Written answers

Thursday, 8 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for reducing the mean average gender pay gap in his Department to (a) 10 per cent and (b) zero.

    • M20: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the accident figures on the M20 motorway between Junctions 8 and 9 for September and October (a) 2018 and (b) 2017 and (c) 2016.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

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

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the gender balance percentage is of full-time permanent contract staff in his Department.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the gender balance percentage is of temporary contract staff in his Department.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many women were employed by his Department in each year since 2000.

      UK relations with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government is seeking cooperation and coordination with the (a)EU and (b)other multilateral actors on its...

      Libya: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to help rebuild the Libyan economy following that country’s civil war.

      Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths on a new UN resolution calling for a...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to allocate unused money from the Integrated Activity Fund.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

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

      Khalida Jarrar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the political activist Khalida Jarrar.

      Poland: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who will represent Her Majesty's Government at the celebration of 100 years of independence for Poland on the 11 November 2018.

      Turkey: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) progress and (b) fairness of appeals against the dismissal by public sector...

      Turkey: Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on (a) the removal from office of directly-elected mayors in...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preconditions his Department has set for the UK to recognise the State of Palestine.

      Gaza: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on facilitating visits to Gaza for hon. Members.

      Palestinians: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the proposal for the Palestinian reconciliation process to...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the resumption of substantive negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has plans to convene a summit of European and Arab foreign ministers with the US Administration to discuss the red...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli government on the proposed implementation of Military Order 1797 to (a)...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the timeframe for the publication of the final report of the Office for the...

      Ukraine: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support on cyber-threats the Government is providing to the government of Ukraine in advance of that countries elections...

      Tunisia: Civil Liberties and Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Tunisia on the implementation by that country of the recommendations of...

      Tunisia: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Tunisia on the threat posed by the return of Tunisian Daesh fighters to that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • National Cyber Security Centre: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many communications specialists are employed at the National Cyber Security Centre; and what the total salary cost of those specialists is.

    • Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Coroners: Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of his Department's annual spend on legal representation for prisons and probation staff at inquests on deaths in prison in...

    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful (a) fines and (b) prosecutions have been made as a result of evidence obtained from ANPR cameras in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of privately owned tower blocks which have dangerous cladding.

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the level of fire risk posed in cases of combustible cladding is used on (a) schools,...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2018 to Question 164527 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the Government plans to...

      Devolution: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to secure progress for a One Yorkshire devolution deal.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of rough sleepers in (a) towns and cities with a population above 150,000 and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what deductions from profit margins are permissible under MOD contracts; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that there are no costs to...

    • Ministry of Defence: Brexit

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

      Mohammed Nabi Wardak

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

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with (a) leukaemia, (b) myeloma, (c) hodgkin’s lymphoma and (d) non-hodgkin’s lymphoma have successfully appealed...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2018 Question 177666 on Occupational Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure members of...

      Work and Health Programme: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department have taken to record the employment outcomes of the Health and Work Programme for autistic people.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking (a) to measure the employment rate among autistic people and (b) to record autism in the Labour Force Survey.

      Pensions: Consumer Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to consult on proposals for mandatory participation in pensions dashboards by pension providers.

      Universal Credit: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) how many and (b)what proportion of her Department's Answers to Written Parliamentary Questions on universal credit stated that the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Motor Vehicles and Technology: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps in conjunction with local authorities to ensure standards of air quality are adhered to in vehicle and...

    • Environment Protection: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of reported environmental policy plans of the President-Elect of Brazil on (a) the...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce littering in communities across the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the time taken for decisions to be made on asylum seekers claims before being...

    • Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he made an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the standard for accreditation for police forensics laboratories; and if he...

      Police: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to support the availability of bleed control kits for police response units.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a prescribed test for determining whether an application is deemed to be complex and therefore falls outside Home Office...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens renounced their citizenship in each year since 2012.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department’s policies of the recommendations contained in the Independent...

      Radicalism: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the number of pieces of violent extremist content aligned to the extreme right that were taken down...

      UK Border Force: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding has been allocated to the Border Force at UK airports to ensure it is adequately funded after the UK leaves the EU.

      Law Enforcement Data Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the new Law Enforcement Data Service on the prospects for securing a data adequacy...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the decrease in charge and summons rates for crimes.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on achieving parity of approach from law enforcement and the security services between domestic extremism and...

      Young People: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific projects his Department is leading on to divert young people from becoming involved in serious and organised crime.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, published on 1 November 2018, whether he plans to publish the key performance...

      Regional Organised Crime Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many disruptions as a result of ROCU operations were achieved in each year from their inception to date.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric residence permits have been issued in the last three months; and what the average time taken has been for issuing such...

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176098, how his Department plans to contact people with existing leave to remain in...

      Wiltshire Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2018 to Question 176435, whether support for funding will include costs incurred as a result of...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports issued by his Department were reported lost in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Computer Software: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of exiting the EU without a deal on UK sellers of pre-owned software under the terms of the...

    • Department for Exiting the European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his Answer of 23 October 2018 to Question 177805, whether each visit to Northern Ireland by a Minister of his Department...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of increasing the transition period after the UK leaves the EU on the UK's ability to...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many international treaties with third parties the UK is party to as a result of its membership of the EU; and how many of those...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many international treaties with third countries the UK is party to as a result of the UK's membership of the EU; and how many of...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials of his Department have had with Chief Constable of the Police Service of...

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees relating to the UK leaving the EU since July 2016.

      EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when UK citizens living in the EU will have certainty about their rights after the UK leaves the EU.

      EU Countries: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether UK citizens living in the EU will have their rights guaranteed in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans he has to visit the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland before Christmas 2018; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 139 of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s report entitled Economic and Fiscal Outlook October 2018, published in October...

    • Libor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the recipients of LIBOR funding since the inception of the grant scheme in 2012 by (a) country of the UK and (b) sector.

      Regeneration: Belfast

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the £2 million allocated in Budget 2018 for the city centre in Belfast following the fire at Bank Buildings in August 2018 will be distributed.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Budget 2018 paragraph 5.10 on mental health funding, what estimate he has made of the savings that will accrue to the public purse as a...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Exports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of exports from Great Britain to Northern Ireland of (a) live animals, (b) animal-derived food products and (c) plant-based...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase the level of funding allocated through their Road Investment Strategy to widen any 3-lane highways which have been found to be...

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make further funding available to local authorities to maintain local roads and repair potholes.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Falun Gong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to evaluate the credibility of evidence of the forced organ harvesting of practitioners of Falun Gong in China.

  • Department for Education

    • T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether contingency plans are in place to extend the implementation date for the first three T Levels beyond September 2020 if necessary.

    • T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to determine the content and format of the transition year for learners who are not ready to embark upon a level 3 T Level programme;...

      T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to align learners in England with those in the rest of the UK by ensuring that they receive a T Level Technical Qualification...

      T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions are in place to ensure learners in England are (1) able to access T Levels within reasonable distance of their homes, and (2) have access to...

      T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the review of (1) level 2, (2) wider level 3, and (3) level 4 and 5 T Level qualifications; when they intend to publish details...

      T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that T Level industry placements are made available in suitable volumes in the sectors and locations where they are needed.

      T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an overall grading approach will be applied to T Levels.

      T-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning (1) a public awareness campaign, and (2) the release of resources to employers and learners to help build understanding about the...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cadet and combined cadet forces there are in the (1) academy, and (2) maintained sector; and what assessment they have made of the number of cadet and...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison are currently managed under the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork care planning system.

    • Offenders: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of suicide rates among offenders on licence and in prisons; what assessment they have made of whether the number of offenders...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether prisoners serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection and who continue to protest their innocence are denied access to rehabilitative...

      Juries: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what overnight allowance is paid to jurors in trials in the High Court who have to stay overnight in London to attend a trial.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Landlords: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to make the database of rogue landlords and property agents publicly available.

    • Private Rented Housing: Tenants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the adequacy of the legislation protecting private sector tenants.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that councils can make use of any additional flexibility made possible by the removal of the cap on councils'...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make any changes to the New Homes Bonus scheme in the next financial year.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claim by the Centre of Social Justice in its report, A Social Housing Strategy, published on 27 October, that designated...

      Non-domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported position of the Federation of Small Businesses for business rate relief to extend beyond retail to the hospitality...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Neonicotinoids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of neonicotinoid seed treatment and its effect on the bee population.

    • Hare Coursing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of problems caused by illegal hare coursing.

      Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish a shadow environmental watchdog to come into effect on 30 March 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if so, (1) how the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 24 October (HL10776), what are the names of the specialists involved in developing the draft...

  • Home Office

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will include an examination of cases of honour-based abuse in the UK.

    • Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether asylum applicants who are required to attend regular appointments at reporting centres are now obliged to travel to Salford; and if so, why they may not...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the speech by the King of the Netherlands to both Houses of Parliament on 23 October; and what steps they are taking to...

    • Customs and Immigration Controls: Calais

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans are in place regarding customs and immigration arrangements at Calais in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of universal banking in the UK.

    • Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for tenant rent payments to be taken into account by mortgage lenders.

      Bank Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of challenger banks on the retail banking sector in the UK.

      Private Equity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of private equity as an investment vehicle.

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require firms offering international money transfer services to show the difference between the exchange rate they are offering and the interbank...

      Bank Services: Hacking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what statutory reporting systems banks in the UK are subject to in respect of money stolen from customer accounts through hacking.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether banking laws and regulations apply consistently across all regions of the UK.

      Company Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on financial stability of the growth of leveraged corporate debt with weak lending covenants; what assessment they...

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