Written answers

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal...

    • Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of tonnes of coal required to produce steel at current levels in the next five...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an exemption from the Companies House SR01 form...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Brunei: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to safeguard (a) British armed forces personnel and (b) British citizens based in Brunei from strict...

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the...

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the increased Taliban presence in Afghanistan; and whether the security situation in Afghanistan...

      India: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of changes in the level of hate crimes against Muslims in India.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 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...

    • Nusinersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has held with (a) NICE, (b) NHS England and (c) Biogen on a Managed Access Agreement for SMA treatment...

      Child Rearing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to invest in evidence-based parenting support.

      Orkambi and Symkevi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the conclusion of negotiations between NHS England, NICE and Vertex on access to (a) Orkambi and (b) Symkevi...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS staff appointments are awaiting ministerial sign-off.

      Health Centres: Skellingthorpe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned closure of Skellingthorpe Health Centre on local provision of health services.

      Gender Recognition: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken in the last six months to reduce the waiting time for transsexual youths at the Tavistock Hospital Gender...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake a review of the list of medical conditions for which patients are exempt from prescription charges to provide a list...

      Analgesics: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent people from becoming addicted to pain relief medication.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have allergies in the UK.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the spread of superbugs.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the urine test for cervical cancer will be adopted by the NHS.

      Anosmia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in the UK have anosmia.

      Vegetables: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage children to eat green vegetables.

      Suicide: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of teenage suicides.

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) health-and-safety research and (b) risk assessments his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) commissioned on 5G technology.

      Diabetes: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether an assessment has been made of the potential benefits of including a mental health professional with knowledge of diabetes in...

      NHS England: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the table headed Spending in Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) on page 129 of the Central Government Supply...

      NHS England: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the table headed Arm’s Length Bodies (ALB) expenditure on page 138 of the Central Government Supply Estimates...

      Diabetes: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of people who have diabetes.

  • Department for International Development

    • Department for International Development: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, 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...

    • Harare: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of clean water provision in Harare.

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to improve women's participation in leadership positions.

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to increase the proportion of UK aid which has gender equality as a primary or secondary objective as measured by...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what interventions his Department is making to tackle the ideologies of far-right offenders within the prison system.

    • Nottingham Prison: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were released from HMP Nottingham into homelessness in each month since June 2017.

      Social Services: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions of social care workers there have been for abusing older adults in care in each of the last five years.

      Birmingham Prison: G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes he has implemented at HMP Birmingham following the cancellation of the G4S contract at that site.

      Prisoners: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of an offence under Section 24 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 for throwing...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 effect that...

    • Centre of Excellence for Human Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she has taken to establish a Centre of Excellence for Human Security; where she plans to locate the centre; how UK academic institutions can...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department has interviewed Oxfam about attacks on the (a) water supply system and (b) cholera treatment centres that Oxfam supports in Yemen...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information she holds on the suicide rate of people whose claims for (a) universal credit, (b) employment support allowance and (c)...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of a moratorium on benefit sanctions for (a) low-income and (b) single-unit families...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the compatibility of universal credit implementation with the socio-economic duty in...

      Severe Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timeframe is for compensation to be made available to people who were entitled to a severe disability premium payment and who claimed...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the timeframe for fixing problems with GOV.UK Verify in respect of universal credit claims.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will change the rules on universal credit joint applications to enable couples to verify their ID in person at separate times.

      Universal Credit: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on trends in the level of household debt in the West...

      Universal Credit: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the correlation between increasing food bank dependence in the West Midlands and the roll-out of universal credit.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the benefits freeze on the incomes of households with children.

      Universal Credit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to consult (a) disabled people and (b) the organisations that represent disabled people to ensure that her digital by...

      Pension Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 14 January 2019, Official Report HCWS1249, how many mixed-age couples will be affected by the...

      Pension Credit: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to her Written Statement of 14 January 2019, Official Report HCWS1249, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on...

      Pension Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wales currently claim pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of the changes to pension credit.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many consolatory payments have been made by the Child Maintenance Service in each of the last three years.

      Child Maintenance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Maintenance Service has spent on consolatory payments in each of the last three years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of a five-week wait for a first payment of universal credit on trends in the level of food bank usage.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wildlife: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of measures to protect wildlife habitats in the Draft Environment (Principles...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the UK’s carbon footprint is not exported to countries with weaker...

      Fish: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent ulcerative dermal necrosis in fish.

      Pigeons: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help farmers control wood pigeon.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department takes to safeguard visa applicants from stress and other mental health problems which occur as a result of delayed...

    • Counter-terrorism: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the review of the Prevent Strategy addresses the growing threat of far-right extremism.

      Counter-terrorism: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to expand mentoring services and support individuals vulnerable to recruitment by far-right organisations.

      West Midlands Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase funding for West Midlands Police to tackle violent crime.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take tackle cargo theft from HGVs.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who secured indefinite leave to remain in the last 12 months (a) obtained legal advice and (b) did not obtain legal advice...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on awarding the Long Service and Good Conduct medal to firefighters...

      Motorcycles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle moped crime in Havering.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department have been seconded away from their normal duties to work on the UK's withdrawal from the...

    • Tourism: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage an increase the number of annual visits to historic houses throughout the UK.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help increase tourism to the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

      5G

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment has been made of the potential effect of 5G on (a) plants, (b) animals and (c) insects.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on car sales of removing zero-emission plug-in hybrid vehicles from the list of vehicles eligible for plug-in grants,...

    • Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 15 March (HL14180), what type, or types, of Government support have been considered to support the Southern Rail...

      Old Oak Common Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the expect the platforms at Old Oak Common station designed to be served by trains operated under the Great Western franchise to be open.

      Electric Vehicles: Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reports that the UK requires £100 billion of investment in electric vehicle infrastructure by 2030 to meet projected...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for the number of (1) electric vehicles, (2) electric vehicle charging points, and (3) rapid charging points in the UK by (a) 2020, (b) 2030,...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation by the Committee on Climate Change that 30 to 70 per cent of cars in the UK should be electric by...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when HS2 is (1) built to Birmingham, and (2) completed, what is their estimate of the tonnage of freight that could be diverted from the roads onto the existing...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support processes that remove hard to recycle waste from the waste stream in order to help deliver low-carbon fuels...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Social Science: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the readership of Government-funded social science research, outside of universities, in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

    • Honda: Swindon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their discussions with Honda over the closure of their plant in Swindon, they have raised the possibility of the future use of the site and plant for...

      Iron and Steel: Import Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that a 20 per cent World Trade Organization tariff could have on the UK steel industry, in the event of a...

      British Steel: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in extending credit to British Steel, they took into account (1) the management of the borrower, (2) the value for money provided by Greybull Capital...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Papua: Travel Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the newly elected president of Indonesia, when the result is announced, regarding access to West...

    • Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the prediction made in the report by the Office of the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process,...

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure access by independent monitors to all political detainees currently held without charge in Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to obtain proof of life for all political detainees held in Saudi Arabia, including Prince Turki bin Abdullah.

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to judge when the recognition of the state of Palestine would be appropriate.

  • Department for International Development

    • World Health Organisation: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they contribute financially, annually, to the World Health Organisation.

    • Pakistan: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their assessment in the Department for International Development's Pakistan Report 2018 that there is a "significant modern slavery problem amongst the...

      Pakistan: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of a rise in number of Pakistani Christian girls being targeted by traffickers for exploitation in China, what assessment they have made of how...

      Gambia: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Official Development Assistance (ODA) is spent in The Gambia; and how that ODA is spent in that country.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use funds made available from the UK’s contributions to EU defence spending to facilitate an increase in UK defence...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants for Universal Credit have made their application by means other than the online application system since its introduction; and what are the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cats: Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that cats and kittens brought into the UK under the pet passport scheme do not carry diseases and parasites, including...

    • Smuggling: Cats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what border checks are carried out to ensure that cats and kittens are not smuggled illegally into the UK from EU countries.

  • Home Office

    • Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by San Francisco to ban the use of facial recognition technology by local agencies due to its alleged unreliability.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Reporters Without Borders 2019 World Press Freedom Index; and the UK’s position at 33 in that index.

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the digital communications sector to help companies improve their cyber security measures.

      Gambia: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist the development of the tourism sector in The Gambia.

      Social Media: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of social media regulators in keeping up with innovation in large technology companies.

      Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the growth of (1) the creative industries, and (2) the design sector, relative to the UK economy as a whole across the last decade.

      Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Creative Industries Sector Deal to date.

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