Written answers

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Crofton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether HS2 Ltd has made an assessment of the area that would potentially be affected by debris in the event of a high-speed incident at the point...

    • South Eastern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what targets his Department sets to measure the performance of the Southeastern rail franchise.

      Railway Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on securing funding for a third New Stations Fund.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on introducing a part-time season ticket for rail.

      A1237: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of dualling and upgrading the A1237 in York.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to make a decision on the roll-out of the 26-30 railcard.

      Southern: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidences there were of station skipping on Southern Rail services in the last 18 months.

      Crossrail: Northfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current safeguarding status in relation to Crossrail is of the land at Station house on the south side of Railway street, Northfleet, Kent,...

      Crossrail: Northfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the safeguarding route for Crossrail in the area around Northfleet, Kent.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Life Sciences: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Northern Health Science Alliance on delivering a northern life sciences sector deal.

    • Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department proposes to develop a regional approach to implementing the recommendations of the Life Sciences...

      Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure the regions of the UK receive a proportional allocation of investments as part...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he discussed the cases of UK citizens facing execution in Saudi Arabia during his recent meetings with the Crown Prince...

    • Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps is his Department taking to improve the effectiveness of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

      Uzbekistan: Religious Freedom

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

      Malaysia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political situation in Malaysia in the run-up to general elections this year.

      Malaysia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of proposed electoral boundary changes in Malaysia on the veracity...

      Malaysia: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in the Malaysian Government on the potential effect of proposed...

      Developing Countries: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department work on (a) the preventing sexual violence initiative and (b) the preventing sexual violence...

      Burundi: Human Rights and Rule of Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with his counterpart in Burundi on (a) human rights and (b) the rule of law in Burundi; and if he...

      Peru: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political situation in Peru following the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

      Peru: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in the Peruvian Government on the decision to pardon former President...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many aircraft in the Syrian air force are capable of delivering chemical weapons.

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he as made of the capability of the Syrian armed forces to deliver chemical weapons other than by aircraft.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that members of the Assad regime who have been involved military action against...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on the application of (a) sanctions and (b) other punitive measures in response to cases...

      Darfur: Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his UN Security Council counterparts and (b) the Chief Prosecutor of the...

      Darfur: International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding available to the ICC to carry out its work in Darfur pursuant...

      South Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote the imposition of a UN arms embargo on South Sudan.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department provides guidance to NHS trusts on establishing one-stop shops for people with multiple medical conditions; and if...

    • Sepsis: Babies and Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information is provided to new mothers on spotting the signs and symptoms of sepsis in young children and infants.

      Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children had scalded skin syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Meningitis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children (a) contracted and (b) died of meningitis B in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Rickets: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of rickets among children and young people there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the public health responsibility deal on obesity rates among (a) adults and (b) children.

      Children: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on measures to protect children from junk food marketing.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) proportion of junior doctors who work on average more than (i) 48, (ii)...

      Spondyloarthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the monitoring of individual Quality Statement measures in the NICE Quality Standard on...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of the Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis Annual Report; and whether that report will...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of places in the PrEP Impact Trial are currently filled.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129467, if he will take steps to encourage podiatrists to seek leadership positions in...

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129467, if he will mandate that the 2018 National Diabetes Footcare Audit commissioner...

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129469, what assessment he has made of the level of variation in practice since the...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that children can access mental health care.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for children's mental health services.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to take steps to improve out-of-school mental health support for children and young people.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to establish waiting time targets for (a) elective surgery and (b) A&E waiting times.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the (a) availability of sexual health clinics and (b) waiting times for appointments...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of electronic vaping devices on smoker mortality levels.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the potential merits of putting in place a single management team to run the Halton Clinical...

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on recruiting additional GPs in rural locations.

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of treating sickle cell anaemia.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for the treatment of chronic heart disease.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent from the public purse on the prescription of drugs to manage Parkinson's disease in each of the last five years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what savings have been accrued to the public purse as a result of managed access agreements for new medicines since 2016.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) meningitis cases and (b) fatalities as a result of meningitis in each of the...

      Defibrillators: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of publicly accessible defibrillators in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South...

      NHS: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other medical professionals, (d) directors of NHS trusts and (e) other NHS staff have been...

      Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of incidents of patient-on-patient abuse in care homes in Yorkshire and the Humber in...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out the members of NHS England's Clinical Expert Group for lung cancer.

      Sapropterin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects NHS England and NICE to make a decision on licensing Kuvan for the treatment of phenylketonuria

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out recent advice and guidance provided by NHS England's Clinical Expert Group on the early detection and diagnosis of...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the equity of the procurement process for funding new apprenticeship training schemes in colleges and schools.

    • Family Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to work with (a) voluntary and (b) private sector partners to deliver Family Hubs.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 17 of the National Security Capabilities Review, what estimate he has made of the minimum size of the armed forces required to...

    • Burma: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason British military personnel participated in the Cobra Gold joint military exercise to which members of the Myanmar military also attended.

      Burma: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he made representations to seek to prevent the (a) attendance and (b) participation of members of the Myanmar military at the Cobra Gold joint...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many presenting officers have been recruited to represent his Department at tribunal appeals against the refusal of disability benefit in...

  • Home Office

    • Armed Conflict: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is Government policy that UK citizens who are suspected of committing criminal offences while fighting abroad will be dealt with...

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Democracy Week: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the timing of National Democracy Week to avoid it coinciding with the school holidays...

    • National Security Capability Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister of State for Defence of 20 March 2018, Official Report [HL], column 20GC, whether the Government...

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff employed by HMRC are working on the development of the Customs Declaration Service due for roll-out in August 2018.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer , what information the Government holds on the proportion of outward trade flows from UK ports which represents goods which originated from outside the UK in...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2018 to Question 133309, how much income tax was paid by people who fall under the jurisdiction of HMRC’s high net...

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Education of 13 March 2018, Official Report, Column 802, on what date in October 2018 the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to simplify the process of applying for tax credits for (a) self employed people and (b) those with portfolio careers.

      Economic Growth

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to meet with representatives of the Scottish Government to discuss economic growth in (a) Scotland and (b) UK.

      Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the taxation policies of the (a) Government and (b) Scottish Government on economic growth.

      Low Incomes: Families

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to remove financial disincentives for people on low incomes to form lasting couple relationships.

      Married People: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase uptake of the marriage allowance.

      Tax Evasion: Convictions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases referred to prosecuting authorities by HMRC on serious and complex tax crime by wealthy individuals have concluded with a criminal conviction...

      Tax Evasion: Criminal Investigation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many criminal investigations HMRC opened into serious and complex tax crimes in each year since 2010.

      Carillion: Insolvency

      What effect the liquidation of Carillion has had on his Department’s policy on public sector contracts and the private finance initiative.

      Infrastructure

      What assessment his Department has made of the effect of its planned investment in infrastructure on the environment.

      Business: Government Assistance

      What steps he is taking to support businesses and strengthen the market economy.

      Productivity

      What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on increasing productivity through the development and deployment of new technologies.

      NHS: Finance

      What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on funding for the NHS.

      Average Earnings

      What assessment his Department has made of the effect on working people of the increase in real wages projected by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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