Written answers

Friday, 11 May 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Bridleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of downgrading (a) C and (b) unsurfaced unclassified roads to bridleways.

    • Civil Aviation Authority: Air Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department last audited the Civil Aviation Authority's airspace change process.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2018 to Question 133829 on aviation, whether he still plans to publish the Aviation Strategy in 2018.

      Department for Transport: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many leak enquiries his Department has undertaken in the last two years.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for work to (a) commence and (b) finish on the Western Rail Access to Heathrow project.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made on the comparative effectiveness of conspicuous and inconspicuous speed cameras on reducing speeding.

      A19: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129752 on A19: Accidents, if he will publish the information for 2017.

      A19: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a review of road safety on the A19.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing drivers' addresses from driving licenses while allowing the police...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 May 2018 to Question 139503, what (a) plans and (b) strategic assessment he has made of the 4,000 vehicles which are due...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the profit margins of (a) First Great Western and (b) other rail franchises; and if he will make a statement.

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) value for money of the Great Western franchise in terms of (i)...

      Transport Focus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) value for money of Transport Focus; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Companies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to consult on draft secondary legislative proposals to require quoted companies to report annually on the...

    • Free Movement of Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that UK businesses that employ staff abroad under the Posted Workers...

      Pay: Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons statutory adoption pay is not available for people undertaking guardianship orders.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has signed with employees in each of the last five years for which figures...

    • Algeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Algerian Government on the forced closure of Christian churches in that country.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the observance by Iran of its treaty obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of progress on the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Sri Lankan counterpart and (b) the UK Permanent Representative at the UN on the...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the implementation in Sri Lanka of UNHRC Resolution 30/1.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights and Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights and (b) security situation in Sri Lanka.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Attorney General

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on devolution and...

    • Railways: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what support the UK Government has offered to the Welsh Government to gain European funding for the South Wales Metro project.

      Trade Agreements: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative analysis his Department has conducted with the Department for International Trade to identify trading...

  • Department for Education

    • Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 135177, how many of the applicants for the position of Chair of the Social Mobility Commission...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provides training for teachers to identify development co-ordination disorder in primary school children.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings he has held with representatives of local authorities on private fostering arrangements in the last 12 months.

      Pupils: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that practitioners working in alternative provision are able to access schools to identify and support language and...

      Pupils: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to improve the identification of and support for speech, language, and communications needs, as part of the Green paper on...

      Pupils: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provides training for teachers to identify visual impairments in primary school children.

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what pathways his Department has established at schools for the identification of children with dyslexia.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of children affected by changes to eligibility for free school meals under universal credit.

      Sixth Form Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he had made of the effectiveness of non-vocational funding for post-16 year olds in rural communities.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many notifications of the death of a child in a children’s home he or his predecessors have received in each of the last ten years.

      Education: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been spent in what areas and on which projects from the Northern Powerhouse Education Fund.

      Children's Centres: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children's centres were not inspected in the last five years.

      Children's Centres: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans Ofsted has to resume the inspection of Children's Centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness among teaching staff of (a) diagnosed and (b) undiagnosed ADHD in pupils.

      Pupils: Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the effect of (a) endometriosis and (b) other menstrual condition on the performance of...

      Schools: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the response of 23 April 2018 to Question 136295 on children’s centres, what assessment his department has made of the performance...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Squatting: Business Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of changes in the prevalence of squatting in commercial premises following the introduction of the criminal provisions...

    • Sentencing: Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent research his Department has commissioned into the cost implications of increasing magistrates sentencing powers to 12 months for a single...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were sentenced to a custodial sentence of 12 months or less by offence by each Crown Court in the latest year for which figures are...

      Janet Scott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make public the findings of his Department's review into the death of Janet Scott in Nottingham on 29 January.

  • Treasury

    • Funerals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to hold a consultation on the potential merits of regulatory reform of the funeral plan market.

    • Sports: Clubs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to change in line with inflation the qualifying criteria for tax relief in relation to...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy as a result of the two child restriction in tax credit.

      VAT: Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the companies named in the dossier given to HMRC by Retailers Against VAT Abuse Schemes have (a) registered for VAT, (b) been investigated and...

      Amazon: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices HMRC have issued to alleged VAT fraudsters on Amazon that have neither responded nor paid any VAT.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people submitting tax returns missed the 31st January 2018 deadline; and how much money was accrued to the public purse through fines as a result...

      Paye

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127398 on PAYE, whether the contract agreed by HMRC routinely provides management information to HMRC...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that the level of tax returns submitted (a) on and (b) before the 31 January deadline is greater than 93...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to consult on increasing the rate of landfill tax beyond 2020.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green dated 25 January, 8 March and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has signed with employees in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Warships: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department made (a) the volume and (b) the cost of the fuel used by the Royal Navy in its maritime operations in each of the last five...

      Falkland Islands: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate access to and from the Falkland Islands for civilians and military personnel during the repair of the runway...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK personnel have been deployed on UN peacekeeping missions in each year since 2000.

      Ministry of Defence: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of occasions on which companies holding contracts with his Department have been subject to cyber...

      Ascension Island: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made with repairs to the runway on Ascension Island.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy as a result of the two child restriction in...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) staff of his Department were allocated to the processing and administration of universal credit claims and (b) universal credit...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) smallest, (b) average, and (c) largest caseloads for (i) work coaches and (ii) other members of staff...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) shortest, (b) average, and (c) longest waiting times for each of her Department's public telephone lines...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures are in place for quality assurance of reports produced by medical assessors for her Department.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a process in place for feedback when an appeal is overturned based on a prior decision of a medical assessor to her Department.

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which job centres have closed since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how her Department determines which recipients of (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payment should have their...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many leak enquiries his Department has undertaken in the last two years.

    • Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which NHS trusts have been identified as high risk in relation to the compliant environment and immigration status checking systems.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the conclusion of the review of the use and retention of custody images.

      Asylum: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of in-person appointments at the Further Submissions Unit in Liverpool that have been offered to...

      Immigration: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's decision on Afghan interpreters’ applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain, what assessment has...

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the length of waiting times for decisions on visa applications for (a) visitors, (b)...

      Visas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the affordability of fees for visa applications.

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the sum accruing to the public purse from failed visa applications in each of the last three years.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse is of issuing a Security Industry Agency license; and of what is that cost comprised.

      Airguns: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish a response to his Department's Air Weapon's Review, announced on 12 December 2017.

      Immigrants: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2018 to Question 136029, on Immigrants: Commonwealth, whether his Department made an assessment of the...

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for visas from highly skilled professionals were refused by his Department between January 2010 and January 2014.

      Deportation: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who applied for visas as highly skilled professionals were deported in each year between January 2010 and January 2014.

      Deportation: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who applied for visas as highly skilled professionals were deported in each year between February 2014 and March 2018.

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time to process and make a decision on a visa application for a highly skilled professional has been in the last three...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) mean and (b) median time spent is by the current cohort of detainees at the Gatwick detention centres.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department...

    • Palestinians: Antisemitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department...

      Palestinians: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to Question 135640, on Palestinians: terrorism, whether the British Consul-General in...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Middle East of 18 April 2018, Official Report, column 309, how and by whom...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 March to Question 134036 on post-natal depression, in which areas will the four new eight-bed mother and...

    • Cancer: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which cancer helplines have been outsourced to private companies since 2010.

      Breast Cancer: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place the correspondence between his Department and Serco on the outsourcing of the breast cancer screening helpline in the...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which cancer screening programmes have been run in part or entirely by private companies since 2010.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has updated statistics on the number of women affected by the breast cancer screening failure who subsequently...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Foundation Trusts that have set up wholly owned companies (WOC) have been required to agree changes to their terms of...

      Social Services: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on local social care providers who are unable to fund historic back-pay...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to promote the U=U campaign to reduce self-stigma of people who have HIV.

      Medical Equipment: Certification Quality Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy that the British Standards Institute should be able to continue to CE Mark medical devices after the UK has left...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on...

      Northern Ireland Office: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the job titles are of civil servants in her Department who have been provided with (a) an official car and (b) a driver; and how many...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's review of gaming machines on trends in the level of betting shop...

    • Sports: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to grant charitable status to...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of consistency between the recent advice of the Gambling Commission to his Department...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Government plans to allocate from the public purse for the Information Commissioner's Office in each of the...

      Celtic Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to visit Celtic Park football stadium to make an assessment of the merits of their rail seating installation.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the list of protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 and in Article 14 of the Human Rights...

    • Facial Disfigurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department takes to ensure that those with facial disfigurements are not subject to discrimination on the basis of their...

      Government Equalities Office: Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what training her Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on devolution...

  • Department for Transport

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised again with the government of Saudi Arabia the bombing of civilians in Yemen, following the promise by the government of Saudi Arabia that...

    • Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for each UK Embassy and High Commission in Africa, how many (1) British staff, and (2) local staff, are employed; and how many Department for International...

      Africa: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (1) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office budget, and the (2) the Department for International Development budget, for each country in Africa, for each year...

      Armenia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the political situation in Armenia following the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan.

      Hong Kong: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the response of the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to Professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting’s remarks...

  • Department for Education

    • Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the updated guidance on relationships education at primary school and relationship and sex education at secondary school will be published.

    • Private Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria determines whether a proprietor of an unregistered independent school is committing an offence.

  • Home Office

    • Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to resolve the disputed citizenship and rights of the children of exiled Chagos islanders in order to avoid an outocme similar to the Windrush scandal.

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to date to improve coordination across Government departments through the Fusion Doctrine; and in which departments and under which...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to modernise the legal environment to enhance the resilience of UK private sector organisations to defend themselves and their clients...

    • Electronic Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 5 March (HL5690), whether they consider the National Cyber Security Centre guidance stated is sufficient...

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