Written answers

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Law Commission’s report on Taxi and Private Hire Services, May 2014, if the Government will implement recommendation 21.

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when minsters of his Department last met with members of the Department's working group on taxis and private hire licensing, and what the outcomes of...

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure people with disabilities are represented on his Department's taxi and private hire working group; and if he will...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the High Speed Two project of Carillion entering liquidation; and if he will publish that...

      Infrastructure: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of skills specifically to help deliver the Government's infrastructure programmes.

      Department for Transport: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by his Department.

      High Speed Two: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to recover the £1.7million of unauthorised redundancy payments made by HS2; and if he will make a statement.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the professional competence requirements of drivers of HGVs, especially for HGVs that are over three tons in weight.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence system in evaluating the competence of HGV drivers.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what checks are made on the qualification of HGV drivers from other countries when they arrive in the UK.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there is a comparable certificate of competence for HGV drivers that is checked when HGVs arrive at UK ports.

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regular checks are carried out on the competence of instructors who train HGV drivers.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many certificates of professional competence for drivers of HGVs over three tons were issued in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the repayment system for Vehicle Excise Duty so that money is paid directly into...

      Aviation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of resuming direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh from the UK.

      Delivery Services: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of ensuring (a) delivery riders and (b) bike messengers are insured when working on a...

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has incorporated the changes required under EU Directives 2014/45/EU and 2014/47/EU into the draft heavy goods vehicle...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons a second pot 1 auction has not taken place under the contract for difference scheme; and what plans he...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of removing the right for energy companies to appeal to the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill proposes to vest in him rather than Ofgem the...

      Fuel Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of fuel poverty in rural communities.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many contracts his Department holds with government strategic suppliers.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of SMEs affected by the liquidation of Carillion.

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support he plans to give to SMEs affected by the liquidation of Carillion.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mexico: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment he has made of the effect on human rights of the new security reform law in Mexico; and if he...

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to tackle faith-based persecution overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Taipei Representative Office on the announcement by the Civil Aviation...

      China: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the announcement of 4 January 2019 by the Civil Aviation Administration of China that it will activate four...

      Egypt: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the Egyptian Government to accede to the Convention on the Prohibition of the...

      Egypt and Libya: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of World War Two era mines that remain un-disposed of in the Tobruk and...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on the effect of Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen on the...

      South Sudan: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the economic situation in South Sudan.

      South Sudan: Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support he is giving to the High Level Revitalisation Forum in South Sudan.

      Mauritania: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Mauritania; and what steps the Government is taking to...

      Vietnam: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Vietnam; and what steps the Government is taking to...

      Saudi Arabia: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to convene an international conference to help to resolve tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

      Israel: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compliance with international law of the Israeli occupation of Shebaa Farms.

      Iran: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on human rights of the actions of the Iranian government during the protests that...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases were referred to the Forced Marriage Unit in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014, (d) 2015 and (e) 2016; how many of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ovarian Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the introduction of new medicines to help prevent the spread of ovarian cancer.

    • Diabetes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with GPs and clinical bodies on improving the rate at which diabetics take their medications.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many facilities management contracts Carillion plc holds with NHS Trusts.

      Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses) and (c) other clinical staff worked at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon in (i) May 2010 and (ii)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people presenting at A&E who do not require hospital treatment.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals have a GP co-located on site to provide triage services for patients.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of stocks of flu vaccines in (a) York and (b) England.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's guidance on NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles, last updated on 29 October 2015,...

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that the UK enters the top quartile of comparator countries for the speed of adoption and overall...

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the formal role of NHS England will be in delivering an effective Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and Sector Deal.

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what measures will be included within NHS England’s mandate for 2018-19 to formalise its role in implementing the Life Sciences...

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to update and evolve value assessments of drugs, medical devices and diagnostics, as recommended in the Life...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the extension of Orkambi's licence to treat patients aged six and over, what support his Department is giving to...

      Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the average yearly cost to patients of paying for prescribed asthma medication.

      British Nationals Abroad: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what reciprocal health agreements he plans to put in place to allow continued access to health care for disabled UK citizens in EU member...

      Migrant Workers: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what impact assessment his Department has undertaken on the effect of implementing a new recognition test on EU/EEA trained medical...

      Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure adequate supplies of the PPV23 vaccine.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of health visitors.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by his...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of service has been for (a) Chief Executives and (b) Chairs of NHS or Foundation Trusts over the last 30 years.

      Huntington's Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure people with Huntington's disease have appropriate access to emerging treatment methods.

      Huntington's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions of (a) individual benzodiazepine drugs and (b) individual antidepressants were dispensed in the community in 2016.

      Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were treated in A&E within one hour of their...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve the way local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (a) coordinate inspections of...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve the regulation and oversight of the performance of care homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) bodies and (b) processes there are to review the joint performance of the Care Quality Commission and Clinical Commissioning...

  • Attorney General

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the Occuptied Palestinian Territories of the decision of the House of...

    • Developing Countries: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has had discussions with the Global Vehicle Trust on the use of the Ox flat-packed truck for the developing...

      Palestinians: UNRWA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has held with her counterpart in the US administration on funding for the United Nations Relief and Works...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with her Development Assistance Committee counterparts on changing international aid rules...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to introduce new criteria for allocating her Department's overseas aid budget.

      Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contracts her Department holds with government strategic suppliers.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which additional countries she is currently considering providing aid to.

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate the Government has made on the number of UK humanitarian agencies seeking access to refugee camps in Bangladesh.

      Overseas Aid: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to prevent UK development aid funding being used to support international terrorism.

  • Department for Education

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the details of the application process for University Technical Colleges.

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of doubling the sport premium.

      Education: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total education budget for Swindon was in each of the last seven years.

      ICT: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have graduated with a degree in ICT & Computer Science in each year since 2010.

      Ict: Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have left school with a GCSE or equivalent in ICT & Computer Science in each year since 2010.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to communicate to the public the value of increases in the education budget.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children aged three and four who are entitled to free childcare for 30 hours a week are disabled.

      Schools: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the overall increase in funding for Cornwall’s schools as a result of the implementation of the fair funding formula.

      Universities: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle anti-semitism on university campuses.

      Holocaust Educational Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support the outreach work of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

      Pre-school Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to review funding streams for children who are not of reception age to access additional support services whilst at nursery.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage language teaching in the UK.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were in good or outstanding schools in each of the last seven years in (a) Kirklees, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) England and (d) UK.

      Academies: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to require academy schools to have a curriculum which includes personal, social and health education.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that every teacher in all state-funded schools has or is working towards Qualified Teacher Status.

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what research his Department has conducted on the effect of the removal of Education Maintenance Allowance on families where a child received that...

      Department for Education: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by his Department.

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of children's progress in specialist maths schools.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many formal complaints have been made to HMRC on problems with reconfirming eligibility codes for 30 hours of free funded childcare for three and...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on grammar schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future, published on 27 November 2017, if he will make it his policy to extend...

      Apprentices: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the apprentices transferred from Carillion Training Services to the Construction Industry Training Board are paid weekly or monthly.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Parc Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the use of nutritional supplements has been trialled for use in HMP Parc Young Offenders Institute to reduce violence or anti-social behaviour...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Domestic Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of whether the statutory guidance on the Housing Health and Safety...

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will support local authorities to hold memorial events for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

      Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of antisemitism and Holocaust denial; and what steps his...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

      Homelessness: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless people in Cornwall; and what assessment he has made of the trend...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be lost in each local authority as a result of the...

      Local Government Finance: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many representations he received from business groups in the London Borough of Enfield on the local government...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that combustable material including cladding and insulation is removed from tower blocks.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) what role the National Security Council will have in the decision on whether to replace the Trident nuclear warhead, (b) whether that decision will...

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure continued availability of training in (a) Canada, (b) Kenya and (c) other locations overseas for the Armed Forces.

      Navy: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to address the shortage of engineers in the Royal Navy.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value is of his Department's contracts with Carillion plc.

      Tornado Aircraft: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place copies of the servicing record sheets and logs for the four Mk10A seat assemblies involved in the Moray Firth Tornado collision...

      Veterans: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate measures for redress are in place for ex-servicemen and women who claim to have been the victims of...

      World War II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will take steps to commemorate (a) Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, (b) the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by allied forces and (c) the...

      World War II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to commemorate the role of British soldiers in liberating Bergen-Belson in World War Two.

      Elizabeth Barracks: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate has been made of the running costs to the public purse of the Elizabeth Barracks in Pirbright, Woking, in each of the last five years.

      National Security Capability Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column 616, whether he plans to ask the Chief of the Defence Staff to appear...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the value of the (a) land and (b) housing stock at the sites identified for disposal under the Better Defence...

      CarillionAmey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of Carillion’s entering liquidation on the operation of CarillionAmey; and what contingencies his...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column 599, whether...

      Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to re-examine the criteria for medallic recognition for Operation Shader.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Minister for the Armed Forces’ oral contribution of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column 596, how many personnel he plans to...

      Air Force: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Armed Forces of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column 605, how many former pilots who had...

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 15 January 2018, Official Report, column 610, what steps he is taking to secure future orders of the Hawk aircraft...

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women have been in one-star postings or above in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what land his Department has declared to be surplus to its requirements in (a) West Sussex and (b) the Coast to Capital area.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department still plans to procure 589 Ajax vehicles.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on the NATO Allied Command Transformation Programme.

      Russia: Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received on increased Russian submarine operations in the North Atlantic.

      Ministry of Defence: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by his Department.

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve methodology for accounting for and attributing savings more accurately.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 17 September 2012 to Question 118731, how many service personnel who were made redundant between 2010 and 2016 were...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance were processed and paid within five days of a claim...

    • Access to Work Programme: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to better promote the Access to Work scheme.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements the Government has in place to inform claimants of the assessment criteria against which they are measured when they apply...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have managed payments made directly to their landlord.

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of managed payments of the housing costs element of universal credit which have been made...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2019 to Question 121059, on universal credit, what data and research the Government would require before...

      Personal Independence Payment: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of PIP cases taken to tribunal following a failed mandatory reconsideration are successful in changing the original decision.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people with multiple sclerosis have been placed in the employment support allowance Support Group on the basis...

      Universal Credit: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of claimants of universal credit in private and housing association accommodation who have received a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claimants of universal credit (a) requested a new claim advance and (b) received a new claim advance in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants for universal credit were paid an advance of the value of (a) less than £50, (b) £50.01-£100, (c)...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that retailers maintain publicly accessible and transparent records of how the proceeds of...

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of municipal waste collected as recyclable waste was (i) recycled, (ii) sent for...

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the UK retains the regulatory standards set out in REACH after the UK leaves the EU.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many ministerial directions were issued to his Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in recycling rates in England.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with food producers on reducing the amount of packaging used for food and drink products.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will set targets for recycling rates for the periods (a) by 2020 and (b) by 2030.

      Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 December 2017 to Question 120348, when Natural England will finalise the allocation of funding...

      Fisheries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans next to renew the Net Limitation Order.

      Litter: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of responses to his Department's call for evidence on measures to reduce littering of plastic...

      Veterinary Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the British Veterinary Association's evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee's Report published in...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage other countries to develop policies to tackle plastic waste.

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will take steps to make changes to the way data on antibiotic use in farming is collected so that data is...

      Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of antibiotic use in farming on the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with local authorities on increases in the urban fox population; and if he will make a statement.

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on New...

      Curlew: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Bradford District Metropolitan Council on the future of the resident curlew population on...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to appoint the national tree champion.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish its equality objectives for 2017 to 2020.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which women's or faith-based organisations which are not staff networks his Department has consulted as part of the process...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people are employed in his Department's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team; and what information his Department...

      Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the 25 year environmental plan, what joint work is underway between his Department and the devolved...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made the potential health benefits of the EU School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme; and for what reasons...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40644, what progress has been made on implementing the commitment...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's guidance on insurance companies to making clear whether...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether officials of his Department have contributed to drawing up draft legislative proposals in respect of the Hunting Act...

  • Home Office

    • Police: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals to encourage the police to recruit ex-servicemen and women to provide armed protection at fixed sites.

    • Members: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons hon. Members and their staff are not subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

      Firearms: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted for offences under section 46 of the Crime and Security Act 2010 in each year since...

      Police Custody: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what protocols are in place to ensure that all women and girls have access to sanitary products while in police custody.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of police widows and widowers retaining their right to a pension for life in the...

      Organised Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to issue further guidance on tackling county lines exploitation; and when that guidance will be shared (a) across Government,...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were released on uncharged bail in the (a) year prior to and (b) period since the implementation of the Policing and Crime...

      Gender Recognition: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of recent trends in transphobic hate crime and abuse.

      Home Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the financial viability of all the companies with which her Department is contracted.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will pause the current asylum accommodation tendering process while an assessment is made of how best to ensure the viability of...

      Randox Testing Services

      To ask the Home Secretary, what representations her Department received on Randox Testing Services not being compliant with the Forensic Regulator Guideline C-133 in relation to Section 5a of the...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to introduce a proactive screening process to identify people brought to immigration detention centres who are survivors...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on referrals of foreign terrorist fighters to the Prevent programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the 2017 Annual Report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation will be published.

      Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will publish statistics on arrests relating to foreign terrorist fighters in Iraq and Syria and support for Daesh.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is liable to a penalty in respect of late payment of Immigration Health Surcharge reimbursements; and if she will...

      Visas: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties her Department is liable for in respect of the loss of people's identification documents relating to visa applications.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure operational efficiency at call centres handling 999 calls to the police which will enable resources to be...

      Northumbria Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in Northumbria Police in each year since 2010.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were employed in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England in each year since 2010.

  • HM Treasury

    • Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the decision by soft drinks suppliers to repackage the size of their bottles and cans on the...

    • Small Businesses: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the relationship between the availability of bank branches and the numbers of loans issued to small and medium sized enterprises.

      European Investment Bank: Environment Protection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of European Investment Bank funding on the UK's green industry.

      Treasury: Beverage Containers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the number of single-use disposable cups that are (a) used and (b) sent for recycling by his Department each year.

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on free access to cash of LINK’s upcoming decision on the ATM interchange fee on (a) rural...

      Funerals: Regulation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce legislative proposals to strengthen the regulation of the funeral plan market and improve consumer protection.

      Global Restructuring Group: Compensation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to progress the RBS Global Restructuring Group redress scheme.

      Bank Services: Closures

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance the Government plans to make available to communities which have no local bank on account of recent back closures; and if he will make a...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 122814, whether it is possible to access 30 hours of childcare without a live childcare account.

      Carillion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury of 18 January 2018, Official Report, column 1128, what the timetable is for...

      Financial Services: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury of 19 January 2018, Official Report, column 1126, what steps he plans to take to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) Carillion representatives and (ii) Carillion subsidiary...

    • Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been paid from the public purse to Carillion in each year for which information is available.

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, If he will (a) publish the Government's contracts with Carillion and (b) place copies of those contracts in the Library.

      Government Departments: Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with other Government Departments on (a) drawing up contingency plans and (b) identifying alternative suppliers to...

      Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Government setting up project bank accounts for each public sector project to protect...

      Contracts: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken (a) generally and (b) in respect of Carillion to monitor and enforce the requirement that prime contractors pay...

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government contracts were awarded to Carillion (a) individually and (b) as part of a consortium; what the value of those contracts was; to which...

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number (b) type and (c) value of contracts that the Government holds with Carillion that will need to...

      Carillion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the position of Crown Representative for Carillion was vacant between August and November 2017.

      Billing: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department monitors and enforces the Prompt Payment Code and regulation 113(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Offences against Children: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make it her priority to meet the victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland; and if she will make...

    • Weather: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Permanent Secretaries of devolved Departments in Northern Ireland have the authority to set up financial support schemes to address...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many documents the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives has withheld in each of the last five years.

    • Museums Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Mendoza Review of November 2017; and...

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the liquidation of Carillion on the roll-out of broadband across the UK.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what contracts his Department has with Carillion.

  • Prime Minister

    • Food Banks: Maidenhead

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many times she has visited food banks in Maidenhead constituency in her official capacity.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to enforce Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 for Local Authorities.

    • Women and Equalities Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Government Response to the Seventh Report of the Women and Equalities Committee, HC799, published on 12 September 2017, on...

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate it would cost a local authority, or local authorities acting together, in England to implement civil enforcement powers under the Traffic...

    • Axle Weights: Weighing Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 9 January (HL4413), what information they have on how often the weighbridges referred to are used.

      Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the fee for the DVLA theory test is allocated to the contractor responsible for delivering those tests; and what is their estimate of the...

      Driving Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why those who fail the DVLA theory test are not provided with a read out of which questions they failed and what the correct answers to those questions were.

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to negotiate continued membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency after Brexit.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the UK meeting the Sustainable Development Goal target of halving the number of road traffic fatalities by 2020.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the final total cost of HS2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to scrap HS2; and if so, on what they intend to spend the money saved.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the criteria were for choosing the list of potential rail reopenings in paragraph 2.43 of the policy paper Connecting People: a strategic vision for rail (Cm...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) Virgin Trains, and (2) Stagecoach, will be permitted to bid for any future franchise or partnership arrangements established for train services on the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have been (1) announced, and (2) made, to Network Rail’s plans for improvements to the infrastructure of the East Coast Main...

      Aviation: Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider reinstating touchdown-only flights from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Ethiopia: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any British citizens being held as political prisoners in Ethiopia; and what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia...

    • India: Mining

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange are engaging in illegal land grabs in protected tribal lands in...

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 January (HL4382), on the basis of what information other than the structure of the oversight...

      Bahrain: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 January (HL 4423), what is the process for signing off each individual programme; and what...

      Bahrain: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 January (HL 4423), what assessment they have carried out on the effectiveness of each programme they...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest rate of absence through sickness of NHS staff; and what were the comparable figures for each of the last 20 years.

    • NHS: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of bullying reported in the latest NHS Staff Survey; and what were the comparable figures for each of the last 20 years.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the change of name of the Department of Health to the Department of Health and Social Care, whether there have been any changes in (1) the...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to incorporate access targets from the NHS Constitution into the performance ratings of NHS Trusts that are produced by the Care Quality Commission.

      Clinical Trials: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences of failing to align with the forthcoming EU Clinical Trials Regulation on (1) the UK medical research...

      Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has fully engaged with staff in accordance with the NHS constitution...

      Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust fully consulted with partners in their local Sustainability and...

      Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support research and drug development for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; and what assessment they have made of...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many actions for clinical negligence were filed against NHS England institutions in each of the last ten years; how many of those actions were (1) brought to...

      Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which medicines and foods that are readily available over the counter, or in shops, can be prescribed by GPs, and whether they intend to ban all such prescriptions.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of (1) primary care courses of treatment that contained tooth extractions, and (2) teeth extracted in primary care, in each year from...

  • Department for International Development

    • Dominica: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 December 2017 (HL4321), what level of support they will provide for reconstruction in Dominica following...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures and checks are in place to ensure that payments made by the Department for International Development cannot be used for terrorism purposes; and...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK's overseas development assistance can be spent by departments other than the Department for International Development according to the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK overseas development assistance was not spent by the Department for International Development in the following years (1) 2013–14,...

  • Department for Education

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all state funded schools adequately prepare their pupils for the responsibilities of probable future parenthood.

    • Out-of-school Education: Hackney

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 5 January (HL4335), what evidence they have for the statement that “there are far fewer...

      Out-of-school Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 5 January (HL4335), what steps they are taking to ensure that the 34 unregistered schools that ceased to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Liverpool Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 5 January (HL4312), when was the most recent ministerial visit to HM Prison Liverpool.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many medically qualified doctors are Personal Independence Payment assessors.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Work and Pensions has a target to uphold 80 per cent of benefit decisions that are subject to Mandatory Reconsideration.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Personal Independence Payment assessors have been disciplined for making misleading reports on the basis of which decisions were made that were later...

  • Home Office

    • Leigh Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 July 2017 (HL423), whether the Home Office will now refer Leigh Day to the National...

    • Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Immigration Removal Orders were executed in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2012, and (4) 2015.

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appeals against Immigration Removal Orders were successful in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2012, and (4) 2015; and what percentage of the total number of...

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and other assistance they give to those due to be removed on immigration grounds during the seven day period when those individuals are allowed...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to address reported concerns among business leaders that the current net migration target risks leaving the UK labour market short of critical skills.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts are being made to organise safe routes for asylum seekers, avoiding dangerous sea crossings.

      Immigration: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what co-operation on immigration matters exists between the UK and Greece.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to put in place better to track displaced children across Europe.

      Asylum: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what application fees, if any, give potential asylum seekers more rapid progress through the UK's asylum process.

      Children in Care: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied refugee children were transferred to local authority care under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 in each quarter of 2017; what were...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied refugee children have been brought to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation in each quarter of 2017; and what were the countries...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time from submission of application to arrival in the UK for unaccompanied refugee children whose asylum applications are lodged in (1)...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to disburse the £330 million of funding made available from dormant bank and building society accounts, which was announced on 4 January.

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

January 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031 

Did you find what you were looking for?