Written answers

Friday, 20 April 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Diesel Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a ban on the sale of new diesel vehicles in 2030.

    • Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to undertake a Stage 3 GRIP analysis to establish the options for new rail capacity south of Heathrow.

      Heathrow Airport: Southern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on regeneration of the proposal for Southern Rail access to Heathrow.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Domestic Appliances: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that recalled electrical goods are not offered for sale; and if he will...

    • New Businesses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of business start-ups in (a) the Telford constituency, (b) Telford and Wrekin...

      Renewable Energy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to enable onshore wind and solar developers to compete for low cost power contracts...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of developing floating offshore wind power technology on the...

      Renewable Energy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a transition training fund to enable employees in the fossil...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Overseas Territories: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all homosexual citizens in British Overseas Territories have access to the...

    • Cayman Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Cayman Islands' ban on (a) civil unions, (b) civil partnerships and...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preparations his Department is making to impose sanctions on Russian individuals and organisations implicated in war...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, pursuant to Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133654, on Syria: Armed Conflict, which armed Syrian opposition groups the...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133664 on Syria: Overseas Aid, what support the UK has provided (a)...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133666 on Syria: armed conflict, what the breakdown of the £32...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government was in communication with (a) Liwa al-Ummah and (b) the Tripoli Brigade during the war in Libya in 2011.

      Bahraini Ministry of Interior Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, against which criteria the Government is measuring the effectiveness of the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior Ombudsman.

      India: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on recent protests against the ruling of that country’s Supreme...

      India: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling of 20 March 2018 on the...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £0.4 million...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of job roles advertised within her Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

      Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her Department's implementation plan is for banning the box on job applications.

      Northern Ireland Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for (i) her Department and (ii) agencies of her Department are...

      Northern Ireland Office: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, since 2016, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official...

      Electronic Voting: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether her Department has assessed the viability of online voting in Northern Ireland elections.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time people with Parkinson’s disease to (a) be assessed for deep brain stimulation and (b) receive deep...

    • In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in 2013 in which at least 20 eggs were collected.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of IVF cycles in which more than 30 eggs were collected in the last five years.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority places limitations on the number of times an egg donor can be stimulated with...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the decision to disband its specialist team focused on combating female genital mutilation.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on how strategic planning to combat female genital mutilation will take place after the...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent Public Health England report on deaths associated with neurological conditions in England 2001-14, what...

      Prisoners: Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2018 to Questions 134201, 134202 and 134203, on Prisoners: Hepatitis, if he will publish the Health...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2018 to Question 133651 on Mental Health Services: North West, how many specialist in-patient mental...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to African migrants in migrant camps in Yemen.

    • Commonwealth: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, What plans she has to discuss the Rohingya crisis with her counterparts at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April.

      Haiti: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has allocated to Haiti in response to the (a) 2010 earthquake and (b) 2010-11 outbreak of cholera in that...

      Haiti: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, to which organisations her Department allocated funding to deliver aid to Haiti as a result of the (a) 2010 earthquake and (b) 2010-11...

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has made representations to the Bangladeshi Government on its proposed transfer of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island.

      St Helena: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Medevac evacuations have taken place from St Helena in each of the last five years.

      Department for International Development: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of job roles advertised within her Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

      Department for International Development: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for (i) her Department and (ii) agencies of her...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to (a) promote and (b) help meet the targets set for tackling global disability contained within...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether measures to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on global disability are planned for discussion during the 2018...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will expand the review into the educational outcomes of children in need of help or support to include the (a) employment, (b)...

    • Special Educational Needs: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of Friday 26 January 2018 to Question 123604, on Special Educational Needs, if he will publish the ministerial letters sent to...

      Schools: Southampton Itchen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Question 133298, on Schools: Southampton, what the pupil-teacher ratio, including teaching...

      Apprentices: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there were in Barnsley in each of the last five years; and what the level was of each of those apprenticeships.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) total value and (b) average spend per school has been of training support derived from the apprenticeship levy to (i) multi-academy...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure soldiers back from deployment are given support to re-integrate into civilian life.

    • Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will take steps ensure the full implementation of the Military Covenant in Northern Ireland.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of early service leavers were in employment six months after discharge from the armed forces in the most recent period for which...

      Ministry of Defence: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprentices his Department directly employs.

      Ministry of Defence: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of job roles advertised within his Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she next plans to meet with her counterparts in the Scottish Government to discuss that Government's progress on the timetable for the...

    • Social Security Benefits: Diverticulitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support people with diverticulitis through the welfare system.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons personal independence payment claimants who undergo reviews 12 months in advance of their award ending have their payments...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people in receipt of the upper rate of employment support allowance who have died of motor neurone...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants who moved from employment and support allowance to universal credit were found to be fit for work in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report,...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133509, on Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations, how many assessment reports the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to (a) designate hedgehogs as a protected species and (b) ensure that planning guidance takes...

    • Hedgehogs: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 134095 on Department for Transport: Hedgehogs, what steps he is taking...

      Plastic Bags: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the charity sector on reducing the use of single-use plastic bags in...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the wind speed required to disperse (a) PM 0.1, (b) PM 1, (c) PM2.5 and (d) PM10...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to Autumn Budget 2017, if he will list the 25 new schemes that will receive a share of the £36 million...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of job roles advertised within his Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the...

      European Chemicals Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the UK will remain a member of the European Chemicals Agency during the implementation period for the UK leaving the EU.

      Food: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has a policy on supporting food manufacturers to sell their produce abroad.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of job roles advertised within his Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

    • Wales Office: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his Department are paid less...

      Wales Office: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Carillion: Insolvency

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of hours worked by officials of his Department on assessing and dealing with the effects of Carillion entering...

    • Interserve

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the position of Crown Representative to Interserve was vacant during any periods in the last two years.

      Cabinet Office: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £49.4 million in EU...

      Government Departments: Travellers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 134113, what progress (a) his Department and (b) the Race Disparity Inter-ministerial Group has made...

      Ministers: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what procedures are in place for Ministers to respond appropriately to correspondence from children and young people.

      Water: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many water related fatalities there were in (a) the North East and (b) England in each year since 2010.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) set-up and (b) running costs were for the Government's (i) twitter account @youdecide2014, (ii) website www.youdecide2014.uk, (iii)...

  • Treasury

    • Debts: Sovereignty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the sovereignty and independence of states of high levels of debt.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the...

    • Mobile Phones: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's timescale is for eliminating mobile phone not-spots on motorways.

      Press Recognition Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he next plans to meet the Press Recognition Panel.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to convene a (a) conference call or (b) meeting on the implementation of the General Data Protection...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils would have been entitled to free school meals in 2022 under the previous system of benefits-based eligibility; and how many pupils will be...

    • Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children previously ineligible for free school meals will now become eligible as a result of the adoption of the new earnings threshold of £7,400...

      Free School Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pupils transferring from primary school to secondary school who are currently entitled to free school meals will carry with them a continuing entitlement...

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