Written answers

Friday, 12 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will raise awareness of the requirement on taxis and private hire vehicles not to refuse carriage to assistance dog owners.

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he or the Civil Aviation Authority have received from the operators of Heathrow Airport on the effect of expansion at Heathrow on...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the financial value of new runway capacity at (a) Heathrow and (b) elsewhere to the UK economy.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussion he has had with the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) Department for International Trade on the route network operated at...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures his Department assesses are required to keep aviation emissions to 37.5MegaTonnes as modelled in the 4th and 5th carbon budgets.

      Heathrow Airport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a third runway at Heathrow on the ability of the Government to meet the 2050 emissions...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a third runway at Heathrow Airport on (a) noise and (b) air quality in West London.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of expansion at Heathrow Airport on (a) passenger numbers on the Piccadilly Line and...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of additional daily trips on the public transport network arising from expansion at Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effects on residents (a) during and (b) after the construction of a third runway at Heathrow on the (i)...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to undertake a full Health Impact Assessment on the proposed construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117855, on shipping: qualifications, what assessment he has made of the potential implications...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing local residents to pay for parking restrictions in a road where the relevant...

      Aviation: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is the publication of proposed flight paths for a new runway in the South East.

      Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to promote air traffic routes according to their capacity to promote (a) business and (b) diplomatic relationships.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

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

      Department for Transport: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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 (a)...

      Department for Transport: Regulation

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

      Department for Transport: Regulation

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

      Maritime Law: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to maintain London's position as an international centre for maritime dispute resolution after the UK leaves the EU.

      European Maritime Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to maintain UK membership of the European Maritime Safety Agency after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Industry: Morecambe Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will recognise the partnership formed by local authorities in Lancaster, the South Lakes and Barrow...

    • 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...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much planned additional renewable energy capacity is estimated for each of the next five years, broken down by sector.

      Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of whether markets have been found to act against consumer interests.

      Retail Trade: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses make terms and conditions of online purchases clearer.

      Nuclear Fusion: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has allocated to nuclear fusion research to 29 March 2019.

      Fracking: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of shale gas extraction with the domestic and international climate...

      Energy: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support disabled people with high energy costs.

      Oil and Gas Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Oil and Gas Authority's remit to maximise the economic recovery...

      Fracking: Ryedale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Direction to the Oil and Gas Authority of 30 November 2017, relating to consent for fracking operations...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Community Post Offices in each Parliamentary constituency receive funding from the public purse.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) main post offices, (b) local post offices and (c) community post offices have closed as a result of...

      Post Offices: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases of fraud have been detected in the management of (a) main post offices, (b) local post offices and (c)...

      Post Offices: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list all cases of fraud or theft greater than £50,000 detected within the management of UK Post Offices...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the customer satisfaction levels (a) before and (b) after the transfer...

      Post Offices: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to recognise and reward long-term service and loyalty of postmasters.

      Post Offices: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average amount spent by his Department on training new entrant post-masters in each of the last ten years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan on the Nuba Mountains.

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in how many states does the UK (a) not have consular representation and (b) have consular representation for UK citizens...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many new embassies and consulates the Government anticipates it will need to establish if the UK can no longer be...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last year;...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many days' sick leave officials in his Department took for reasons relating to stress in the last year.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to Aung San Suu Kyi on the continued detention of political prisoners in Myanmar.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last spoke to the State Counsellor of Burma in respect of her role in the Rohingya crisis.

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Saad Hariri and (b) Hezbollah on securing a stable government for Lebanon.

      Syria: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for the (a) re-establishment of full diplomatic relations with the Government of Syria including (b)...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on (a) offering a date-specific official invitation to the UN...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

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

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of UN Security Council sanctions in encouraging North Korea to cease its...

      North Korea: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UK's Permanent Ambassador to the UN on the most recent UN Security Council resolution on...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of officials in her Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last year; and what...

    • Department for International Development: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many days' sick leave officials in her Department took for reasons relating to stress in the last year.

      Department for International Development: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the cost to her Department of officials taking sick leave in the last year.

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's policy paper, Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, published...

      Puerto Rico: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to Puerto Rico to assist with the reconnection of water and electricity as a result of the...

      Department for International Development: Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2017 to Question 117786, if she will answer that question with reference to all forms of...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Brexit

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

    • Department for Education: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by her Department in each month since May 2010; which of those regulations have been (a)...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to work with English as Second Language providers to ensure that refugee women with child caring responsibilities are able to...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Reserve Forces: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many different types of contracts there are for the Reserve Forces; and what the difference between those contacts is.

    • Destroyers and Frigates: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many frigates and destroyers were in deployment overseas at some point in December of each year since 2000.

      Reserve Forces: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116554, how many members of the Army Reserve qualified for their annual bounty in the years (a)...

      Reserve Forces: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116555, how many Army Reserve Soldiers who received their annual bounties in (a) April 2013, (b)...

      Reserve Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116552, what the total strength of the Army Reserve was in (a) April 2016, (b) April 2015, (c)...

      Reserve Forces: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116559, how many and what proportion of the strength of the Army Reserve were on Full Time Reserve...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116562, how many of the total Army Reserve strength in (a) April 2013, (b) April 2014, (c) April...

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average amount of days an Army Reservist is required to serve each year to qualify for their annual bounty; and if he will make a statement.

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Reserve Service Days were undertaken by the Army Reserve in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-2015, (d) 2015-16 and (e) 2016-2017; and if he...

      RAF Volunteer Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2017 to Question 116988, what the total strength of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force was in (a) April 2013, (b) April...

      RAF Volunteer Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 116998, how many and what proportion of the total Royal Auxiliary Air Force strength in (a) April...

      Ministry of Defence: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 (a)...

      Ministry of Defence: EU Law

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

      Ministry of Defence: Regulation

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

      Army: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 116564, how many of the 4,350 ex-regular service personnel on the Reserve ex-regular commitment...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to contribute to the EU Battlegroup planned for 2019.

      European Defence Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for UK involvement in the European Defence Fund after the UK leaves the EU.

      Gulf States: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy vessels are on duty in the Gulf; and when those vessels are planned to return to the UK.

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Army and (d) Royal Air Force personnel are stationed in each local authority area in Wales.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what cost benefit analysis his Department uses to measure the effectiveness of the Access to Work programme.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

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

      Department for Work and Pensions: EU Law

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

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the reports from the Tenancy Reform Industry Group working group submitted to him in October 2017.

    • Local Government: Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to ensure that local authorities obtaining best value from the management of their county council...

  • Home Office

    • Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will review the effectiveness of enforcement tools for tackling money laundering.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask The Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood of 13 November 2017 on gun crime in Merseyside.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) reported and (b) unreported hate crimes against (i) disabled people and (ii)...

      Home Office: Regulation

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

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of state for the Home Department, with reference to the Cabinet Office report on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals published on 14 December 2017, what steps her...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Home Office guidance on firearms licensing law is complied with.

      Emergency Services: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 21 December 2017 to Question 120441 on Police: Road Traffic Offences and Question 120442 on Fire and Rescue...

      Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by the female genital mutilation unit and Forced Marriage Units to conduct outreach work among communities to...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether potential victims of trafficking who are destitute and who have consented to a referral into the National Referral Mechanism will be...

      Lancashire Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to make a decision on whether to award Special Grant Funding for the Lancashire Constabulary to cover the costs of the...

      Abortion: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the review of harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics announced on 26 November 2017 will include meetings with...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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 (a)...

    • Scotland Office: EU Law

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

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

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

    • David Cameron

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to his Department's factsheet entitled 9th UK China Economic and Financial Dialogue 16 December 2017, whether David Cameron's...

      Department for International Trade: Regulation

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

      Department for International Trade: EU Law

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

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to carry out impact assessments on future bilateral trade deals prior to their ratification.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to facilitate access to superfast broadband for people who live in remote rural areas and cannot...

    • Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support the video games industry.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by her Department in each month since May 2010; which of those...

      Ofcom: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding her Department has allocated to Ofcom to promote in international forums the use of the (a) 961-1015 MHz, (b)...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her department has for supporting manufacturers of Programme Making and Special Events equipment to build equipment...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what new services her Department plans on being introduced into the 1350-1400 MHz band over the next decade.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what processes her Department has put in place to (a) monitor, (b) collate cost information on, (c) review and (d) respond to...

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that broadband customers in rural Northern Ireland receive the same guarantee of...

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that broadband customers in rural Northern Ireland have access to equivalent...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Written Questions

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many and what proportion of the Commission's Answers to Written Parliamentary...

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions have taken place with the architect Ian Ward about the use of Portcullis...

  • Department of Health

    • Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made cost to the public purse of meeting the 18 week referral to treatment target in the next 12 months; and what the effect of...

    • NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of NHS 111 online.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking as a result of the latest evidence on the diagnosis and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

      Department of Health: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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.

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