Written answers

Friday, 3 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative work his Department has undertaken in the awarding of rolling stock contracts with different EU countries under the Utilities...

    • Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how value for money for the taxpayer is evaluated in the awarding of rolling stock contracts.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what statutory powers his Department has to ensure that rail franchises deliver the greatest benefit to the UK economy, through rolling stock contracts.

      Railways: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on the offshoring of rail manufacturing.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether rolling stock contracts will be included in the Government’s zero-based capital review to ensure Departmental procurement and rail...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the number of UK Cadets (a) entering and (b) completing training on Tonnage Tax qualifying vessels between 2000-01 and 2018-19.

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Ratings were trained on Tonnage Tax qualifying vessels since 2000-01.

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Arriva have submitted a compliant bid for the East Midlands Trains franchise.

      Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce delays and (b) improve the experience of people requiring a medical review when renewing their driving licence.

      Bristow Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency plans his Department has implemented in the event that Bristow's Helicopters Ltd is unable to fulfil its obligations on search and rescue.

      Gatwick Airport: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the President of the Board of Trade on the effect on trade of improving the Reading to Gatwick Airport road...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Consumers: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that regulators have the powers they need to address the loyalty penalty...

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he next plans to meet international counterparts to discuss climate change; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sri Lanka: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the Sri Lankan security services as a result of the terrorist attack on Christians on 21...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic means the UK has within the Commonwealth to help countries tackle climate change.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Brexit

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Orkambi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the value of packs of Orkambi that have been disposed of while negotiations between NHS England...

    • Riluzole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the supply of Rilutek for people with motor neurone disease, and if he will make a statement.

      Urinary Tract Infections: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 243537, Urinary Tract Infections: Screening and with reference to the four items of...

      Sapropterin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) plans to conclude its technology appraisal for the National Health...

      Opiates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the library a copy of the definition his Department uses for the term discontinuation syndrome in relation to opioid...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to establish programme for the roll-out of the HPV vaccine for boys to ensure parity of take-up with...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the rate of age-standardised cardiovascular disease in England.

      Cancer: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ensure that the holistic needs of cancer patients...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential link between the consumption of ready-made meals and heart disease.

      Dental Health: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to increase public awareness of gum disease and tooth loss.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group have been classified as having asthma in the last five years.

      Raynaud's Phenomenon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with Raynaud syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with diabetes have had an amputation in each of the last five years.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of vaccinations for children.

      Food Poisoning: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were admitted to hospital with food poisoning in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the provision of local health...

      General Practitioners: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has had discussions with Cherwell District Council and the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on providing...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allocate additional funding to support charities providing direct services to people with ME in London.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing the maximum nicotine content of 20 mg/ml currently...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2019 on Question 240941, whether the PrEP Impact Trial website is updated each day.

      Vaccination: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle misinformation in anti-vaccine literature.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patient and health professional organisations are engaged in the Department's working...

      Aortic Dissection: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to help improve diagnosis of Aortic Dissection.

      Aortic Dissection: Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the frequency of CT scanning in relation to aortic dissection; and what plans he has to...

      Heart Diseases: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what specialist aortic surgery facilities there are in the UK; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing...

      Hypertension: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing additional specialist blood pressure clinics.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the view that no deal is better than a bad deal remains the Government's policy.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officers in bands three to five in each prison operated by HMPPS have less than three years' experience.

    • Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officers in bands three to five in each prison operated by HMPPS have three or more years' experience.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an impact assessment was carried out in respect of the removal of the preliminary inquiry stage of court proceedings in serious crime cases in...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce tougher community sentences.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2019 to Questions 230698-230707 and 231412-231416 on prison sentences, how many community orders each of those...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken to tackle breaches and non-compliance of community orders.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders who were given a community order in each of the last three years breached their order and (a) the order was...

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 236498 on Prison Officers: Training, how many prison officers and prison custody officers have...

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 236498 on Prison Officers: Training, how many e-learning completions there have been in (a) core...

      Tim Parker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department made of any potential conflicts of interest arising from his chairmanship of Post Office Limited.prior to the appointment...

      Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many band three to five prison officers with three or more years’ experience left the prison service by each prison in each quarter from 2010...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to encourage victims of attempted rape to report that crime to the police.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of former UK citizens that are able to access to the Legal Aid Scheme.

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support is available to victims of attempted rape during the process of bringing their case to the police.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will conduct a review of the existing protections for victims of serious violent crime which specifically consults those affected or bereaved by...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to implement Baroness Newlove's recommendations for the overhaul of Criminal Injuries Compensation Law.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government has put in place to ensure trade policy is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the selection process will be for the new chairman of Building Better, Building Beautiful commission.

    • Multiple Occupation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many registered houses of mulitple occupancy there are in (a) the Borough of Havering and (b) London.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on proposals to (a) protect and (b) improve the rights of leaseholders in England and Wales.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of tree preservation orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether expanding polyurethane foam is defined as filler material under his Department's guidance (a) paragraph 12.7...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2019 to Question 244108 on Buildings: Insulation, whether his Department published...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to encourage more environmentally conscious house-building that takes into account...

      Smallholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have sold off (a) all and (b) more than 50 per cent of council smallholdings since 1997.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • KBR: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of whether the PFI arrangement with KBR to maintain a fleet of 92 heavy equipment transporters for the British Army...

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is of UK aircrew to finish training to fly the Poseidon MRA Mkl (P-8A).

      Navantia: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to prohibit Spanish firm, Navantia, from bidding for the contract to build Royal Navy support ships.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Business: Asbestos and Carcinogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking with businesses to prevent employee's exposure to (a) asbestos and (b) carcinogens in the workplace.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department last met with representatives of British...

    • Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the statutory right of navigation on water in relation to shared access for...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many square kilometres of countryside were covered by access arrangements and available to the public before the...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability to secure locally agreed access arrangements to facilitate greater public access...

      Fracking: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many waste water facilities in the UK are permitted to treat waste water from hydraulic fracturing operations.

      Fracking: Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many landfill sites in the UK are permitted to dispose of (a) waste water sludge, (b) sand and (c) filter cake produced...

      Fracking: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what process did waste water go through in order to be (a) treated and (b) disposed of following hydraulic fracturing...

  • Home Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of the industry campaign One Too Many to educate passengers about the dangers of disruptive...

    • Counter-terrorism: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of Prevent nominals are university students.

      Knives: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of availability of knives on social media shopping apps.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning the sale of pointed knives as a means of reducing knife crime.

      Nuisance: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has issued to police forces on the enforcement of the offence of public nuisance.

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the police investigate all reported crime.

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to ensure that the voluntary sector has the required information to signpost people who may...

      Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has asked the Prime Minister to convene a COBRA meeting in response to the increase in knife attacks in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will hold discussions with representatives of (a) Operation Shutdown, (b) bereaved family members, (c) grassroots and other youth and...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to improve co-ordination with the Metropolitan Police in tackling the (a) trafficking, (b) grooming and...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Data Protection: USA

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what measures are in place to prevent the US Government accessing confidential information on British citizens that is stored with US hyperscale cloud...

    • Cabinet Office: Brexit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of conducting the next boundary review using census population statistics and citizenship...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many European nationals resident in the UK were registered to vote in the 2014 European elections.

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many European nationals resident in the UK are registered to vote in the 2019 European elections.

  • Treasury

    • UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total gross amount paid by the UK to the EU was in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available (a) including and (b) excluding...

    • Amazon: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) the revenue of Amazon Web Services in the UK and (b) the tax paid on that revenue in the last financial year.

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 24 April 2019, Official Report column 743, what arrangements the Treasury has...

      Customs: Dover Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what customs checks are performed at Dover Port on outgoing freight traffic; what the average time taken for such checks is per vehicle; what customs...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the New Computerised Transit System incorporates an interface with Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Technology: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what resources his Department provide to (a) voluntary and (b) statutory support services to help prevent...

    • Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that areas such as North Cornwall get their fair share of Creative Industries funding after...

      Sports: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of indoor sports provision in the East Midlands in each year since 2015.

      Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle racism in amateur football.

      Young People: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase participation in public life among younger age groups.

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to (a) restrict or (b) remove the charitable status of Churches and other faith-based...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the evaluation of the lower benefit cap they stated would be published in Spring 2019 in the letter from the Minister of...

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