Written answers

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the viability of the UK aviation sector of the UK leaving the EU.

    • Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve infrastructure for cycling and walking.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a public consultation on the adequacy of legislation relating to (a) road traffic offences (b) penalties for motorists who cause...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Bedouin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has he made of the effect of recent judgments in the Israeli courts on Khan al-Ahmar on Bedouin settlements in...

    • Ahmed Mansoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with this Emirati counterpart on the sentencing of the human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Israel on its plans to demolish the village of Khan Al Mar.

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to recent criticism of the International Criminal Court by the US and Israel, if he will reaffirm the UK's...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision of the US Administration to close the Palestine Liberation...

      Libya: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its role as a penholder on Libya in the UN Security Council.

  • Attorney General

    • Vote Leave

      To ask the Attorney General, what discussion he had with First Treasury Counsel in advance of agreeing to act for the Electoral Commission in Vote Leave Ltd's appeal against their recent findings...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165444 on Palestinians: Television, what information her Department holds on the...

    • Caribbean: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that the (a) Caribbean British Overseas Territories and (b) Commonwealth Caribbean islands are...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 153261 on Teachers: Recruitment, if he will provide the finalised (a) total spending and (b)...

    • Carillion: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills of 10 September 2018, Official Report, column 456, how many...

      Department for Education: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in his Department for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff he has certified under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 to work as prison custody officers in each privately-operated...

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make (a) legal aid and (b) a legal advice and guidance helpline available for people representing themselves in civil court.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to reduce reoffending rates amongst young people aged 18-24 in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average reoffending rate was of offenders who served sentences in (a) public sector and (b) private sector prisons in each of the last five years.

      Coroners: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of days was for a body to be held before release by the West Sussex and Surrey coroners in (a) 2017 and (b) the first six months...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will carry out a review of whether there is sufficient and quality accommodation available to service personnel on the defence estates.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a flexible model for Statutory Sick Pay to better support those...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working households in receipt of tax credits will receive (a) a lower award and (b) no award at all, under the capital rules for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department retains the capacity to revert to the legacy benefit systems.

      New Businesses: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will introduce small business loans for social security claiments who have a viable business plan for self employment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Kendal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the date of completion of (a) flood defence maintenance and (b) future flood...

    • Floods: Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of water drainage systems in postcodes that experienced...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the flood defence capacity in postcodes affected by Storm Desmond in 2015-2016 to...

      Land Drainage: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken in the last three years to ensure that United Utilities have increased drainage capacity...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers his Department has to require water companies to invest in flood defences in areas affected by flooding; and if...

      Farms: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to provide funding from the public purse to provide farmers with payments for fulfilling their legal...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department's target of planting 180,000 hectares of new woodland in England by the end of 2042 will be adopted...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2018 to Question 170273, whether his Department's Waste and Resources Strategy will...

      Curlews: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to introduce predator control as part of the work to secure the future of the Curlew.

      Agriculture: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to include predator control in agri-environment schemes.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the UK's (a) overall and (b) regional residual waste treatment...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • European Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of giving up the UK's share of European Investment Bank assets in the event...

  • Treasury

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reducing duty on beer.

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) jobs and (b) investment in the brewing and pubs sector of the beer duty freeze announced in the Autumn...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on beer prices of the beer duty freeze announced in the Autumn Budget 2017.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reinstate duty free sales for passengers leaving the UK for the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential tax implications of reintroducing duty free to passengers travelling from the UK to the EU after the UK leaves...

      Revenue and Customs: East Kilbride

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed by HMRC in East Kilbride.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many additional EU-related posts HMRC will require by March 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the additional EU-related posts that HMRC will require by March 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal will be located in...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average cost per call is of opening HMRC contact centres (a) Monday to Friday and (b) on a (i) Saturday and (ii) Sunday.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC workers are aged (a) under 25, (b) 25 to 39, (c) 40 to 49 and (d) 50 and over.

      Revenue and Customs: Ipswich

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the overall (a) cost and (b) projected staffing numbers of the HMRC Building Our Future programme changed following the decision to retain the...

      Revenue and Customs: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department provides financial assistance for HMRC to help local businesses run (a) the small self-administered scheme and (b) other schemes.

  • Department for Transport

    • Govia Thameslink Railway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet with senior officials from Govia Thameslink to discuss the provision of automatic replacement services to London Kings Cross to ensure...

    • Railway Stations: Cambridge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the regional economic benefits of the opening of the proposed south Cambridge railway station.

      Railway Stations: Cambridge

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress in developing plans for the proposed south Cambridge railway station; and on what date will it be opened.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Timetables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what percentage, of the members of the panel investigating the causes of the Thameslink 2018 timetable problems have been or...

      Railways: Industrial Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations and companies the Minister of State for Transport (1) has met, and (2) is scheduled to meet in connection with his responsibility for rail...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide additional resources to support bus services in England so that some of the routes stopped since 2010 can be restored.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the railway network between Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

      Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the social and economic benefits to the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford corridor of improved transport links between them.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements, if any, they have made for regular consultation with the Nuclear Institute during the process of withdrawal from Euratom.

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for replacing each of the provisions of the Euratom Treaty with equivalent alternative arrangements.

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consider a future relationship with Euratom similar to Switzerland's; and if not, why not.

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure a seamless continuity of legislation and regulatory standards, and the enforcement of industry’s compliance with them,...

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures, if any, they are introducing prior to the UK's withdrawal from Euratom to ensure that each of the basic standards applied to the nuclear industries...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 July (HL9469), how many separate cases of detention in Turkey have been raised with the...

    • Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use when deciding which cases of persons in detention to raise with the government of Turkey.

      Turkey: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of persons held in detention in Turkey have been raised with the government of Turkey as a result of discussions and decisions taken by the EU...

      UK Permanent Representation to the EU: Official Residences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the cost, extent and purpose of the current refurbishment of the residence of the UK's Permanent Representative to the EU.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress made by the Council of Europe’s project on improving the effectiveness of investigation of allegations of...

      Turkey: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 August (HL9596), whether ministers have discussed with their counterparts the conditions under which...

      Israel: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the destruction of the Said al-Mishal Cultural Centre and Theatre by the Israel Defence...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the Gibraltar dispute between the UK and the government of Spain since June 2016; and what assessment they have made of whether...

      Somalia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what inquiries, if any, they have made concerning the use of rehabilitation centres in Somalia to which British Somali children are being sent; and what activities...

      Russia: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Vostok-2018, the joint Russian–Chinese military exercises taking place in eastern Siberia from 11 to 15 September and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Community Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of district nurses in England in community service organisations, such as NHS Community Healthcare Trusts, has reduced since 2010; and, if so,...

  • Department for International Development

    • Women and Children First UK: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they made, if any, to the (1) core, and (2) non-core, funding of Women and Children First UK in (a) 2015–16, (b) 2016–17, and (c)...

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of £200 million of funding for the Women's Integrated Sexual Health programme, how much of that funding will be spent on abortion...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of £200 million funding for the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme, how many abortion procedures they estimate...

      Kenya: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of £36 million of funding for family planning in Kenya, how much of that funding will be spent on abortion provision and related...

      USA: UN Population Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the government of the United States about its decision to withdraw funding from the UN Population Fund; and what were...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) action they are taking, and (2) funding they are designating, to protect Rohingya women in refugee camps with specific reference to (a) improving lighting...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the participation and leadership of Rohingya people of all ages and genders in programmes intended to safeguard women in the...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to assist local organisations with expertise on gender issues in their contribution to the safety and well-being of Rohingya women refugees.

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the UK will deliver its next round of aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); what action they are taking to ensure the...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what results they have had in the UN Security Council and the International Syria Support Group in advocating for the protection of civilians in Idlib and for an...

      Jerusalem: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they plan to take to support hospitals situated in East Jerusalem following recent reductions by the United States in financial aid.

      Gaza: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they plan to take to ensure that hospitals in Gaza are able to operate following recent shortages of UN emergency fuel.

  • Department for Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to require local authorities seeking to place looked-after children outside their own area to consult the local authority where a placement is...

    • Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of (1) art and design, (2) music, (3) drama, (4) design and technology, (5) history, and (6) geography were taught at key stage 4 in state secondary...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students were in key stage 4 in state secondary schools in England in each year from 2010 to 2017; and what was the annual percentage change in the number...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of (1) art and design, (2) music, (3) drama,( 4) design and technology, (5) history, and (6) geography were taught at key stage 3 in state secondary...

      Department for Education: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Education policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any such assessments.

      Private Education: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which independent schools participated in the 2010 and 2017 key stage five performance table rankings.

      Apprentices: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 25 July (HL9666), what mechanisms they use or intend to use to ensure that subcontractors to...

      Apprentices: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 25 July (HL9666), how they assess the suitability for Education and Skills Funding Agency contracts for...

      Apprentices: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 25 July (HL9666), why they do not collect information on what percentage of the value of Education...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to reduce the number of school exclusions in secondary schools in England.

      Managers: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the final funding band review of 15 August for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship standard, what items from the nominated training...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the findings of the independent review of the disabled facilities grant have not been published; whether they intend to publish it; and if so, when.

    • Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Assessing the impacts of extending permitted development rights...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the roll out of Universal Credit to be completed; and what steps they are taking to ensure that data collected on access to free school meals is...

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report of the Chartered Institute of Housing Missing The Target? Is targeted affordability funding doing its job?, published on 29 August,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the financial support to the agricultural sector following Brexit.

      Beef: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it will be possible to import hormone-reared beef after Brexit.

      Food: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of (1) exports, and (2) imports, of food and drink between the UK and the rest of the EU in each of the last three years.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what steps they are taking to ensure sufficient levels of food security following any change in payments to UK farmers after Brexit.

      Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK will be self-sufficient in food ingredients after Brexit; and if not, what plans they have, if any, for stockpiling within the UK food and drink...

      Veterinary Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, as reported in the National Audit Office report on Defra's Progress in Implementing EU Exit, Defra was not permitted to engage with the...

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether food imports from Least Developed Countries will have the same food safety and animal welfare checks after Brexit as they currently do.

  • Home Office

    • Police: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of whether the UK will maintain access to EU criminal databases after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and if none, what...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Cabinet Office policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any such assessments.

    • Philippines: Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent or invested by the UK Prosperity Fund in the Philippines in the (1) current, and (2) previous two years; and what impact this has had on...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that they meet their target of awarding small and medium-sized enterprises 33 per cent of public works contracts by 2022.

      Government Departments: Bicycles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments have buildings in which ministers are based which allow visitors to carry folding bikes into meetings or have lockable storage for them near...

      Former Ministers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and which, enquiries into breaches of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) rules resulted in findings against former ministers since...

      Boris Johnson

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which policy areas the guidance in the Ministerial Code prevents the former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, from conducting lobbying.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is taken within departments in relation to projects which are rated in the Annual Reports of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority as...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which projects where the Delivery Confidence Assessment is shown as amber, amber/red or red in the Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) Annual Reports the...

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