Written answers

Friday, 9 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • M20: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the progress of road works on the M20 between Junctions 3 and 6; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Metals: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the UK's strategic supply of technology metals (a) currently and (b)...

    • Offshore Industry: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility between the Oil and Gas Authority's remit of maximising revenues from...

      Carbon Budgets: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the development of the Alligin oil field will be included in the UK's carbon budget.

      Offshore Industry: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the oil to be extracted from the Alligin oil field will be (a) used in domestic markets or (b) exported.

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of any potential increase in red tape from the proposed associate status of the EU...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many projects funded his Department are focused on gender equality programmes.

    • Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to support the imposition of trade sanctions on the state of Myanmar as a result of alleged war...

      Burma: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will draft a resolution at the UN Security Council granting the ICC leave to investigate and prosecute...

      Yemen: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the findings and recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council Group of Eminent Experts Report on Yemen with...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the actions agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.

      Afghanistan: Human Rights and Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Afghan counterpart on human rights and religious freedom in that country.

      Bangladesh: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many experts recruited under the prevention of sexual violence initiative are deployed to the Rohingya refugee camps in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on (a) changes in the level of...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the UK does not contribute to the UN trust fund for victims of sexual violence; and whether he plans to review...

      China: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese government on that government's decision to legalise the use of products...

      Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his policy to support the inclusion of Mongolia in the six-party talks on the denuclearisation of the Korean...

      Mongolia: Human Rights and Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Mongolia on (a) the protection of human rights and (b) the...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the statements by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the Security...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the safety and wellbeing of Rohingya refugees of the deal between Myanmar and...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with UN representatives on the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh on the repatriation of...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will formally support a referral of Myanmar military leaders to the International Criminal Court for their...

      Religious Discrimination: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of reconciliation schemes for victimised religious minorities throughout...

      Kenya and Uganda: Financial Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the October 2018 report by The Sentry entitled The Profiteers: documentary shines new light on South Sudan's...

      Sudan: Journalism and Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has allocated (a) funding and (b) other support to (i) independent journalism and (ii) Radio Dabanga in...

      China: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the trade dispute between the Governments of the United States and China...

      China: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) China and (b) North Korea on the talks held between the leaders of...

      North Korea: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in North Korea on recent imports of crude oil to that country in...

      Indonesia: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Indonesian Government on increasing child immunisation rates for diseases such as...

      Cameroon: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason human rights abuses in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions was not on the agenda during the UK presidency of...

      Sri Lanka: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the implementation of the transitional justice mechanisms set...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the use of pilot programmes to demonstrate the value of rapid diagnostics in...

    • Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has allocated to (a) support and (b) treat people who indicate they are addicted to gambling or have suffered...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2018 to Question 169109 on Drugs, on what date during the financial planning process for 2019-20...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2018 to Question 142774 on Clinical Priorities Advisory Group, what progress has been made by NHS...

      Tuberous Sclerosis: Everolimus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure thta the Tuberous Sclerosis Association is able to submit evidence on behalf of (a) patients and (b)...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what responsibility clinical commissioning groups have for funding family history clinics for people with a family history of breast cancer.

      Fruit: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of fruit contamination in Australia on UK consumers.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of prescriptions were issued to people using a prepayment certificate in England in (a) 2017 and (b) the...

      Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of NHS England’s outturn expenditure against its £25 million budget for discretionary investment in...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with relevant organisations and bodies on how they plan to (a) respond to and (b) implement the...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what relative priority he attaches to non-trial evidence compared to evidence from randomised clinical trials to inform NICE and NHS...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Brexit

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

  • Department for Education

    • Sixth Form Education: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children and care leavers went on to key stage 5 in 2016-17.

    • Further Education: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support further education and sixth form colleges receive for students who entered the UK via the Syrian Children's Resettlement Scheme.

      Arts and Design: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in (a) state funded schools and (b) independent schools studied (i) art and design, (ii) design and technology, (iii) drama, (iv)...

      Department for Education: Brexit

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

      Schools: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in England and Wales of any height are estimated to have combustible (a) cladding and (b) insulation.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference paragraph 5.18 of Budget 2018, how his Department will determine which local authorities receive funding for the children's social care...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students in London schools taught by unqualified teachers in each year since 2012.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of court closures in (a) Bury St Edmunds and (b) Lowestoft on access to justice in Suffolk.

    • Pakistan: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent progress he has made on the restoration of the Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Pakistan.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps, excluding the provision of legal aid, his Department is taking to widen access to justice for (a) individuals and (b) small businesses.

  • Department for International Trade

    • EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the article entitled UK has rolled over only 14 of 236 EU International Treaties published by the Financial Times on 29...

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

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

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what preparations have been made for the level of representation the UK will require at the World Trade Organisation after the UK has left...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October to Written Question 182665 on Department for International Trade: World Trade Organisation, how many...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Migration Impacts Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reinstating the Migration Impact Fund.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

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

    • Ministry of Defence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many women were employed in his Department in each year since 2000.

      Ministry of Defence: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many projects funded by his Department are focused on gender equality programmes.

      Army Foundation College: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many medical appointments by type of appointment were made by Junior Soldiers at AFC Harrogate medical facilities in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces and Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) veterans and (b) serving armed forces personnel that enlisted aged 18 or under have sought mental health support in each of the last 10 years.

      Veterans: Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans that joined the armed forces aged (a) 18 or under and (b) 19 or older have applied for Enhanced Learning Credits in each region in...

      Army Foundation College: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has undertaken a review of the disciplinary policy at AFC Harrogate.

      Army Foundation College: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Junior Soldiers have been subject to the disciplinary procedure at AFC Harrogate in each of the last 10 years.

      Army Foundation College: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department provides for junior soldiers at AFC Harrogate with mental health problems.

      Army Foundation College: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many junior soldiers were (a) arrested by civilian police and (b) charged with a criminal offence during their time at AFC Harrogate in each of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of youth unemployment was in (a) May 2010 and (b) May 2018.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of unemployment was in (a) May 2010 and (b) May 2018.

      Unemployment: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of youth unemployment was in Suffolk in (a) May 2010 and (b) May 2018.

      Unemployment: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of unemployment was in Suffolk in (a) May 2010 and (b) May 2018.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what definition of vulnerability her Department plans to use for claimants that will be transfer to universal credit under managed migration.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department's arrangement with Citizens Advice to provide universal credit support to claimants will operate in (a) constituencies and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2018 to Question 182759 on Universal Credit: Wolverhampton North East, what estimate he has made of the...

      Veterans: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many veterans that joined the armed forces aged (a) 18 or under and (b) 19 or older have registered at Jobcentres in each region in each...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) holdings were tested for bovine tuberculosis, (b) animals were tested in each of those holdings and (c) of...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

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

      Agriculture Bill 2017-19: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland civil service on the (a) parliamentary timetable for the Agriculture...

      Solid Fuels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Irish Government on (i) their experience...

      Partridges and Pheasants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) pheasants and (b) partridges were kept in raised laying cages for the breeding of game birds for sporting...

      Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will provide guidance on the Government buying standards for food and catering services on sourcing game meat.

      Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on five year sentences for animal cruelty.

  • Treasury

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new business rates relief announced in Budget 2018 on local authority finances.

    • Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184429 on Public Sector: Pensions, whether the effect on budges of the previously envisaged cost was...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made in assessing the business case submitted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for additional resources required...

      Hospices: VAT Zero Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that hospices throughout the UK will be zero rated from VAT after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Sanitary Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of taxation on sanitary items in countries outside the EU.

      National Insurance Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has taken steps to help parents who have not claimed child benefit and as a result unintentionally missed years of accruing national insurance...

      VAT: Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of levels of performance in processing and paying VAT refunds.

      VAT: Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new online service for VAT refunds on the time it takes to process and pay VAT refunds.

      Minimum Wage: Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful prosecutions have been made against employers for failing to pay that national minimum wage for intern roles since November 2017; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the reported disparity of treatment between Palestinians accused of throwing stones and...

    • Jerusalem: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the banning of Palestinian flags in East Jerusalem.

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to protect Palestinians living in the West Bank who wish to repair, improve or extend existing buildings from stop-work and...

      Jerusalem: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the proposal to confiscate land belonging to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in...

      Palestinians: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the obstacles to and restrictions on (1) student access to, and (2) the proper functioning of, Palestinian universities created...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the behaviour of Israeli forces towards Palestinian children travelling to and from school; and whether they intend to take steps...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they were not represented at the Summit on the Syrian conflict on 27 October in Istanbul.

      Khalida Jarrar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Israel about the administrative detention imposed since July 2017 of Ms Khalida Jarrar, an elected...

  • Department for International Development

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what elements of the Department for International Development's Safety, Support and Solutions Programme for Refugees and Migrants in Europe and the Mediterranean...

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have provided for the International Organisation for Migration and International Committee of the Red Cross operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allocate additional funding to children’s services.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Trident Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the extra £1 billion for defence in 2018–19 and 2019–20 announced in the budget will be for the Dreadnought programme.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of free range egg production.

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resources available to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to deliver the legislation needed to prepare...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Free Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for free trade zones in the UK.

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