Written answers

Friday, 5 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Inshore Fishing: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to facilitate the employment of non-EU nationals on inshore fishing vessels based in Northern Ireland.

    • Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect of his rail policies on the level of access to rail transport of disabled passengers; and if he...

      Shipping: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2018 to Question 121982 on Shipping: Equality, when he received the further quality evidence from industry;...

      Department for Transport: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2019 to Question 233527 on Department for Transport: Procurement, in which months in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people working on the Technology Overhaul programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil...

    • Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish an assessment of progress made by the Sri Lankan authorities against the conditions set down in the UN Human...

      Libya: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with General Khalifa Haftar on the UN-led reconciliation process taking place in...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Egypt and (b) the United Arab Emirates on the recent military advances...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on (a) relocating diplomatic staff and (b) expanding or purchasing new diplomatic premises...

      Belarus: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take in response to the censoring of website and news outlet Charter 97 by Belarusian...

      Germany: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from the German Government on the Rosenholz files.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on analyses of the causes of medicine shortages in the UK.

    • NHS: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance has been given to the NHS on responding to freedom of information requests on contingency planning for the UK leaving the...

      Urinary Tract Infections: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the gold-standard urinary tract infections test kit used by the NHS.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle declining rates of the take-up of vaccines in England.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of preparations to implement the extension of the HPV vaccination programme to boys.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of training on vaccines for health professionals.

      Mortality Rates: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment the Government has made of changes in the levels of the mortality rate during (a) infancy, (b) childhood and (c)...

      World Health Assembly: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly as an observer; and whether his...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whats steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of alcohol related deaths (a) generally and (b) among young females.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the variation between Clinical Commissioning Groups of the availability of emollients on...

      Dermatitis: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the treatment of eczema of the availability of emollients on prescription.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS workforce is able meet rising referrals for suspected cases of cancer.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the criteria are for people with diabetes to be eligible for insulin pump therapy on prescription through the NHS.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with diabetes were prescribed insulin pump therapy through the NHS in (a) 2016-7 (b) 2017-8 and (c) 2018-9 to date.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with diabetes were not eligible for insulin pump therapy through the NHS in (a) 2016-7, (b) 2017-8 and (c) 2018-9 to date.

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many insulin pump therapy devices were prescribed by CCGs in (a) 2016-7, (b) 2017-8 and (c) 2018-9 to date.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) non-financial support her Department has provided to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of...

    • Yemen: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to (a) international NGOs and (b) UN organisations to tackle cholera in Yemen in (i) 2016,...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the number of (a) free school meals and (b) Government-funded holiday schemes that offered food to participants, by local authority...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data his Department collects to monitor the effectiveness of early years intervention strategies in (a) each local authority area, (b) each...

      Schools: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much school funding for Croydon there has been in each of the previous 10 years; how many pupils there have been in such schools in each of those...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on levels of asbestos in schools in (a) Barnsley and (b) South Yorkshire.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department has allocated for the removal of asbestos from schools in South Yorkshire in the last 12 months.

      Supported Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many safeguarding referrals for young people living in supported or semi supported accommodation there have been in each year since 2009, by local...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service spent on third-party suppliers (a) in total and (b) per supplier in the financial year 2015-16.

    • Ministry of Justice: Atos and Microsoft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the value is of all current contracts agreed by his Department and (a) Microsoft Corporation and (b) Atos.

      Judiciary: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to achieve a representative judiciary; and how many judges are (a) BAME, (b) women and (c) BAME women.

      Magistrates: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to achieve a representative magistracy; and how many magistrates are (a) BAME, (b) women and (c) BAME women.

      Paedophilia: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in the UK were charged with offences in relation to paedophilia in the last year.

      Paedophilia: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice , what steps he will take to strengthen sentences given to convicted paedophiles.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of child contact cases which involved allegations of domestic abuse in each year since 2010.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Question 232585 on tax collection, what the total amount was that the Affluent teams working in HMRC raised in...

    • Customs: North of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contingency plans HMRC has for exporting companies in the north to avoid delays at the customs at alternative ports and airports in the event that...

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people working on the Columbus programme, formerly the Aspire Replacement Programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil...

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are working on the Making Tax Digital for Business programme by (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants working on the making tax...

      Future Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants working on the Future...

      Customs Declaration Services Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants working on the customs...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families who have a child in receipt of disability living allowance have had their child benefit reduced due to exceeding the earnings threshold...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to families who have been reunited through refugee family reunion to access the social security system.

    • Social Security Benefits: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on collaboration between the Home Office and her Department to ensure that refugees are...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2018 to Question 142517 on employment support allowance, which Minister authorised revisions to the wording...

      Employment: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to support armed forces veterans into employment.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to require water companies to publish information on mains water pipes they own that are made...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to lengthen the time a refugee family reunion visa is valid for.

    • Shoplifting: Brighton Kemptown

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support convenience retailers in Brighton Kemptown that lost an estimated £147,908 due to shop theft; and if...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are working on the Communications Capabilities Development Programme by (a) contingent...

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people working on the national law enforcement data programme are (a) contingent labour, (b) supplier resource and (c) civil servants.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policing budget funds have been allocated to the protection of mosques.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to (a) publish the findings from the engagement programme on the immigration White Paper and (b)...

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the timeframe for (a) deciding on and (b) implementing the salary threshold proposals for Tier 2 visas set out in the...

      Missing Persons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports to the police have been made of young people reported missing from supported or semi-supported accommodation in the last 10...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans are in place to support vulnerable adults in the application process for the EU settlement scheme.

      Migrant Workers: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the salary exemption for nurses under Tier 2 visas announced last week will remain Government policy after the UK leaves the EU and...

      Shoplifting: Denton and Reddish

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support convenience retailers in Denton and Reddish that have lost an estimated £123,303 from shop theft;...

      National Business Crime Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to continue to allocate funding to the National Business Crime Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family settlement visas which were initially turned down due to the financial threshold criteria were subsequently turned down on...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to introduce guidance on statutory firearms licensing.

      Home Office: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish all non-personal data fields from the Incident Reporting System.

      Shoplifting: Denton and Reddish

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support convenience retailers in Denton and Reddish that have lost an estimated £123,303 in the last 12...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it meets its international obligations under the Dublin III regulation.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to tackle far right politically motivated violence in the UK following the March 2019 attacks in...

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of legal protections for police emergency drivers; and if he will make a statement.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an estimate of the average salary of a person who has been granted a Tier 5 Exceptional Talent visa.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to counter activity from hostile states in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of offences involving a firearm in the last 12 months.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Cocoa: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the UN's global goals to end poverty, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that cocoa farmers earn living...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to ensure that (a) hon. Members, (b) NGOs and (c) Trade Unions are able to fully scrutinise future potential trade deals.

      Petrol: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of zero per cent import tariffs on gasoline on the UK gasoline industry in the event of...

      EU External Trade: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reasons 32 EU trade deals have not been rolled-over for the UK when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling mobile phone roaming between mobile service network...

  • Department for International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the spread of Ebola in North Kivu and of the response to that outbreak by the government of the Democratic Republic of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current position of the Erasmus+ scheme (1) in this year, and (2) in future years; and in what ways Brexit has affected that...

    • Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of first class degrees awarded by the (1) University of Surrey, and (2) University of Bradford; whether they have had...

      Agriculture: Degrees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many agriculture degrees in England offer modules on agroecology.

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) entomology, (2) soil science, and (3) microbial science professors, there are at English universities.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether university income from student tuition fee loans is classed as public or private funds; what legal advice, if any, they have received to this effect;...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 February (HL13370), why they have not laid before Parliament the report by the Independent...

    • Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Visas and Immigration considers a person’s (1) past immigration records, (2) pending immigration cases, and (3) rule 35 report statements, in...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether potential victims of trafficking who have been released from immigration detention and are awaiting a conclusive grounds decision are required to report to...

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of trafficking or modern slavery who have received a positive conclusive grounds decision have been removed from the UK in the last period of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Members: Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they apply in recommending a Member of the House of Commons for award of a peerage or knighthood; and whether an individual MP's voting record on the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 25 March (HL Deb, col 1611), whether the review of autism services will examine the questions...

    • Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many amputations were performed by the NHS in each year from 2014 to 2018.

      Thiomersal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which vaccines prescribed by the NHS contain thimerosal.

      Hospitals: Human Remains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of data from the Human Tissue Authority that over the past three years there were 253 "serious incidents" in hospital morgues where...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 4 April 2017 (HL Deb, col 940), what improvements have been made in the waiting time for hospital patient...

      Incontinence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds incontinence pads provided through the NHS were changed from Attends to Tena; and what tests were carried out as to their relative effectiveness.

      Human Remains: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 19 March (HL14296), what was the outcome of their discussions with the Human Tissues...

      Human Remains: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 19 March (HL14296), what concerns were raised in their discussions with the Human...

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