Written answers

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has undertaken on the effect of recent reductions to funding for concessionary bus passes on adults with (a) learning...

    • Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2018 to Question 177313 on Driving under Influence, and with reference to the 2017 Institute of Alcohol Studies...

      Roads: Horse Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has made of the safety needs of horse riders for the Highway Code review.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to (a) assess and (b) mitigate the risks that scrubber technology and its waste pose to the UK's coastal areas and...

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of including horse riders and carriage drivers in the forthcoming review of the highway code.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations the Government has made to the International Maritime Organisation on impact assessments for the large-scale use of scrubbers on...

      Department for Transport: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the quantity was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by (i) his Department, (ii) the Office of Rail and Road, (iii) the Driver and...

      High Speed Two: Pay and Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) annual salary and (b) number of hours worked each month for each member of the board of HS2 Ltd.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart on reports of the use of live fire against peaceful Shia...

    • Nigeria: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart on the detention without trial of the leader of the Islamic...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Somalia.

      Tanzania: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ask the Chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Group to initiate an inquiry into the recent conduct of the...

      Tanzania: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Tanzania on recent prosecutions of members of that country’s...

      Tanzania: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in Tanzania urging the Government of that country to prevent the proposed...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2018 to Question 183994 on Electronic Government: Proof of Identity, for what reason that Answer did not provide...

    • National Cyber Security Centre

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Question 61 of oral evidence given on 25 June 2018 to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy by Mr Ciaran Martin,...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people earning less than £8.21 per hour.

      Air Force: Military Decorations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Advisory Military Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals is considering the issue of a full...

      Vote Leave: Election Offences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 183310 on Vote Leave: Election Offences, what steps he has taken as a result of the findings of...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to promote voter registration in secondary schools.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will publish the statutory orders for each of the electoral pilot schemes taking place at local government elections in 2019.

      Elections: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of campaign finance legislation in ensuring transparency in campaign donations to political parties...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to recommendations in the Electoral Commission's statutory evaluation of the 2018 voter ID pilot schemes, what work the Government is...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission's statutory evaluation of the 2018 voter ID pilot schemes, what steps his Department is taking to ensure...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission's statutory evaluation of the 2018 voter ID pilot schemes, what steps his Department is taking to identify...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference his Department's proposals on the reform of the annual canvass published in October 2018, whether his Department has carried out a risk...

      National Cyber Security Centre: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the staff turnover rate at the National Cyber Security Centre has been in each of the last three years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of automated medicine cabinets in reducing the number of deaths linked to medication...

    • Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177314 on Prescriptions: ICT, what recent steps he has taken to accelerate the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost savings to the NHS of making automated medicines cabinets mandatory in every...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of medication errors that result in serious harm to patients; and if he will...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of how much medication errors have cost the NHS in each year for which information is available; and if he will...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress has been made on securing healthcare agreements with the EU similar to those set out in EU Regulations (a) 883/2004...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has a policy on earlier diagnosis of dementia.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people in the (a) West Midlands and (b) England who experience Pathological Demand Avoidance.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of medication errors made each year in the NHS.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department has examined the (a) rate and (b) local effect on health of medication errors in each region of England and Wales.

      Endoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding has been made available to enable hospitals to increase their numbers of endoscopists to meet current and future demand.

      Ambulance Services: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England new story, New ambulance service standards announced, published on 13 July 2017, how many heart attack...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on which people are authorised to make notes on a patient's medical record.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the voluntary erasure code in cases where a GP is under investigation.

  • Department for International Development

    • GAVI Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to attend the Gavi mid-term review meeting in Abu Dhabi in December 2018.

    • Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department had allocated funding to the Oxfam-supported (a) water supply system and (b) cholera treatment centres in Yemen...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many facilities and projects in Yemen in receipt of funding from her Department have been hit by Saudi coalition air strikes since...

      Bridge: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the final report commissioned by her Department to assess the relative quality of education provided by Bridge.

      Syria: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the risk of kidnap for ransom to (a) aid workers and (b) other representatives of...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his department will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing guidance on achieving permanence for (a) looked after children and...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of developing a national outcomes framework to benchmark all children’s services provision...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how his department defines good outcomes for (a) children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and (b) looked after...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of ending the supplementary funding to maintained nursery schools in 2019-20 on the ability of those...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the end of means-tested grants in 2016 on the number of people applying to go to university.

      Autism: Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) parents and (b) guardians of children who are high on the spectrum of autism who have...

      Nurseries: Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether nurseries receive funding for breakfast clubs as part of the same funding arrangements as (a) infant, (b) junior and (c) secondary schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department plans to respond to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s consultation on changes to its procedural rules.

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2018 to Question 185051 on Legal Aid Scheme: Slavery, whether the specific legal aid provision for victims of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what research his Department has commissioned on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on housing demand.

    • Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) project specification of the work and (b) any completed outputs arising from the...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) project specification of the work and (b) any completed outputs arising from the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new recruits have been offered a place in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each year since 2010.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his news release of 5 November Armed Forces to step up Commonwealth recruitment, whether the lifting of the five-year residency in the...

      Emergencies: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it is ready to respond to potential emergency events caused by climate change.

      Emergencies: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure UK defence readiness is not compromised by incidents related to climate change.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to make British Overseas Territories citizens exempt from the five year residency requirement to join the UK armed forces.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants attempting to make a claim for universal credit have not completed the process due to a failure to agree terms on a...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claims have been closed in each of the last 12 months for which data is available; and what the reasons were for the...

      Social Security Benefits: Blaenau Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment and support allowance in Blaenau Gwent constituency were successful...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Her Department's Access to Work Statistics, published on 30 October 2018, how many people who applied for Access to Work...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to seek mutual recognition of geographical indicators with the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 181538 on Immigrants: Personal Records, how many times his Department has apologised...

    • Immigrants: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 181534 on Immigrants: Personal Records, in what location were immigration status...

      Immigrants: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 181534 on Immigrants: Personal Records, how many immigration status records were lost...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has plans to close his Department's office at 1 Caspian Point, Cardiff.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Cancer: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland (DHNI)’s press release entitled Department Announces Improved Access to...

    • Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether her Department has had discussions with the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland on MOT exemptions for owners of classic cars.

      Northern Ireland Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of (a) electricity and (b) natural gas used by her Department in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Northern Ireland Office: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of contracts issued by her Department and contractors include provisions to impose, as between parties to the subcontract, that...

  • Treasury

    • City Deals: Belfast

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral contribution of 29 October 2018, Official Report, column 664, Financial Statement, which aspects of the Belfast Region City Deal will...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans she has to meet with civil society groups on measuring progress on Sustainable Development Goal five for the voluntary national review in 2019.

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what representations she has received on how section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 could be implemented; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of (1) road traffic accidents involving cyclists and HGVs, and (2) deaths resulting from such accidents.

    • Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the development of a business case for a new high speed railway line across the north of England will include a Determine Stage, Stage 1 of the Department...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Election Observers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Commonwealth about any request from either the Bangladesh Awami League or the Bangladesh National Party for it to observe...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU citizens have (1) left employment in the NHS, and (2) started employment in the NHS over the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 29 October (HL10675), whether they intend to take steps to reverse the 26 per cent increase in...

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people in England suffering from leg ulcers in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the NHS in England of leg ulcers in each of the last 10 years.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to the NHS in England of early endovenous ablation of leg ulcers.

      Varicose Veins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to people aged over 65 of endovenous ablation treatment of varicose veins.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the annual cost to the NHS in England of leg ulcer patients undergoing superficial venous reflux treatment.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of patient leg ulcer care pathways developed by the Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine.

      Multiple Births

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage prompt implementation of the updated NICE guidance on twin, triplet and more pregnancies, which is due to be published in 2019.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many leg ulcer patients in England were aged (1) 18 to 39 years, (2) 40 to 59 years, and (3) 60 years or older, in each of the last ten years.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many leg ulcer patients in England were (1) male, and (2) female, in each of the last ten years.

      Abscesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many leg ulcer patients in England were in (1) higher and intermediate managerial, administrative, or professional occupations, (2) supervisory, clerical and...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) doctors, (2) nurses, (3) health care assistants, (4) technicians, (5) paramedics, and (6) mental health professionals currently employed by the NHS...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have analysed the income from the apprenticeship levy on an industry by industry basis; whether they have made a comparative analysis of (1) that...

    • Religion: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Commission on Religious Education, Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE, published...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Bail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new procedure in Magistrates' Courts routinely not to provide bailed defendants with written details of their...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their intervention regime for local authorities in crisis.

    • Unitary Councils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which local authorities they are currently holding discussions regarding possible transition to unitary status.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Fijians have joined the British Armed Forces in each of the last 20 years.

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Commanding Officers of nuclear submarines have access to a military lawyer about the law of armed conflict.

      Warships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many destroyer and frigate vessels will be required to meet the UK broad strategic defence goals after Brexit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings in the Living Planet Report 2018, published by the World Wildlife Fund and Zoological Society of London, that (1)...

  • Home Office

    • Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been deported from the UK to countries where people can be sentenced to death without a death penalty assurance being sought since 2001.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what allowance is paid to people serving on government agencies and bodies who have to stay overnight in London to attend meetings or perform other duties.

    • Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter from the Members of the Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster dated 29...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for further voter ID pilots in next year’s local elections; and how lessons learnt from the 2018 pilots will inform decisions regarding...

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasonable worst-case scenarios that they have asked local resilience forums to work on.

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