Written answers

Thursday, 25 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Investment and Tourism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the recent golf open at Royal Portrush, if her Department will hold discussions with Invest Northern Ireland to promote...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with eating disorders receive treatment based on their mental state.

    • Medical Equipment: UK Notified Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent representations he has received from the medical technology sector on the capacity of Notified Bodies to meet the demand for...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding for medical R&D in advance of the...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to tackle the variation in the (a) quality of health visiting services and (b) delivery of the Health Child...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and other representative bodies on proposals to mitigate the effect of...

      Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has made an assessment of the effect of trends in the level of poverty on the health of children and young people...

      Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions in the report entitled, State of Child Health: Two...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the take-up of the healthy start scheme.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) sixth-form, (b) secondary, and (c) primary school students received mental health referrals in each...

      Suicide: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of school students attempting suicide after receiving a mental health referral but before...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 260033, what annual assessment is planned for the activity undertaken through the...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of occasions when there have been mental-health beds available in hospital wards in...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of occasions when a patient was transported to a mental-health bed in a different...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on public engagement in the NHS of the proposed merger of five clinical...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits of the change from primary care trusts to clinical commissioning groups for the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to publicise whistleblower rights and protections for GPs.

      Kawasaki Disease: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the UK level of research funding into Kawasaki disease with that of other EU member states.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 271334, for what reasons his Department does not offer a payroll deduction service to...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department uses to estimate the average cost per year in England on treating non-EEA surcharge payers.

      Public Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in public health funding on health inequalities.

      Public Health: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the percentage change has been in the (a) NHS budget and (b) local authority public health grant in each year from 2013-14 to 2019-20.

      Prisoners: Synthetic Cannabinoids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what programmes there are in prisons to provide support for prisoners with synthetic cannabis drug dependency.

      Mental Health Services: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) availability and (b) waiting times for therapeutic services for mental health conditions in...

      Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will publish the adult commissioning guidance on adult eating disorder services.

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the MBRRACE-UK maternal deaths and morbidity statistics 2014-16...

      Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether integrated (a) care systems and (b) sustainability and transformation partnership will be required to publish local long-term...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many unfilled NHS nursing posts there were in (a) London and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the recruitment and retention of nurses in (a) London and (b) England.

      Metamizole: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment has been made of the side-effects of the drug metamizole.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the adequacy of palliative care arrangements and support in place for the victims of the contaminated...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people treated for a head injury by age-group for each of the last 25 years.

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to allow individuals in receipt of continuing healthcare funding to transfer their funding between...

      Public Lavatories: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of changing places toilets with hoist and a bench throughout the UK.

      Autism and Learning Disability: Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department will review the use of orders for assessment and treatment under the 1983 Mental Health Act in cases where the...

      Society of Homeopaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on patients of the accreditation of the Society of Homeopathy by the Professional Standards...

      Autism: Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression therapy.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of north-south health inequalities.

      Cot Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of cases of sudden infant death syndrome.

      Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what legal duties govern the administering of dermal fillers to people under the age of 18 by non-regulated practitioners.

      MMR Vaccine: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to maintain and improve pharmacovigilance in relation to the MMR vaccine.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure (a) transparency and (b) accountability in the process of manufacturing the MMR vaccine.

  • Attorney General

    • Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, what estimate his Department made of the number of victims of modern slavery who have been charged with a criminal offence committed in connection to their being a...

  • Department for International Development

  • Church Commissioners

    • Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England plans to take to implement the decision taken at the General Synod in July 2019...

    • Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England’s Education Department is taking to implement the decision taken at the...

      Churches: Grants

      To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps are being taken to promote the new four year Grant Programme through the Churches Trust.

  • Treasury

    • Double Taxation: Treaties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on average how long the Government takes to negotiate double taxation treaties.

    • Swift

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with SWIFT on access to their database to help tackle economic crime.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to regulate complaints made by claims management companies on behalf of complainants on the same basis as independent and other financial...

      Funerals: Pre-payment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to bring pre-payment funeral plans under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority in line with other financial products.

      Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to operate a triage system for imports in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

    • Local Government Finance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the core spending power per dwelling for Barnsley council was in each financial year since 2010.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Class B High Pressure Laminate cladding with combustible insulation can be reused on a building in the event...

      Freehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the press release entitled, Leasehold axed for all new houses in move to place fairness at heart of...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many households have left their homes as a result of flooding in the past 12 months.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many officials in his office are working on matters relating to the UK's withdrawal from the the EU.

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Ministerial Statement, Building safety update, HCWS1757, whether his Department plans to (a)...

      Housing: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including adult social care provision within...

      Building Regulations: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department's technical review of the Building Regulations statutory guidance on fire safety (Approved...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Warships: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when (a) HMS Dauntless and (b) HMS Daring will next be put to sea.

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the hon. Member for Blenau Gwent's oral contribution of 8 July 2019, Official Report, column 11, when the full-time trained strength...

      Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any of the weapons used in the airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on Al-Kubra Hall in Sanhan, Yemen on 8 October 2016 were supplied by British...

      Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations she has made to her Turkish counterpart on the implications for their NATO membership of their purchase of a Russian Anti-Air System.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of the effect of sewage discharges on water quality in rivers.

    • *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to prevent animal cruelty.

      *No heading*

      What steps the Government is taking to ensure that domestic climate change adaptation policy does not disproportionately affect low-income households.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to ban products of trophy hunting from being imported to the UK.

      *No heading*

      If he will bring forward legislative proposals to recognise animal sentience.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to tackle marine pollution.

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on risks to individuals from the Darfur or Nuba ethnicities in Sudan.

    • Home Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have worked in the Country of Origin Information Team in each year since 2014.

      Post Office: Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to announce a decision on extending the biometric residence permit collection service with Post Office Ltd.

      Refugees: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the viability of return to Sudan for people from Darfur or Nuba ethnicities.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for administrative review have been made to the EU Settlement Scheme; how many of those applications were (a)...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of calls to the 101 service were (a) answered in under 30 seconds, (b) answered between 30 to 60 seconds, (c)...

      European Arrest Warrants: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans he has for the repatriation of UK defendants from the EU in the event the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department used to calculate the £250 cost for nationality status letters issued by his Department.

      Gurpal Virdi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the GOLD Group on Operation GIANNA overseeing the Metropolitan Police Department of Professional Standards investigation...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Education on the financial implications for universities of delays in...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Education on increasing the number of free appointments for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contractors employed by the Cabinet Office have been paid more than £750 per day in the last two years.

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the recommendations of the independent assessment commissioned by the Joint Funds Unit of Overseas Security and Justice Assistance policy were.

      Committee On the Grant of Honours Decorations and Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the reformed Advisory Military Sub Committee has met.

      Electoral Register: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which local authorities have failed one or more Electoral Commission performance indicators for electoral registration in each of the last four years.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information he holds on the cost to the public purse of (a) central and (b) local government spending on advertising to promote voter registration...

      Electoral Register: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of ring-fencing funds allocated by his Department to local government for the purpose of voter...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to collate information on the (a) amount spent by local authorities on electoral registration, (b) number of staff...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of using vehicle registration databases held by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing...

      Vetting: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many individuals with ADHD have been given security clearance and then had that clearance withdrawn in each of the last five years.

      Local Government: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed by local authorities in England in (a) 2010 and (b) 2019.

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will publish the number of staff employed by the Government Equalities Office by (a) grade and (b) policy areas those staff are assigned to.

    • LGBT People: Religion

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to promote LGBTQ+ rights in the religious community.

      Business: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to increase diversity across all levels of FTSE 100 companies.

  • Home Office

    • Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of countries which are exempt from needing to obtain a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Security Department: Uniforms

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the total cost of providing new uniforms for parliamentary security staff; and what proportion of that cost was paid by the House of Lords.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Submarines: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministers attended the commemoration of 50 years of Continuous At Sea Deterrence held at HM Naval Base Clyde (Faslane) on Friday 5 July.

    • Turkey: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the United States authorities about the re-allocation of F35 aircraft work should that work currently planned for Turkey be...

      Air Force: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their report, Wigston Review into inappropriate behaviours, published on 15 July, what plans they have to increase the number of transgender...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for British Armed Forces personnel in the UK do not have en suite facilities.

      Turkey: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the overall cohesion and effectiveness of NATO of the decision by the government of the United States,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of obesity amongst children with special needs.

    • NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals made by the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers to the Civil Justice Council in relation to the clinical...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of late licensing on the workload of accident and emergency departments in hospitals.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of research and development funding required by organisations involved in (1) health research, and (2) data-driven...

      Surgery: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of introducing virtual reality learning to (1) aid surgical training, and (2) practice pioneering operations.

      Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK has ratified the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs; and if not, when they expect this will happen.

      NHS: Occupational Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in deciding what number of occupational health staff are needed by the NHS in England to implement their proposals to facilitate the...

      Medical Equipment: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to regulate AI technology which can be implanted within the human body.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation to require evidence of the consent of an organ donor before any transplant can take place.

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Care Quality Commission has published a specific inspection framework for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Tier 4 inpatient services; what is...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Children and Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates each of the registered Child and Adolescent Mental Health Tier 4 inpatient services were last inspected; and what is the schedule for future...

      Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many nurses were employed by the NHS in England in each year since 2004.

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a White Paper setting out their response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983, chaired by Sir Simon Wessely.

      Eating Disorders: Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many inpatient beds are available to the NHS for eating disorder patients in (1) England, (2) the North of England, (3) the Midlands and East of England, (4)...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the drugs approved by NICE to treat HER2+ breast cancer; and what assessment they have made of the efficacy of such drugs.

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