Written answers

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the rate of landing charges on the business case for the expansion at Heathrow Airport.

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that the public purse is not liable to cover costs arising from (a) increased construction costs of the expansion of...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on the potential erosion of UK intellectual property resulting from potential UK...

    • Clothing and Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of non-compliance with the (a) national living wage and (b) national minimum wage in...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many contractors have been employed by his Department for (a) up to one year, (b) between one and five years, (c)...

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and (b) Euratom on...

      Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people were employed in the (a) deep mine and b) surface mine coal production industry in each year since 2010...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on supporting the development of new community energy projects.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many wind farms have been established in each of the last five years.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2018 to Question 136701, what the criteria will be by which his Department will assess...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2018, HCWS 690 on Energy Policy, what representations he...

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contractors have been employed by her Department for (a) up to one year, (b) between one and five years, (c) between five and...

    • Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department plans to make to the voluntary national review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

      Developing Countries: Pneumonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help tackle pneumonia in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help developing countries provide universal health coverage for the prevention and tackling...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to use the opportunity provided by the World Health Assembly to encourage developing countries to...

  • Department for Education

    • Sign Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on enabling the introduction of a GCSE in British Sign Language.

    • Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the list of non-EEA countries that are recognised for the purposes of awarding...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average length of time has been for monthly salary deductions collected by HMRC to be reconciled with individual accounts held by the Student...

      Pupils: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers have an adequate understanding of female genital mutilation to (a) report and (b) prevent it.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Magistrates: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to increase the maximum age for magistrates.

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in England and Wales were the subject of a (a) probation supervision order and (b) community service order in each of the last five...

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the largest number of offences committed by a person has been prior to being sent to prison for the first time in each of the last five years.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of pre-sentence reports presented to magistrates’ courts contained a sentence recommendation of (a) immediate...

      Prisoners' Release: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been released from prison on Home Detention Curfew in each month in the last two years; and what offence each person released on...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons have held events to observe (a) Holocaust Memorial Day, (b) National Black History Month and (c) Interfaith Awareness Week in each of...

      Administration of Justice: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the potential risk of the judicial system being used to delay investigations by regulatory bodies where...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to reduce the number of assaults on staff and prisoners in Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

      Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions have been made under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 in each year since that Act was introduced.

      Hate Crime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of offences involving racial or religious hatred by offence in each of the last three years.

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2018 to Questions 142391, 142392 and 142807 to 142816, on Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prison, what the sentence listed...

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many men were sent to immediate custody from (a) Crown Courts and (b) magistrates' courts for sentences (i) below 6 months and (ii) 6 months or...

      Personal Injury: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the level of fraudulent injury claims.

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to prevent the further radicalisation of (a) terrorist and (b) terrorist-related offenders in prison.

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for badger-baiting were (a) launched and (b) successful by police force in each year from 2010 to date.

      Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who request a tribunal have received (a) absolute, (b) conditional or (c) deferred...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to conduct a post-implementation review of part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of recorded assaults on prison staff resulted in a prosecution in each of the last three years.

      Prisons: Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) potential merits of expansion to other prisons under his jurisdiction of the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of high rise buildings with cladding materials which are not of limited...

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether all high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding have now been identified.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to support the large-scale testing of unsafe cladding that is made of materials other than aluminium...

      Tenancy Deposit Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to introduce a deposit protection scheme for lodgers.

      Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to include lodger landlords in the national database of rogue landlords and property agents.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on which local authorities have not met their duty under the s3 of the Housing...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that rented properties in the private rented sector which are not...

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a temporary moratorium on the use of combustible cladding for the duration of his consultation of the...

      Housing: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the Homes England Home Building Fund has been spent in the North East since October 2016.

      Gazumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the findings of his Department's consultation on improving the home buying and selling process, when...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the independent and external audit of domestic abuse services commissioned by his...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the independent, external audit of domestic abuse services commissioned by his Department will specifically...

      Council Tax: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings were exempt from council tax in 2016-17 under the class V exemption of occupied for diplomats.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how Enhance Collision Avoidance System fitted in Typhoon aircraft interacts with Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II equipped in civil...

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the costs associated with installation of the Enhanced Collision Avoidance System in Typhoon aircraft.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in York have had their entitlement to personal independence payments upheld as a result of (a) mandatory reconsideration and...

    • Low Pay: Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has assessed the potential merits of extending in-work progression services to all low-paid workers in receipt of means-tested...

      Unemployment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the minimum monthly living expenses required for a single unemployed person in central Scotland.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will commission independent research to assess trends in the number of people (a) signposted and (b) referred to food banks...

      Universal Credit: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made on the roll-out of universal credit at (a) Rhyl Job Centre and (b) throughout North Wales.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of civil enforcement actions for the non payment of child maintenance liability orders in each of the...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides to 18-24 year olds in Oldham who are not in employment, education and training.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent from the public purse on support for 18-24 year olds in Oldham who are not in employment, education and...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals on restoring the automatic eligibility of 18 to 21 year olds to claim universal...

      Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the Bereavement Support Payments Regulation 2017.

      Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the savings to the Exchequer since the introduction of the Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families have claimed bereavement support since 6 April 2017.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent the illegal culling of badgers.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to advance the efficacy of the phage vaccine for bovine TB.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from animal welfare organisations on the terms of reference for the Godfray Review on...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers are planned to be culled in each trial zone for the remainder of the cull period.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department is undertaking into the study of immunity against bovine TB among (a) badgers and (b) cattle.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to increase public awareness of voter registration in England at the age of 16 in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking following the action taken by the Advertising Standards Authority against misleading...

    • Channel 4 Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic benefits to the North West of relocating Channel 4 to Merseyside.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of worker productivity in the UK; and what plans, if any, they have to increase productivity.

    • Radioactive Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to safeguard the nuclear supply chain and ensure that the UK has access to the necessary nuclear materials after Brexit.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the civilian killings in Gaza following the recent protests over the move of the United...

    • Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to protect the remaining Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley from the threat of displacement.

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that humanitarian aid workers in South Sudan are protected.

    • Cameroon: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' estimate that 160,000 Anglophone Cameroonians have...

  • Department for Education

    • Grammar Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional places the grammar school expansion fund will create; and what percentage of those will be reserved for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    • Universities: Freedom of Expression

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to include representatives of student victims of (1) inhibition of freedom of speech, and (2) disruption of meetings, in the preparation of new...

      International Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to allow British international schools to award qualified teacher status.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Mortimer Forest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to require the Forestry Commission to prepare and publish an environmental impact assessment in respect of the planned development by Forest...

    • Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the joint report from Shelter and the Campaign to Protect Rural England published in March Viable villages: closing the planning...

      Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the extent to which a new viability system introduced through the updated National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning...

  • Home Office

    • Motorcycles: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to tackle moped crime.

    • Gangs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to respond to the report from Amnesty International Trapped in the matrix: secrecy, stigma, and bias in the Met's Gangs Database.

      Investigatory Powers (Codes of Practice) Regulations 2018

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 February (HL Deb, col 1721), when they will write to members who took part in the debate on the...

      Out-of-school Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (1) reported to the police, and (2) convicted, under section 96 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 for conducting independent education...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 9 May (HL7342), how many examinations under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 were used in...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police firearms officers are employed in England and Wales at present; and how many were employed in each of the last five years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget to support the police transformation fund in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 May on the assessment of immigration and asylum applications, what assessment they have made of...

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of skill shortage problems in the NHS; and whether they have any plans to exempt NHS employers from the visa requirements for...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals for police officers in rural areas to be routinely issued with firearms.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees of the Home Office are (1) not British citizens, or (2) British citizens by naturalisation.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support is provided to people who have successfully appealed against immigration decisions.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of people needing to appeal immigration decisions.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of immigration decision takers.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in each UNHCR resettlement category have been settled in the UK as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people to date have been settled in the UK as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme who have been identified as meeting the criteria...

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a national integration strategy for refugees.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average wait in weeks from acceptance on the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme to resettlement.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they have collected on the effects of the tapering of funding to local authorities in years two to five of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of working age refugees resettled via the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme are in paid employment.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make the 0.1 per cent levy on the gambling industry mandatory rather than voluntary.

    • ZTE Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any risks associated with using equipment supplied by the ZTE Corporation in the UK's telecoms network.

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