Written answers

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Taxis: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the cost of CCTV in taxis and private hire vehicles on the vehicle owners.

    • Pollinators: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps (a) his Department and (b) agencies of his Department have taken to support the National Pollinator Strategy on (i) roads (ii) railway lines.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average journey time was to cross the Dartford Crossing northbound at peak times in each of the last ten years.

      Department for Transport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

      Department for Transport: Pay

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

      Department for Transport: Pay

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

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) shipping companies and (b) shipowner representatives that have attended meetings of the EU Exit Inter-Ministerial Groups with...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Cameroon; and what representations his Department...

    • Mali: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for continued cooperation with the EU in Mali.

      South Sudan: Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with (a) Kenyan and (b) Ugandan banks to close the financial and banking loopholes which enable money...

      Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to reports of the arrest and detention of 13 Christians in south Darfur in October 2018, what progress his...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Veterans: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the steps taken by his Department to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic...

    • Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government press release entitled PM pledges action on suicide to mark World Mental Health Day, published on 9...

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has has made of the effect of the implementation of the general data protection regulation on administrative operations...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ask NHS England to make tackling healthcare acquired infections a priority in the upcoming long term plan.

      Multiple Births: Antenatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the implementation of NICE guidance on antenatal care for (a) twin and (b) triplet pregnancies in maternity...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that guidance given to NHS and social care commissioners on how to commission children’s...

      Employment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional people with mental health conditions he expects will be in work by 2023-24 as a result of decisions taken in Budget 2018.

      Mental Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional schools he estimates will have mental health support teams and specialist crisis teams in (a) Windsor, (b) the South...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of health visitors in (a) England, (b) London and (c) the London Borough of Lewisham...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding her Department has allocated to organisations that provide support to deaf people in each year since 2010.

      Hospitals: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 164527 on Buildings: Insulation, what estimate he has made of the number of hospitals...

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) rheumatology healthcare professionals in the NHS and (b) the provision of...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of overall Government funding is allocated to (a) children's and b) adult hospices in England.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how NICE (a) classifies and (b) regulates new treatments made up of a combination of active substances.

      Hearing Impairment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support his Department makes available to support children with hearing difficulties.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the public purse was allocated by his Department to enable local authorities in England to fund the full disregard...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Integrated Care Provider contracts on improving (a) quality of care and (b) value for...

      Integrated Care Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that Integrated Care Provider contracts do not divert resources away from acute services operated by...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on decision-making by NHS Trusts in the event that recommendations from (a) Getting it Right First Time...

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8915 on Hospitals: Hygiene, when he plans to publish the data on hospital hand...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the Get it Right First Time report.

  • Attorney General

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

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

  • Department for Education

    • Religion: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has received representations on the exclusion of Christianity from the religious studies syllabus; and if he will make a statement.

    • Health Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations in the report, Break the Barriers: Girls' experiences of menstruation in...

      Career Development Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce a scheme that provides bank loans to pay for work-related courses and training to replace the Professional and Career...

      Department for Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

      Department for Education: Pay

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

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times his Department has (a) received a request for and (b) suggested the voluntary downgrading of an employee; when that request or suggestion...

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of not taking into account jointly-owned homes when assessing the eligibility of victims of...

      Coroners: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of legal aid for bereaved families for inquests under the exceptional case funding...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released from prison in error in each year since 2010.

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

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

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department applied pay protection (a) as a reasonable adjustment, (b) for welfare reasons, (c) as part of an agreed retirement plan and (d)...

      Ministry of Justice: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Migration Impacts Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the merits for communities of reinstating the migrant impact fund.

    • Homes England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will provide a breakdown by financial year of the allocations in Homes England's financial plan set out in...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the level of risk of landlords bypassing rules licensing houses in multiple occupation...

      Building Regulations and Fire Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report, published by his...

      Social Services: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 5.16 of Budget 2018, how the £410 million made available for social care in 2019-20...

      Leasehold: Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what is the average amount of ground rent charges by government office region based on the latest available English...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of households using the childcare element of universal credit who have entered arrears on childcare costs.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many apprentices are employed in her Department.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in her Department are paid less than £8.75 per hour.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in her Department are paid less than £10.20 per hour.

      Personal Independence Payment: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the health condition of fatigue is assessed by the personal independence payments assessment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of universal credit on the funding available to providers of accommodation through the Severe...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2018 to Question 182229 on Children: Maintenance, if she will publish those same figures for Inverclyde...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

      Universal Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference paragraph 5.38 on page 78 of the Budget 2018 Red Book, what estimate she has made of the effect on the public purse of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of welfare and benefits fraud committed by serious and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department in receipt of universal credit; and if he...

    • Slavery: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) the main contractor and (b) any sub-contractors of the Victim Care Contract for victims of modern slavery have signed a...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Lift the Ban report entitled Why people seeking asylum should have the right to work, published in October 2018, what...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of restrictions on the right to work for people seeking asylum on the long-term integration...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of (a) the number of asylum seekers living in the UK awaiting a decision on their claim for refugee status...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of applications for refugee status that have (a) been made, (b) refused, (c) accepted...

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been issued with a Biometric Residence Permit that will require them to leave the UK when their youngest child reaches...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many settlement visas his Department has issued in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data collections (a) the National Police Chiefs' Council, (b) HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and (c) his...

      Police: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the announcement entitled, Home Secretary awards £7.5 million for new national police welfare service, published by...

      Law Enforcement Data Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the Law Enforcement Data Service to be fully operational.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of abandoned 999 calls to police forces in England and Wales in the most recent year for...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of abandoned 101 calls in England and Wales in the most recent year for which data is...

      Tommy Robinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what correspondence he has had with his US counterpart on Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of increasing levels of violent crime on the operational capacity of police forces.

      National Police Air Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2018 to Question 180820 on National Police Air Service, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2018 to Question 176429 on Police, what meetings he has held with (a) the Strategic Lead at the National...

      Home Office: Pay

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

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of any differences in the definition of serious crime would have on (a) criminal justice and (b)...

      Agriculture: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what agri-food related occupations will be eligible under the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendations to expand Tier 2 migrant access...

      Newham Monitoring Project: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on covert police (a) surveillance and (b) infiltration of the Newham Monitoring Project.

      Home Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

      Right of Abode: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to make a decision on whether to grant right of abode to former British-Hong Kong servicemen.

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to introduce a new economic development package in Gaza to (a) increase trade (b) support job...

  • Scotland Office

    • Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to visit a food bank in November 2018.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Treasury

    • Sanitary Protection: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect on period poverty of the recommendation on exempting feminine hygiene contained in the report Break the...

    • Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 67 of the Budget 2018 Red Book, what funding he has allocated for resilience work in Dawlish.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the £3.2 billion that the Loan Charge 2019 is estimated to raise for the public purse by 2021 is projected to be recovered from...

      Treasury: Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £8.75 per hour.

      Treasury: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £10.20 per hour.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector...

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much money his Department has spent on the UK’s participation in the European Solidarity Corps.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss the design...

      Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of social impact bonds has been to the public purse since 2010.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many apprentices are employed in his Department.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £8.75 per hour.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department are paid less than £10.20 per hour.

      Satellite Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce legislative proposals to make it an offence to (a) own and (b) supply GPS jammers.

      Distributed Ledger Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce which projects will be run by DLT Field Labs to test the potential of distributed ledger technologies.

      Cultural Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to promote cultural diplomacy.

      Festival of Britain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the announced Festival of Britain is not money re-allocated from existing budgets.

      Football: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives from (a) the Football Association and (b) other football governance bodies on...

      Lotteries: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's consultation on society lottery reform which closed on 7 September 2018.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Big Society Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings his Department has held with big society capital in (a) each year since 2012 and (b) 2018.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings his Department has held with social enterprises in (a) each year since 2012 and (b) 2018.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Civil Society Strategy, when he plans to publish information on the regular forum for social enterprises...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Impact Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many official in his Department are working on projects related to social impact bonds.

  • Home Office

    • Livestock: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of farm animal theft.

    • Agricultural Machinery: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of farm equipment theft.

      Offences against Children: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will invite HM Inspector of Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service to analyse and report on the timeliness of the investigations into and...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals who have declared as (1) Muslims, and (2) members of other faiths and none, there were in the top four grades of the Home Office on (a) 1...

      North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the findings of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel into the behaviour of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, whether they intend...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration was given to the needs of disabled users of the Palace when the decision was taken to install temporary fire doors in certain areas of the...

    • Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to replacing the recently installed single-leaf temporary fire doors in the Palace of Westminster with double-leaf doors that...

      Palace of Westminster: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to replacing the recently installed temporary fire doors in the Palace of Westminster with models more in keeping with the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Families

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

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Families

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Government Equalities Office policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they have published the outcome of any such assessments.

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