Written answers

Friday, 1 February 2019

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the applicability of Government of India international blacklists in decision-making...

    • Sudhir Choudhrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have plans to hold meetings with (i) Sudhir Choudhrie and (ii)...

      Low Pay: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to tackle low pay in rural areas.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the potential lifting of suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton...

    • Libya: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the Government of Niger for people released from prisons in Libya.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) business class, (b) economy class and (c) first-class tickets for air travel his Department purchased in each of...

      Juan Guaido

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government will recognise Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2019 to Question 203775 on Incinerators: Health Hazards, what evidence Public Health England...

    • Air pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what sites (a) his Department and (b) Public Health England maintain to monitor the effects on (i) air quality and (ii) human health of...

      Air pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has considered the implications for (a) public health and (b) air quality posed by the findings of the monitoring...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 206218 on Incinerators: Health Hazards, if will he ask Public Health England to...

      Energy Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to respond to its consultation entitled Ending the sale of energy drinks to children, published on 30 August 2018.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Trade: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's proposed Withdrawal Agreement on her Department's future provision of...

    • Department for International Trade: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff her Department has appointed to prepare for contingency plans in the event that the UK leaves the EU; and what estimate...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department’s programmes on ending violence against children.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to promote peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the number of people entering the teaching profession.

    • Teachers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to recruit and retain teachers and teaching staff in (a) Bexley Borough and (b) London.

      Special Educational Needs: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) initial and (b) additional allocated budgets for special needs provision in Bexley schools have been in each of the last five years.

      Department of Education: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

      Department for Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part or full-time on...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons there has been an increase in the number of (a) looked-after children, (b) child protection plans and (c) children in need since 2010.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with directors of children’s services on their ability to deliver their statutory duties to children and families.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that local government has the resources it needs to deliver services to children and families.

      Forensic Science: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of the 23 January 2019 to Question 208340 on Forensic Science: Misconduct, what guidance his Department has provided to local...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were adopted in each year since 2012-13; and what the rate of adoption disruptions was in that same period.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were taken into care due to parental drug and alcohol related issues in 2017.

      Children: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support children who are learning English as a second language.

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department has allocated to phase (a) 1 and (b) 2 of the implementation of the National Assessment and Accreditation System.

      Primary Education: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) teaching assistants and (b) specialist support staff have been employed in primary schools in Barnsley in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) teaching assistants and (b) specialist support staff have been employed in primary schools in (i) Lewisham Deptford constituency, (ii)...

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the January 2019 survey of members of the National Education Union, what steps he is taking to respond to concerns raised in that...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants in his Department have been seconded to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to work on programmes related...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship places, broken down by the NVQ level of each place, have been supported by funds from the apprenticeship levy.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of reported recent prolonged IT failures at HM Courts and Tribunals Service on (a) jurors, (b) witnesses and...

    • Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 206776 on Prison Service: Pay and with reference to the National Offender Management Service's...

      Ministry of Justice: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part or full-time on...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of (a) between one and four (b) between five and nine, (c) between 10 and 15 (d) between 16 and 25, (e) between 26 and 50, (f)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • World Economic Forum: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total cost to his Department was of placing the Free Trade is Great advertisements on the outside of Belvedere Hotel during the...

    • Strategic Trade Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to his Department's guidance entitled Call for expressions of interest in membership of the Strategic Trade Advisory Group,...

      Strategic Trade Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what formal role the strategic trade advisory group will play in formulating trade policy.

      Strategic Trade Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how he plans to maintain confidentiality in respect of proceedings of the Strategic Trade Advisory Group; and whether members of that group...

      Strategic Trade Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether votes will take place in the Strategic Trade Advisory Group; what system will be used to administer such votes; and whether the...

      Strategic Trade Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress he has made in establishing the Strategic Trade Advisory Group.

      Food: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking to increase food and drink exports from Scotland to (a) Asia (b) South America and (c) Africa.

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the total amount of funding provided to businesses by UK Export Finance; and what proportion of that support...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 11 January 2019 to Question 203813, how many claimants of personal independence payments who died within six months...

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 11 January 2019 to Question 203813, how many claimants who died after registering a personal independence payments...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of personal independence payments have died within three months of having their application rejected.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 11 January 2019 to Question 203813, how many claimants of personal independence payments (PIP) who have had their...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 11 January 2019 to Question 203813, how many claimants of personal independence payments (a) had their application...

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of mental function champions in the (a) personal independence payment and (b) work...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment assessments have included intervention from mental function champions in the last year.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance is provided to assessors for dealing with claimants' with mental health problems in personal independence payment and work...

      Health and Safety Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much public funding the Health and Safety Executive (a) received in each of the last 10 years and (b) is forecast to receive in 2019-20.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many health and safety concerns were reported by (a) workers and (b) members of the public to the Health and Safety Executive; and how...

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent inspectors have been employed in each region of the country by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 10 September 2018 to Questions 170283, 170284, 170285, 170286 and 170287 on Poultry: Animal...

    • Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the results of the study entitled Characterisation of...

      Environment Protection: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has for replacing the EU’s LIFE and BEST funding programmes after 2020.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 181253 on Deportation: Windrush Generation; what evidence he has sought to inform his...

    • Immigration: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department uses the Government of India's list of Undesirable Contact Men as a criterion of decisions on who can reside in the UK.

      Asylum: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications are pending where the claimant has a recorded mental health condition; and how many of these are claims have...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on risks to life.

      Home Office: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part or...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding is planned to be allocated to (a) Lambeth Police Force and (b) each police force area in the UK to prepare for the UK...

      Home Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional staff have been recruited to (a) HM Passport Office, (b) Border Force and (c) UK Visas and Immigration since 2016.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision he plans to make in the EU Settlement scheme for those who have held pre-settled status for five years but cannot qualify for...

      Windrush Generation: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress his Department has made in its Windrush scheme: historical review of removals and detentions; and if he will make a...

      Immigration: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department (a) international blacklists and (b) the Government of India's Undesirable Contact Men are included in the criteria...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) EU countries (b) Asia (c) North America were granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in 2018.

      Entry Clearances: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric residence permits were issued in each of the last three years.

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish his Department's response to its consultation on the Windrush compensation scheme.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how his Department calculates the quarterly figures on the average cost per day to hold an individual in immigration detention.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that immigration detainees can access websites that contain information about immigration law...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Sikhs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

    • Treasury: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the corrected Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 206251, how many civil servants in his Department were working part or full-time on...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has accrued to the public purse from the soft drinks levy in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will take steps to evaluate all aspects of the 2019 Loan Charge and seek external evidence.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 January (HL Deb, col 218) that citizens of EU countries who have been resident in the UK since...

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to ensure that members of the Roma community who are citizens of EU countries and living in the UK are able to establish their right...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) guidance, and (2) assistance they provide to citizens of EU countries who have been resident in the UK since before the UK joined the European Economic...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the nationalities of those who have applied for citizenship or to prove their settled status under the Windrush Scheme since 30 May 2018; and of those,...

      Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner will be appointed; and what has caused the delay in their appointment.

  • Department for Education

    • Arts: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that every child has access to a broad array of arts experiences at primary school.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs to local authorities of child care provision; and what assistance they plan to provide to local authorities to help...

      School of Oriental and African Studies: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the report by the Henry Jackson Society Extreme Speakers and Events: In the 2017–18 Academic Year,...

      Special Educational Needs: Greater Manchester

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current waiting time for children with special educational needs to have education, health and care plans (1) processed, and (2) implemented, in each...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Manufacturing Industries: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of new workers required to replace workers from other EU countries who may leave the manufacturing sector following...

    • Airbus: Location

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Airbus may move their wing-building operations out of the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • Department for Transport

    • Great Western Railway Line: Timetables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as a result of Great Western Railway (GWR) IEP trains running early and having to wait at intermediate stations, they intend to allow alterations to the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make water market structures within the English retail water market more accessible for smaller business customers.

    • Water Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment OFWAT has made of whether the water market is working effectively for new entrants and small business customers.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the way in which the Environment Agency responds to water abstraction applications, with particular regard to businesses in East Anglia.

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to encourage more consistent waste collection policies across local authorities.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to (1) encourage the use of recycled and recyclable packaging, and (2) discourage the use plastic packaging that is difficult to recycle.

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