Written answers

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what effect that...

    • Transport: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase spending on transport infrastructure in the West Midlands.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2018 to Question 125528, Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions, for what reasons different systems are in place for...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2019 to Question 252654, if he will list all Port Connectivity Study case study projects that are being progressed...

      Roads: Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent accidents on the road as a result of deer.

      Newmarket Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the horse racing industry on the expansion of Newmarket railway station.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February to Question 218834, what progress has been made in revising the statutory regulations on the Blue Badge scheme;...

      Network Rail: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential administrative costs that will be incurred by Network Rail in its ongoing relationship with the new owner...

      Electric Vehicles: Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on UK roads.

      Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to increase seat belt wearing; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Boilers: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to implement the Government's proposed ban on the installation of gas boilers in...

    • Energy Companies Obligation: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of delivery of insulation measures under the Energy Company Obligation.

      Energy Performance Certificates: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of progress towards its ambition of ensuring that all homes achieve an Energy...

      Energy Companies Obligation: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households have been fitted with (a) cavity wall and (b) loft insulation under the Energy Company Obligation...

      Fossil Fuels: Surveying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Oil and Gas Authority’s proposed supplemental guidance for the Disclosure of certain...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to his Department has been of the Renewable Heat Incentive, and what assessment he has made of the value...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the bombings at (a) a Sanaa school on 7 April 2019, (b) a Save the Children-supported hospital on 26 March...

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help ensure that deconflicted (a) hospitals and (b) schools in Yemen are protected from...

      Cameroon: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian crisis in the Anglophone region of Cameroon.

      Cameroon: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the findings of the UN human rights high commissioner that there is a window of...

      Sudan: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent use of live ammunition by Sudanese security forces against protesters in Khartoum.

      Elections: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for UK participation in non-European country election monitoring after the UK leaves the EU.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the key obstacles to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

      Togo: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he has taken to develop the UK Government's relationship with Togo.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing financial assistance to enable (a) low-income and (b) single-unit...

    • Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adopted children have (a) a child in need plan and (b) a child protection plan.

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons children’s play is not prioritized in the five foundations for building character.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Insurance Companies: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that greater numbers of insurance cases are resolved before they reach court proceedings.

    • Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to establish an ombudsman with legal powers to enforce decisions on third party personal injury claims...

      Ministry of Justice: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what effect that...

      Cremation Act 1902

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to make an assessment of the effectiveness of the provisions in the Cremation Act 1902; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the wreck of HMS Victory was gifted to the Maritime Heritage Foundation.

    • Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the United Kingdom’s Future Nuclear Deterrent: The Dreadnought Programme 2017 Update to Parliament published 20 December 2017,...

      New Zealand: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she is taking to build defence and security co-operation with New Zealand.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report entitled The Homelessness Monitor: England 2019 published by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, what...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many officials in her Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the EU; and what...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many state pension forecasts have been revised down after people have raised discrepancies with their statements in each of the last five...

      Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on issuing guidance to landlords...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254839 on Social Security Benefits, whether claimants of (a) personal independence payments...

      Children: Maintenance: Motherwell and Wishaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) liability and (b) deduction from earnings orders have been issued in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency in each year for...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Greyhounds: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that UK-born and trained greyhounds are being kept in poor conditions...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Poultry Meat: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of a restriction in a trade...

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of why sales of electric cars in the UK have fallen behind sales in other European countries.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Wind Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties associated with the maintenance of wind turbines and associated equipment; and what steps they are taking, if...

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support projects to develop renewable electricity sources; and whether any plans to build electricity networks with other EU...

      Electricity: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Ofgem's Targeted Charging Review on (1) the deployment of energy storage, (2) the deployment of electric vehicles,...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they make an assessment of the culture towards tax compliance of private sector companies who apply to them for loans and credit support; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Life Imprisonment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment...

    • Pakistan: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the treatment of the Principal of the Edwardes College, Peshawar, and his family and the attempts to intervene in...

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the documentary film and report by the 2019 International Peace Delegation to Imrali, published on 25 March; and what...

      Turkey: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the remarks made by Ögmundur Jónasson, former Minister of Justice in Iceland, at the 2019 International Peace Delegation to...

      Papua: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they are providing for the Indonesian police unit deployed in West Papua.

      China: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation of Chinese Christians following reports that the government of China has labelled the expansion of Christianity a...

      Homophobia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold discussions at the G20 in Osaka on 28–29 June on the economic and social benefits of an inclusive and diverse society in which...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of the United States acting as a mediator of Israeli–Palestinian peace talks.

      Israel: Bedouin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, and plan to take, to safeguard Khan al-Ahmar and other Bedouin villages from demolition; and what representations they have made to...

      Overseas Trade: Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of guidance given to UK businesses and banks against trading with illegal settlements in the West Bank; and...

      Serbia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Serbia regarding the negative rhetoric against women politicians in that country and the risk of it...

      USA: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent escalating diplomatic tensions between the United States and Iran.

  • Attorney General

    • Mobile Phones: Evidence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 May (HL Deb, col 1220), whether the Attorney General will personally supervise the review of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Working Links: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Working Links going into administration on the charities to which it owed money.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Glyphosate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the use of glyphosate is consistent with plans to conserve and increase the population of pollinating insects in the UK.

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