Written answers

Friday, 2 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether the work load of the DVLA's medical section has increased in the last five years; and how many extra staff have...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people who did not inform the DVLA of medical conditions as required in each the last five years; and what...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were prosecuted for failing to inform DVLA of medical conditions in each of the last five years.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions are in place to allow doctors to provide information to the DVLA on a person’s fitness to drive.

      Crossrail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2018 to Question 122085 on Crossrail, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) amount and (b)...

      Crossrail: Basingstoke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2018 to Question 122085 on Crossrail, what assessment his Department has made of the technical feasibility of...

      Crossrail: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2018 to Question 122085 on Crossrail, what criteria his Department uses to assess whether such proposals are good...

      Bus Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been of subsidising bus travel in (a) Cornwall and (b) North Cornwall in each year since 2015.

      Bus Services: North West Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve bus links in North West Durham constituency.

      Department for Transport: Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods has comprised fair trade products in each of the last eight years.

      Department for Transport: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to which organisations his Department has outsourced functions since 2011.

      Department for Transport: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Department for Transport: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) temporary staff and (d) any other staff were directly employed on zero-hours contracts by his...

      Department for Transport: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what percentage of employees in his Department worked (a) in departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) at any other location in...

      Charging Points: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to roll-out superfast charging infrastructure to rural areas.

      Shared Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of minimum (a) kerb heights and (b) levels of provision of crossings required for shared space schemes.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of proposals to remove appeal rights in the draft Domestic...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill on...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Implementation Unit Report on Shale Gas, what estimate the Government has made of the potential...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate the Government has made of the number of jobs which will be created by the renewables industry over the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the implementation unit report on shale gas extraction, what disposal method will be used for...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Implementation Unit Report on Shale Gas, what estimate the Government has made of the amount of...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Implementation Unit Report on Shale Gas, which disposal method is planned to be used for the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what role the concept of baseload generation plays in his Department's planning for the future electricity system,...

      Design: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what intellectual property protections and enforcement measures counterfeiting authorities may use for counterfeiting...

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Treasury underwrite of Horizon 2020 funding awarded before the UK leaves the EU will cover European...

      EURATOM: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) purchasing Euratom equipment and (b)...

      Industry

      To ask the Sectary of State what progress has been made on agreeing Local Industrial Strategies; and which local areas are in discussion with his Department to develop Local Industrial Strategies.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the proportionality and compatibility with international human rights conventions of...

    • USA: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has (a) been asked to provide, (b) offered and (c) provided any information to the Mueller inquiry into...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods comprised fair trade products in each of the last eight years.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which organisations his Department has outsourced functions since 2011.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for...

      Burma: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121105, whether the British Embassy or other UK Government offices in...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) temporary staff and (d) any other staff were employed directly by his...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what percentage of employees in his Department worked (a) in departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) at...

      Borneo: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help tackle the effect of palm-oil production on orangutan populations in Borneo.

      Malaysia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Government of Malaysia on the effect of palm oil production on...

      Papua: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian Government on its decision to restrict the international media presence in...

      Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to discuss human rights violations in West Papua at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2018.

      Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in West Papua.

      Papua: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to the UN Decolonisation Committee on the situation in West Papua; and if he will make...

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Boating: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union how the Government plans to ensure that UK citizens who are Royal Yachting Association accredited instructors can continue to work on...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods comprised fair trade products in each of the last eight years.

    • Wales Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, to which organisations his Department has outsourced functions since 2011.

      Wales Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Wales Office: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) temporary staff, and (d) any other staff were directly employed on zero-hours contracts by his...

      Wales Office: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department worked in (a) departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) in any other location in each of...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of whether there is a link between participation in sport and mental health wellbeing among school pupils; and...

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adult education learners received (a) hardship funding, (b) 20 hours childcare funding and (c) residential access funding by region in each...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adults participated in an (a) English and (b) maths course delivered at their workplace, that was fully-funded by the Adult Education Budget,...

      Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many providers allocated funding from the Adult Education Budget received an inadequate outcome following their latest financial health assessment...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department plans to spend on childcare for disadvantaged children in 2018 in (a) Cornwall and (b) North Cornwall.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much has been allocated from the public purse for 16 and 17-year olds studying in further education per capita in (a) England, (b) Cornwall and...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in England have access to a defibrillator.

      Department for Education: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods has comprised fair trade products in each of the last eight years.

      Department for Education: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what organisations his Department has outsourced functions to since 2011.

      Department for Education: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Pre-school Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money has been paid as part of the disability access fund to each local authority in each month since April 2017.

      Department for Education: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) temporary staff and (d) any other staff were directly employed on zero-hours contracts by his...

      Department for Education: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what percentage of employees in his Department worked (a) in departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) at any other location in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexual Offences: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times s72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 has been invoked in each year since it gained Royal assent.

    • Gov Facility Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2018 to Question 125513, on Gov Facility Services, what the estimated cost is of running Gov Facility Services...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) community rehabilitation companies and (b) the Probation Service use algorithms in decisions on the allocation of resources to prevent...

      Ministry of Justice: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) his Department and (b) all companies delivering services outsourced by his Department are Living Wage...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people received speeding fines in North Cornwall in each year since 2015.

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions rooms owned by his Department have been used by external organisations; and in each case (a) by what organisation, (b) on what...

      Ministry of Justice: Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods comprised fair trade products in each of the last eight years.

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to which organisations his Department has outsourced functions since 2011.

      Ministry of Justice: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Ministry of Justice: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) temporary staff and (d) any other staff were employed directly by his Department on zero-hours...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Construction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure continued mutual recognition of Eurocodes design and civil engineering...

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to review the effectiveness of the objectively assessed need formula for housing.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Parachute Regiment: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of parachute regiment personnel that are up to date with parachute training; and whether he plans to...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will include objectives and targets for the (a) reduction of nitrogen deposition and (b) restoration of...

    • Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total amount was of municipal solid waste generated in each of the last ten years.

      Bottles: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of setting a precise date for the complete phasing out of...

  • Home Office

    • Bank Services: Fraud

      To ask Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he intends to bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the success of telephone banking scams.

    • Shipping: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to ratify International Labour Organisation Convention 185 on Seafarers' Identity Documents.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for the December 2017 increase to the minimum points threshold for Tier 2 certificates of sponsorship; what the annual...

      Asylum: Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum accommodation centres UKVI (a) inspected and (b) found to be falling short of the required standards of safe, habitable and...

      Immigration: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Christians from Syria and Iraq have been resettled in the UK to date.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of whether there is a need to review current immigration policy on extended family reunification applications...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of family reunification on (a) the wellbeing and (b) integration of child refugees...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that medical practices comply with published guidance on the medical requirements for obtaining a...

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confiscation orders have been issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 since 2016; what the value of assets subject to restraint...

      Doctors: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of including intensive care medical practitioners in the Immigration Rules...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has held with the National Crime Agency on the resourcing of the economic crime unit.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of gun crime committed by Firearms and Shotgun Certificate holders in the last 10 years.

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Notes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many bank notes were (a) printed and (b) in circulation each year between 2010 and 2017.

    • Treasury: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of his Department's spend on day-to-day goods comprised fair trade products in each of the last eight years.

      Treasury: Contracts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to which organisations his Department has outsourced functions since 2011.

      Treasury: Trade Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of workers employed directly by his Department belonged to a trade union in each of the last five years for which data is available.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect on the Exchequer of introducing a minimum unit pricing for alcohol in combination with...

      Treasury: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) full-time staff, (b) part-time staff, (c) temporary staff and (d) any other staff were employed directly by his Department on zero-hours...

      Treasury: Flexible Working

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of employees in his Department worked (a) in departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) at any other location in the...

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the use of ATMs remains free of charge.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Question 120865 on reports commissioned by his Department on looked-after children, for what reasons his Department has not answered the...

    • Mothers: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of mothers in England with a child aged under five are in full-time work.

      Cabinet Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to Question 123289, tabled on 17 January 2018.

      Labour Market: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date he plans to publish the next statistical update on the labour market status of disabled people.

  • Department for International Trade

    • China: Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Scottish companies which had not previously taken part in a trade mission were invited on the last trade visit to China in 2017.

    • Department for International Trade: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, to which organisations his Department has outsourced functions since 2011.

      Department for International Trade: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many and what percentage of employees in his Department worked (a) in departmental accommodation, (b) from home and (c) at any other...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to Caste in Great Britain and equality law: a public consultation, which closed on 18 September 2017, when the Government plans to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the potential benefits of implementing a regulatory definition of electricity storage based upon the definition...

    • Electricity: Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many gigawatts of large scale long duration electricity storage, of over four hours, was on the National Grid last year; and what assessment they have made of...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the existing renewable energy subsidy for offshore wind beyond October.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of Brexit on the manufacturing sector, in the light of the manufacturing examination performed by the...

      Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the potential for 3D printing to boost skilled job creation in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Council: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a decision on the future level of funding for the British Council in the developed world.

    • EU Countries: British Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the British Council's operations in EU member states in the run-up to Brexit.

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