Written answers

Friday, 26 January 2018

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding is available for research and development on energy extraction from recycling plastic.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Egyptian Government on the arrest of 25 Ahmadi Muslims in Egypt on...

    • Germany: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with their German counterparts on...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bangladesh and Myanmar counterparts as a result of the deal by those Governments to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Ross Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the Ross Fund her Department has spent on tackling (a) tuberculosis, (b) malaria and (c) HIV/AIDS since that fund was...

    • Developing Countries: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will make an assessment of whether its aid delivered through UN agencies is reaching religious minorities.

      Developing Countries: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many PFI projects her Department is funding through its international development aid budget; and what those projects are.

      Department for International Development: Former Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many former Conservative Members of Parliament who were defeated at the 2017 general election and who now work in her Department...

      Department for International Development: Beverage Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many disposable coffee cups were purchased by her Department in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of schools of their duty to protect and enable pupils with medical conditions.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with (a) the Department for Health, (b) school leaders, (c) teaching unions and (d) other professional bodies on the...

      Universities: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many instances of (a) antisemitism, (b) homophobia and (c) islamophobia on university campuses have been reported to his Department in each of the...

      Pre-school Education: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether local authorities can use the Special Provision Capital Fund to purchase radio aids for use by pre-school age deaf children.

      Free School Meals: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Hartlepool were eligible for free school meals before the introduction of universal credit.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average weekly cost was of a childcare place in (a) the Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London in each...

      Trimega

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of the 18 December 2017 to Question 118871, whether any local authorities have informed his Department that they commissioned...

      STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage young people to pursue STEM subjects at school, college and university.

      STEM Subjects: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate the Government has made of the number of students studying STEM courses at undergraduate level.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Employment Tribunals Service: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2017 to Question 115593, on Employment Tribunals Service: Eastern Region, how many lay members there were in (a)...

    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64306, on Legal costs, whether the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will publish the plan which PwC has been contracted by his Department to deliver in respect of the digital courts reform programme.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) availability and (b) use of psychoactive substances in prisons in each of the last three years.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received on the comments of Mary Hassell, a North London Coroner, who has maintained a policy that no body will...

      Legal Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which authority oversees the work of the Legal Ombudsman.

      Liverpool Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the Prison Officers Association and other staff representatives on the future of HMP Liverpool.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes in the private rented sector have not met the decent homes standard in (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) London...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has initiated an invitation to tender for an Efficiency Assurance Review for additional external and independent...

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the value of efficiencies created by the operation of the Single Source Contract Regulations 2014 to date.

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units have received Virtus body armour since February 2017.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a decision will be reached on whether it is necessary to refuel the (a) HMS Victorious, (b) HMS Vigilant and (c) HMS Vengeance.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to mitigate the effect of welfare sanctions on people's mental health and wellbeing.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of using meaningful activity instead of work as an outcome measure for people receiving...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on establishing a Central Equine Database since the closing of his Department's consultation,...

    • Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of waste was rejected by materials recycling facilities in each of the last three years; and...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 115115, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) proposes to take to...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to reduce the level of food waste in the commercial sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on how much has been raised by retailers since the introduction of the 5p charge for...

      Water Treatment: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the contribution of waste water treatment plants to tackling the problem of micro...

      Ivory: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a timetable has been set for the introduction of an ivory ban in the UK; and when he plans to publish the outcome of...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of food waste which went into landfill (a) nationally and (b) in...

      Fly-tipping

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce rates of fly-tipping.

      Hill Farming

      What plans he has to support the livelihood of English and Welsh upland farmers in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

  • Wales Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2017 to Question 118344, what estimate he has made of the number of families that receive a lower level of financial...

  • Department of Health

    • Image Guided Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the NHS’ capacity to deliver 24-hour interventional radiology (image-guided surgery) services in each region.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking any steps to maintain regulatory alignment to the single market.

    • Customs Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the speech by the Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry on 22 January proposing that a comprehensive customs...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to recover the cost of NHS treatment from failed asylum seekers.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of food consumed in the UK was imported in (1) 1990, (2) 1995, (3) 2000, (4) 2005, (5) 2010, (6) 2015, and (7) 2017.

    • Aarhus Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to assist the UN Economic Commission for Europe Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee with that...

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