Written answers

Friday, 8 June 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to support World Car Free Day 2018.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether there will be an increase in the number of people who will be ineligible to...

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate the Government has made of the number of hydraulic fracturing wells required in the UK to replace gas...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on small and medium-sized renewable energy generation after the scheduled closure of the feed-in...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for the deliverability of the Hinkley Point C power station of...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) women and (b) men his Department has appointed to each of his Department's non-Departmental Public Bodies...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Venezuela: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the transparency and legitimacy of the electoral process in Venezuela.

    • Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support democratic transition in Tunisia.

      Germany and Russia: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline connecting Germany and Russia on the UK's (a)...

      Guatemala: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Guatemalan counterpart on reports of threats against the leader and members of the Nuevo...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of ratifying the Kampala amendments on the crime of aggression to the Statute...

      Basques: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on the Arnaga declaration on the conflict in the Basque...

      Guatemala: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Guatemala on the killing of human rights defenders and community leaders...

      South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospects for a durable peace settlement to end the civil war in South Sudan following the...

      South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of instances of (a) obstruction of free movement of UN peacekeepers and (b)...

      South Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 2406, what steps the Government is taking to support the provision of...

      South Sudan: Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the August 2015 agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of...

      South Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of progress towards full deployment of the Regional Protection Force to South Sudan in...

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on its review of financial assistance to South...

      South Sudan: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the findings of the report on the right to freedom of opinion and expression in South Sudan since the July...

      South Sudan: Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in South Sudan on the establishment of a hybrid court; and when he...

      Horn of Africa: EU Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the EU-Horn of Africa migration route initiative to tackle irregular migration from the...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2018 to Question 133664 on Syria: Overseas Aid, what the security reasons are for not...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 28 March to Question 133664 on Syria: Overseas Aid, if he will publish the (a) communications...

      Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether officials of his Department have met with Ahrar al-Sham in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have received a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in each of the last five years.

    • Pharmacy Integration Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funds have been appropriated from the Pharmacy Integration Fund, in each year on (a) schemes to support pharmacists working in GP...

      Pharmacy and Primary Health Care: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made on the financial effect of appointing a data protection officer on (a) independent community...

      Pharmacy Integration Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 20 December 2016, Official Report,...

      Chronic Illnesses: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending free prescriptions to people with long-term health...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the medical exemption criteria for prescription charges were first created; and how often that criteria has been (a) reviewed and...

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on medical facilities in Yemen of the recent cyclone in that country.

    • Yemen: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on access to clean drinking water in Yemen of the recent cyclone in that country.

      Rohingya: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle sexual exploitation and trafficking of Rohingya refugee women and girls.

      Department for International Development: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) women and (b) men her Department has appointed to each of his Department's non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of devolving the (a) level and (b) operation of the apprenticeship levy to (i) the...

    • GCE A-level: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Black British students achieved 3 'A' grades or higher in A Levels in each of the last eight years.

      Apprentices: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of places for agricultural apprenticeships.

      Department for Education: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) women and (b) men his Department has appointed to each of his Department's non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Procurement

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

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted after a road traffic accident involving a horse in each of the last five years in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England.

      Crown Courts: Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average witness waiting time was at each Crown Court in each of the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Stock Market

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing regional stock exchanges throughout the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Financial Services: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK investment funds are domiciled in Ireland.

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many additional HMRC staff have been employed in the last year.

      Excise Duties: Wines

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made on the potential effect on (a) businesses and (b) levels of employment of increasing the duty paid on the dilution of wine and...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from fuel duty on aviation fuel in the last five years for which data is available.

      Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of restricting the gift aid small donations scheme (GASDS) on church donations made overseas by British...

      Energy: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which energy-saving products are subject to the reduced VAT rate of five per cent.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to publish updated value for money assessment guidance on private finance initiatives.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department plans to publish updated data on private finance initiative projects on his Department's website.

      Carillion: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have held with the Cabinet Office on monitoring private finance Iinitiative contracts held by Carillion.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

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

    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations she has received from the Scottish Government on its preparations for (a) welfare devolution and (b) the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the merits of offline access to benefit claims; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding to (a) Salford City Council and (b) all local authorities to meet their statutory...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of deduction notices issued by the Child Maintenance Service as a result of a mistaken identity in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the introduction of the improved testing methods for (a) bovine tuberculosis testing and (b) Phage.

  • Home Office

    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many automatic number plate recognition cameras are in operation in Northern Ireland for intelligence-led policing and customs purposes.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he has taken to tackle anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help prevent people under 19 years old who are convicted of knife crime from reoffending.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on police forces reporting the immigration status of victims of crime in relation to non-immigration related...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people entered the UK on a spousal visa and what the average age was of those applicants in each of the last ten years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of leave to remain applications that have exceeded the six months deadline.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make training on how to assess asylum applications on the grounds of religious persecution compulsory for his Department's asylum...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerability on religious grounds is adequately assessed by his Department when determining...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to extend the destitute domestic violence concession to women who have experienced violence but are not on a spousal...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women (a) applied for and (b) were granted destitute domestic violence concession in each year since the introduction of that...

      Migrant Workers: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the number non-EEA seafarers who have taken up employment as crew on vessels engaged in offshore wind...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of asylum claims processed within the six-month decision target.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which visits have been made by officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office Communications to (a) Wales and (b) the rest of the UK...

    • Living Wage: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people between 16 and 24 years old are paid less than the living wage, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.

      Electoral Register: Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to work with university, college and further education providers to integrate electoral registration into academic...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government took to encourage people unable to vote in person to apply for a postal vote for the 2018 local government elections.

      Polling Stations: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that polling stations are accessible for people with disabilities.

      Polling Stations: Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of (a) the adequacy of the tactile voting device used in polling stations for blind and visually impaired voters and...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on trends in the level of voting in elections of opening polling stations at weekends.

      Politics and Government: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many youth democracy ambassadors have been recruited for the Suffrage Centenary Programme; and how many youth democracy ambassadors are in receipt...

      Polling Stations: Carers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on bringing forward legislative proposals to permit a carer to be present in a polling station to assist a person they...

      General Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 3 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 4 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Returning Officers: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 5 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 6 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      General Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 7 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Ballot Papers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 8 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      General Elections: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 9 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Polling Stations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 11 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 17 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 18 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Candidates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 21 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Candidates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 25 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Elections: Deposits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 27 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Elections: Complaints

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 28 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled...

      Electoral Register: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to change the level of funding allocated to local authorities to cover the additional costs of individual electoral...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2018 to Question 143730, on European Parliament: Elections, whether not making preparations to hold European...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Andy Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has made representations to his Thai counterpart during his recent visit to Thailand on the conviction of human rights activist...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Prime Minister

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, 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) over...

    • Government Equalities Office: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many contractors currently employed by her Department are paid £1,000 or more per day.

      LGBT People: Surveys

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2018 to Question 146160 on LGBT People: Surveys, whether she plans to include legislative proposals on gay...

      Legislation: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government assess all policy and legislation for its effect on women before implementation.

      Candidates: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to section 106 of the Equality Act 2010, when the Government plans to bring into force a statutory requirement for political parties...

      Candidates: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government plans to extend the timeframe for the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002 to enable political parties to use...

      Government Equalities Office: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many (a) women and (b) men her Department has appointed to each of its non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the last five years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what property compensation estimate has been prepared for the proposed Heathrow third runway extension; and what is its scope and total value.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Goldie on 23 May (HL Deb, cols 1028–30), what are the practical consequences of our "close dialogue with Turkey" for...

    • Palestinians: Self-determination of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Balfour Declaration and of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, what assessment they have made of their responsibility to ensure that...

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been any breach of international human rights standards on fair trials and due process in the five-year...

      Najah Ahmed Yousif

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the torture allegations presented by Bahraini political activist Najah Ahmed Yousif; and whether representatives from...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 May (HL Deb, col 973), whether the three devolved administrations have agreed how the UK’s...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Russian citizens who have been denied visas to enter the UK to circumvent this restriction by taking citizenship...

    • Immigration: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government from which countries citizens are required to complete landing cards on arrival in the UK.

      Immigration: Personal Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data are collected through landing cards; and how such data are used.

      Visas: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Russian citizens who have been denied visas to enter the UK to circumvent this restriction by taking citizenship...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people died in UK immigration detention centres from suicide or self-inflicted wounds between 1 March 2017 and 1 March 2018.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with authorities in Northern Ireland about the number of people who have been prosecuted and convicted as a result of the Police...

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