Written answers

Friday, 15 February 2019

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 211608 on Climate Change Convention, if he will publish his...

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households have been classified as being in fuel poverty; and how many of those households include (a)...

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encouraging businesses to reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

      Tidal Power and Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits of the UK's wave and tidal stream energy sectors.

      Tidal Power and Wave Power: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of the potential export market for the UK's wave and tidal stream...

      Tidal Power and Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the UK's wave and tidal stream energy sector.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving the...

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the situation in Sudan since demonstrations began on 19 December 2018; and if he will make a...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to exempt people with diagnosed long-term mental health illnesses from prescription charges.

    • Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will consider making it a priority of his Departmental to extend the HPV vaccination programme to include male boys.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Department has made of the effectiveness of extending the HPV vaccination programme to male boys to reduce incidents...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will consider making cervical screening available on the NHS for women under the age of 25.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on implementing the recommendations accepted by the Government in its response to the Science and Technology...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether companies are prevented from (a) encouraging smokers to switch to vaping and (b) advertising price reductions for e-cigarettes.

      Ophthalmology: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what replacement funding will be available for the National Ophthalmology Database audit when its current funding from the Health Quality...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that British citizens can access medical treatment in EU countries (a) for free or (b) at a...

      Ambulance Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average ambulance response time to emergency calls is from (a) Dover and (b) Deal.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of looked after children, child protection plans and children in need...

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent per pupil in each local authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many road haulage apprenticeships at each level were started in each of the last three years for which data is available; how many of those...

  • Treasury

    • Public Houses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will announce a review of the business rates system for pubs.

    • Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on his policies of the EU returning to duty free arrangements in the event of the UK leaving the EU...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and if...

    • France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 212337, when his Department plans to nominate the Type 45 Destroyer which will escort the French...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been carried out into (a) the experience that health care professionals carrying out assessments for personal independence...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's target time-frame is for its decision letters to reach claimants from the date on such correspondence.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of the option to request more frequent universal credit payments.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the merits of introducing a statutory definition of day-to-day care for the purpose of determining whether...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials from his Department have been seconded from their primary role to make preparations for the UK leaving...

    • Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the responses to Annex A of the Seasonal Workers Pilot Request for Information submitted by (a) Pro-Force...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who his Department consulted in assessing responses to Annex A of the Seasonal Workers Pilot Request for Information.

      Stoats: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to control stoat numbers.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase stocks of (a) wild and (b) farmed salmon in the UK.

      Birds of Prey: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent birds of prey being stolen to order.

      Agriculture: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage young people into farming.

      Ramsgate Port: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer on 15 January 2019 to Question 207205 on Dredging of the Port of Ramsgate, whether the Marine...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will remove the existing fishing quotas in 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

  • Home Office

    • Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports were lost by his Department's Immigration Section in the last 12 months.

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress he has made on the implementation of the Drug Strategy, published in July 2017.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the longest period spent in immigration detention by a detainee who left an Immigration Removal Centre between June 2017 and October...

      Cannabis: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory custodial sentence for people charged with repeated...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of hate crime there have been in each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Fife Migrants Forum: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has provided to Fife Migrants Forum.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of firefighters are (a) female, (b) from a black, minority or ethnic background and (c) female and from a black, minority or...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department will estimate the number of UK citizens residing in EU countries who will return to the UK after 29 March in (a)...

    • European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which Member State has most often been on the losing side in votes within the European Council since 2004.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) permanent and (b) contracted staff in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which EU agencies his Department plans to seek continued membership of after the UK has left the EU; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Department for International Trade: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2019 to Question 211704 on World Economic Forum: Advertising, how many contracts his Department has...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to rollover the EU Free Trade Agreement with Canada in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Governments of EEA and EFTA member states on the future of trade with those...

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2019 to Question 216933, Trade Agreements: Israel, on which borders are the (a) pre-existing agreements...

      EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which Departments are responsible for each of the EU free trade agreements that the UK is seeking to roll-over.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the telecommunications industry on the introduction of roaming...

  • Department for International Development

    • UNRWA: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of reports that Israel intends to remove United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East schools in East...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about that government reportedly removing olives and olive trees from Afrin Province in Syria to...

    • INF Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and what diplomatic steps they have taken, following the suspension of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty by the...

      Undocumented Migrants: Mediterranean Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not agree to take in migrants from Sea-Watch 3 following the collapse of that boat on 19 January.

      Hebron

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of the International Monitoring Force in Hebron.

      Philippines: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of overseas development and aid funding they provide to the Philippines which is spent on the public health effects...

      USA: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of vacancies in leadership positions in the government of the United States requiring Senate confirmation and the number of leadership positions...

      Russia: INF Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 February (HL Deb, cols 1495–9), what is...

      INF Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 February (HL Deb, cols...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Neighbourhood Development Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted since 2011; and of those, how many have applied to unparished areas.

    • Housing: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government working group on mortgages and insurance to report.

      Electric Cables: Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what planning requirements apply to the installation of telegraph poles outside homes.

  • Cabinet Office

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of teaching staff in further education colleges do not have a teaching qualification.

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many publicly-funded schools have complied with the obligation introduced with effect from 1 September 2018 to publish (1) details about the careers programme...

      Veterinary Medicine: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to build capacity in the Higher Education system to address the shortage of veterinary surgeons in England.

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