Written answers

Friday, 13 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the economic cost of the disruption caused by the rail timetable changes introduced on (a) Northern Rail and (b) Govia...

    • Helicopters: Norway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority in respect of the recommendations in the final report from the Accident Investigation...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Chambers of Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Ministers of his Department have met with representatives of the British Chamber of Commerce since the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Pakistan on (a) the murder of Mr Muhammed Shoban on the 25...

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2018 to Question 142766 on Bangladesh: Elections, whether he has received a request from the...

      Armed Conflict: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the letter from the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 24 April 2018 to schools that...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on how many Rohingya remain in detention in Burma after arrests began in July 2017.

      Rohingya: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has sought information on or access to Rohingya people in detention for the purposes of assessing their...

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has raised the matter of the continuing detention of political prisoners in Burma during his recent discussions with...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of NHS procurement to realise the benefits of medical technology that are accrued outside of...

  • Department for Education

    • Coastal Academies Trust: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking in response to the statement of the executive head of the Coastal Academies Trust that the trust will not be admitting...

    • Higher Education: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to support higher education institutions in the East Midlands since 2015.

      Department for Education: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many current contracts his Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of each of those contracts is.

      Sheffield University: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will request information from the Vice Chancellor of Sheffield University on the number of scholarships in the Sheffield University Postgraduate...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2018 to Question 132609, what proportion of that funding to support trainees on the Graduate Employment Based...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding for the schools budget.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what methodology his Department uses to ascertain appropriate teacher-to-pupil ratios.

      Design and Technology: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps to help increase the number of PGCE courses available for prospective design technology teachers; and if he will make a...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Associations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to improve the system for recording the number of housing association completions.

    • Compulsory Purchase: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to reform compulsory purchase orders compensation rules to ensure that a larger proportion of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many current contracts his Department has with Serco; and what the (a) value, (b) start date and (c) end date of each of those contracts is.

    • USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the joint meeting held in Washington on 26 June 2018 to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Agreement between the Government of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: South Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many registered social landlords in south Lanarkshire have access to the universal credit landlord portal.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support the Government is providing to local authorities with increased rent arrears as a result of the introduction of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have (a) applied for alternative payment arrangements and (b) had their application for those arrangements...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve and simplify the application process for personal independence payment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of PIP forms that are returned to the applicant because that form was completely incorrectly.

      Personal Independence Payment: Williams Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons there is a mandatory 10-year review for personal independence payments for people diagnosed with Williams Syndrome.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2018 to Question 155896 on Children: Day Care, for what reason she will not make that analysis available.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Crabs: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to maintain a sustainable level of brown crab numbers in the South West.

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the expansion of the UK fishing fleet.

      Seafood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help increase seafood processing capacity.

      Fisheries: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase the domestic labour pool in the fisheries sector.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the creation of a specific mark to enable consumers to identify meat,...

  • Home Office

    • UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department has allocated to the UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group.

    • UK Visas and Immigration Lost Documents Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UKVI Lost Documents Group established in November 2017 is the first such lost documents working group in (a) this government or...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will collect information on the experiences of people seeking asylum to ensure that future policy is based on the experiences of those...

      Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugee families have been re-united under the Government's family reunion scheme in the last 12 months.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children born in the UK to non-UK EU citizens after 2000 will be eligible for settled status after the UK leaves the EU; and what...

      Cheshire Constabulary: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the wastage rate for Cheshire Police was in each year since 2010.

      Forensic Science: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department make available for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in the forensic sciences sector.

      Forensic Science: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to modify the accreditation regime for the Forensic Science Regulator in relation to small and medium-sized...

      Migrant Workers: Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he discussed the inclusion of veterinarians working in meat hygiene on the Shortage Occupation List in his last meeting with the...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has asked the Migration Advisory Committee to publish an interim report on the (a) patterns of EU migration and (b) role of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Police Scotland: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) Gypsy, (b) Roma and (c) Irish Traveller (i) police officers and (ii) civilian staff employed...

  • Treasury

    • VAT: Registration

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses will need to be VAT-registered in every EU member state where they have clients once the UK has left the EU.

    • Imports: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether UK companies and businesses will pay VAT on imported goods at the point of entry once the UK has left the EU.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prepare businesses for any additional customs-related paperwork, including import and export declarations, when trading with the...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps a business will be required to take to be able to become a trusted trader once the UK has left the EU.

      Treasury: Accountancy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent with the Big Four accountancy firms in the last twelve months.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any progress was made at the recent European Council on the issue of the protection, support, education, and health of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors...

    • Airports: Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that long queues at passport control at UK airports may affect levels of tourism.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 June (HL8588), whether references to family members include non-EU citizens who are the (1)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to determine which countries qualified for the recent relaxation of Tier 4 visa requirements for overseas students; and of those, which...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responses they received to letters from the then Home Secretary to her counterparts in 2017 in France, Greece and Italy inviting referrals of eligible...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the willingness of families, churches and rotary groups to sponsor and care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children when they...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider banning trophy hunters from the United States and elsewhere from entering the UK.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the revenue from the immigration health surcharge for each year since it was introduced; and what is the estimated revenue for the current year.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 June (HL8532), what action they intend to take following the plans by Israel to construct a...

    • Nigeria: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the attack on 30 June on the home of Benjamin Kwashi, the Nigerian Archbishop of Jos and General Secretary of the Global Anglican...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Deportation: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Tribunal Procedure Committee has reached a decision regarding the implementation of the Government’s proposals to cap the time between an initial...

    • Trials: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women have appeared as defendants before (1) judges, and (2) magistrates, in the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of the high street in England for communities; and of the future of the high street.

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of business rates in England.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, following the notice of Lord Northbourne's intention to retire, which peers will be eligible to (1) stand as candidates, and (2) vote, in the subsequent...

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, following the notice of Lord Northbourne's intention to retire, how much the subsequent hereditary by-election will cost the House Administration to run.

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