Written answers

Friday, 19 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much per capita funding has been allocated from the public purse to cycling in Central Bedfordshire in each of the last three years.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential environmental benefits of permitting use of light electric vehicles on (a) roads and (b) public paths.

      Motorcycles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of learner motorcyclists have taken up one-to-one motorcycle skills lessons after completion of the compulsory basic training course...

      Motorcycles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of delivery company learner motorcyclists have not undertaken free one-to-one motorcycle skills sessions in London; and...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 271500, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the changes to electric vehicle...

      Transport: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many apprenticeships were created in the transport sector in 2018.

      Channel Ferries: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 259958 on Channel Ferries: Freight, if he publish the existing planning assumptions; and when he...

      Channel Ferries: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 259958 on Channel Ferries: Freight, which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department are...

      Dover Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency preparations he is making at the Port of Dover for (a) passengers, (b) hauliers and (c) seafarers in the event that the UK leaves the...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department are working on preparations at major ports for the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019 without a deal.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to appoint a national active travel commissioner.

      Bypasses: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to ensure that new bypasses funded through the Major Roads Network programme are safe for cyclists.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to allow the use of electronic scooters on roads and cycle paths.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential for microgeneration of electricity and heat to contribute to the goals of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hungary: Academic Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Hungarian counterpart and (b) other EU counterparts on (i) the closure of the...

    • Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the United Nations Security Council letter dated 26 January 2018 from the Panel of Experts on Yemen mandated...

      Westminster Foundation for Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the work of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy of delays to the issue of...

      Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 26 June 2019 to Question 266275 on Kashmir: Human Rights, whether he has made representations...

      Romania: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK residents deported to Romania are not subject to overcrowded prison conditions in...

      Romania: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of alleged abuses in the Romanian legal justice system relating to UK citizens imprisoned in that...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his announcement, Government review confirms local authorities will continue to commission public health services,...

    • Addictions: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will increase the funding allocated to sexual health services to tackle the incidence of syphilis and gonorrhoea in England.

      Diabetes: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote the digital delivery of (a) structured education and (b) diabetes management services for...

      Diabetes: Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of CCGs commission services to enable patients with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes to access remote...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2019 to Question 256313 on Sickle Cell Diseases, which services (a) NHS England, (b) clinical...

      Sickle Cell Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2019 to Question 256313, which services (a) NHS England, (b) clinical commissioning groups and (c)...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 273480 to Question 273480 on HIV Infection: Canterbury, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate funding for...

      Propranolol: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of supply of the drug Actavis Propranolol in pharmacies in (a) North East Somerset and (b)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Mali: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department provides to Mali to tackle the increasing number of internally displaced persons.

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on the (a) consultation on, (b) preparation for and (c) introduction of the National Assessment and Accreditation...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many weapons in each category were found in each prison in each year since 2010.

    • Young Offender Institutions: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many safeguarding referrals to a local authority were made by each custodial institution holding children in 2018.

      Resettlement Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prisoners are housed in resettlement units in the area that they will be released into within three months of their release date.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support the incorporation of infrastructure for microgeneration in housing...

    • Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the disparity in discounts on properties offered to (a) council tenants...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to protect the rights and identities of benefit claimants from people making fraudulent claims using other...

    • Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272738, what recourse is available to a member of a joint claim whose partner has...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has been made of the number of children living in poverty that have at least one parent in work.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the increase in the gig economy on levels of child poverty.

      Universities Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of claims that the Universities Superannuation Scheme exaggerated its budget deficit in November 2017.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the increases in state pension for 2019-20 were calculated; and for what reasons pensioners reaching the age of 80 are awarded an increase...

      Universal Credit: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claims for universal credit were made using the bank account details of the main carer in each of the last 12 months.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will establish a nationally funded local welfare assistance scheme similar to the former Discretionary Social Fund; and if she will...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to put in place year-long environmental campaigns in 2020 similar to the Year of Green Action...

    • Food: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the level of household food waste recycling.

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on future co-operation over shared environmental resources...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on making the environmental principle of avoiding trans-boundary environmental damage...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made by each nation of the UK on developing common frameworks for environmental policy, legislation...

      Coffee: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to promote a monetary returns scheme for coffee pods.

      Environment Agency: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives from the Environment Agency on the use of UK produced steel in projects...

      Electronic Equipment: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage recycling of electronic waste throughout the UK.

  • Treasury

    • Help to Save Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of the Help to Save scheme.

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Lords Economic Affairs Sub-Committee report, The Powers of HMRC: Treating Taxpayers Fairly, HL Paper 242, published on 4 December 2018,...

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many EU member states apply a reduced rate of VAT to e-publications.

      Manston Airport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to use Manston airport as an inland, pre-customs clearing port for outward freight in relation to his Department's freight network...

      Business: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Economic Operator Registration and Identification numbers were held by UK firms in (a) December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2019.

      Electronic Publishing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue his Department has raised from VAT on e-publications in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018 and (d) 2019 to 11 July 2019.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many late filing penalties HMRC collected from large companies in 2018.

      Managed Service Companies: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance schemes related to the use of personal service companies HMRC successfully challenged in 2018.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of change the level of tax for NHS consultants working overtime.

      Royal Mint: Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed (a) full time and (b) part-time by the Royal Mint.

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money from the public purse has been spent on infrastructure in each year since 2010.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ring-fence a proportion of the revenue from Vehicle Excise Duty for projects to improve air quality.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that people over the age of 75 who do not use the internet will be able to apply, and pay, for a TV licence from June 2020.

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to offer to people who are just above the threshold of eligibility for pension credit to afford the additional £154.54 per year to...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the BBC's decision to change the TV licence concession for people over the age of 75 from June 2020 with the...

      Telecommunications: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 3 July (HL16510), what data are collected by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on...

      Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 3 July (HL16507), where the UK’s rate of 53 per cent consumer access to 100Mbps places the...

      Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 3 July (HL16508), what plans they have to instruct Ofcom to undertake a review of the Universal Service...

      Football: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to develop the profile of women’s football in the UK.

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which third countries have been recognised by the EU as providing adequate data protection.

      Elections: Disinformation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish an official agency before the next general election to expose and refute lies and misinformation, spread through social...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of sections 17A and B of the Data Protection Act 2018 as inserted by the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used when reaching decisions on the monthly matching and handovers of school census data about children by the Department for Education (DfE) to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a GP-operated call/recall system to invite older people to receive the shingles vaccination.

    • Asthma: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal College of Physicians The National Review of Asthma Deaths, published on 6 May 2014; and what plans they...

      Social Prescribing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing a National Academy for Social Prescribing.

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to change the pension arrangements for senior public servants, especially doctors in the NHS, as they approach retirement.

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