Written answers

Friday, 9 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former Ministers and...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) all-electric and (b) hybrid vehicles are operated by his Department and its agencies.

      Hospitals: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the accessibility by public transport of hospitals outside London.

      Hospitals: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the accessibility by public transport of hospitals in rural areas.

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Business Interests

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former Ministers and...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the level of Air Passenger Duty on the UK’s global aviation connectivity (a) nationally and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to inform consumers of (a) the limitations on the interoperability of first...

    • Skilled Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure skilled EU professionals have their professional qualifications recognised after the...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to decrease the level of energy dependence on gas.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the accuracy of claims that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has (a) been offered...

    • Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Nigerian Government on respect for religious freedom.

      Tanzania: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Tanzania on the destruction of places of worship by local authorities...

      Jamaica: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the strength of the UK's relationship with Jamaica when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Attorney General

    • Hare Coursing: Fines

      To ask the Attorney General, what the average fine was for convictions for offences relating to hare coursing in each police area in England in each year from 2014 to the last year for which data...

    • Attorney General: Apprentices

      To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what contingency plans his Department has made to manage the teachers' pensions scheme in the event of Capita being unable to fulfil its contractual...

    • Department for Education: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former Ministers and...

      Pupils: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to close the attainment gap between boys who are eligible for free school meals and other pupils in Birkenhead.

      Video Games: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students who have graduated with a degree in video game art and animation in each of the last...

      Childline: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department provides to the NSPCC's Childline.

      Childline: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations his Department has received on funding for the NSPCC's Childline.

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend s1.3 of the Children...

      Children: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provides for a child whose parent enters a women's refuge in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England.

      Free Schools: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of the capital funding provided for the Southwark Free School.

      Apprentices: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of people undertaking paid apprenticeships in North Cornwall.

      STEM Subjects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 42 of the Careers Strategy, whether his Department plans to widen the intention to improve the accessibility and...

      Foster Care in England Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence was produced by the Narey Review of Foster Care to support the recommendation to abolish the Independent Reviewing Office.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many places were available in secure children's homes in each of the last 10 years; and what the annual average occupancy rates have been in that...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adoption placements were completed in each of the last 10 years.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adoptions have been disrupted in each of the last 10 years.

      Foster Care in England Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish its formal response to the Narey review of fostering.

      Department for Education: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 6 February 2018 to Question 126173 on Department for Education: Telephone Services, how many of those helplines will continue to...

      Youth Social Action Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Independent review of Full-Time Social Action, published in January 2018, what plans he has to discuss the recommendations made...

      Universities: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of staff employed by UK Universities are citizens of (a) another EU member state (b) a non-EU state.

      Universities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of academic staff employed by UK universities spend more than 180 days working in academic institutions in other EU...

      Nurseries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will respond to the Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association comments to Nursery World that the workforce survey indicates a...

      Pre-school Education: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to revise the Government’s Early Years Workforce Strategy following the findings of the National Day Nurseries Association...

      Department for Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of his Department’s cloud-hosting contracts have been awarded to (a) hyperscale cloud providers and (b) UK SMEs;...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison and Probation Service: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there is a standard service level agreement for contracted-out occupational health services provided on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and...

    • Prison and Probation Service: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what date will standard service level agreements for occupational health services for personnel of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service come into...

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that rape crisis centres are adequately funded.

      Ministry of Justice: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former Ministers and...

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many members of his Department's staff have been paid an incorrect wage in each month since January 2010.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127599, on Courts: Buildings, how much was spent on the modernisation of each of those courts in...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 129249, on victim support schemes, what estimate his Department made of the cost of providing the...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders are subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements.

      Ministry of Justice: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2018 to Question 126793, on Ministry of Justice: consultants, what estimate his Department made of the cost of...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2018 to Question 127038, on courts: video conferencing, what estimate his Department made of the cost of providing...

      Ministry of Justice: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of key performance indicators in contracts signed by his Department since 2010 have been met in each year since 2010.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support his Department provides to women who engage with the criminal justice system as a result of domestic abuse in (a) Greater Manchester and...

      Ministry of Justice: Amey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of key performance indicators were met by Amey in contracts that company held with his Department in each year since the first contract...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have won an appeal against the withdrawal of their disability living allowance at a tribunal in each year since 2010.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours of unpaid work have been handed down by the courts as part of community orders in each year since 2010.

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national offenders were convicted of (a) murder, (b) manslaughter, (c) sexual offences, (d) rape and (e) serious assaults in each of...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many welfare cases were granted legal aid in each year since 2011-12; and how many of those cases involved a challenge to a decision to remove an...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for civil legal aid were granted for (a) settling applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of welfare cases involving disability benefits which were granted legal aid in each year since 2011-12.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to oral contribution of the Minister for Housing on 6 February 2018, Official Report, column 1461, whether a...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to publish the results of desktop studies that have been used to test for combustible materials for...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the British Standard 8414 large-scale fire tests.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on (a) the safety of Euroclass B-F cladding and insulation and (b) concerns...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to use desktop assessments to determine the use of combustible materials on the facades...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that recipients of employment support allowance with the severe disability premium do not have payments...

    • Universal Credit: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of job centres make available accessibility software to assist blind and partially sighted people to claim universal credit;...

      Universal Credit: Zero Hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that low-paid workers on zero-hours contracts are aware of their entitlement to universal credit.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made as to the savings that will be accrued to the public purse as a result of the replacement of support for mortgage...

  • Home Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward the date by which the assessment of the evidence from minimum unit alcohol pricing implementation in Scotland will...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has bring forward legislative proposals under the Digital Charter, published on 25 January 2018, to exempt repeat viewing of...

      Domestic Violence: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce a register of individuals convicted of domestic abuse against two or more people.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage victims of domestic abuse to report that abuse to the police.

      Police Custody: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people with Parkinson's disease who were held in custody by police forces in 2017.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to enable additional unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in France who have family members in this country to be...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to improve the investigation by police forces of complaints of coercive control.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which members of his Department's board are responsible for ensuring the proper application of the business appointment rules for former Ministers and...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government has invested in the roll-out of superfast broadband in the South West.

    • Broadband: South Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government has invested in the roll-out of superfast broadband in South Gloucestershire.

      Broadband: Thornbury and Yate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government has invested in the roll-out of superfast broadband in the Thornbury and Yate constituency.

      Broadband: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many homes have been connected to superfast broadband in the South West.

      Broadband: South Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many homes have been connected to superfast broadband in South Gloucestershire.

      Broadband: Thornbury and Yate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many homes have been connected to superfast broadband in the Thornbury and Yate constituency.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to increase access to full fibre-to-the-property broadband in rural areas.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that internet service providers supply customers with the internet speeds that...

      National Lottery: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery funding (a) North Cornwall and (b) Cornwall has received in each year since 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what overseas visits officials in the Government Equalities Office have undertaken in 2017; how many officials took part in each such visit; and what...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Pregnancy: Conditions of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase understanding of, and compliance with, employment laws relating to pregnant women and new mothers.

    • Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 February 2018 (HL5467), whether the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will make a statement to its levy payers...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 February 2018 (HL5469) and to the statement by the Minister for Trade on 29 March 2007 (Col 137WS), whether the...

      Foreign Companies: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the proposal by the Mayor of London to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that a new public register of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Disclosure of Information: International Cooperation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries the UK has no data sharing agreements.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Freezing of Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to freeze the UK assets of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his close associates, until such time as the Saint Sylvestre...

      Islamic State: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation to establish an international tribunal to prosecute Daesh fighters for genocide and other...

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Netherlands concerning (1) that government’s recognition of Daesh atrocities as genocide, and (2)...

      Islamic State: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with their international partners, including the government of the Netherlands, about the application of the UN Convention on the...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 14 March 2016 (HL6611), what “international judicial system” bodies they accept as...

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 February (HL5414), in which countries the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative projects...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to facilitate the involvement of civil society organisations in reporting on the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Department for Education

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the collapse of Carillion may have on the numbers of engineering apprenticeships.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the net reduction in eligibility for free school meals in England following the implementation and roll out of universal credit.

      Universities: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Students has the power to compel or direct universities to increase contributions to employee pension schemes to reduce funding deficits.

      Universities: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they propose to take to improve the funding of the Universities Staff Superannuation Fund; and whether they intend to consider taking steps to...

      Degrees: Ceremonies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to cap the amount that universities charge for students attending degree ceremonies.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health of the bee population in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) environmental impact assessments, (2) child rights impact assessments, (3) regulatory impact assessments, and (4) equality impact assessments, have...

    • Aviation: Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the UK is not a party to the Joint Investigation Team considering the downing of MH17 given the number of victims who were UK citizens.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered firearms owners there are in England and Wales, broken down by police force area.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of firearms legally held in people's homes as opposed to being held for their owners by gun clubs.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of metal thefts in England and Wales since 2013; and what steps they are taking to address this issue.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are claiming asylum, and have made reference to a reason being their sexual orientation or gender identity, have been held in detention in the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce the dates for digital television transmitter changes that will take place after 2018.

    • Gambling: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to establish an independent regulator for the gambling industry; and if so, what.

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