Written answers

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling and Walking: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding local authorities have been allocated for the Governments Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans.

    • Cycling and Walking: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will allocate funding to Portsmouth City Council for the implementation of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to reduce the number of accidents involving bicycles on UK roads.

      International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to comply with the Ballast Water Management Convention; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has held with representatives of Fusion on the protection of wildlife on the 200 acres near Steeple Claydon due for clearance for...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taken to ensure the protection of (a) birds during the breeding season and (b) other wildlife at the protected nature reserve at...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the visit by (a) Stephen Clark, sponsor, High Speed Rail Group HS2 phase 2b (b) Andrew Rees, Head of...

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to address the anomaly whereby using an electric bicycle...

      Eurostar: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for delays to services departing the Eurostar terminal at London St Pancras station in the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 December 2018 to Question 202714 on Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, when he plans to...

    • Job Creation: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to help businesses to create more highly skilled jobs in the East Midlands.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the financial sustainability of post offices of the rates banks pay post...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) banks and (c) the Post Office on increasing the rates that...

      Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2018 to Question 178527 on Gratuities, when the Government plans to publish a...

      Agency Workers: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his oral contribution of 17 December 2018, Official Report,column 573, when the the repeal of the Swedish...

      Construction: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to consumer protection of introducing a licensing scheme for UK...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has taken steps to ensure that the new Smart Export Guarantee scheme will be in place before the...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on how any surplus taken by the Government from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many abuses of a dominant market position by the three multinational firms that comprise 90 per cent of the UK...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the cap on energy bills from 1 January 2019 was revised upwards; and what steps his Department is...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for a future review of the decision to end the export tariff for rooftop solar installations.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) civil society groups on the...

      Vauxhall Motors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 216983 on Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries,...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the guidance entitled Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance, how many suppliers...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he will take to advance proposals to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea, following the failure...

    • Hajer Mansoor Hassan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if will make representations to his counterpart in Bahrain on the failure of prison authorities in Isa Town Prison and local...

      Sheikh Ali Salman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question HL13338 on Sheikh Ali Salman, whether the Minister for the Middle...

      Yemen: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any progress has been made on facilitating prisoner exchanges between the respective parties in the Yemen conflict.

      Yemen: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department has taken to secure the release of prisoners held by Houthi authorities in Sana’a in...

      Ukraine: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial assistance the Government plans to allocate to Ukraine in each of the next three years.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the protection of health professionals from violence perpetrated by Israeli...

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has plans to support the imposition of independent electoral observers in the upcoming Turkish...

      Turkey: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for (a) electoral fraud and (b) the violation of opposition parties by the...

      China: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Kidneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people aged between 10 and 20 have had operations for kidney-stones in each of the last five years.

    • Cannabis: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of links between cannabis use and mental health problems.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent patients from being incorrectly denied access to medicinal cannabis.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of veterans who have served in the armed forces that were in receipt of mental health...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Alzheimer's Society entitled Dementia – the true cost: Fixing the care crisis, published in May...

      EU Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to promote continued cooperation with the EU in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed and similar mechanisms...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of 17 January 2019, Official...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government's commitment to double the number of places available for men on the PrEP Impact Trial will be rolled out at the...

      Mental Health Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for mental health patients in the South East.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to healthcare research in the north of England since 2015.

      Health Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to use the NHS Long Term Plan to close the gap in health inequalities between the north and south of England; and if he...

      Health Services: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the new NHS funding settlement will be spent to takcle health inequalities between the north and south of England.

      Liver Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS news story entitled Machine that keeps livers 'alive' may boost transplant rates, published in April 2018,...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests for sexually transmitted infections have been paid for by the public purse in each year for which information is...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received in the last 12 months on the closure of physical clinics providing testing for sexually transmitted...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings Ministers of his Department have had with multinational healthcare corporations since June 2016, and if he will make a...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance entitled, Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance, how many suppliers have been excluded...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's publication entitled DFID Strategic Vision for Gender Equality, published in March 2018, what steps...

    • Developing Countries: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the particular effect of modern slavery on adolescent girls; and if she will make a...

      UN Road Safety Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the UK (a) provides and (b) plans to provide funding to the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of attacks on teachers by pupils in schools.

    • Schools: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle bullying in schools.

      Teachers: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has a policy to help tackle stress experienced by teachers.

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students who are granted European Temporary Leave to Remain would be eligible to access Government funding for under-18 education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for a divorce were lodged between Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to employ more staff and reduce the length of time personal independence payment claimants have to wait for their appeal to be heard.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which members of the (a) legal profession and (b) judiciary were consulted as part of the Government's most recent review of the (i) civil and (ii)...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the responses received during the Judicial Ways of Working exercise will be (a) shared with the judges consulted and (b) published.

      Ministry of Justice: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the guidance entitled, Procurement policy note 03/14: promoting tax compliance, how many suppliers have been excluded from bidding for...

  • Treasury

    • Film: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to support domestic film production companies to raise funding.

    • Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of productivity growth in the last five years can be attributed to financial technology.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the employment rate in the UK.

      Productivity: North of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Office for National Statistics publication, Labour productivity, UK: July to September 2018, published on 9 January 2019 whether the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he plans to use the next Spending Review to reduce economic inequalities between the north and south of England.

      Health: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the next Spending Review will include plans to review the level of investment in health research received by northern institutions.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of new build homes produced by (a) large house builders, (b) medium...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to support SME diversification into the off-site manufacturing sector for the construction of new...

      Planning: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the change in (a) speed of decision making and (b) overall performance of local...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2019 to Question 219503 on Occupational Pensions, what criteria her Department uses to assess the effect...

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2019 to Question 219503 on Occupational Pensions, with which stakeholders her Department plans to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average number of days was for her Department to reassess existing entitlement to personal independence payment in (a) Barnley, (b)...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the number of days was for her Department to reassess entitlement to personal independence payment from that payment being granted in...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department provides on the issuing of fit notes by GP practices for welfare assessments.

      Accidents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the combined total value was of sums sought from insurers by way of NHS recoupment by the Compensation Recovery Unit for the last two...

      Work Capability Assessment: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time is for a claimant to be referred to a work capability assessment by the Romford service centre in the most...

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have repaid benefit overpayments at 40 per cent from their standard allowance in the most recent period...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many suppliers have been excluded from bidding for contracts due to not meeting the criteria in her Department's Procurement Policy Note...

      Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people identifying as having a primary condition of epilepsy have been awarded personal independence payment (a) after mandatory...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dog attacks on humans there have been in each of the last five years.

    • Poultry: Legionnaires' Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many outbreaks of legionnaires in turkeys there have been in the last five years.

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which species on the list of invasive alien species of Union concern are covered under UK Pathway Action Plans.

      BSE: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Polish Government on the implications for the UK of the recent incidents of BSE in Poland.

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report entitled, Economic Cost of Invasive Non-Native Species on Great Britain, published by CABI in...

      Non-native Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates (a) power of entry and (b) species control provisions have been used under Section 14(4A) of the Wildlife and...

  • Home Office

    • Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the level of seizures required to put a successful drug trafficker of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis...

    • Asylum: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Saudi Arabian citizens have applied for asylum in each of the last five years.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) skilled and (b) unskilled migrants that will be allowed to move to the UK each year after the...

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (a) makes policy changes, (b) will lead to a diminution in...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to promote the EU settlement scheme to children of non-UK EU citizens.

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to prevent delays at passport control at the Eurostar terminal at London St Pancras station in the event that the UK...

  • Wales Office

    • Economic Situation: Wales

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh economy of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in his Department were directly employed on negotiations in relation to (a) new trade agreements with (i) Australia, (ii) New...

    • Department for International Trade: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff in his Department reported experiencing bullying or harassment at work in the most...

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to increase trade with (a) Commonwealth realms and (b) other countries of the Commonwealth after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that new trade deals do not undermine the UK's existing (a) social and (b) environmental standards...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Facebook and Twitter: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from (a) Facebook and (b) Twitter on the removal of abusive and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Company Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 18 January (HL12949), whether the overriding obligation for a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities,...

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which sectors of commerce or industry they have requested or required that evidence of submissions made to them in connection with legislation relating to the...

      Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day on 27 June.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet the legally-binding carbon targets in the Climate Change Act 2008.

      Lighting: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that products which convert bayonet light fittings to screw fittings for new LED bulbs are safe to use.

      Energy: Cost Benefit Analysis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out a cost benefit analysis of the investment of public money in securing a mix of energy supplies including nuclear power for the UK.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a mix of energy supplies for the UK must include nuclear power.

      UK Audit Standards Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Henley on 1 February (HL13348) and 18 January (HL12949), whether the scope for Sir Donald Brydon’s independent...

      Honda: Swindon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Honda’s decision to close its factory in Swindon on the wider supply chain in the UK car industry.

      Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will review the shale gas fracking regulations.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Feed-in Tariff budget was committed in each year from 2015 to 2018; and how much of that budget was allocated to (1) wind, (2) solar, (3)...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Feed-in Tariff currently used for a specific renewable technology device or machine on which maintenance is conducted will be annulled after 2019.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Biya regime in Cameroon (1) burning down Kumba hospital, (2) destroying villages, and (3)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Liothyronine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent any harm to thyroid patients who require liothyronine and who are unable to secure funding for such treatment by...

    • World Health Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark World Health Day on 7 April.

      Health and Care Professions Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact of the Health and Care Professions Council proposals to increase its mandatory registration fee by 18 per...

      Health Professions: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage health professionals from overseas to work in the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Voluntary Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they will take to prevent new voluntary aided schools with a religious character from immediately converting to academy status to bypass the 50...

    • Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to ensure that children within the catchment area of a school with 100 per cent religious intake are not disadvantaged in the choice...

      Universities: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for monitoring the payment performance of universities and ensuring that they comply with the Public Service Contracts Regulations 2015.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the pre- and post-section 104 order protocols between the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the Scottish Government...

    • Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 September 2016 (HL1529), whether the Ascent Flight Training programme is fully up and...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families with children were receiving Bereavement Benefit or Bereavement Support Payments in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, and (3) 2017–18;...

    • Poverty: Lone Parents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support lone-parent families living in poverty; and in particular, to tackle (1) high housing costs, (2) low-paid work, and (3) cuts...

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the pilot Department for Work and Pensions and Oxfam Cymru livelihoods and poverty awareness training project...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help reduce levels of child poverty in the UK.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Zoos: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the safety systems and processes in UK zoos to protect staff, customers and animals.

    • Agriculture: Pests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential risk to agricultural products in the UK through the import of goods or vehicles carrying the brown marmorated stink...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the recommendations made in the report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many migrants who had entered the UK illegally were encountered by (1) port authorities, and (2) the police after passing through UK ports in each year...

    • Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any police forces plan to increase the number of juvenile covert human intelligence sources to deal with county lines drugs conspiracies.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any significant defence sales of UK manufactured systems that are not used by the UK armed forces.

    • Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on future global trade.

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