Written answers

Friday, 21 June 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out his Departmental responsibilities as a joint sponsor of the Crossrail project.

    • Cross Country Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport,whether he has (a) agreed and (b) signed off a direct award or extension of the Cross Country rail franchise contract with Arriva; and who bears the...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what agreement was reached on the liability for pension risk between the Department for Transport and Stagecoach when it was announced that the...

      West Coast Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) agreement and (b) provision for pension liability risk was agreed between his Department and Virgin Trains when the extension to the West...

      Great Western Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) agreement and (b) provision for pension liability risk was agreed between the Department for Transport and First Group when an extension to...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to assess socio-economic weighting in future rolling stock procurement.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will update the Survey of Noise Attitudes 2017 report to include areas that have experienced a three decibel or greater change in the noise...

      Govia: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what agreement his Department has reached with Govia on the pensions liability risk sharing arrangements announced on 13 June 2019.

      Air Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether airspace will be classified as national infrastructure.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many contract awards his Department has made for rail franchise competitions since 2012.

      South Western Railway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent (a) discussions and (b) meetings his Department have held with (a) First Group and (b) MTR Crossrail on adjustments to the Central London...

      Abellio Greater Anglia: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent (a) discussions and (b) meetings his Department has held with Abellio on adjustments to the Central London Employment Mechanism provision...

      Train Operating Companies: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative estimate he has made of premium payments received by Government from (a) franchised rail operators and (b) rail operators running...

      Department for Transport: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that his special advisers comply with the provisions of section 16 of the Code of Conduct for Special...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 260016 what proportion of the total number of rail services which run on the east coast mainline...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Chieftain Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on the £400 million which is reported to be due to...

    • Israel: Hebron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on reports of Israeli forces firing tear gas canisters into a...

      Jerusalem: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on reports of the demolition of 31 structures in neighbourhoods in...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on reports of the demolition of a family home in Az Zawiya village...

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on strengthening the special relationship with the US.

      Honduras: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Honduras.

      Ivan Golunov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on (a) the arrest of Ivan Golunov and (b) the Russian Government's...

      Kazakhstan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent election in Kazakhstan.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many assaults on NHS staff occurred in (a) Suffolk and (b) England in 2018.

    • Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made about the effectiveness of delivery of Early Years and Health Visiting Services since the transfer of those...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he is making in doubling the number of places on the PrEP impact trial; and for what reasons 42 sites are currently closed...

      Health Services: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons NHS England has ceased printing and distributing hard copies of the How to register with a doctor leaflets for asylum...

      Ovarian Cancer: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on use of the contraceptive pill to reduce the chances of ovarian cancer.

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has carried out a rural proofing review of the implementation of primary care networks.

      Pregabalin: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study by Oxford University on links between pregabalin and epilepsy, what recent assessment his Department has made...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the name and location of the land and buildings owned by his Department that is (a) sitting empty and (b) in the process of being...

    • English Language: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of providing English for Speakers of Other Languages training for refugee women on the (a) number...

      Department for Education: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on his Department's presentation and use of...

      English Language: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to improve access to ESOL provision for (a) refugee women and (b) refugee women who have childcare and caring...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent London School of Economics report which has found that children with...

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria his Department will use when deciding whether to extend the National School Breakfast Programme.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the risks and effects of carbon monoxide poisoning among childcare providers on the Early...

      Breakfast Clubs: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in Birkenhead have received funds from the allocation of £26 million for additional breakfast provision since March 2018.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts and Probation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of IT systems failures in probation services and the courts in January 2019.

    • Prison Officers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have been placed under investigation for (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six...

      Prison Officers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of disciplinary cases in which prison officers have been placed under investigation lasting (a) less than one month, (b) between one and...

      Prison Officers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have been suspended for (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six months, (d)...

      Prison Officers: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of alleged (a) misconduct and (b) gross misconduct by prison officers that reach proceedings have (i) not been proven, (ii) led to...

      Prison Officers: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of alleged (a) misconduct and (b) gross misconduct by prison officers that lead to proceedings following an investigation lasting more...

      Prison Officers: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of alleged (a) misconduct and (b) gross misconduct by prison officers that led to proceedings following a suspension lasting over 12...

      Prison Officers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of wages paid to suspended prison officers whilst under investigation in each of the last...

      Ministry of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the IT problems experienced in the week commencing 21 January 2019.

      Ministry of Justice: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on his Department's presentation and use of...

      Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Forensic Science: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the number of Civil and Family Court cases where decisions were taken on the basis of manipulated...

      Mentally Disordered Offenders: Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for the transfer of offenders to mental health hospitals under sections 47 and 48 of the Mental Health...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 248729, if he will place in the Library a copy of the joint action plan for improving progression of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Offshore Industry: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of UK companies in developing Bahrain's oil and gas sector.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Building Safety Programme monthly data release of 31 May 2019, how many local authorities have...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Building Safety Programme monthly data release, published 31 May 2019, how many local...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Building Safety Programme monthly data release published 31 May 2019, when the 163 private...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date in January 2016 a list of 24 possible sites for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation used to assess what was cost-prohibitive in respect of possible...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings were held in Downing Street on 2 December 2015 relating to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to use the forthcoming review of Building Regulations in England to propose that the Nationally...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on his Department's...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: CTF Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints submitted to his Department by (a) hon. Members and (b) people in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last five...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to provide additional payments for claimants of universal credit who previously received additional...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions her Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on her Department's presentation and use of...

      Funerals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 249851, what steps her Department takes to (a) make funerals accessible to everyone and (b)...

      Access to Work Programme: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending Access to Work to people working on a voluntary basis.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings she has held with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that universal credit claimants paying rent weekly do not face a one-week shortfall in their universal...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will work with housing associations to share data to support tenants when undergoing transfer from legacy benefits onto...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward the extension of the repayment period of the Advance Payment Loan available to universal credit claimants.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will provide universal credit claimants (a) with payments rather than advance payment loans and (b) with those payments earlier than...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 259875 on Universal Credit, how many individual claims are represented by each percentage...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions inaccurate returns from Real Time Information has affected claims for universal credit in each of the last 12 months.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 259875, how many and what proportion of claimants within the period covered received no...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from the UK Statistics Authority on his Department's...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support scrappage schemes for highly polluting vehicles.

      Low Emission Zones: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the Mayor of London's ultra low emissions zone scheme.

      Low Emission Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the development of ultra-low emissions zones in highly polluted areas.

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 251249, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) reach and (b)...

  • Home Office

    • Travel Restrictions: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to ban travel to Rojava in Syria.

    • Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Homophobia: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to reduce homophobic hate crime.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259015, what steps he is taking to ensure that relevant bodies in local government areas...

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 May to Question 251906, how many people have been deported to Sri Lanka in 2019.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what events officials and Ministers in his Department have attended as part of the Government consultation of stakeholders on the future...

      Post Office: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons there has been a three month extension from 31 March 2019 to the Post Office's contract to provide biometric services for...

      Biometrics: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the locations in Scotland where Sopra Steria will be providing biometric services for the Home Office.

      Visas: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Sopra Steria’s delivery of the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS), what assessment he has made of...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Home Office has plans to provide EU citizens with physical documentation confirming their settled status after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens living in the UK unable to register and vote in the 2019 European elections.

  • Treasury

    • Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC National Minimum Wage Enforcement’s targeted enforcement work in Lowestoft on 17 June 2019 will cover shipping companies working in the...

    • Treasury: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he held with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) adequate support is available from HMRC for people affected by the 2019 Loan Charge and (b) that further...

  • Women and Equalities

    • EnAble Fund for Elected Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the EnAble Fund for Elected Office; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that households with people over the age of 75 entitled to, but not in receipt of, pension credit exercise their...

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by the BBC to abolish free TV licences for people over 75, whether they intend to cease to provide funding to that organisation.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed One: Shareholders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which current shareholders of HS1 hold more than five per cent of the shares; and what changes to the shareholding have been made since the sale of...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the provision of free childcare for children from when they are born.

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