Written answers

Friday, 19 October 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took...

    • Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2017 to Question 117278 on buses:tyres, how many tyres over the age of 10 years have been (a) identified and (b)...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring individuals applying for a private hire vehicle licence to undertake disability...

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) terms and conditions, (b) salary and (c) hours of work are for Keith Williams in relation to the Rail Review.

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) terms of conditions, (b) remuneration and (c) hours of work are for the panel members of the Rail Review Panel.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for the introduction of the one-click compensation scheme on the railways.

      London North Eastern Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Office for Rail and Road’s decision not to authorise any more Intercity Express Programme Class...

      Train Operating Companies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he provided to train operating companies on the measure of inflation to be used for future pay negotiations.

      Shipping: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to provide incentives for careers at sea for young people; and if he will make a statement.

      Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with major airports on best practice for reducing noise.

      Transport: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Northern Ireland administration as part of the Access for All programme to ensure parity of disabled access in...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumer Goods: Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the introduction of a quality mark for online sellers of...

    • Trading Standards: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of Trading Standards Officers in England and Wales.

      Trading Standards: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to measure the (a) quality and (b) quantity of work undertaken by Trading Standards Officers.

      Asda: Sainsbury's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has made to the Competition and Markets Authority on the proposed merger between...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of electricity generated by solar panels.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Attorney General

    • Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what assessment his Department carried out to determine whether the CPS requirement for people who have been victims of sexual assault to sign a Stafford statement...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of GDP spent on healthcare in the UK compared to the proportion spent by other EU...

    • Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of smoking of an increase in the take-up of vaping.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to change the implementation of the EU Tabacco Products Directive in the UK in relation to vaping after the UK leaves the EU.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulatory regime in relation to the production of nicotine (a) shots and (b) shortfills.

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will request Public Health England to conduct reviews on the potential for harm reduction of snus products.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 165570 on prescription fees and charges, how many claimants have subsequently had...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 165570 on NHS prescription fees and charges, if he will request from the Department...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children are home-schooled in (a) Bury North constituency, (b) Bury and (c) Greater Manchester.

    • Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to raise standards of adult literacy.

      Department for Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took...

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to publish his Department's preparations for no deal.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

      Universities: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for the Government's ambition to increase the number of BAME students going to...

      Primary Education: Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department provides to teach oral hygiene in primary schools.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of school exclusions.

      Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to replace potential lost funding for universities as a result of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average per pupil funding provided by his Department is for schools in (a) Garston and Halewood and (b) East Hampshire constituency.

      Primary Education: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of primary schools which have opened since September 2017 (a) include a nursery and (b) do not include a nursery.

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many times (a) she and (b) officials in her office have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place; and how long they spent at the...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Church Commissioners

    • Housing Estates: Sales

      To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which housing estates (a) in the Greater London area and (b) elsewhere have been sold by the Church Commissioners;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Multi-Role Vehicle (Protected) his Department plans to procure; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from each branch of the armed forces have been charged with offences relating to proscribed organisations in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Powered Vessels and Nuclear Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) total cost and (b) completion date for the (i) Dreadnought submarine, (ii) Astute submarine, (iii) Nuclear Warhead...

      Pressurised Water Reactors: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Royal Navy Nuclear Reactor Test Facility Review commissioned by his Department's Chief Scientific Advisor, dated October 2014,...

      Germany: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are currently assigned to Field Army units based in Germany.

      Devonport Dockyard: Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to locate the (a) deep maintenance and (b) refuelling of the Dreadnought submarines at Devonport.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has in place to avoid unnecessary repeat assessments for benefit applicants with special needs.

    • Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of youth employment since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures her Department has in place for when a claimant requests weekly rather than monthly payments of benefits; what advice her...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department's library holds a copy of The Real Nappies for London Scheme - waste prevention and wider social...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months;...

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds a copy of Contribution of Real Nappies for London to local authority waste prevention -...

      Agricultural Shows: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the correspondence between his Department and Royal Welsh Show officials on the display of Union Jack...

      Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of biodegradable cutlery in reducing the use of single-use plastic; and what steps...

      Nature Conservation: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of UK Overseas Development Assistance is allocated to training park rangers for the protection...

  • Home Office

    • Mohammed Nabi Wardak

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reassess the case of Aghan interpreter Mohammed Nabi Wardak who translated for British armed forces on the front line in Helmand...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether provisions will be included in the new asylum accommodation contracts to ensure that service providers that fail to meet specified...

      Passports: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what responses the Government has received to the questionnaire it sent out to 165 UN member states on 9 October 2017 to investigate how...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the psychological effect on immigrants of detention without a time limit.

      Refugees: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 167142 on UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Expenditure, how much funding his Department...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

      Visas: Families

      ‘To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family visit visa applications from non-EEA countries have been declined in the last 12 months.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) pass and (b) fail rates are for the International English Language Testing System for spouse visas in the UK for each year for...

      Human Trafficking: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of human trafficking cases that are linked to organ harvesting; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits took place;...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12...

      Second Homes: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the level of Council Tax receipts of the practice of second...

      Clarion Housing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ask the Social Housing Regulator to publish details of the enquiries it made into the accuracy of the...

      Housing Associaltions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Housing and Planning on 12 January 2017, column 576, and...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the Interim Chair of the Social Housing Regulator decided against appointing any tenants of social...

      Tenant Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason it is not a conflict of interest for a board member of the Social Housing Regulator to be the director...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities that have imposed a community infrastructure levy.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what priority the Government has given to beauty in the built environment.

      Early Intervention Grant: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department allocated from the early intervention grant to projects in Nottinghamshire in the last...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have visited the Irish border in the last 12 months; when those visits...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether she plans to publish her Department's preparations for no deal.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will model the effect on the UK economy of (a) a 50 per cent reduction in and (b) the abolition of Air Passenger Duty.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the Frontier Economics report finding that Britain’s airports could gain up...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a review of the Small Brewer Relief scheme to remove barriers to growth for small and medium sized brewers.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the progressive beer duty regime to ensure that the excise duty system supports growth in British beer exports.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority enforces rules on affordability checks for payday loans.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of incentives to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

      Overseas Loans: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the UK plans to (a) support and (b) seek a G20 commitment to provide transparency and disclosure of all loans made by governments and multilateral...

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2018 to Question 170701 on Disability Living Allowance: Appeals, what the timeframe is for the completion of...

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of domestic violence have been refused legal aid when applying for a non-molestation order in each of the last five years.

      Bedford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Government will publish its review into the concerted indiscipline at HMP Bedford on 15 and 16 September 2018.

      Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his speech entitled Justice Secretary launches fresh crackdown on crime in prison, published by his Department in July 2018, over what...

      Parc Prison: Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2018 to Question 173602 on Parc Prison: Prison Officers, which organisation holds data on the number of Prison...

      Birmingham Prison: Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to which prisons prisoners from HMP Birmingham have been moved to; and for each of those prisons (a) how many prisoners have been moved there, (b)...

      Berwyn Prison: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of men with convictions for sexual offences held at HMP Berwyn.

      Capital Punishment: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to reintroduce the death penalty to tackle violent crime.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans Ofsted has to consider children and young people's speech, language, and communication needs in their future research on special educational needs...

    • Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, excluding new schools opened following a competition under section 6A of the Education Act 2011, what was their target for the number of free schools to be opened...

      Schools: Accountability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 July (HL9052), when they intend to publish the consultation document on reviewing the school...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Sanctions: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking together with other members of the European Union to mitigate the effects of the imposition of sanctions on UK companies doing business...

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