Written answers

Friday, 2 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

    • Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential environmental effect of (a) scrubber technology and (b) marine sulphur dumping on UK coastlines.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether staff in the Drive and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s contact centre have to record the time spent on toilet breaks during the working day.

      Plymouth Port: Domestic Visits

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

      Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide for the automatic provision of compensation in the event of a delayed flight.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce which rail market-led proposals have been successful in securing approval to proceed to the next stage of the process; and...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department was informed by the Rail Delivery Group of the expanded roll-out of the 26-30 railcard.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2018 to Question 169712 on Railways: Franchises, whether his Department has any requirements in place to ensure...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental...

    • Electricity Interconnectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of UK electricity supply will be provide by...

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the accountability of the vehicle rental industry to its customers; and how many...

      Electric Vehicles: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the competitiveness of the UK in major electric vehicle production investments...

      Construction: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government’s Industrial Strategy for Construction 2025, published in 2013, whether his...

      World War I and World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a medal for women who worked in munitions...

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the public purse his Department plans to allocate to the Post Office’s move from public...

      Land Registry: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff (a) are employed directly by (b) are seconded to and (c) work under contract in HM Land Registry.

      Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many FTE staff have been employed by the Coast to Capital LEP in each of the last five years.

      Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what major projects have been funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership since its creation.

      Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the investment objectives are of the public funds distributed by the C2C Local Enterprise Partnership.

      Warships: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the ability of UK shipyards to secure contracts to build military vessels...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

    • Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of political prisoners in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of incidents involving Bahraini security forces torturing detainees in each...

      Bahrain: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has recently raised the subject of the rape of female detainees in Bahrain with his Bahraini counterparts; and if he...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, published in 2011, whether he has raised the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £8.75 per hour.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £10.20 per hour.

      Spain: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance and advice was offered by the Government to UK nationals in Majorca following the recent flooding.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money each local authority spent on contraceptive services in each year since 2013.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people requiring treatment for alcohol disorders accessed services in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands...

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for future rounds of diabetes transformation funding to include digital education in its aim to improve the...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to introduce the new blood test for breast cancer screening to improve the rate of early diagnosis.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

      Mental Health Services: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for people living with rheumatoid arthritis.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of lung cancer.

      Suicide: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data sources his Department uses to measure the number of attempted suicides in the (a) Birkenhead constituency and (b) Wirral local...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on travel and accommodation for adults taking part in the NHS Proton Beam Therapy Service Overseas...

      Haematological Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information is provided by NHS England to patients with blood cancer on CAR-T cell therapies.

      Haematological Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England news releases of 5 September and 5 October, when he plans to make CAR-T cell therapy available to (a)...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of smoking cessation treatments on health inequalities in the UK; and if he will make an...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2018 to question 177403 on Cancer: Screening, whether patients and clinicians have access to...

      Clinical Waste: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any medical and clinical waste from the NHS has been transported to the Grundon waste management site in Slough for incineration...

      Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of Clinical Commissioning Groups commissioned extra endoscopy capacity in (a) 2017-2018 (b) 2018-2019.

      Haematological Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for (a) paediatric and (b) adult patients with blood cancer to access CAR-T cell therapies on the NHS.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve treatment for people with Crohn's disease.

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with fibromyalgia in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many amputations were carried out as a result of Type 2 diabetes in each clinical commissioning group area in each of the last four years.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of funding additional domestic medical student places to meet growing NHS...

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Attorney General, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

    • Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on improving prosecutions in cases involving rape and other sexual offences.

  • Department for International Development

    • International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding the Government plans to allocate to the International Citizen Service programme in each of the next five years.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of young people that will take part in the International Citizen Service in each...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide access to free school meals for disadvantaged children in year 3 and above (a) whose parents...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

    • Bail: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of an offence whilst on bail awaiting court proceedings for each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women, (b) men and (c) people of BAME background were in receipt of (i) civil and (ii) criminal legal aid in each (A) year and (B) quarter...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what he plans to publish the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

      Prisoners On Remand: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the remand rate in Wales was for a defendant categorised as (a) juvenile, (b) young adult and (c) adult in each year from 2013 to 2017.

      Convictions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders convicted in Wales had (a) zero, (b) one to six, (c) seven to 14 and (d) 15 or more previous criminal convictions or cautions in each...

      Trials: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) guilty and (b) not guilty pleas were entered by defendants appearing at Crown Court in Wales in each year from 2013 to 2017.

      Trials: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants remanded in custody at a magistrates’ court (a) received an immediate custodial sentence, (b) received a non-custodial...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the proposed additional money for the Advocates' Graduated Fee scheme the Government plans to allocate from (a) existing Ministry of Justice...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • International Military Services: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the former hon. Member for Rhondda of 19 June 1990, Official Report columns 807-98, what steps his Department...

    • Armed Forces: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 31 October 2016 and follow-up correspondence of 9 January 2017 to Question 49923 on Armed Forces: Coroners, if he will...

      Appledore Shipyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has held with Babcock on securing the future of Appledore shipyard.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of universal credit are classified as problem gamblers.

    • Universal Credit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with mental illness will be moved to universal credit under the managed migration regulations.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of claimants of employment support allowance that will be classified as vulnerable as a result of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hours of training are planned to be undertaken by her Department's work coaches to identify people that (a) are vulnerable and (b)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has allocated additional funding for the home visiting service in advance of managed migration to universal credit.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the state pensions of UK pensioners living in the EEA will continue to be up-rated annually after the UK leaves the EU; and if she...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether health professionals undertaking personal independence payment assessments for people with mental health issues are required to have a...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much discretionary housing payment funding in 2019-20 is planned to be targeted at households affected by the benefit cap.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan, what provision there is for short-term protection of (a) bats...

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the provision of financial support to farmers that are unable to hire seasonal workers in...

  • Home Office

    • Police: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the levels of police funding in (a) Sunderland and (b) the North-East.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2018 to Question 182842 on Police Service of Northern Ireland: Staff, how many additional officers the...

    • Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland's budget was in each of the last five years; and how much was spent in each year on legal...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

    • Internet: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the announcement made by the Prime Minister in January 2018, when his Department plans to complete its...

      Social Media: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many social media companies complied with the September 2018 deadline to supply data to support the publication of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed human rights violations in (1) Bahrain; (2) Cameroon; (3) Eritrea; and (4) the Philippines with the respective governments of those countries.

    • USA: INF Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on nuclear proliferation arising from President Trump’s announcement of the US decision to withdraw from the 1987...

      Commonwealth: LGBT People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to support equality for LGBT people in the Commonwealth.

      Commonwealth: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to support abortion law reform in the Commonwealth; and if so, what are those steps.

  • Department for International Development

    • Ethiopia: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) aid available to, and (2) religious freedoms of, the Manjo peoples living in the Sheka zone of the Southern region of...

    • Uganda: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reserves of anti-tuberculosis treatments held in Uganda; and what discussions they have had with the government of Uganda...

  • Department for Education

    • Out-of-school Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the successful prosecution and closure of the unregistered Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he will provide for members of the media to be present to witness the count at future hereditary peers by-elections.

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he will ensure that tellers are appointed to attend future counts for hereditary peers by-elections.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • European Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will allocate any resources in the European Social Fund that remain unallocated by the end of the fund period in 2020; and if so, where such...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that consumers in the UK can be certain from food labelling that the meat they purchase is not Halal.

    • Plastics: Waste Disposal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they are providing to waste collection authorities that are suspending the collection of plastics or considering doing so owing to the...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of Bluetongue virus have been identified in sheep in the UK over the last 12 months.

  • Home Office

    • Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 October (HL9860 and HL9890) and the Minister of State for the Home Office on 10 October...

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the appointment of Drusilla Sharpling to the Janner strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of Article 32.10 (Non-Market Country FTA) of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would preclude the UK having both a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Race and Ethnicity Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 1 February (HL4903), what conclusions the Race and Ethnicity Board has reached on how best to engage the...

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