Written answers

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with the (a) Mayor of London and (b) representatives of London boroughs on accelerating the installation of rapid electric...

    • Bridges: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2018 to Question 165618, what his Department’s policy is on the construction of a new fixed link between...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2018 to Question 163101 on Rolling Stock, if he will list the specific economic benefits.

      Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing into the airline industry a delay-repay scheme similar to that in the rail...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the report of the task and finish group on taxi and private hire vehicle licensing in September.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential for large-scale hydrogen conversion projects to support the UK to meet its...

    • Innovation and Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 89 of the Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has launched the new international...

      Retail Trade: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the retail sector in Coventry.

      Redundancy: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of job loss on...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria his Department used to decide which areas would be chosen to work with the Government to develop their...

      Industry: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason his Department did not choose to work with the Sheffield City Region on a local industrial strategy.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the definition of worker in employment law to clarify and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Government has for the construction of new infrastruture on the UK border in Northern Ireland in the event of no withdrawal...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information her Department holds on whether the (a) Republic of Ireland and (b) the EU has plans for building new infrastructure on the UK...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      What recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      What steps she is taking with all communities in Northern Ireland to resolve legacy issues in the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive.

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      What steps she is taking to support armed forces veterans and police officers who have served in Northern Ireland.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abortion Act 1967

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967.

    • Mental Health Services: Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many acute non-consultant-led mental health beds there were in the NHS in England in each year for which data is available.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) 16-65 year olds and (b) people over 65 receive hearing aids on the NHS.

      Mental Illness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help reduce the number of young people with mental health issues.

      NHS: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of licensing the National Institute for Health Research to use the NHS brand on the...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the auditing procedure that is in place to ensure that timesheets of agency and night workers in...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS in England of special medicinal products over the last 12 months.

      Health Services and Social Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to support the coordination and joining-up of the health and care systems in the East Midlands; and if he will...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money each local authority received via clinical commissioning groups in 2017-18 to provide breaks for carers as a proportion of...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Public Health England review of minimum unit pricing for alcohol is planned to be published; and what assessment he has made of...

      Locums: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many locum doctors are subject to the 2019 Loan Charge.

      NHS: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of mental health staff that have been recruited to the NHS since June 2017.

      First Aid and Mental Health: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number members of the public who have been trained in basic mental health awareness and first aid by the...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the proposed budget for child and adolescent mental health services transformation has been allocated to local...

      General Practitioners: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage uptake by GP surgeries of online access systems for patients.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to maintain the current cost-effectiveness threshold per quality-adjusted life year in the next...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to establish a formal mechanism to (a) involve and (b) listen to patient groups during the next...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of funding given to UK-based organisations that has been spent on (a) overseas aid and (b)...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the number of suspensions in primary and secondary schools in Coventry; and what...

    • Department for Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the staff employed in each group of his Department are apprentices.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 July 2018 on Teachers Update, WS912, when he plans to publish the funding sources for the teachers pay grant...

      T-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made contingency plans for the implementation of the first three T Levels in the event that the planned timetable is not met.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing an independent statutory inquiry on the family courts’ handling...

    • Child Contact Centres: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure that any unresolved disputes around General Data Protection Regulation implementation will not prevent National Association of Child...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Shared Prosperity Fund is planned to be allocated on the basis of the Barnett formula.

    • Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help protect tenants from increasing property maintenance charges.

      Environment Protection: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when it is planned that ratification of the 2004 second amendment to the Espoo Convention on Transboundary Impact will...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units within the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Army are the primary agencies within those respective bodies for identifying and investigating innovative...

    • Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to investigate the potential uses of directed energy on future UK armed forces platforms.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on procuring fleet support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if he will make a statement.

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on procuring Type 31e frigates; and if he will make a statement.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the basing decisions for the Type 26 frigate.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which foreign armed forces the UK armed forces has trained in the last 12 months.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on procuring (a) Type 31e frigates and (b) fleet support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if they...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 24 July 2018 on Ministry of Defence -Update, HCWS909, when the 0.9 per cent non-consolidated one-off payment will...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department first received a copy of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body’s 2018 report.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 29, paragraph 3.23, of the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, for what reason the Review Body’s recommendation of an...

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the target in-service date for the first Type 31 frigates is; and what assessment he has made of the implications of operating Type 23 frigates...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to (a) make the HMRC Gateway service more accessible and (b) enable improved access to Government services for...

    • Pensions: Plumbing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the effect of section 75 rules on debt calculations for multi-Employer Pension Schemes on directors of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 23 July to Question 165701 on universal credit, when he expects updated figures to be available.

      First Aid: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals on workplace health and safety regulations to ensure that employers provide...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK Overseas Territories can continue to access environmental funding...

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the consultation on the environmental principles and governance bill.

      European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a list of all the (a) affirmative and (b) negative statutory instruments exercising powers...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's risk register listing the key risks identified in the event of...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) viability of the food industry and (b) cost of food to consumers...

      European Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to maintain the responsibilities and functions in the UK of the (a) EU Environment Agency and (b)...

      European Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans for Regulation (EC) No 401/2009 to form part of the common rule book envisaged in the White Paper...

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy that future trade deals on food and feed will provide for public and animal health...

      National Parks: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will include proposals to create national marine parks in his review of National Parks.

      National Parks: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Foreign Office on (a) the experience of creating marine protected areas...

      Tolls: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of congestion zone areas in reducing pollution to legally permissible limits.

      Fires: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of climate change on the prevalence of wildfires in the UK.

      Exhaust Emissions: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has commissioned research on the costs to local authorities of administering (a) congestion charges...

      Livestock: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what screening procedures are in place to monitor the effect of industrial pig and poultry production on the trans-boundary...

      Landfill: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the proportion of waste from Medway which ended up in landfill in each of the last...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps with the devolved administrations to ensure a UK-wide approach to food and trade after the UK...

      Microplastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ban the use of...

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to establish a fast-track citizenship system for people who have lived in the UK for more than 40 years; and if she will...

    • Immigrants: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure the legality of the admission process of members of the Windrush generation that were detained.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any compensation has been paid to members of the Windrush Generation who were wrongly detained; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to publicise the Windrush compensation scheme to ensure people eligible for compensation know how to...

      Deportation: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 63 Windrush generation members that were wrongly removed from the UK first came to the attention of her Department as a...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with (a) political parties and (b) civil society in Northern Ireland on (i) repealing and (ii) amending sections...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with local authorities in (a) Liverpool and (b) the North West affected by the roll out of the...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to contact, inform and involve hon. Members whose constituencies are included in the area of the private...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of rejected applications under the private pilot of the new application process for...

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to answer Questions 146839 and 163094, on criminal proceedings, tabled on 22 May and 11 July 2018 respectively by the hon....

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports to Action Fraud have been dismissed by a computer system before they are read by a member of staff in each of the last...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to launch a public consultation on civil service pay guidance.

    • Cabinet Office EU Unit: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff of each grade work in the Cabinet Office Europe Unit.

      Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Public Contracts Regulation 2015 in ensuring that the public sector treats economic operators...

      Breast Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the survival rates for people with breast cancer have been in each of the last five years.

      Cabinet Office: Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d)...

      National Democracy Week

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Government's hosting of national democracy week; how many events the Government held;...

  • Treasury

    • Non-domestic Rates: Solar Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential effect on encouraging people and businesses to be more environmentally-friendly and on...

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165182, by what means HMRC plans to distinguish between a good settled in its final destination in the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to extend IR35 off-payroll tax rules to the private sector.

      UK Trade with EU: Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work has been undertaken to understand the technology and processes required to remove the need for infrastructure related to checks and controls at...

      Robert McCoy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information he holds on the current status of the EU's review of compensation due to Robert McCoy; what official UK involvement there has been in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to prevent broadband services using copper which is sold as fibre.

    • Business: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what step his Department is taking to encourage good practice in cyber security for businesses.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the publication of his Department’s civil society strategy; and what the scope of that...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to establish an alternative governance body than the Football Association to...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Football Association on promoting women's football in the North East.

      Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the public purse the Football Association has received in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with UK Sport on the future sustainability of sports which do not currently receive...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to limit children’s exposure to gambling adverts during live sporting events.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 30 October 2017 to Question 109351 on Olympic Games 2012, if he will provide an update on what...

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the future relationship between the EU and the UK broadcasting industry.

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