Written answers

Thursday, 26 July 2018

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department has spent with the Big Four accountancy firms in the last twelve months.

    • Carbon Dioxide: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with officials of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland on the (a) shortage of...

      Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from the Big Four accountancy firms on their potential break-up.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether standards equal to or higher than those in the EU directive banning animal-tested cosmetics will remain in...

      Retail Trade: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the of the effect the implementation of self-service checkouts by...

      Toys and Games: Boron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that boron is not included in play slime.

      Glitter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban glitter.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Windrush Generation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the report by Sir Alex Allan on the Windrush report and the advice given to the Rt Hon Member for Hastings and Rye.

    • Job Security: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the North East who are in insecure jobs.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Royal Liverpool Hospital: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times (a) Government Ministers and (b) Government representatives have met representatives of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Doncaster Young Offender Institution: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of training for prisoners in HMYOI Doncaster.

    • Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in staffing levels in prisons over the last five years.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many registered social workers with a background in (a) child protection and (b) children’s residential care are employed in the Youth Justice...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2018 to Question 159025 on Child Support and Social Security Benefits, how many First-tier tribunal cases relating...

      Shoplifting: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been for thefts relating to self-service checkouts in the (a) Lancashire Constabulary, (b) Greater Manchester Police...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the agreed service waiting time for HM Courts and Tribunals Service cases are in England; and what proportion of cases met that target in (a)...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for his Department to publish the detailed data on the cost of (a) supporting and (b) operating UK F-35 aircraft.

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the cost to the public purse of the four Dreadnought class nuclear ballistic missile submarines does not exceed...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies in the event that the target of 144,200 trained regular armed forces...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payment have been sanctioned for abusive behaviour during...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 2.15 of the National Audit Office report, Investigation into Errors in Employment and Support Allowance, HC 837,...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers of her Department and their counterparts in the devolved administrations;...

    • Immigration: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department,how many staff will be working in the newly established Windrush Generation task force; from which parts of (a) her Department and (b) other...

      Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislative proposals to ensure the right of the Windrush generation to remain in the UK.

      Sexual Offences: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 131391, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recommendations of the Spicer...

      Immigration: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-Carribean-born Commonwealth citizens currently have cases with the Commonwealth Taskforce.

      Acids: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it an offence to sell a corrosive product to a person who is under the age of 21.

      Hydrofluoric Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of harm which can be caused by hydrofluoric acid having zero per cent concentration.

      Immigration: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether family members of people affected by the Government's hostile environment immigration policy will be included in the Windrush...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what amount of compensation members of the Windrush generation are planned to be given for legal fees; and whether that compensation will be...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 5 of the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm 9593, what the proportionate...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Former Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many former hon. Members hold (a) paid and (b) unpaid roles within his Department as of 17 July 2018.

      Brexit: Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of allegations made against the campaigns (a) Vote Leave and (b) BeLeave by...

      Transport: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009, what (a) discussions his Department has had with the EU and (b) his...

  • Treasury

    • Money Laundering: Estate Agents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to update the guidance on the 2017 money laundering regulations for estate agents.

    • Pay

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reduction in wage growth between March and May 2018.

      Infrastructure: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what infrastructure projects were built in (a) 2017 and (b) 2008 using Private Finance 2; and how much funding there was for each such project.

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorway Service Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the price of fuel at motoring service areas; and what steps they will take to ensure motorists are aware of differences in prices.

    • Railways: Concessions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they issued formal instructions to the Rail Delivery Group to deliver the 26–30 railcard trial; and if so, whether they will publish those...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 21 June (HL8450), why the 26–30 railcard was announced in the Autumn Budget 2017 when the costs and...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the 26–30 railcard trial on rail fare revenues.

      Crossrail 2 Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard Network Rail land while the final route for Crossrail 2 is being considered.

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the network rail electrification works on the Gospel Oak to Barking line have taken longer than expected, following the original revised completion date.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of cuts to local authority funding on the provision of supported bus services.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government about cuts...

      Department for Transport: Reviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent reviews the Department for Transport has commissioned into its policy or administration over the last year; and what was the total...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many houses, premises and plots of land have been requisitioned so far to enable the construction of HS2; and in how many instances the due proportion of the...

      Railways: Sunderland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of reinstating direct TransPennine Express services from Sunderland to Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street.

      Railways: Sunderland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of running direct services from Sunderland to destinations such as Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter and Penzance, as part...

      Sunderland Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the redevelopment of buildings at Sunderland Railway Station.

      Road Works

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review of street works permit schemes being undertaken by Department for Transport will seek to streamline the number of different schemes operating...

      Road Works: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether major infrastructure works promoted as part of Government policy, including (1) the roll out of fibre to the premises, (2) major housebuilding programmes,...

      Heathrow Airport: Road Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made to ensure that no extra airport related road traffic will result from the increase in passenger capacity after the North West Runway is...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the planned expansion of Heathrow airport with air quality obligations; and whether Heathrow airport...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) adequacy, and (2) timeliness of the compensation received by property owners affected by the HS2 project.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens resident in other EU member states, having exchanged their UK driving licences for licences in those states, will need to exchange their...

      Brakes: Carbon Fibre Composites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research has been carried out into carbon fibre particulates released by carbon fibre braking systems used in domestic and motorsports vehicles, and...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much in HGV Levy was paid in 2017 in respect of lorries registered in (1) the Republic of Ireland, and (2) other EU member states; which EU member states...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate will be spent on additional transport links in the South East as a result of the additional traffic created by a third runway at...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Civil Aviation Authority's statement that price rises for consumers may be needed to unlock the wider benefits of Heathrow...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether population impact estimates for Heathrow expansion will be extended to include air quality impacts beyond the two kilometres analysed currently when...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to contribute to the cost of a third runway should Heathrow Airport Limited be unable to raise the level of investment it anticipates.

      Lakeside Energy from Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the Lakeside Energy from Waste plant is replaced with facilities of at least the same capacity as now.

      Air Routes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to support unprofitable plane routes through enforcement of a Public Service Obligation; and how many routes they anticipate might not be...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood that HS2 will go significantly over budget; and whether they will consider using the funds allocated to HS2 to...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to passengers from overcrowded trains in hot weather.

      Railways: Ombudsman

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether staff employed in the railway industry will be able to make complaints to the new rail ombudsman.

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, if any, to increase the level of cycling in England.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the status of the UK driving licences used in other EU nations after Brexit; and whether this issue has been discussed in the...

      Aviation: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by the Civil Aviation Authority, Airport accessibility report 2016/17, published in 2017, what action they have taken to encourage...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have defined a minimum noise respite for people living in areas that may be affected by the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 25 June (HL8516), when the Secretary of State for Transport became aware of problems arising from the Rail...

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of whether the Cycle to Work Scheme can support the uptake of electric bikes by people with mobility problems.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the affordability of electric bikes for (1) vulnerable groups, and (2) people with mobility problems.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a whether a higher uptake of electric bikes through the Cycle to Work Scheme would have any impact on public finances.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) salary sacrifice mechanisms, and (2) the Cycle to Work Scheme in increasing the uptake of electric bikes...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by the University of Central Lancashire, Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they...

    • Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why products labelled flame resistant do not contain details of the chemicals used in them.

      Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whom the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consults for advice about the health and environmental effects of flame retardants; and whether...

      Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is taking to promote innovation and market uptake of flame-resistant chemical-free materials...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States to press for the reuniting of refugee children with their parents from whom...

    • Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 July (HL9056), how many cases of detention in Turkey they have made representations about so...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission research on the impact of the withdrawal of liothyronine (T3) and its subsequent replacement with T4 on (1) the health and well being...

    • Gambling: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for additional research to be undertaken about the residual neurological impact of rapid highs and lows from...

      Community Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to address the impact of the reduction in the number of district nurses in England from 7,700 in 2010 to 4,400 in 2018, as reported...

      Community Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial challenges faced by nurses in England where they take a reduction in salary for the duration of the...

      Home Care Services: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to local authorities regarding the payment for travel time to carers travelling between clients; and whether local authorities are...

      PrescQIPP

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the information provided by PrescQIPP to Clinical Commissioning Groups to aid their commissioning decisions.

      General Practitioners: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difference in the insurance premium paid by GPs in England and Scotland; and what assessment they have made of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about people displaced in Deraa Province, Syria who are refused access into Jordan; what assessment they have made of the number of such...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that school funding per pupil in England has fallen by 8 per cent since...

    • Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the Education and Skills Agency considering bids with minimum contract award limits for the training of...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the role of the designated senior lead on mental health in schools will cover child obesity.

      Enterprise Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial arrangements the Careers and Enterprise Company have made for the expansion of Enterprise Adviser Networks.

      School Meals: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 29 July (HL9377), what plans they have to ensure that parents of children at state schools who do...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison officers were in post on 1 January 2017 in (1) prisons managed by HM Prison Service, and (2) prisons managed by contractors; and how many of...

    • Prison Officers: Termination of Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison officers have left HM Prison Service in each of the last three years for reasons other than reaching retirement age.

      Pornography: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) prosecutions, and (2) convictions have been made under section 62 of the Coroner and Justice Act 2009 in the last five financial years.

      Prisons and Young Offender Institutions: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help prisons and young offender institutions implement the recommendations of inspection reports.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Areas: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to tackle rural crimes such as hare coursing and fly-tipping.

    • Tree Felling: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many felling licences have been issued by Forestry Commission England in each quarter since 2015; and how many hectares those licences cover.

      Rivers: Chilterns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to take urgent steps to tackle drought, abstraction and pollution relating to the Chilterns Chalk Streams; and whether any such steps will...

  • Home Office

    • Pornography: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the response of the National Crime Agency to the evidence submitted to it by The Times in April 2017 concerning Facebook hosting illegal...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit: White Papers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what time the White Paper The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union (Cm 9593) was made available to (1) Members of the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Reviews

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

    • Employment: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration has been given to amending the Equality Act 2010 so that employees who experience one off or recurring health conditions lasting less than 12...

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