Written answers

Friday, 29 March 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to secure less profitable rural bus routes and prevent an increase in rural isolation.

    • Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what economic impact assessment has been carried out on the electrification of the rail network in the north of England.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department to (a) develop, (b) evaluate and (c) award market-led proposals to enhance the railway;...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of enforcement mechanisms to ensure legal compliance of car manufacturers with emissions targets.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made in ensuring the UK meets its 2.4% GDP target for R&D funding.

    • Research: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken in ensuring continuity of funding for research projects with EU funding in...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the £7 billion of additional spending for research and development will be in addition to replacing EU...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the identification of speech, language and communication needs among children and young people who are in...

    • Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019–2024: The UK’s five-year national action plan, published on 24...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS spending is allocated to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

      Pupils: Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he publish the names of schools that allow emergency contraception to be distributed to children at that school without parental...

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department’s Green Paper on prevention will be published in the current session of Parliament.

      General Practitioners: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for patients to see their GP in the Blackpool NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has been for non-emergency...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government and NHS England have to ensure that CCGs use the funding allocated nationally to prescribe Flash Glucose...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of support for people suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis in (a) South...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department is taking to improve access to cervical cancer screenings.

      Tomography: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library any impact assessment conducted on the proposed privatisation of the PET-CT scan service in Oxford.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he plans to provide for myalgic encephalomyelitis services in the North East.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for the future development of services for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis in the North East.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children and young people in contact with Pupil Referral Units have speech, language and communication needs.

    • Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provides financial support to schools for student counselling following incidents of a tragic nature.

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that teachers feel safe from violence at their schools.

      Pupils: Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has provided to schools since 2010 on the potential liability of schools governors in the event of (a) a fatality, (b)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest hourly rate paid for legal advice was by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's arms length bodies in 2018.

    • Pleural Plaques: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people applied for compensation under the pleural plaques compensation scheme in each parliamentary constituency; and what proportion of those...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what evidence his Department received from external bodies on his Department’s review of the means testing requirement for legal aid at inquests...

      Personal Records: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the age at which a person can change their name by enrolling at the Royal Courts of Justice is different from that at which they can do...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Community Rehabilitation Companies in delivering resettlement plans.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number was of previous community orders given to an offender sentenced to immediate custody for a new offence of six months in each of...

      Young Offenders: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to develop guidance for youth offending teams on how best to (a) support and (b) meet the needs of young people with speech, language...

      Courts: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 55p per minute cost of the telephone helpline established to provide advice on how to use online court...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to improve data on religion within the criminal justice system since the publication of the report Tackling Racial Disparity in...

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the £3 million committed to the Litigants in Person Support Strategy is additional funding for his Department.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average population was in each prison in the 12 months to September 2018.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Serious Further Offence reviews have been reopened in each year since 2010.

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average caseload is per probation officer in each community rehabilitation company.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Confectionery: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on confectionery trade between US and UK after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what his Department's trade policy will be if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps his Department is taking ensure that the maintenance of food of comparable quality from overseas without tariffs after the UK...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on UK oil refining from the unilateral application of zero import tariffs on 87 per cent...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working on developing New Style of Information Technology Deployed are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

    • Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working on New Style of Information Technology (Base) are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working on developing Contracting, Purchasing and Finance are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working on developing the Future IT Sourcing Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Defence: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the financial viability of the defence industry in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of E-7 aircraft purchase by his Department to ensure the maintenance of the UK's early warning...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the proportion of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) universal...

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are taken to monitor and review the performance of health assessors whose decisions are often reviewed or appealed successfully.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of personal independence payment assessment decisions were appealed in 2017-18.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the process of awarding of the Health and Work Programme contract to Working Links...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase the capacity of the Voluntary and Charitable Sector to (a) bid for and (b) operate as sub-contractors for...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what due diligence her Department undertook in advance of Fedcap Employment taking over contracts held by Working Links (Employment) Ltd.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department's contract with Fedcap Employment included provisions to pay money owed to Working Link (Employment) Ltd...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mean average wait for a mandatory reconsideration after a personal independence payment assessment was in (a) Barnsley, (b) South...

      Universal Credit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the mean average wait for a mandatory reconsideration of a universal credit assessment was in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c)...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mandatory cyber security training sessions civil servants working in her Department are required to undertake.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to update the feral pig code in England.

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage new entrants to the (a) farming and (b) crofting sectors.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department will take to ensure that standards on food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection are...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for fisheries policy after the UK leaves the EU.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bovine tuberculosis (a) new herd incidents and (b) officially free status withdrawn cases there were in the...

  • Home Office

    • Syria: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) British children and (b) children who are eligible for British citizenship...

    • Radicalism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many websites or internet-based platforms (a) accessible from the UK and (b) published within the UK have been shut down as a result of...

      Burglary: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of burglary investigations in (a) Barnsley, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) nationally were closed without identifying a suspect...

      Drugs Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the independent review of drugs led by Professor Dame Carol Black will make an assessment of drug use and access to treatment for...

      Imitation Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of number of offences involving an imitation firearm in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the potential costs to the public purse of holding elections for the European Parliament this year, in the...

    • Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working on GOV UK Verify are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working on the ISSC2 are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working on the Government as a platform programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are on the Common Technology Services Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of domestic abuse against (a) men and boys and (b) women and girls.

      Homicide: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many men were killed by their current or former partner in the last 12 months for which information is available.

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many alleged breaches of the Special Advisers’ Code of Conduct by his Department's Special Advisers have been investigated by the Minister...

  • Home Office

    • British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendation of the Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement that the book Life in the UK should be revised, and to the undertaking...

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to treat knife crime as a public health issue; and if such steps are being taken, what funding they have made available to treat that...

  • Department for Education

    • Voluntary Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the impact on ethnic minorities of voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their pupils based on their...

    • Voluntary Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance, if any, they have issued to local authorities on consulting local people on proposals for new voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent...

      Universities: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the impact of cash-for-student-places granted by the University of Southern California and other major US colleagues on...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the number of overseas students attending academic institutions in the UK continues to grow in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

      Voluntary Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to monitor the impact on social cohesion and integration of 100 per cent selective voluntary-aided schools in areas where such schools are...

      Voluntary Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that measures designed to prevent voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their pupils based on faith from...

      Voluntary Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that local objections to proposals for new voluntary-aided faith schools with the legal power to select all of their pupils based on faith are...

      Teachers: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps schools, colleges and local education authorities are taking to ensure that teaching staff from EU countries are aware of what their citizenship...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take against those schools who refused to teach the Relationship and Sex Education syllabus in full.

      Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether new religious schools established as a result of their new capital funding scheme and which are legally permitted to select all of their pupils on faith...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of stay for a prisoner in each prison in England and Wales, for each of the last five years.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Youth Clubs: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report State of Rural Services 2018, published by Rural England in February, and in particular of the impact of the closure...

    • Gambling: Video Games

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) ban loot boxes in online games, and (2) regulate such loot boxes through the Gambling Commission.

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