Written answers

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that social care receives a real terms increase in funding in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review.

    • Public Health: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects of the policies outlined in the Waste and Resources Strategy, published on...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 193367, what evidence Public Health England has considered on the effects of...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has commissioned or undertaken external workforce modelling for nursing.

      Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) role and (b) responsibilities are of the Chief Executive of Tameside and Glossop NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland on (a) the level of...

      Skin Cancer: Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the link between sunbed usage and diagnosis of melanomas; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the men who have sex with men (MSM) vaccination programme on the incidence...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff were employed in his Department on (a) 20 December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2016.

      General Practitioners: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to improve the retention level of GPs within the NHS.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle preventable blindness.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many civil servants in his Department are currently working on planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and how many have...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many projects his Department has put on hold due to the requirements of planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Social Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase investment to meet social care needs in north-east London.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s preparations for the UK leaving the EU potentially with no deal are expected to delay the publication of...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Department is taking to ensure that the Social Care Green Paper is published at the earliest opportunity.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to publish the Social Care Green Paper before the UK leaves the EU.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report entitled, Global Action Plan for the Prevention and...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on breastfeeding prevalence at (a) six to eight weeks, (b) six months, (c) 12 months and (d) 24...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote breastfeeding.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women were prescribed hormone replacement therapy by drug type in each year since 2012.

      Naproxen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of supplies of naproxen.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of funding required to update the NHS Breast Screening IT systems; and what steps his Department is...

      Dental Services: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS registered dental practices there were in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) Oxford West and Abingdon constituency in each of the last...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what duties are placed on clinical commissioning groups to ensure that public transport routes are available to GPs.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure sufficient stocks of insulin for people with type 1 diabetes, in the event that the UK...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a bonus scheme in the Child Support Agency.

    • Universal Credit: Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will reduce the number of weeks required for a claimant to be in receipt of universal credit in order to be eligible for support for...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend in the next three months on publicity in relation to the UK leaving the EU...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend in the next three months on a public information campaign to prepare people for...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government has plans to publish a response to the ILO Brown Report on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she was aware of cases where service personnel were deducted more than £900 a month in child support payments while serving on...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the rate of non-compliance from paying parents to receiving parents using the Child Maintenance Service.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether resident EU citizens and their family members applying for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme will be required to...

    • Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made of the variations in national average salaries in advance of setting a £30,000 salary threshold for...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent consideration has been given to allowing residents who are British by descent to gain citizenship.

      Migrant Workers: Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will include veterinary surgeons in his Department's proposals to remove the cap on the number of non-UK skilled workers.

      Police: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of resource sharing across police forces; what assistance his Department provides to...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of compatibility of the proposed settled status scheme for EU nationals with Article 8 of the European...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional staff his Department has employed to process settled status applications for EU nationals living in the UK.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2018 to Question 191963, on Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes, how many victims of domestic...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set a timescale for reinstating capital funding for fire and rescue services.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend in the next three months on a public information campaign to prepare people for...

  • Treasury

    • Financial Conduct Authority: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff are employed in (i) payroll and (ii) non-payroll roles in the Financial Conduct Authority.

    • Office of Tax Simplification: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff are employed in (I) payroll and (b) non-payroll roles in the Office of Tax Simplification.

      Office of Tax Simplification: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) payroll and (b) non-payroll staff in the Office of Tax Simplification.

      Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff are employed in (i) payroll and (ii) non-payroll roles in his private office.

      Revenue and Customs: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the HMRC Single Departmental Plan, published on 12 July 2018, what assessment HMRC has made of the effect on compliance yield of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral Evidence of the Permanent Secretary of HMRC of 5 November 2018 to the Public Accounts Committee, Question 152, what assessment...

      Revenue and Customs: Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff in each pay grade have written opt out agreements under Regulation 5 of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

      Revenue and Customs: Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff HMRC has requested to work in excess of 48 hours per week in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

      VAT: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2018 to Question 197633 on VAT: Electronic Government, how many and what proportion of eligible businesses have signed...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2018 to Question 201731, how many cases have come before the Information Commissioner in...

    • Musicians: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with counterparts in (a) the EU and (b) Governments of EU Member States on the potential...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on loneliness of the measures announced in Budget 2018.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the CO2 regulations in Scotland in relation to private landlords.

    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) guidance and (b) public awareness campaigns his Department has issued on the risk of carbon monoxide...

      Public Lavatories: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce discretionary rate relief for all public conveniences.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward proposals to protect existing homeowners...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2018 to Question 199433 on Leasehold: Reform, if he will publish the minutes of...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will create a fund for local authorities and housing associations to invest in the regeneration of existing...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what Homes England's remit is in relation to housing regeneration where existing housing stock is low quality and has...

      Take-away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to give local authorities the power to limit the number of fast food...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that future funding settlements for fire and rescue services take account of geographical...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what level of participation the UK will have in (a) the European Defence Agency, (b) Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations, (c) the...

    • Islamic State: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) Operation Shader and (b) the capacity of UK armed forces to call in airstrikes from the ground of the...

      Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Capita brief provided to the advertising agency commissioned to produce the Your Army Needs You...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Cathedrals: Music

      To ask the Right Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many cathedrals and abbeys (a) do and (b) do not appoint a head chorister.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2018 to Question 203424, how the Government represents each region of the UK on trade show stands.

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to his Department for financial year 2018-19 for planning for the UK leaving the EU without...

    • Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to increase motorcycle safety.

      Cycling and Walking: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department provided for cycling and walking investment strategy projects in Chesterfield in 2017-18.

      Shipping: Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of tonnage on the UK Ship Register was from the (a) coastal freight, (b) container, (c) bulk carrier, (d) cruise and (e) offshore...

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants in his Department are currently working on planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and how many have been moved...

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend in the next three months on publicity in relation to the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the number of dedicated cycle lanes in the UK and other nations in northern Europe.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements are placed on transport authorities to connect communities or populations with a GP.

      M6: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the (a) inspection regime, (b) repair turnaround period and (c) availability of fast...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his US counterpart on the UK Government's opposition to the use of torture.

    • Syria: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Turkish counterpart to ensure that any military action in Northern Syria should not seek...

      Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to publish a communique on the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue meeting which took place in London on 7...

      Sudan: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress Sudan has made towards the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture since the initiation of...

      Sudan: National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the powers allocated to the National Intelligence and Security Services in Sudan under that...

      Iran: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to Eurostat data showing a 38% reduction in annual UK pharmaceutical exports to Iran, what assessment he has...

      Syria: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the decision by the US to withdraw all of its ground troops from Syria, what representations he received from...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department made during the Christmas recess on securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who is providing the secretariat to the Government's review of post-18 education and funding.

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children eligible for free school meals attained adequate levels of school readiness in (a) Birkenhead constituency,...

      Department for Education: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the budget of (a) executive agencies, (b) non-departmental public bodies and (c) organisations which...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of students who have been granted a university place after obtaining three D grades or lower at...

      Higher Education: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2018 to Question 199284 on Disabled Students' Allowances: Visual Impairment, what steps his Department has taken...

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff were employed in his Department on (a) 20 December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2016.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that teachers in sixth form colleges that (a) are and (b) are not academies receive the same Teachers'...

      Department for Education: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many infrastructure contracts overseen by his Department have been let with the stipulation that a Project Bank Account must be applied in the...

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants in his Department are currently working on planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and how many have been moved...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the funding available to local authorities to provide effective children's services to support children and their...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make a comparative assessment of the changes in the level of his Department's spending on children's services (a) in total and (b) per...

      Sex and Relationship Education: Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will include learning about the HPV vaccination in the new sex education curriculum.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children’s homes run by (a) local authorities, (b) voluntary organisations and (c) private sector institutions...

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has (a) spent and (b) plans to spend in the next three months on publicity in relation to the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set out (a) total school funding, (b) school funding per primary pupil and (c) school funding per secondary pupil in real terms for each...

      Department of Education: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of civil servants (a) were born, (b) were educated and (c) lived in London prior to beginning their employment with his Department.

      Pupils: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the ending in September 2018 of the collection of school children's nationality data, whether families can withdraw consent for uses...

  • Leader of the House

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the allocation of time to debate (a) the matter of and (b) legislative proposals in relation to animal...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: River Quaggy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential risk from contamination to the Bowring sports ground as a result of flooding...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were employed in his Department on (a) 20 December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2016.

    • Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the changes to the civil standard of proof proposed in the recent consultation from the...

      Prison and Probation Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many current HM Prison and Probation Service staff have completed voluntary civil service learning courses entitled (a) mental health conditions and...

      Prisoners: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women in prison who are victims of human trafficking.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of sexual abuse have had their applications for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme rejected because they had...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total value of uncollected court fines is in each year since 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Home Office

    • Greece: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Greece to provide prompt and humane solutions for refugees currently living in Greece.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 November 2017 (HL2955), how many successful prosecutions there have been of police, social...

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances Ministers may order the release of prisoners serving indefinite sentences for public protection without reference to the Parole Board; and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Catering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact of Brexit on the UK's food and catering industries; on what research they base their assessment; and what...

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