Written answers

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for reporting...

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish an update on the commitment in the Inclusive Transport Strategy to develop a monitoring and enforcement framework for...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has made to the Mayor of London on the date for the opening of Crossrail.

      Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the planned expansion of Heathrow does not contribute to an increase in air pollution.

      Taxis: Assistance Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for conducting and publishing research on why taxi and PHV drivers continue to refuse to transport assistance dogs.

      Shipping: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what parts of the Government’s plan for getting an exemption from maritime security notifications in the event of a no deal Brexit have been...

      Merchant Shipping: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what parts of the Government’s plan for recognition of seafarer certificates of competency in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding the Government plans to allocate to the modernisation of the UK steel industry.

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 274430 and with reference to the Building Research Establishment...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) a different or (b) an amended method of assessing the performance of Canetis GasSaver compared with other...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Ethnic Groups

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

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2019 to Question 271325, for what reasons his Department does not offer a payroll...

      Fireworks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a timescale for the information gathering exercise...

      Service Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by his Department, what parts...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the...

      Nuclear Power: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the...

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the...

      Natural Gas: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the...

      Electricity: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the...

      Rural Community Energy Fund: Elmet and Rothwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether community centres and memorial halls in Elmet and Rothwell constituency are eligible to apply to the rural...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will assess the potential contribution that (a) replacing and (b) repowering old onshore wind turbines would make...

      Lighting: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average savings accrued to households of using LED instead of conventional lightbulbs.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to ensure diversity of renewable energy sources as part of its goal to achieve zero...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mongolia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Steppe Inn at the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar to promote UK soft power.

    • Horn of Africa: EU Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which components of Better Migration Management programs under the Khartoum Process have been suspended; and if there are any...

      Somalia: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts on (a) the accuracy of its reporting of civilian casualties due to...

      Ahmed Mansoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Emirati counterpart on the prison conditions of the Emirati prisoner of conscience Ahmed...

      Commonwealth: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government will be represented at the 12th Commonwealth Women's Affairs Ministers meeting in Kenya in September 2019.

      Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on engagement between the Sudanese population and the diaspora...

      Hong Kong: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the integrity of the Hong Kong police service.

      Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in Hong Kong on potential collaboration between Hong Kong police and...

      Iran: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the illegal seizure of the Stena lmpero.

      Oman: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will meet with representatives of the Shuhuh 6 to discuss the human rights situation in Oman.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the provision of emergency medical to Syrian civilians in Idlib.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) male adults, (b) female adults, (c) male children and (d) female children were diagnosed with a mental illness in the latest...

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the fall in the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading at Key Stage 2.

    • Pupils: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will increase the time available for pupils sitting the Key Stage 2 reading assessment to reflect the increase in the number of words included...

      Protest: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on collecting data on students missing school to take part in climate change protests.

      Schools: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2019 to Question 277289 on guidance to schools in reducing their carbon footprint, how his Department plans to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence length in months was for people who pleaded guilty and received an immediate custodial sentence for (a) violence against the...

    • Prison Officers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many additional prison officers have been recruited since 31 March 2017; and how many of those posts were funded by the additional funding allocated...

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the mean average salary for a Band 3-5 prison officer in each year from 2010.

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the mean average salary for a band 3-5 prison officer with less than one year's experience in each year from 2010.

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the mean average salary for a band 2 prison officer in each year from 2010.

      Prison Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the mean average salary for a band 2 prison officer with less than one year's experience in each year from 2010.

      Assaults On Police: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of assaulting a police officer in each police force area in each year since 2007; how many received a sentence other than...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Management: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support his Department provides to local authorities for investment in waste and recycling facilities.

    • Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cost to the public purse of the introduction of separate food waste collections...

      Landfill: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department has made available to waste disposal authorities for the prevention of methane emissions from...

      Fly-tipping: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much revenue has been raised from fines for fly-tipping in the last five years.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support was available to re-useable nappy schemes in each year since 2005.

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on volumes of food waste collected in the event of local authorities...

      Environment Protection: UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and...

      LIFE Environment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which parts of the Government’s plan for Funding for UK LIFE projects in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a...

      Mining: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) effect on and (b) risks to the environment of deep sea mining; and if he will make it...

      Seabed: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral evidence given by his Department’s Chief Scientist Professor Gideon Henderson to the...

      Plastics: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of plastic straws on trends in levels of the ocean plastic pollution.

      Mercury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the...

      Chemicals: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the...

      Industry: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of fly-tipping incidents that were categorised as car boot sized in (a)...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of (a) household and (b) commercial waste taken to household waste...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to ensure the adequacy of water supplies during heatwaves.

      Rodents: Gough Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to tackle the mice infestation on Gough island.

      Plastics: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of marine plastic pollution originating from the UK.

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the UK's plastic waste made up of straws.

  • Home Office

    • Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the findings of the Institute for Strategic...

    • Cybercrime: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help protect small and medium-sized businesses against cyber-crime.

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what parts of the Government’s plan for travelling in the Common Travel Area in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Consumer Goods: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government has taken to mitigate the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the supply of...

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when will companies know which (a) regulator will be overseeing their business and (b) which rules will they will need to follow from...

      Business: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the means of (a) resolution and (b) redress will be for a UK company in dispute with an EU company in the event that the UK...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what development outcomes his Department has set for the aid-funded Investment Promotion Programme.

    • Overseas Investment: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what analysis his Department conducted on the effectiveness of public private partnerships before it rolled out the Investment Promotion...

      Department for International Trade: Ethnic Groups

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

      Trade Remedies Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of his Department's budget is allocated to the Trade Remedies Authority.

      Renewable Energy: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of UK Export Finance spend was on renewable projects in developing economies in each of the last three years.

      Trade Promotion: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to start the external recruitment for the new role of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Australasia.

      Trade Promotion: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, at what civil service grade the post of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Australasia will be.

      Trade Promotion: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the post of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Australasia will be combined with another post.

      Board of Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, where the next meeting of the Board of Trade will take place.

      Department for International Trade: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much Official Development Assistance funding his Department is providing to (a) Nigeria, (b) South Africa, (c) Kenya, (d) Ethiopia, (e)...

      Department for International Trade: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department (a) currently has or (b) has plans for Official Development Assistance-funded programmes other than the Investment...

      Import Duties: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will launch an official market access database to provide information on tariffs by commodity in the event of the UK leaving the EU...

      Rules of Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department will inform businesses of the rule of origin they need to comply with in order to satisfy international tariff and...

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to (a) roll-over and (b) replace on a bilateral basis outstanding EU trade agreements in the event of the UK leaving the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the value of tourism to Scotch whisky distilleries to the UK economy.

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an updated cost benefit analysis of HS2 Phase 2A before the second reading of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe)...

    • Northern: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 12 July (HL16845), what assessment they have made of the legal implications of Pacer trains...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • School Leaving: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create more job opportunities for school leavers after Brexit.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Overseas Territories: Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any loss of financial business to UK Overseas Territories if they are the only financial centres of excellence in the world which...

    • South African Revenue Service: Bain and Company

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 July (HL16912), what assessment Her Majesty's High Commissioner to South Africa has made of...

      Somalia: Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to work with international partners to re-open confidence-building dialogue between Somalia and Somaliland.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the cancellation of the High Commissioner to Mauritius' annual party to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's official...

  • Attorney General

    • Prostitution: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions of brothel owners or managers are (1) pending, and (2) completed, following the removal of women from their premises to Yarl's Wood...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 July (HL Deb, cols 668–70), what plans they have to review access to free school...

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to collate data on apprenticeship levy payments and spending by sector; and if not, why not.

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the National School Breakfast Programme beyond 1 April 2020; and when any such decision will be (1) made, and (2) announced.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Women's Prisons: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 8 July (HL16975), what process Her Majesty’s Prison Service uses to (1) record, (2) classify, and (3)...

    • Belmarsh Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 4 July (HL16559), what proportion of the prison population of HMP Belmarsh identifies as Muslim; and how...

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners there are in HMP Belmarsh; and how many of those are serving sentences for civil offences.

      Tommy Robinson

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the process for reaching the decision that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon should be imprisoned in HMP Belmarsh; whether a Minister was responsible for that...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Oak Processionary Moth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instances of the importation of oak processionary moth on oak trees have occurred in the last 12 months.

    • Oak Processionary Moth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in how many locations, and on what dates, oak processionary moths have been identified in the UK.

      Trees: Import Controls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to an immediate and total ban on the import of (1) oak, and (2) olive, trees.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the guidance issued on 3 April to all local authorities and health and social care trusts in regard to the EU Settlement Scheme and...

    • Visas: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the joint All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report by the APPG for Africa, the APPG for Diaspora, Development and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Listed Events

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include (1) the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup, and (2) women’s world cup sporting events in the list of listed...

    • Cultural Heritage: Sunderland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to preventing the demolition of the Doxford Gate, Pallion Quay, at Sunderland and preserving it as a monument to Sunderland's...

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