Written answers

Friday, 12 April 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of Network Rail's sleeper factory at Doncaster meeting the shortfall in production capacity in the...

    • Railways: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date Network Rail will cease production of railway sleepers at its factory in Washwood Heath, Birmingham; whether there is capacity to extend...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Burundi: BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in response to the Burundi Government’s recent decision to withdraw the BBC’s...

    • Najah Ahmed Yousif

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of allegations that the Bahraini Embassy in London forged evidence against female...

      Rakhine State Advisory Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress on implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission's recommendations; and what...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Human Papillomavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Cytology/HPV tendering process in England; and if he will make a statement.

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are established psychological interventions for people with pancreatic cancer.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the incidence of tuberculosis in the UK.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for his Department to (a) bring forward legislative proposals on calorie labelling on menus and (b) publish a...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding the Government has allocated to services used by patients with ME in the North East.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the additional places on the PrEP Impact Trial are offered across England; and if he will make a...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many refusals, or opt outs, for vaccines in children have been registered in each year since 2010.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of drugs for (a) epilepsy, (b) bipolar disorder and (c) neuropathic pain; and...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England PrEP Impact Trial Update – April 2019, if he will require trial sites outside of London to...

      Dermatology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for proposals to improve waiting times for dermatology patients.

      Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has conducted an impact assessment on the UK's departure from the EU.

      Diabetes: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many diabetes coaches were employed in each Health Education England (HEE) region and (b) how many diabetes coaches training places...

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of diabetes clinics provide access to a Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) phone line; and what steps his...

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Government is taking to ensure that Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSNs) have sufficient time to support patients with more complex...

      Diabetes: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the results of NHS England’s Diabetes Digital Coach Wave 1 Test Bed in the West of England Academic Health Science Network...

      Dermatology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment the Government has made of the quality of (a) undergraduate level and (b) specialist general practice dermatology...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of the (a) sabril, (b) enoxaparin and (c) fosamax in the NHS.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 231466, whether Public Health plans to make an assessment of the potential effect of...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2019 to Question 231467 on Ophthalmic Services, whether an assessment has been made of the potential...

      HIV infection: Ethnic Groups and Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his department has made an assessment of the potential merits of developing a public health campaign to reduce late diagnosis...

      Silicosis: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of advances in the abilities of medical practitioners to diagnose silicosis.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is to ensure that people who require repeat prescriptions are able to have access to the medicine they require.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse has been of free repeat prescriptions in each of the last three years.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the NHS has to utilise the NICE Commissioning Support Programme for the development of national clinical policies not yet...

      Obesity: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of cancer caused by obesity.

      Arthritis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he is taking to support children with arthritis.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support NHS staff with (a) stress and (b) depression.

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December to Question 198332 on Sickle Cell Diseases: Prescriptions, what assessment he has made of the effect...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are taken by the relevant professional regulators to follow- up and address the non-compliance of the Pregnancy Prevention...

      Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations on page 75 of the Faculty of Pain Medicine published in The Core Standards for Pain Management...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the current occupancy levels for properties owned by NHS property services.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the need for a sexual health action plan; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of grammar instruction provided on teacher training courses.

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total amount of funding provided to schools from the Condition Improvement Fund was in each of the last five years for which data is available.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the revised completion date of the courts reform programme on (a) the cost of the programme and...

    • Electoral Register: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for failing to register on the electoral register; and what the average level was of the fine imposed; in each of...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to review the provision by community rehabilitation companies and the not for profit sector of probation services.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many vexatious or meritless applications were taken out by perpetrators of domestic abuse where the subject of the application was the victim in...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family courts centres have stopped operating in the UK in each year since 2010.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total amount awarded to to victims by the criminal injuries compensation scheme was in each year since 2010.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people received payments from the criminal injuries compensation scheme in each year since 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department made in the Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of LASPO of the potential merits of making legal aid available for...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how often (a) resettlement day release and (b) overnight release has been used in the last 12 months.

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list all the crematoria in England operating within the 50-yard requirement of Section 5 of the Cremation Act 1902.

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether a record is kept of restraint for good order and discipline during detained children’s escort to and from (a) young offender institutions,...

      Witnesses: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of how many non-court sites where vulnerable witnesses may provide evidence (a) are operational and (b) will be operational in...

      Dangerous Driving: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving in each of the last five calendar years.

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many expressions of interest his Department received from private-sector providers in the Framework Agreement for the provision of prison operator...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many privately operated prisons have a regime management plan in place.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to increase trade between the UK and India.

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to ensure increased cooperation with the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question 234648 on Housing Ombudsman Service, what effect the 35 per cent...

    • Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to provide for further devolution of powers in relation to political decision-making...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to place restrictions on the expansion of out of town shopping centres to protect high...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support the Government provides to tenants in the private rented sector to ensure they are not priced out of...

      Planning Permission: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of what action his Department has taken to ensure that nationally significant...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of re-painting a (a) nuclear submarine in-service, (b) decommissioned nuclear submarine, (c) ballistic missile submarine...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to assess the effectiveness of the local supported proof of concept initiative in closing the autism employment gap.

    • Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to tackle the underemployment of people diagnosed with autism.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks will be carried out on the documentation required by equines entering the UK once the UK has left the EU.

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of restricting the use of netting across trees and hedgerows during the...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential benefits of increasing the number of national parks.

      Gardens: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department and its agencies have made of the effect of residential gardens on biodiversity.

      Veterinary Services: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of creating (a) an independent veterinary ombudsman and (b)...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many 2019 countryside stewardship start date agreement holders and applicants are still awaiting their agreement offer.

      Moorland: Surveying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the additional cost to landowners of surveying moorland under the proposed new legislation...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 174681 on Deportation: West Africa, how many of the 60 people on board the charter...

    • Migrant Workers: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the immigration system enables the movement of highly-skilled individuals into the NHS...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to help improve the cyber security of (a) public and (b) private sector organisations.

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he is making on improving the transparency of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to increase business investment in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress HMRC has made on its moving its inland pre-clearance operations to new purpose-equipped sites at Hayes and Milton Keynes; and what...

      Revenue and Customs: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the HMRC penalties issued in 2018 by size of business.

      Regional Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 238660, how much regional aid spending in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to wholesalers of the new Track and Trace system on tobacco products; and if he will make a statement.

      Tobacco: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the level of compensation for the hardware and software for the recording and transmission of the information for product movement and transactional...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HMRC will take to (a) enforce the regulations within the Tobacco Track and Trace scheme past 20 May 2019 and (b) ensure that business have...

      NHS: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of NHS employees in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency who face increased tax bills as a result of the...

      Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the net fiscal effect on the public purse of the Government’s decision to increase the number of Tier 5...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to modernise the research and development tax credit to include real-world studies and costs relating to health data to reflect the (a)...

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy since it was introduced in April 2018.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment has he made of effect of online gambling on vulnerable gamblers.

    • Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking with county football associations to tackle racism in grassroots football.

      Arts: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the creative industries in the East Midlands.

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the music industry to the UK economy.

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the film industry to the UK economy.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the notice to proceed with the HS2 project has been delayed.

    • Highway Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given, as part of their review of the Highway Code, to changing from the current position where all road users are deemed to...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology is used only to detect and deter criminal activity rather than to enable the...

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