      Cabinet Office: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's transparency document entitled Gender pay gap report published on 18 December 2017, if he will set out the data on...

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the position of Crown Representative to Carillion was vacant during the last 12 months.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which overseas trips Ministers of his Department have made since July 2016; and what were the costs of each such trip.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118752, on Sports: Children, how many children the (a) Families Fund...

    • Data Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the readiness of organisations and businesses to implement the General Data Protection Regulation.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of Sate for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate the Government has made of the fiscal impact of each of the four options for reducing the maximum stake on fixed...

      Scout Association: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Scout Association received from the Government in each of the last seven years; and the purposes for...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Government funding has been allocated to the National Citizen Service in each of the last seven years; how that money...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Arts Council England spent in each English parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding the Football Foundation has allocated to each English parliamentary constituency since its creation.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse is of independent evaluations of the National Citizens Service in each year since that...

      Big Society Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether any of the £135 million announced by her Department on 4 January 2018 as pledged to Big Society Capital to fund...

  • Department of Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of minimum unit pricing of alcohol on social inequalities related to alcohol misuse.

    • Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) pregnant women, (b) women with a child under 12 months and (c) children from six months to four years old have received Healthy Start...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2017 to Question 111553, what steps the Government is taking to prevent cases of malnutrition.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Tobacco Control Plan for England will be funded.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that medical students are acquiring the basic clinical skills to make a diagnosis of ME/CFS.

      Department of Health: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's transparency document entitled Gender Pay Gap Report 2016-2017, if he will set out the pay gap data for median, mean...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has received any representations on difficulties experienced by GPs in obtaining (a) diamorphine and (b) other prescription drugs; and whether...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residential care homes inspected by the Care Quality Commission have been rated (a) inadequate and (b) outstanding in the last 12 months.

      NHS Trusts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of Overseas Visitors Managers employed by each acute NHS Trust in the North West as of 31 December 2017.

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 24 January 2017 to Question 59987 and pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 106993, what steps his...

      Child Rearing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a Minister for the first 1001 Days to lead joint work with the Department for Education on that issue.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) confidential patient records and (b) NHS services from (i) meltdown and (ii) spectre vulnerabilities...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the APPG on Homelessness that, between January and March, 11 per cent of rough sleepers in London were care...

    • Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people who are homeless in England.

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