Written answers

Friday, 9 February 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Bicycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide clearer guidance and standardisation for flashing bike lights.

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the causes of decline in the number of passenger journeys made by bus since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Transport: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department provides for community transport initiatives in North Cornwall constituency.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of damage to pavements as a result of (a) illegal parking and (b) unloading by vehicles; and will he make a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether HS2 Ltd has introduced an alternative dispute resolution scheme for compensation for landowners.

      Pedestrians: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pedestrians were injured, excluding by terrorism, as a result of vehicles (a) driving and (b) parking on pavements in (i) Dacorum, (ii)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many homeowners affected by Phase 2b of High Speed Two have received compensation under the Cash Offer scheme.

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the aviation industry in reducing carbon emissions as that sector expands.

      Bus Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has had with bus operators in Yorkshire and the Humber since taking his post; and what meetings such are planned for 2018.

      Motor Vehicles: Brakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the (a) known and (b) estimated safety benefits to vulnerable road users including (a) pedestrians, (b)...

      Motor Vehicles: Brakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to promote the adoption of the latest sensing Autonomous Emergency Braking systems to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to amend the regulations on the use of fireworks.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Afghanistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has put in place to promote and protect the right to freedom of and belief in Afghanistan.

    • Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government in Turkey on a negotiated, peaceful and democratic solution for the...

      Hezbollah: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of Hezbollah's ability to manufacture weapons.

      Human Rights: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on when to apply sanctions to pressure countries to comply with international law with regards to human...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pregnancy Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to fund independent scientific research into hormone pregnancy tests.

    • Chronic Illnesses: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Life Sciences Strategy on treatments for people...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's 2014 paper Next Steps for Nursery Milk, whether his Department is responsible for the nursery milk scheme.

      Mental Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to support increased provision of emergency beds for mental health crisis patients in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many healthcare staff working at (a) hospitals and (b) medical centres in Cornwall have reported being physically assaulted in (i)...

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number people who have undertaken gay conversion therapy.

      Piperacillin-tazobactam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the NHS of prescribing the drug Tazocin has been in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Piperacillin-tazobactam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what rules the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency issues on the prescribing of the drug Tazocin; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of a specialist support service for new mothers who experience post-natal...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of care home residents paying top up fees for their care.

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in each of the...

      Pregnancy Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to fund independent scientific research into hormone pregnancy tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support students with mental health problems at university.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote its consultation on social care to older people.

      Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of eating disorder services for children and young people in Cornwall.

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many specialist mental health places were available in, for people sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983, in each region in each...

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of specialist mental health places available for those people sectioned under the Mental...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will require schools in England to make telephone calls to second and third named contacts to follow up on the unauthorised absence...

    • Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on local authorities having control of new build schools on new sites; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 123617, when (a) he or (b) officials of his Department last met with the teaching unions to...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 123606, on special educational needs, what the timescale is for an announcement on the procurement...

      Graduates: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of people from (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) Bexley Borough who graduated from...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department made of the potential merits of resuming the process of selling the student loan book prior to the decision being...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to introduce any (a) new financial penalties or (b) changes to interest rates relating to the Governments decision to resume the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Amey and Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made any comparative assessments of the perfomance of Carillion and Amey under regional contracts for prison maintenance services.

    • Young Offenders: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many 18 to 24-year-olds are in prisons in England whose addresses before their imprisonment were in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) the East Midlands.

      Gov Facility Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of running the company Gov Facility Services Limited in each year from 2018 to 2022.

      Amey and Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice,what estimate he has made of the savings accrued by the Ministry of Justice as a result of the decision to outsource Facilities Management in prisons to...

      Prison Officers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent from the public purse on (a) hotels and (b) other expenses for prison officers on detached duty in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions wings of publicly-owned prisons were closed due to insufficient staff levels in December 2017.

      Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which companies Carillion subcontracted elements of its prison maintenance work to; when each of those elements were subcontracted to which prisons; and...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of staff have been paid an incorrect wage in each month since the formation of the NPS.

      Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 123663 on Courts: ICT, if he will publish (a) the counterparts to the contracts; (b) the...

      Gov Facility Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the pensions of staff transferring into Gov Facility Services Limited have been carried over from previous schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Orders: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have carried out work under the Community Payback project in York in each year since 2010.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice,when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce life sentences for people who cause death by dangerous driving; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to encourage prisoners to be more physically active as part of their rehabilitation.

      Refugees: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will reintroduce legal aid for refugee family reunion cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adjudications have taken place at HMP Berwyn since its opening.

      Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents have been referred to the police from HMP Berwyn since its opening.

      Berwyn Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times the command suite has been opened to deal with incidents at HMP Berwyn since that prison's opening.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many qualifying cases of victims eligible for the victims contact scheme was no statement provided by a witness or victim before a sentencing or...

      Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many child contact cases involving incidents of domestic abuse where there (a) has and (b) has not been a conviction have been repeatedly brought...

      Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle the use of the family courts system by perpetrators of domestic abuse as a tool for continuing their abuse.

      Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) official in his Department have held meetings with external stakeholders on the joint enterprise...

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraph 5.21 on page 49 of his Department's consultation, Fit for the future: transforming the court and tribunal estate, what the...

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has contingency plans in place for the event that a private contractor to the Department becomes unable to perform the duties...

      John Worboys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he or his Department has made recommendations in respect of license conditions to be imposed on John Worboys upon his release; and if he will...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125576 on Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance, what the average defined cost was for (a) replacing a...

      Amey and Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125576, how much did the Government pay (a) Carillion and (b) Amey for (i) repairs due to the wear...

      Amey and Carillion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February to Question 125576, on how many occasions the Government paid (a) Carillion and (b) Amey for (i) repairs due to...

      Birmingham Prison: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 123578, for what reason his Department does not intend to publish the report into the riot at HMP...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's single departmental plan, published on 14 December 2017, how much Planned Expenditure on Equipment and Support is not...

    • National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether Russian companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and supplying raw materials such as aluminium to Russia...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department as made of the financial effect on low paid women who have not been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with motor neurone disease were awarded personal independence payment at (a) the enhanced rate for daily living and mobility,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new claims for jobseeker's allowance and employment and support allowance were processed within five days in 2017.

      Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the GovCoin trial; and what plans her Department has for the future use of...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124527, whether people living in the UK who are not of pensionable age who then move to...

      Universal Credit: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to inform universal credit claimants of their eligibility for free NHS prescriptions.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of claimants of (a) jobseekers allowance and (b) universal credit have been sanctioned as...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has read the report by Gingerbread published on 12 January 2018 which states that the majority of single parents do not...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of her Department make use of the childcare vouchers scheme.

      Universal Credit: Ealing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the (a) London Borough of Ealing and (b) Ealing Central and Acton constituency were eligible for universal credit on 1...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is after an application is submitted for universal credit before the first payment is received for claimants in (a)...

      Universal Credit: Standard of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on living standards of universal credit claimants repaying advance payments.

      Universal Credit: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to publicise information to claimants eligible for universal credit who do not have internet access.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to offer additional support and guidance to hon. Members and their staff while their constituencies...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much land (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies owns in (i) England and (ii) the South West; and...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to increase the state pension; and if she will make a statement.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings she has held with external stakeholders on the rates of state pension since her appointment.

      Self-employed: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of compelling self-employed people to contribute to a private pension.

      Universal Credit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an estimate of the number of homeless people in full-service universal credit areas (a) before and (b) after the roll-out...

      Personal Independence Payment: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with inflammatory bowel disease applied for mandatory reconsideration of their claim for personal independence payments in...

      Employment: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of support made available by employers for workers with learning difficulties.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recycling: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on the proposed common EU target to recycle 65 per cent of municipal waste by 2035.

    • Non-commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take as a result of the post-implementation review of the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made on devising a flood insurance scheme, along the lines of Flood Re, for the owners of...

      Plastics: Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce plastic pollution on beaches.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, until what date is the current level of agricultural support to landowners guaranteed.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department plans to spend on projects relating to the UK leaving the EU in the next five years; and if he will list the projects to which...

  • HM Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons low earning families are not able to claim working tax credits or universal credit if they are using tax-free childcare.

    • Football: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of tax that professional football clubs have paid on player transfers in each of the last...

      Tax Avoidance: European Economic Area

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK firms are prevented from avoiding tax by merging with dormant EEA companies during and after the the...

      Treasury: Labour Turnover

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of turnover of staff has been within his Department's Defence, Diplomacy and International Spending Team over the last five financial years.

      Stocks and Shares: Sanctions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that funds raised by foreign companies through initial public offerings in London do not finance companies under US and EU...

      Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what structural reforms his Department requested of the Ministry of Defence as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122375, what information is contained within the Market Access Assessments.

  • Department for International Trade

    • United Arab Emirates: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which British cyber-security companies undertaking cyber-security projects in the United Arab Emirates are funded or subsidised by the...

    • Exports: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 26 October 2011 to Question 76106 on Exports: Libya, what progress the Government has made on providing...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Film: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to promote (a) York and (b) North Yorkshire as a vibrant community for film making.

    • Advertising: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will undertake a review of the regulations governing internet advertising, with particular reference to claims about...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of junk food...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of social media companies on restricting junk food adverts to children.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many employees of his Department make use of the childcare vouchers scheme.

      Broadband: Telford and Wrekin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to facilitate access to superfast broadband for people who live in (a) Telford constituency and...

      Social Media: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Facebook and Twitter on tackling abuse and misogyny on social media.

      Radio Frequencies: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the feasibility of the UK participating in the EU’s spectrum policy framework...

      Musicians: Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to ensure that UK musicians can tour the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      BBC: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of BBC content that includes audio description; and if he will...

      BBC: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has discussed with the BBC closing the gender pay gap at the BBC by 2020.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have evidence showing that there are more cost-effective products available than liothyronine for the treatment of thyroid disease; and if so,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess partners’ commitment to UK Partnership Principles and to promoting freedom of religion or belief when determining the funding of governments...

  • Department for Education

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent in the 2016–17 financial year on biosecurity measures relating to animal diseases and pests, broken down by (1) policy functions, (2)...

    • Bees: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent in the 2016–17 financial year on biosecurity measures relating to bee diseases and pests, broken down by (1) policy functions, (2)...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have allocated to organisations dedicated to helping unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much notice unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are given before (1) detention, and (2) deportation.

      Visas: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made on behalf of children for family reunion visas outside the rules due to exceptional circumstances, in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017; and...

      Hong Kong: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 January (HL Deb, col 1020), how many Hong Kong servicemen have been given British nationality for crown...

      Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether ministerial approval was given before Home Office officials met with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to discuss the possibility of Home Office...

      Asylum: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 January (HL5401), whether they are considering recording the number of asylum seekers...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid is available for destitute asylum seekers who are not allowed to work and are not entitled to benefits.

      Cannabis: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 31 January (HL5018), what is their estimate of the length of time after ingesting cannabis that...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the economic impact assessments on Brexit were commissioned; and for what purpose.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the transfer of soccer players between clubs in the UK and the EU.

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