Written answers

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Chinese Government on reports that the freedom and rights of religious citizens are...

    • USA: International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his US counterpart urging him to (a) reassess his attitude towards the International...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in his Department for mental health reasons in...

      Sanctions: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to impose sanctions for gross human rights violations under the (a) Criminal Finances Act 2017 and...

      Sanctions: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the list of people sanctioned under the (a) Criminal Finances Act 2017 and (b) Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act...

  • Department for Education

    • Whitehaven Academy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Minister for School Standards on 10 September 2018, Official Report, column 456, how much funding was allocated...

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Minister for School Standards on 10 September 2018, Official Report, column 456, what improvements have been made...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) male and (b) female social workers were employed in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ashfield Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Prison Custody Officers were certified in HMP Ashfield as at 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2012, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

    • Parc Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Prison Custody Officers were certified in HMP/YOI Parc as at 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2012, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress the Government has made in increasing (a) the number of and (b) access to Changing Places toilets.

    • Right to Buy Scheme: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for the publication of the outcome of the large-scale regional pilot scheme in the Midlands of...

      Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on the establishment of an official Mixed Race Day in the UK to celebrate the heritage...

      Refuges: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the July 2018 report of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission entitled Pressing for Progress,...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the recommendations of the July 2018 report of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission entitled...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse has been of the New Enterprise Allowance in each of the last five years.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the planned timescale is for the transitional protection period for universal credit.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints from women born in the 1950s are being considered by the Independent Case Examiner.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in her Department for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the 2018-19 Main Estimates, published in April 2018, how much funding his Department has allocated to prepare for the UK...

    • Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of his Department's budget will be spent on funding the Trade Remedies Authority.

      Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the timeline is for the establishment of the Trade Remedies Authority.

      Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff he plans for the Trade Remedies Authority to employ; and if he will list those positions by Civil Service band.

      Trade Remedies Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many job roles in the Trade Remedies Authority are (a) filled, (b) in the process of being filled, (c) currently being advertised for...

      Department for International Trade: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, 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...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government has made on the implementation of section 36 of the Equality Act 2010.

  • Department for Transport

    • Network Rail: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payment terms Network Rail is required to apply to its suppliers; whether they take action on any supplier who imposes longer payment terms on sub-suppliers;...

    • Railways: Peterborough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the dates of (1) submission, and (2) decision under the Transport and Works Act 1992 procedures were for the Werrington rail fly-under; and why the process...

      M6

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total estimated cost of the smart motorway work currently taking place on the M6 motorway; and what is the projected completion date.

      Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the smart motorway work currently taking place on the M6 and other motorways has been evaluated by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure an agreement to replace Euratom in order to guarantee the seamless continuation of research and development work with the remaining EU...

    • Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to expedite an increase in the number of people in the Office for Nuclear Regulation and to fulfil the agreements recently reached...

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to ensure that during and after the withdrawal of the UK from Euratom there will be seamless access to nuclear...

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they are making to ensure that nuclear issues specifically relevant to the UK's relationship with the Republic of Ireland are reviewed before the...

      Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that UK nuclear regulators retain at least associate status at European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group meetings in order to...

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to establish a state system of accountancy for safeguarded nuclear materials which will match that applied by Euratom.

      Artificial Intelligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of public perceptions of artificial intelligence; and what measures they will put in place to ensure that the uptake of this...

      Euratom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to ensure that UK withdrawal from Euratom does not diminish UK commitment to the continued development, implementation and...

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that UK oil and gas industries operating in the North Sea may suffer labour shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

      Aerospace Industry: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that there are concerns among safety regulators within the UK aerospace industry about preparations for a no-deal Brexit...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Bangladesh following recent security forces' responses to the road safety protests in Dhaka.

    • Bangladesh: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Bangladeshi authorities about the arrest of Shahidul Alam following comments he made about the road safety protests in Dhaka.

      Kenya: Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial support they provide to the BRICS/Wasafiri countering violent extremism programme in Kenya; and what assessment they have made of (1) the...

      Sudan: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised issues of freedom of religion for Christians in Sudan with their Sudanese counterparts.

      Malaysia: Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Malaysia about the caning of two women for having a same-sex relationship.

      Zimbabwe: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in assisting the government of Zimbabwe to pay any arrears owing to former members of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service.

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to the government of Myanmar to address the issues and policies which have led to the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the use of long-acting reversible contraception in general practice.

    • Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Public Health England’s document, A consensus statement: reproductive health is a public issue, published on 26 June, what steps they...

      Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) costs or (2) savings to the NHS of restricting the availability of gluten-free foods on prescription.

      Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the reduction in the prescribing of gluten-free foods on low income families where a member of the family suffers...

      Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to Clinical Commissioning Groups on the funding of gluten-free prescribing.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department of Health and Social Care policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any such...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what single mechanism a family may exercise their right to dissent from data being used for purposes beyond direct care following the planned removal of the GP...

      Food: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the event of a no-deal outcome to the Brexit discussions whether they intend to inspect each container of food imported from the EU to ensure that food safety...

      Food: UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the staffing requirements and costs of maintaining safety inspections of EU imported food products at UK borders once the UK has...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions, and when, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Minister for Public Health have met the Chief Executive and Chair of the...

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether scenario planning in relation to Brexit has included the option of suspending food regulations and inspections should delays occur at UK borders after Brexit.

      Orkambi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will invite the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to re-consider their decision not to offer Orkambi to cystic fibrosis...

      Berwick Infirmary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals to replace the Berwick Infirmary with a new facility in Tweedmouth built in conjunction with a leisure centre rather...

      Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS-funded hip and knee operations have been undertaken by independent providers in each of the last five years; and what percentage of overall NHS hip...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS-funded trauma and orthopaedic procedures have been undertaken by independent providers in each of the last five years; and what percentage of overall...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much their initiative to stockpile medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit will cost.

      Radiology: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior consultant radiologist posts are currently unfilled in NHS England; what impact the level of unfilled posts is having on patient care; what the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that displaced civilians now in Idlib province be offered safe passage to more peaceful areas in Syria.

    • Turkey: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey to identify the level of support that is needed to deal with any expected influx of refugees to Turkey...

  • Department for Education

    • 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 monitor or collect information on the size of employers supported by...

    • Apprentices: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 25 July (HL9666), what percentage of contracts for the training of apprentices, by number and by value,...

      Secondary Education: Teachers

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

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will assess the impact of the £2 million funding scheme to help disadvantaged children to benefit from healthy meals and enriching activities during...

      Horticulture: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total spend on horticultural education and training for students over 16 years old by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for the last three...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the ability of local communities to influence the governance of primary and secondary schools.

      Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in England were home educated in each of the years (1) 2013–14, (2) 2014–15, (3) 2015–16, and (4) 2016–17.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many instances of crowdfunding to cover the cost of legal representation for families involved in inquests have taken place in the last five years.

    • Stephen Port

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used in the assessment of legal aid support to families involved in the inquests covering the deaths of the victims of Stephen Port.

      Prison Advice and Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Catholic Prison Advice and Care Trust in the last five years; and what assessment they have made of the work of that charity.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Public Spaces Protection Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances, to whom, and to what extent, is legal aid available to challenge public spaces protection orders under the statutory appeal procedure...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Families

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

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Office for Disability Issues

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projects the Office for Disability Issues are currently working on.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that work coaches are prepared for any increase in caseloads as a consequence of managed migration to Universal Credit.

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that disabled people do not see an end to their financial support if they are unable to make a claim for Universal Credit...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to identify disabled people and other vulnerable groups who may require additional support to make a new claim for Universal Credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of statistics for prosecutions for fly-tipping in England; and, in the light of those, whether local authorities have sufficient...

    • Veterinary Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consult the veterinary profession before any changes are made to meet veterinary workforce capacity that could impact on the UK’s...

  • Treasury

    • Economic Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UK economy may face a short-term slowdown in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    • Financial Services: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to recover any VAT tax receipts from City businesses lost in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and what estimate they have made of the...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated annual cost of their decision to suspend annual increases on fuel duty since 2010.

      Cooperatives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of co-operative companies and institutes in the UK.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association’s conclusion that only a small number of eligible teenagers take part in the National...

    • Gambling: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent children and young people becoming addicted to gambling.

      Citizens Juries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where and when they intend to pilot citizens' juries.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to abolish the BBC licence fee.

      BBC: Political Impartiality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the BBC is not politically biased.

      BBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people in the UK who view or listen to the BBC’s news services; and whether that audience is falling.

      BBC

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted a study into any changing demand for diverse news and internet-based entertainment services and the impact that might have on the BBC.

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