Written answers

Friday, 7 September 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average decline in battery efficiency in each year of a passenger vehicle's life.

    • Lakeside Energy From Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the role of the high temperature incinerator at the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility in the disposal of waste from the Salisbury novichok...

      Motorways: Cambridge and Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce his decision on the preferred corridor for the Oxford-Cambridge expressway.

      Roads: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 903381 on Road Links: Kent and the South-east, when the hon. Member for Hereford and South...

      Roads: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to Nottinghamshire for the (a) repair of and (b) prevention of potholes.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues to rail freight operators on idling in residential areas.

      Railways: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Rail Delivery Group on that organisation’s air quality impact study.

      Railways: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2017 to Question 115264 on Railways: Freight, whether the air quality impact study undertaken by the Rail...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will issue guidance to (a) Network Rail and (b) rail operating companies on speed limits for freight trains during night time hours in...

      East-West Rail Link: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make his policy to electrify the East-West rail line between Oxford and Cambridge.

      Cherwell Valley Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for a decision to be made on the future electrification of the railway line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway.

      Railways: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to deliver the electrification of freight services running through Oxford.

      Railways: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has held with Network Rail on (a) planned changes in the volume of rail freight and (b) the (i) length of freight trains (ii)...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will instruct Highways England to consider lane widening as part of its proposals to introduce variable speed limits through motorway emergency...

      Roads: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the pothole action fund is planned to be allocated to London borough councils.

      TfL Rail: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with TfL on improving the availability of mobile phone coverage on TfL Rail services.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Weight Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what impact assessment his Department carried out on legislative changes to the operating weight of MCBP vehicles.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what economic impact assessment his Department has carried out on changes to the regulation of MCBP vehicles.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce funding decisions for the second Road Investment Strategy funding period.

      Mersey Gateway Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) communications and (b) meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with (i) Halton Borough Council, (ii) Mersey Gateway since...

      Tolls: Liverpool City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake research to identify the economic impact on the Liverpool City Region of tolls on the (a) Mersey Gateway Bridge, (b) Silver...

      Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to Nexus in each year since 2010.

      Mersey Gateway Bridge: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the financial guarantee given to ensure the operators of the Mersey Gateway Bridge have no financial shortfall as a result of lower than...

      Mersey Gateway Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many penalty charge notices issued by Merseyflow to people for failure to pay the toll on the Mersey Gateway Bridge have been appealed to the...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the average cost of a train ticket purchased in the (a) South East, (b) South West, (c) North East, (d) North...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the average cost of a train ticket per mile of track covered for the journey covered by that ticket in each...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of uptake for Cycle to Work Scheme; and what steps he is taking to encourage uptake of that scheme.

      Cycling: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Bikeability training places his Department funded in schools in each of the last two academic years.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) number and (b) quality of rail services in the South East.

      Abellio Greater Anglia: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for introducing Delay Repay 15 on Greater Anglia services; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Israel’s immigration policy which restricts the access of international passport holders to the...

    • Burma: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the EU suspension of invitations to senior military officers from Burma to visit the EU remains in place.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Security Council raised the detention of political prisoners with...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weaopns on the...

      Gulf Strategy Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19 October 2016 to Question 47638, what the source of the funding was for the administration...

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent from the Integrated Activity Fund in the financial year 2017-18.

      Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the refusal by Jau prison authorities to allow Bahraini...

      Hamed bin Haydara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received reports on the condition of Mr Hamed bin Haydara, a Baha’i prisoner in Sana’a,...

      Yemen: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on reports of the Government of Iran encouraging the Houthi to persecute the...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the United Nations Security Council to refer the people responsible for the situation of...

      Japan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic assistance the Government is providing to Japan as a result of recent floods in that country.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on trends in and the extent of radicalisation by Hamas of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of Hamas-led rocket attacks against Israel there have been in each of the...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his polices of the submissions on proposed procedural amendments to check...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Bahraini Government to remove restrictions on the activities of civil society and to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding his Department planned to allocate to the Community Prisons for Women; how much savings have been accrued as a result of the...

    • Discrimination: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure access to justice for people facing disability discrimination in (a) employment and (b) education.

      Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of private prosecutions initiated in the last five years were the result of law enforcement agencies having declined to take...

      Postal Services: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for attacks by violent dogs on Royal Mail and other delivery staff since 2015.

      Crime: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to increase support for victims of crime in Nottinghamshire.

      Speech and Language Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the I CAN and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' report, Bercow: ten years on, published on 20 March 2018, what steps...

      Ministry of Justice: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2018 to Question 157090 on Ministry of Justice: Buildings, how many days each Minister of his Department spent in Petty...

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department's review of the use of pain-inducing restraint across all child prisons and escorting procedures is planned to begin.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prevention of future death notices issued to each NHS ambulance trust in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government's procurement of Type 26 Destroyers will include a requirement for manufacture (a) of components sourced from manufacturing...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures are in place to ensure that child claimants of disability living allowance who appeal the outcome of a mandatory...

    • Personal Independence Payment: Garston and Halewood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Garston and Halewood constituency have had their eligibility for the higher rate mobility component of DLA or its PIP...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits on excluding disabled people from the under occupancy penalty, in the event that suitable...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an exemption from the benefit cap for people that cannot actively seek work.

      Occupational Pensions: Mansfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled in a pension scheme Since 2012 in Mansfield constituency.

      Homelessness: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing reductions in the level of housing benefit to meet the Government's...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the level of uptake of workplace pensions since that scheme's inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how her Department plans to ensure that new supported housing accesses funding and exemptions from universal credit for new occupants.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is between a complainant (a) submitting an enquiry and (b) receiving a conclusive response relating to women affected by...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of decisions on claims are overturned in the period of time between the date of a decision being made on a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will make it its policy to maintain the standards set out by the EU Bathing Water Directive once the UK...

  • Home Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Answer of 16 July 2018 to Question 162516 on Gemalto, whether his Department has received reports of criminality from Gremalto...

    • Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that medicinal cannabis products be moved out of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on his review of his Department's policies on (a) immigration and (b) refugee family reunion.

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has plans to provide additional resources to support border operations at UK airports during the summer period.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of the effect of delays at border controls on the UK economy.

      Refugees: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what extra support he is providing to the Liverpool City Council for the Syrian Resettlement Programme.

      Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of pay-freezes on staff of his Department who remain on legacy shift arrangements.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) dual and (b) UK-only UK nationals have had their UK citizenship revoked in the last 10 years.

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the Institute of Business Ethics 2017 report on culture, values and behaviours at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate...

      Home Office: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which agencies and other public bodies accountable to him will not have published their annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 by 31 July...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that policing budgets maintain alignment with inflation year-on-year; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the planned closure of half of London's police stations does not impact negatively on...

      Metropolitan Police: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the tri-borough merger among the police forces in Havering, Redbridge and...

      Motorcycles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle moped-enabled crime in London.

      Acids: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps he is taking to prevent acid attacks in London.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the participation of the (a) City of London Police and (b) Metropolitan Police Service...

      Forced Marriage: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of children under the age of 18 who are living in the London Borough of Havering who have been...

      Undocumented Migrants: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK Government initiatives to prevent illegal immigration from Calais.

      Seasonal Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of recent decreases in EU net migration to the UK on the ability of businesses to recruit...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications by refugees for Indefinite Leave to Remain submitted since July 2017 have still not received a decision.

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made on preparations for the introduction of a new seasonal agricultural workers scheme; and what the timetable for the...

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much Government funding is available to the UNHCR for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the Liverpool City Council area.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the length of time EU citizens who participate in the private pilot of the new application process for the EU...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the private pilot of the new application process for the EU Settlement Scheme...

      Asylum: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking with other government departments to ensure that asylum seekers are able to present in their substantive...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pregnant women have been deported after being detained in an immigration detention centre.

      UK Border Force: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2018 to Question 164380, what recent assessment he has made of how UK Border Force has performed against...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals on immigration.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to ensure that in the event of no agreement being reached under Article 50 of the treaty on the European Union...

      Immigration: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to ensure that in the event of no agreement being reached under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support fraud victims whose cases do not meet Action Fraud's threshold for investigation.

  • Treasury

    • Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which the Check Employment Status for Tax tool aligns with (a) case law relating to the test of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether any Government departments charge other such departments for the transfer or sharing of data; and if he will make a...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Equalities Act 2010 so that the provisions of that Act on the public sector equality duty...

    • Government Equalities Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many civil servants are employed by the Government Equalities Office.

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to ensure that indicator 5.c.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals is assessed effectively across Government.

      Homosexuality: Psychiatry

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the timetable is for the introduction of legislative proposals to ban gay conversion therapy.

      LGBT People: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to tackle biphobia.

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