Written answers

Friday, 23 March 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on...

    • Department for Transport: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in his Department.

      Shipping: Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of autonomous technology in the maritime sector on the (a) training and (b) employment of UK seafarer (i)...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure all passengers using Northern's delay repay scheme have their claims processed within at most 28 days.

      Ports: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the total cost of developing the UK’s major ports infrastructure over the next 10 years to accommodate (a) hybrid and (b)...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will work with (a) Northern and (b) other rail operators to simplify delay repay schemes for passengers using multimodal transport...

      Shipping: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to shipping companies operating in the Irish Sea of compliance with Annex IV of the International Maritime...

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the application and enforcement of national...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence the Government has had with the German Government on steps against Volkswagen after its manipulation of data...

      Exhaust Emissions: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to make the manipulation of emissions data a criminal offence attracting (a)...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 71366, on Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions, whether the Government has provided any...

      Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to (a) quantify the amount and (b) assess the effect of extra air pollution produced by cars affected by emission...

      Volkswagen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars of what makes in the Government Car Service were affected by Volkswagen's manipulation of emissions data; what the cost was to the...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will list the (a) names and (b) ICAO identifiers of all current Civil Aviation Authority-licensed airfields in the UK.

      Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department are taking to ensure universal coverage of (a) audio and (b) visual assistance to (i) deaf or (ii) blind travellers.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the decision was made to expand the 26-30 railcard trial to 10,000 extra participants.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fracking: Wells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 130433 and the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128441,...

    • Fracking: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2018 to Question 130666, on Fracking: Employment what advice the Department for...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2018 to Question 128954, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased...

      Renewable Energy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing in England a Transition Training Fund...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Government of Bangladesh on the disqualification of the leader of the...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in his Department.

      United Arab Emirates: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the persecution of Christians in...

      Iran: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Iran on ensuring that visa applications from Iranian nationals to visit...

  • Cabinet Office

    • One Public Estate Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what data the One Public Estate programme holds on local authority land released since 2015 which has been collected through applications to that programme.

    • Regulatory Futures Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists was included in the Regulatory Futures Review, published by his Department in January 2017.

      Public Sector: Blockchain

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of using blockchain in the public sector.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information he holds on the use of payroll companies by strategic suppliers.

  • Attorney General

  • Department for International Development

    • Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to ensure best ethical practice by the NGOs it supports.

    • Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen its oversight of the NGOs it supports.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements her Department has to reimburse the Ministry of Defence for resources used in disaster response.

  • Department for Education

    • Wakefield City Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 116798, when he plans to publish the Education Funding Agency reports on Wakefield City Academy...

    • Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to require schools to make available online their medical conditions policies under the statutory guidance for children...

      Universities: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to facilitate the resolution of the ongoing industrial action in response to changes to pensions.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of young people who have been identified as having special educational needs or disability were...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 17 of the Early Years workforce strategy 2017, what steps he has taken to engage the childcare sector in exploring ways to...

      Pre-school Education: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the early years workforce working in group-based settings have (a) entered and (b) left the profession in each year since September 2013.

      Child Minding: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of childminders hold (a) level 2, (b) level 3 and (c) level 4, 5, 6 childcare qualifications.

      Enterprise Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of people working for the Enterprise Adviser Network who have previously worked in childcare settings.

      Pre-school Education: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many events have taken place in schools or colleges in (a) England and (b) each region with the Education and Employers Charity to promote...

      Pre-school Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has made available to the National Apprenticeship Service to raise awareness of early years apprenticeships as detailed in...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 23 of the Early Years Workforce Strategy 2017, when the training needs analysis for early years tutors in FE settings took...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 25 of the Early Years Workforce Strategy 2017, who the members of the task and finish group on gender diversity in the...

      Pre-school Education: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the next childcare and early years providers survey.

      Pre-school Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 28 of the Early Years Workforce Strategy 2017, what progress has been made on establishing the early years panel to implement...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been (a) made available and (b) to which organisations to support early years settings on (i) SEND, (ii) speech and language...

      Pre-school Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to page 31 of the Early Years Workforce Strategy 2017, how much funding and to whom the Government has allocated funding to develop an...

      Department for Education: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in his Department.

      Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department will take in 2018 to ensure that schools in England are (a) aware of and (b) comply with the statutory guidance on pupils...

      Pupils: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the amount of time required to advise pupils on food and nutrition.

      Pupils: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued to schools on the amount of time to be allocated to physical activity for pupils.

      Pupils: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the amount of time to be allocated to pupils for emotional well-being help and support.

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is provided by his Department to children who are absent from school as a result of diabetes.

      Class Sizes: Portsmouth South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to reduce class sizes in secondary schools in Portsmouth South.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Autism and education in England 2017, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, if he will introduce a national...

      Construction: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what date his Department plans to publish the application criteria for the construction skills fund announced in the Autumn Budget 2017.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information he holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in his Department.

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much debt was outstanding in each case where people were sent to prison for council tax non-payment in each year between 2010 and 2017.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Rossendales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he make an assessment of the performance of Rossendales in the collection of council tax debts on behalf of West...

    • Council Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in the availability of full council tax relief for...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government, what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the timescale for responding to correspondence from hon. Members...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information he holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in his Department.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work capability assessment exemptions exist for people diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information she holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in her Department.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 60 of his Department's paper Government Transformation Strategy, published in February 2017, what progress the...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money her Department has raised from the sale of (a) assets, (b) land and (c) buildings in each year since 2010.

      Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the changes made to the Widowed Parent's Allowance on the long-term financial...

  • Home Office

    • Community Policing: Hounslow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of community response police in Hounslow in each of the last five years.

    • Home Office: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money her Department has raised from the sale of (a) assets, (b) land and (c) buildings in each year since 2010.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of debt has been for each fire authority in each of the last eight financial years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum are awaiting a decision.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of applications for asylum that are awaiting decision.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were detained at immigration centres at the end of each financial quarter in 2017.

      Visas: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of tier one visas were granted to Russian nationals between 2010 and 2015.

      Psychiatry: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Tier 2 visa applications sponsored by the NHS for NHS child and adolescent psychiatrists were turned down in the most recent year...

      Asylum: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2018 to Question 132251 on Asylum: Health Services, what recent discussions her Department has had with...

      Offences against Children: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions her Department has had with Telford and Wrekin Council on commissioning an independent inquiry into child sexual...

      Acids: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the regulation of the sale of concentrated hydrochloric acid online.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the quality of mobile phone coverage at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow North dated 30 October 2017 on his constituent's border force inquiry.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on the implementation of the asylum and resettlement strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to amend the rules on refugee family reunion to include the extended definition of family in the Dublin III Regulation.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he will assess the potential merits of introducing a separate assessment process for rare disease medicines that do not meet the...

    • Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of making efficiencies in the cost of medicines on research investment by the...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to amend the list of long-term and orphan diseases which qualify for free prescriptions; and when he last consulted (a)...

      Primary Care Support England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Key Performance Indicators (KPI) apply to the patients registration area of work carried out by Primary Care Support England...

      Primary Care Support England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many claims for financial loss have been made against the Primary Care Support England by (a) GPs, (b) local medical committees (c)...

      Primary Care Support England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what sanctions are available to his Department in the event of Primary Care Support England failing to deliver contracted services.

      NHS: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS health care services in the Borough of Halton were provided by the private sector in each year since 2012.

      Dental Services: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the NHS of delivering emergency dental treatment in hospitals has been in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people presented at NHS Accident and Emergency departments with dental issues in the last 12 months.

      Dental Services: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage NHS dentists to remain in the public sector.

      Rare Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing the effect of changes to the National Institute of Health and Care...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue guidance to pharmaceutical companies entering into negotiations with the commercial medicines unit,...

      Sugar: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve people's awareness of free sugars and associated health risks.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to address regional variations in access to flash glucose monitoring.

      NHS: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of wholly owned subsidiary companies in the NHS on (a) joined-up care and (b) staff...

      Kidney Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that UK citizens who require dialysis in EU member states after the UK leaves the EU...

      Sugar: Sales Promotions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is assessing the potential merits of limiting the availability of high sugar products as part of supermarket price...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the European Parliament’s negotiating team for the UK leaving the European Union on the legal...

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will take steps to preserve the rights, freedoms and legal protections for UK citizens enshrined in the Maastricht treaty.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what consideration he has made of the effect of Article 70 (1)(b) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties on UK citizens...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations of the report by Professor Volker Roeben, The...

      Musicians: Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the European Union counterparts on the retention of free movement for British musicians working...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Interest Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to require banks to inform customers at the expiration of a finance deal the best interest rates available through any bank.

    • Duty Free Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is taking steps to enable the return of duty free sales to passengers travelling to the EU from the UK after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will...

  • Department for Education

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Credits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of women who are carers of children and are eligible to claim credits for state pension accrual where crediting is not...

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