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Written answers

Friday, 29 June 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the validity of the negotiating position of seafarer representatives ahead of the meeting of the Joint Maritime...

    • Network Rail: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in businesses directly affected by Network Rail's decision to sell its commercial assets.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on whether all sections of new routes implemented as part of the new rail timetable must be...

      Network Rail: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 152257 on Network Rail: Property, what protections will be afforded to Network Rail tenants in...

      Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that flight instructors (a) are governed by the same professional standards as...

      Network Rail: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date his policy to stop tree felling on Network Rail land came into force.

      Network Rail: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what conditions trees on Network Rail land can still be felled.

      Department for Transport: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the main policy priority is for his Department for 2018; and if he will make a statement.

      Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether new car emission regulations due to come into force late in 2018 will apply to kit cars which are not completed by the date on which those...

      Severn Tunnel: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the temporary closure of the Severn Tunnel.

      Severn Tunnel: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether electrical equipment installed during the previous closure of the Severn Tunnel has rusted.

      Railways: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the EU regulations or directives which underpin the operation of (a) Eurotunnel services and (b) the cross-border train service...

      Bus Services: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2018 to Question 151195 on Bus Services: Franchises, how many interested (a) local authorities and (b) Mayoral...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Insolvency: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many licensed insolvency practitioners have been charged with misconduct since the publication of the Tomlinson...

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the regulatory bodies sponsored by his Department.

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the regulatory bodies sponsored by his Department that are not subject to Freedom of Information...

      Directors: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK resident directors of UK registered companies have criminal convictions.

      Directors: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many non-UK resident directors of UK registered companies have criminal convictions.

      Business Bank Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will exercise his powers under the Companies Act 2006 to wind up Business Bank Italy Limited.

      Directors: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of directors of companies registered in the UK who are aged under 16.

      British Home Stores: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for the Insolvency Service to publish its report on BHS.

      Accountancy: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who is responsible for monitoring good governance of the Recognised Supervisory Bodies.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, what British-supplied military equipment has been used by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Yemen since 1 January 2017.

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to implement pillar two of the Responsibility to Protect principle in order to protect...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 23 May 2018 on Saudi Arabia, HCWS716, whether he sought legal advice on the UK...

      South Sandwich Islands: Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect the natural environment in the South Sandwich Islands with a view to...

      Qatar: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Qatari government on the blocking by that country of VoIP communications...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the use of UK-manufactured (a) weapons and (b) planes by the United Arab Emirates in...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the involvement of French Special Forces in the conflict in Yemen.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative experts are providing assistance to...

      Rohingya: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative experts have been deployed to assist...

      Overseas Students: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice his Department provided to the Home Office on their criteria to determine the countries that qualified for the...

      Cyprus: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the re-unification of Cyprus.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Policy

      To ask the Attorney General, what the main policy priority is for his Department for 2018; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was awarded to schools in each region through the Condition Improvement Fund in the last two years.

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much has been allocated in EU funding to the Erasmus+ programme by region and constituent part of the UK in each of the last four years.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to make apprenticeships more affordable for apprentices.

      Construction Industry Training Board: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposals contained in the Construction Industry Training Board's Vision 2020 on the number of people...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what measure the rates in the tariff of fixed compensation for soft tissue injury have been determined.

    • Prison Officers: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have died in service in each of the last eight years.

      Prison Officers: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have left service due to (a) ill health and (b) lack of capability in each of the last eight years.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings his Department has held with victims organisations on law for victims of crime in the last twelve months.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) current waiting time and (b) waiting time was in each year since 2010 for appeals relating to (i) personal independence payments and (ii)...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are waiting to have their appeal heard at a Tribunal for (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment and support allowance in...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made in its inquiry into the Luxembourg Leaks.

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made in its inquiry into the Panama Papers.

      Pendragon

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Supreme Court's judgment on Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs v Pendragon plc and others [2015] UKSC 37 that the KPMG scheme was an...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on its inquiry into the Paradise Papers.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many court and tribunal cases (a) brought by HMRC and (b) against HMRC are awaiting a hearing.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from (a) financial organisations (b) other organisations and (c) individuals on the introduction of the 2019 Loan Charge.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Help to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the return from Help to Buy deposits used to purchase leasehold properties when they are...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has identified all the privately-owned tower blocks that have aluminium composite cladding...

      Right to Acquire Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will extend the Right to Acquire scheme to properties built before March 1997.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will revise Planning Policy and Planning Guidance to enable decision-makers to refuse planning applications on...

      Housing Supply: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2018 to Question 130573 and Questions 117485, if he will make an assessment of the...

      New Towns: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on the garden community proposals for North Essex of the letter from...

      Fire Prevention: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions Officials in his Department have had with Officials in the Department for Business, Energy and...

      Planning Permission: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on communities in Braintree District of planning appeals for major...

      Planning Permission: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward more legislative proposals to (a) protect local communities from the effect of off-Local Plan...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many missions Sentry aircraft were involved in in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria between September 2014 and June 2018.

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people from the Army Cadet Force joined the British Army in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the export of unweaned calves for fattening after...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fines the Rural Payments Agency has paid to the EU as a result of (a) mistakes in payments and (b) late payments to...

      Flowers: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the cost to florists of border delays for the import of flowers after the UK leaves the EU.

      Furs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the annual revenue from the import and sale of real fur into the UK.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value of British defence exports to sub Saharan Africa was in each of the last three years.

    • Department for International Trade: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the main policy priority is for his Department for 2018; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which countries with which the UK has an international trade agreement in its capacity as a member state of the EU include provisions on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry Commission: Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of land managed by the Forestry Commission in England are (1) open habitat, (2) agricultural land, (3) quarries, (4) car parks, and (5) built...

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect Brexit has had on seasonal workers in the fruit picking industry; and what measures they are taking to address the labour shortages reported by the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will report to the OSCE monitors the recent detentions and arrests of HDP officials and attacks on their offices in Ankara and Hatay.

    • Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem threatened with eviction.

      Burma: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the government of Burma about Burmese authorities denying aid agencies, international observers, foreign diplomats and...

      Burma: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken at the United Nations to address the situation in Burma.

      Burma: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of Burma regarding voluntarily accepting the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of Israeli forces in Hebron welding the front door to a Palestinian home shut, with...

      Israeli Settlements: Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the news that the EU has agreed to supply Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights with electricity once the EuroAsia...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain a record of allegations of war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and if so, how they use this information.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain a record of (1) new settlements, and (2) demolitions, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; if so, how many such events have been recorded...

      USA: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States’ policy of incarcerating immigrant children separated from their parents in cages; and...

      Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments of the United States Ambassador to the Cameroon that there have been "targeted killings" in its English...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK qualifies, and will continue to qualify, as a tier one military power.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 15 May (HL7464), what plans, if any, they have to (1) place in the Library of the House, and (2)...

  • Treasury

    • Pension Funds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of data from IC Select showing a decline in the percentage of investment consultant contracts put out to tender by pension funds...

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