Written answers

Friday, 20 July 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of congestion on London’s international competitiveness.

    • Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to hold discussions with the newly appointed Deputy Mayor for Transport in London on the effect on traffic congestion of the cycle...

      Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on trends in the level of traffic congestion in London as a result of the roll-out of cycle superhighways; and...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department holds information on the rate of delay repay claims submitted since the introduction of the revised train timetable for (a)...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times (a) he and (b) the Minister with responsibility for rail have met the chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway since the...

      Railways: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many public complaints in respect of train delays his Department received in each of the last 12 months.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on Crossrail 2; and if he will make a statement.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Deputy Mayor for Transport on the construction of Crossrail 2.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the quantum of change in Crossrail 2 costings since the Crossrail Update report of May 2018.

      Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2018 to Question 161175, if will estimate in monetary terms the economic cost of the disruption caused by the rail...

      Northern Rail Franchise and TransPennine Express Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body had ultimate decision-making responsibility for awarding the (a) Northern and (b) TransPennine Express rail franchises in 2015.

      Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to encourage the purchase of electric and hybrid vans.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to complete the electrification of the mainline between Cardiff and London.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the delay to the electrification of the mainline between Cardiff and London; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much rail track in Wales has been electrified since 2010.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Service Industries: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of short-notice shift cancellation in the (a) retail and (b)...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 44 of the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm 9593, what (a)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were made to the Turkish Government on BBC reports that four HDP members were shot and killed in Suruc...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential of (a) outcome-based payment models and (b) risk sharing partnerships with...

    • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on (a) the practices in place to allow medical professionals to identify fetal alcohol spectrum...

      Olanzapine and Quetiapine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the supply of (a) olanzapine and (b) quetiapine meets demand for those drugs.

      Olanzapine and Quetiapine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has received on the extent to which (a) olanzapine and (b) quetiapine have not been prescribed on...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to chapter 1 paragraph 84 of the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union,...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many heat-related illnesses have been treated in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to the recent warm weather.

      Fracking: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has commissioned a review of research relating to the health implications of shale gas extraction by any...

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what plans he has to ensure his Department continues to engage and meet with NHS England and Vertex to discuss access to Orkambi.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether ensuring access to Orkambi for people with cystic fibrosis is a priority for his Department.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a date has been set for the next meeting between NHS England and Vertex to discuss access to the drug Orkambi.

      Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on Vertex (a) waiving its confidentiality clause on the negotiations around NHS access to the drug...

  • Department for Education

    • Alternative Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department is making on (a) improving and (b) strengthening the quality of (i) teachers and (ii) leaders in alternative provision;...

    • Alternative Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish the outcome of the alternative provision strand of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund.

      Alternative Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on building an evidence base for improving outcomes for children in alternative provision under his...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the level of school exclusions; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the increase in off-rolling before examinations; and if he will make a statement.

      Alternative Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to (a) improve the quality of independent alternative provision and (b) ensure that unsafe alternative providers (i) close and...

      ICT and STEM Subjects: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of pupils taking up STEM and ICT higher education courses in the last five years.

      Teachers: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of teachers in the London Borough of Lewisham have still been in teaching after (a) three, (b) four and (c) five years in...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many maintained nursery schools there are in (a) London and (b) England.

      Pre-school Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding per child in maintained nursery schools.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing eligibility for 30-hours free childcare annually; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexual Offences: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 155217, if he will place details of the consultation with victims referred to in the Library.

    • Trials: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary for Justice, what the average waiting time was from plea and trial preparation hearing to the first day of trial for sexual offences against children for each Crown Court in...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his speech delivered on 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, what the timetable is for the additional 10,000 prison places to be...

      Prisons: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, in which parts of the prison estate the digital categorisation tool has...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, which 10 prisons the Drug Taskforce is being deployed for; and what (a)...

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech of 10 July 2018 to the Centre for Social Justice, how much his Department is investing into training for prison staff on...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) Jewish and (b) Muslim deaths have been processed in each coroner area in the last 12 months.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) objectives and (b) milestones his Department set relating to the decision to tender all justice related interpretation services to Capita...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will set a target for the maximum time limit for people to wait for a personal independence payments appeal to be heard.

      Dangerous Dogs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how may prosecutions relating to attacks by dogs on private property have been made in Lancashire since the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour,...

      Amey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2018 to Question 152831 on Amey, what financial deductions have been applied to Amey as a result of contractual...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent changes the Government has made to prisoners’ voting rights; and what guidance has been issued on that subject to (a) prison governors...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2018 to Question 149941 on Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance, by what date he plans to write to the hon. Member for...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many outstanding maintenance requests there are for each prison.

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were sentenced to prison in 2017.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to prevent delays to personal independence hearings.

      Knives: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how long the average custodial sentence is for people found illegally carrying a knife.

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2018 to Question 151043, whether his Department collects data on the types of civil cases which receive early legal...

      Police: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of an offence of impersonating a police officer while riding a motorcycle in 2017.

      Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to bring into effect (a) the provisions in the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 to enable the families of missing persons to look...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of hours per week was of (a) taught education and (b) vocational training provided to children held in the segregation block at...

      Doncaster Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young adults in HMYOI Doncaster have accumulated in total (a) 1-24 (b) 25-49 (c) 50-74 (d) 75-99 (e) 100-149 and (f) 150 or more additional...

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total spend from the public purse on female offenders has been in each year since 2010.

      Exeter Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much additional funding his Department has allocated to enact its response to the urgent notification protocol which was issued for HMP Exeter.

      Deerbolt Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of safety levels at HMYOI Deerbolt.

      Magistrates' Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for the start of building work to construct new custody provision at Wrexham Magistrates Court.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will itemise and publish a list of meetings between hon. Members in Wales and officials from HM Court Service in Wales in the last 12 months.

      Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps HM Courts and Tribunals Service in Wales is taking to consult (a) service users and (b) the public in north Wales on the provision of court...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) business case and (b) impact assessment conducted on the affordable...

    • Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on preventing...

      Housing Associations: Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the projected public expenditure on the right to buy for housing association tenants is in each of the next five...

      Housing: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the English Housing Survey 2016-2017 microdata will be published on the UK Data Service website.

      Housing: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to help reduce the gap between English Housing Survey data being collected and the results being...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households affected by the Grenfell Tower fire require rehousing; and how many of those households are in (a)...

      Grenfell Tower: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households in (a) Barandon Walk, (b) Testerton Walk, (c) Hurstway Walk, (d) Treadgold House and (e) Bramley...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the estimated date of disposal has changed for any of the disposal sites identified in his Department's Better Defence Estate Strategy of...

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect the EU policy of strategic autonomy on the future availability of advanced weapon systems to the UK's armed forces.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK armed forces have the essential equipment required once the UK leaves the EU.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has received assurances from Capita that firefighters employed by them after the privatisation of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service will...

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what resources were made available by his Department to the in-house team bidding to continue operating the Defence Fire and Rescue Service during the...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans are in place to ensure continuity of Defence Fire and Rescue services in the event that Capita is no longer a viable entity.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Serco is appealing the contract award for the outsourcing of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service to Capita; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are being taken at each establishment covered by the Defence Fire and Rescue Service to account for any changes of provision by that service...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the contract awarded to Capita for the provision of Defence Fire and Rescue Services includes ongoing maintenance and testing of fire extinguishers.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of the combat aircraft concept model he unveiled at Farnborough International Air show in July 2018.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 31, paragraph 51 of the Combat Air Strategy, published in July 2018, when his Department plans to launch a Combat Air Skills Index.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 31, paragraph 54 of the Combat Air Strategy, when he plans to publish the National Value Framework.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 19, paragraph 27 of the Combat Air Strategy what the criteria will be for assessing the performance of Team Tempest.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 19, paragraph 27 of the Combat Air Strategy, whether the name Tempest will be given to the next UK-developed combat aircraft.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Child Tax Credit: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of students receiving child tax credits and who will be transferred to universal credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Smithills Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is giving to the Woodland Trust to assist them in the recovery work on the Smithhills Estate.

    • Wildlife: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to transpose the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking into UK law.

      Trapping: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to transpose the EU ban on leg-hold traps into UK law when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government provides to women wanting to exit prostitution.

    • Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle organised sexual exploitation.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confirmed victims of human trafficking have been subsequently re-trafficked after they have left the National Referral Mechanism.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his next steps in bringing forward a draft Domestic Abuse Bill.

      Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 154594, whether the next meeting of the Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group...

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has given to the respective health departments in the devolved nations on access to medical cannabis under licence.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he is having with NHS England to ensure that consultants are aware of the licencing process for access to medical cannabis.

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests the UK made to EU partners using the European Arrest Warrant in the last 12 months.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to chapter 1 paragraph 76(a) of the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information his Department holds on UK companies exporting (a) goods or (b) services to the (i) Burmese military or (ii) Burmese...

  • Prime Minister

  • Women and Equalities

    • LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to tackle LGBT bullying in the workplace.

    • Employment: Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Government’s response to the Taylor Review, published on 7 February 2018, when his Department plans to update the...

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Education

    • School Meals: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 July, what action they will take to ensure that parents can prevent their children in state schools...

    • Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the Student Loans Company pays for capital to lend to students; and how any profits it makes are used.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent reviews the Ministry of Justice has commissioned into its policy or administration over the last year; and what was the total cost of those...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • UK Research and Innovation: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tax liabilities UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has generated since its inception; what estimates they have of the extent of these liabilities in this...

    • Crowdfunding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce oversight of crowd-funded business ventures.

      Construction: Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more digitalisation in the construction sector.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Public Health and Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what increases, in constant prices and on present funding plans, will be provided for (1) Public Health England, (2) local authority public health services, and...

    • Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of patients referred through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme were from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on mental health services of the increase in the numbers of people presenting with practical problems as identified in...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the decision to make the Freestyle Libre glucose monitoring system available on the NHS to diabetic patients, whether they will ensure that that system...

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