Written answers

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Living Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect on productivity of excluding under 25 year olds from receiving the National...

    • Local Energy Contact Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the membership is of the Local Energy Contact Group.

      Energy

      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, which organisations were...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Contracts

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

    • British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April to Question 136459, on British Overseas Territories: biodiversity, what the outcomes of the...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to help ensure (a) refugees and (b) internally displaced people are included in the peace process in...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to help ensure (a) churches and (b) faith-based organisations are able to make an effective...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the UK abstained during the recent UN Human Rights Council vote on an independent investigation into violence...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on reports of an attack by the Rapid Support Forces on areas controlled by the Sudan...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on recent attacks by the Government of Sudan in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur; and if he will...

      Sudan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of detainees who are imprisoned without charge in Darfur.

      Sudan: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the planned closure of the Kalma refugee camp in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution her Department plans to make to the voluntary national review of progress towards the Sustainable Development...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many contractors her Department employs who have worked for her Department for (a) up to one year, (b) over one and up to five years, (c)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ibrutinib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the absence of a remission timeframe in the recommendation of NICE on the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia,...

    • Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) NHS England's and (b) NICE's dietary advice is under review.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has any plans to review the effectiveness of the dietary advice provided by NHS England.

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the outcome of the pilot programmes on the new NHS dental contract.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help improve healthcare facilities in Palestine.

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral Answer of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of 26 March 2018 on Eligibility Threshold for Free School Meals, when his...

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, further to his oral contribution of 26 March 2018, Official Report, column 505, when his Department plans to publish the evidential basis on which...

      Intercountry Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support families in adopting children from overseas.

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there are any requirements that must be satisfied in order for bachelor’s degrees pursued at an institution of higher education in (a)...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the powers available to teachers to maintain discipline in classrooms.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many 16 to 18-year-olds are studying for BTEC qualifications at each level in (a) schools, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) further education colleges.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the competitive tendering policy model for school uniforms in reducing costs for parents.

      Flags and Heraldry: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that pupils learn about (a) local flags and heraldry and (b) the importance of (i) national, (ii) county...

      Teachers: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce teachers' (a) paperwork and (b) administrative tasks.

      Pupil Exclusions: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in primary schools in Havering have been excluded in each of the last five years for which information is available.

      Colonialism: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that a balanced approach is taken to the teaching of British colonial history.

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his policies to improve the retention rates of teachers.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his policy to encourage more former military personnel into the teaching profession.

      Children: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) all children and (b) children eligible for free school meals reached a good level of development at the age of five in...

      Further Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many further education colleges have closed in each constituency since 2010.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised for the public in each of the last five years from Air Passenger Duty by (a) reduced rate, (b) standard rate and (c) higher...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Draft revised National Planning Policy Framework, published on 5 March 2018, for what reason he...

    • Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library (a) a list of the organisations that (i) he, (ii) Ministers and (iii) officials of his...

      Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his oral contribution of 17 May 2018 on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Official Report, column 457,...

      Second Homes: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the eligibility of second homes for small business rate relief; and if he will make a statement.

      High Rise Flats: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in light of the changes announced by the London Fire Brigade to the stay put policy for evacuation in the event of a...

      High Rise Flats: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the National Fire Chiefs Council on the adequacy of stay put advice for high-rise...

      High Rise Flats: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has in place to ensure that all residents are aware of whether they should stay put or evacuate their...

      Minerals: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to minimise the environmental effect of mineral extraction (a) in the UK and (b)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contractors his Department employs who have worked for his Department for (a) up to one year, (b) over one and up to five years, (c) over five...

    • Defence Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans have been made under the Defence Fire and Rescue Project to ensure the Defence Fire and Rescue Service has the ability to deploy internationally.

      Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department disposes of material from decommissioned nuclear warheads.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to people with autism in relation to personal independence payment assessments.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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 10...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to Question 141381, what the longest time taken by the Independent Case Examiners Office has been (a) to...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132729, how the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners...

  • 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 meetings he has had with scientists on bovine TB.

    • Agriculture: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage young people to work in agriculture.

      Beaches: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to increase the number of Blue Flag beaches in the UK.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2018 to Question 142751, on incinerators, what other sizes of particulates the term other...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to contribute to the UK's Voluntary National Review of progress towards the Sustainable...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to minimise the environmental effect of farming (a) in the UK and (b) abroad.

  • Home Office

    • Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Security Industry Authority licence renewals are issued on time.

    • Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contractors have been employed by his Department for (a) up to one year, (b) between one and five years, (c) between five and 10...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the rise in knife crime over the last 12 months.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to tackle the rise in knife crime.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of progress in tackling the production and distribution of illegal psychoactive substances.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of requiring people accused by ETS of cheating in Test of...

      Home Office: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contractors currently employed by his Department are paid £1,000 or more per day.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants will be engaged in the function of handling applications by EU citizens for temporary or settled status in the UK in...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to establish a public information campaign to encourage non-UK EU citizens to take part in the registration...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many leave to remain (family and private life) applications are currently pending.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average duration is for processing a leave to remain (family and private life category) application.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of processing leave to remain (family and private life category) applications has been in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department applies service standards for processing leave to remain (family and private life) applications.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that dependent children are included on the register of death of a parent.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has received from hon. Members and civil society organisations on implementing service standards for...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the guidelines for staff processing leave to remain (family and private life) applications on updating applicants of the status of that...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds can people applying for leave to remain (family and private life) expedite that request.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Out-of-school Education

      To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, could she update the House on the view of the Church of England’s Education Office following the publication...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the (a) value and (b) volume of timber (i) imports from and (ii) exports to the Irish Republic was in each of the last five years.

    • Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to retain membership of Regional Convention on Pan-Euro-Mediterranean Preferential Rules of Origin after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,what assessment his Department has made on the effect of Air Passenger Duty on tourism in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.

  • Department for Transport

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect Network Rail's failure to complete the enhancements included in the franchise documentation had on the ability of the Virgin Stagecoach consortium on...

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies operate rail services in the UK; on which routes each company operates; and for each route, when the contract comes to an end.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about human rights abuses, including recent killings of civilians in Gaza.

    • Algeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Algeria to ensure that the National Commission for Non-Muslim Religious Groups functions efficiently and...

      Algeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the government of Algeria not to recognise the Association of Protestant Churches of Algeria; and what...

      Algeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Christians in Algeria face severe restrictions in importing Christian literature and other materials.

      Algeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the content, and (2) the use of, anti-proselytisation laws in Algeria and their effect on freedom of religion or belief in...

      Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of war and violent conflict in (1) Israel and Palestine, (2) Syria, (3) Yemen, and (4) Afghanistan; and whether they...

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the decision of the government of the United States to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, whether they plan to hold discussions with the...

      Indonesia: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the killing of churchgoers in Indonesia, in particular the bombings in Surabaya.

      North Korea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the announcement by the Supreme Court of North Korea that North Korean escapees campaigning for human rights and...

      Burma: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the policing of peaceful protests in Yangon, Burma, on 12 May; and what efforts have been made to ensure the release of those...

      Balkans: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether regional infrastructure, including road, rail, electricity, gas and oil pipeline connections will be on the agenda for...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of investigations by Bahraini oversight bodies into the ill-treatment of female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor...

      Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to protect Palestinians who are living in East Jerusalem from forcible eviction from their homes to make way for Israeli settlers.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to prevent violations of Palestinian holy sites by Israeli forces and settlers in territory occupied by Israel.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have of (1) indefinite detentions without trial in Chinese Xinjiang, and (2) new detention and re-education camps being built in China; and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Community Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decline in the number of district nurses from 7,716 in 2010 to 4,400 in 2016, reported by NHS Digital, on the...

  • Department for Education

    • School Exclusions Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Timpson review of school exclusion will consider ways in which families can be supported to prevent children being excluded from schools.

    • Children in Care: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce the pilot for integrated physical and mental health assessments for looked-after children, announced during the passage of the...

      ICT: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report After the reboot: computing education in UK schools, published by the Royal Society in November 2017, which...

      Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what decisions have been made about the provision of accelerated degree courses in higher education following their public consultation completed on 11 February.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how efforts to ensure that, from September, every new teacher will have an understanding of autism will be co-ordinated and delivered; and how long it will take to...

      Pupils: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations from the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial...

      Children: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Education has discussed the recommendations in the report by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultations are presently being conducted by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

    • Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met Councillors and officials from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to discuss matters related to the fire at Grenfell Tower.

      Local Government: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the use of conditional sale agreements by local authorities.

      Aviation: Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to amending paragraph (z) of the table in Schedule 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Chronic Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent report from the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation The Dependency Trap—are we fit to face the...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the procedure for decision-making on asylum cases, and (2) the average length of time it takes for a caseworker to consider each asylum case; and how...

    • Deportation: Windrush Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what compensation they plan to give to members of the Windrush generation who may have been wrongly deported.

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