Written answers

Friday, 5 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Devolved Administrations on the promotion of cycle to work schemes.

    • Roads: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road user awareness of safe (a) speeds and (b) distances when overtaking horses.

      Motor Vehicles: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect of usage-based telematics products on levels of (a) road safety and (b) environmental sustainability.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has (a) plans and (a) a budget allocated to eliminate paper rail tickets from the network; and if he will make a statement.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the duration of delays at the Dartford Crossing.

      Railways: Luton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure a greater number of northbound East Midlands Railway trains stop at (a) Luton and (b) Luton Airport Parkway stations...

      Department for Transport: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department offers employees a payroll deduction service to enable them to join a credit union; and if he will make a statement.

      Great Western Railway Line: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266246 on Great Western Railway Line, what proportion of Intercity Express trains leaving...

  • Attorney General

    • Criminal Proceedings: Travel

      To ask the Attorney General, what his Department's policy is on the reimbursement of travel expenses to people who have been in the criminal justice system.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the final NHS people plan will be published.

    • Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research his Department has undertaken (a) directly, (b) through research councils and (c) with international partners on...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to provide training for NHS staff on whole genome sequencing.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to introduce the NICE guidelines on hearing loss across all Clinical Commissioning Groups.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who will hold responsibility for adding new tests to the National Genomic Test Directory.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS long-term plan, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on healthcare delivery of reducing the...

      Genomics England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role he plans Genomics England to play in the NHS Genomic Medicine Service after the completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

      100,000 Genomes Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to evaluate the 100,000 Genomes Project.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference the June 2019 report of the Children’s Commissioner, We need to talk: access to speech and language therapy, if he...

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which diagnostic tests will whole genome sequencing replace, particularly for blood cancers.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer to Questions 256286 and 259982 on NHS: Public Appointments, what the longest period of time is for which NHS posts...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any companies based in the EU have indicated a wish to cancel contracts to supply the NHS with drugs in the event of the UK...

      Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Fair to Refer, published by the General Medical Council in June 2019, what steps his Department is...

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Fair to Refer, published by the General Medical Council in June 2019, what steps his Department is...

      NHS: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Fair to Refer, published by the General Medical Council in June 2019, what steps his Department is...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of doctors who have taken on additional responsibilities within their working hours as...

      Nurses: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of nursing apprenticeships.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating the nursing bursary.

  • Department for Education

    • Plagiarism: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle plagiarism among students at university.

    • Technology: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage more school leavers to pursue a career in the technology sector.

      Shipping: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more school leavers to pursue a career in the maritime industry.

      STEM Subjects: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of women taking up careers in STEM.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference the June 2019 report of the Children’s Commissioner, We need to talk: access to speech and language therapy, if he will meet with...

      Department for Education: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

      Breakfast Clubs and Free School Meals: Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools are required to provide breakfasts and free school meals to pupils who receive such support throughout the rest of the school year on...

      Special Educational Needs: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of Education Health and Care Plans required in (a) Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) rate per 1,000 prisoners is of (a) self-harm (b) self-inflicted deaths in each prison in the 12 month period to September 2018.

    • Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people with a community order were made subject to an electronic monitoring condition; and on how many occasions was that condition breached in...

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 259342 on Prisons: Contracts, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of HMP...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have died in custody while under an imprisonment for public protection sentence with an initial tariff of less than five years.

      Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2019 to Question 251425 on Prisons: Contracts, what the shortfall in staffing levels was at HMP Rye Hill that required...

      Rape: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings on victims of rape in the Victims’...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of prisoners escaping custody.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Open Individual Export Licences: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Open Individual Export Licences for crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong SAR issued on (a) 27 July 2015, (b) 15 January...

    • Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has had discussions with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK Steel charter.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse was (a) of his Department's legal team and (b) in legal fees to the appellant for his Department's defence...

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions the Government has had with the US administration on a potential trade deal after the UK leaves the EU.

      Trade Agreements: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will seek the inclusion of a binding human rights clause in a future free trade agreement with Israel to establish that the (a)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are entitled to pension credit but do not receive it in (a) the North East region and (b) Berwick upon Tweed constituency.

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the median repayment period for advance payments awarded to people awaiting their first payment of universal credit.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for the personal independence payment were refused on the first assessment in 2018; and how many of those applications...

      Sexual Offences: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training and guidance her Department provides to Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches and other staff in her Department on (a) the specific...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the (a) wait for payment and (b) monthly payment of universal credit on the number of weeks of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving universal credit claimants the option of monthly payments or four weekly payments.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent improvements her Department has made to the online system for universal credit applications.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to implement the EU Single-Use Plastics directive in full which includes measures on...

    • Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of single use plastic in packaging.

      Incinerators: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by which date do operators of municipal waste incineration sites have to submit information to the Environment Agency on...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will sign his Department up to the UK Steel charter.

      Origin Marking: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Welsh produce covered by EU geographical indication schemes will maintain that status in the event of that the UK...

      Pets: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the vaccination of pets.

      Fires: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of wildfire in Yorkshire.

  • Home Office

    • Emergency Services Network: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Emergency Services Network and Extended Area Service masts have been successfully erected in (a) Dwyfor Meirionnydd, (b) Arfon, (c)...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Visas: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress he has made in discussions with the Home Secretary on a two-year, multi-entry touring visa for UK musicians in the...

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on ensuring the maintenance of the European...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation on Off-payroll working rules from April 2020.

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people with closed tax years are affected by the 2019 Loan Charge.

      Customs: Musical Instruments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in negotiations with the European Commission on ensuring that musicians’ (a) instruments and (b) equipment can move freely...

      Share Fishermen: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether people participating in the Share Fisherman Scheme will be able to continue to participate in the scheme for the length of their working lives.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an investigation of the steps that HMRC has taken in respect of the application of the 2019 Loan Charge to people on low incomes.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to replace the funding the Welsh Government receives from the EU for direct payments to farmers after 2022 if the UK leaves the EU.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for replacing the funding the Welsh Government receives from the EU for farm payments if the UK leaves the EU.

  • Department for Transport

    • British Transport Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is (1) accountable for the British Transport Police, and (2) responsible for making operational decisions regarding the deployment of British Transport Police...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to encourage commercial organisations and Government agencies to replace their current fleets with electric vehicles.

      Settle-Carlisle Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make improvements to (1) the Settle and Carlisle railway line, and (2) rail services between Leeds and Carlisle, in the short,...

      Settle-Carlisle Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to promote the use of reformed Class 43 Mark 3 InterCity 125 sets in order to provide a better service and passenger experience on the Settle...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the adequacy of legislation on the use of electric scooters on public highways.

  • Department for Education

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effectiveness of multi-academy trusts in delivering improvements in academic performance in schools.

    • Graduates: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that longitudinal education outcomes data take account of regional variations in salaries across the UK.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the regional retention of graduates.

      Primary Education: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used when reaching a decision on the closure of a primary school; and what role is played by (1) the Department for Education, and (2) the...

      Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of primary schools are engaging with the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) programme.

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of schools rated as good or outstanding which do not provide music education of this standard; and what steps they...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any circumstances in which a pregnancy that does not (1) pose a risk to the physical health of a mother, and (2) involve a foetus that has been...

    • Self-harm: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific measures they are taking to prevent self-harming in very young children.

      Medical Equipment: Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what practical steps they are taking to ensure the continued import and export of continence products and similar medical devices in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role has recently been played by Deloitte, and at what cost, in the development by NHS Improvement of proposals to introduce a centralised NHS procurement...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Xylella

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific measures they are taking to prevent the introduction to the UK of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa via the import of infected host plants.

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