Written answers

Friday, 2 August 2019

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Tumble Dryers: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the letters sent by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Small Business,...

    • Competition

      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 the Department for Exiting...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support the (a) use and (b) production of renewable (i) energy and (ii)...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were submitted to the Feed-In Tariff scheme in each of the last nine years in each region and...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of money distributed in (a) generation and (b) export tariffs under the Feed-In...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the (a) closure of the Feed-in Tariff scheme and (b) proposed introduction...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to maintain support for small-scale renewable heat generation beyond the termination of the Domestic...

      Feed-in Tariffs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the projected undistributed expenditure in relation to the Feed-In Tariff scheme as a...

      Accountancy and Audit

      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...

      Electricity Generation

      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...

      Overseas Workers: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether UK workers spending longer than 90 out of 180 days in the EU will be subject to additional (a) administration,...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the supply of drugs to the NHS.

  • Department for Education

    • Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the cost of learning BSL on take up of those courses.

    • Pupils: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress is being made on the commitment to offer free sanitary products to schools by the start of the 2019-20 school year.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment on changes in English for Speakers of other Languages funding.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the real terms changes in Government funding for Further Education colleges was between 2010 and 2018.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to increase funding for Further Education colleges.

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage schools to consult parents on how Pupil Premium Plus funding should be spent.

      Lifelong Education: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to introduce (a) a right to lifelong learning in digital skills and (b) a right for all employees to request leave for training.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical education.

      Apprentices: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to introduce discounted bus and train travel for apprentices since June 2017.

      Children: Exploitation

      To Ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273801 on Child Exploitation, how many children-in-need assessments were undertaken in which...

      Children: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273801 on Child Exploitation, what plans his Department has to ensure that local authorities...

      Children: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273801 on Child Exploitation, what plans his Department has to ensure that services can safeguard...

      Institutes of Technology: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the conclusion of the final stage of contract negotiations on the formation of the South West Institute of Technology.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase the support provided to children and young people in secondary schools that have speech, language and communication needs.

      School Meals: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to maintain food supplies for school dinners in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Children's Play: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding his Department allocated (a) to pathfinder local authorities to refurbish or build play areas as part of the national play strategy and...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring schools to provide on request to parents (a) a general outline of spending of Pupil...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring schools to develop separate policies for Pupil Premium funding and Pupil Premium...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning research to establish best practice on spending of Pupil Premium Plus funding...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to help people in South Wales that are unable to travel to a housing legal aid provider.

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sitting days in courts were presided over by a recorder in (a) England, (b) Greater London and (c) Greater Manchester in (i) each of the last...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest waiting time was between an application for an employment tribunal and the date of first hearing in (a) 2012, (b) 2015 and (c) 2018 by...

      Crown Courts: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2019 to Question 273758 on Courts, what the average length of time was between first court appearance and trial in...

      Probate: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the rollout of new software at probate registries across England and Wales.

      Young Offender Institutions: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many BAME young people were held in young offender institutions and secure units in (a) Wales, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) England and (d) Scotland in...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have paid Employment Tribunal Fees during the operation of that policy.

      Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Recorders have sat to hear cases in each year since 2010.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July to Question 273769 on Family Courts, who the person is on the panel that represents male victims.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2019 to Question 263790 on HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Reform, whether the academic research for evaluation of...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275723, what the total spend of his Department was on translation services (a) in the 2017-18 financial...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275723 on Translation Services, how much funding was allocated to each provider of translation services...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the prison population was in England and Wales in (a) 12 months to June 1997 and (b) 12 months to June 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of benefit appeals to HM Courts and Tribunal Service made against Department of Work and Pensions decisions were overturned on appeal in...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours of overtime were worked by HM Courts & Tribunals Service staff in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report entitled, Business Management Practices on Farms, England 2016/17, published by his Department...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures will be included in a future environmental land management scheme as outlined in the policy statement of 12...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ethnic Groups

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

      Pesticides: Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed decision on 17 July 2019 to suspend the 2013...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what additional procedures companies will face in order to trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 19 July (HL17042), who will be responsible for monitoring the adequacy of Standard Contractual...

    • Internet: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of EU plans for a Digital Services Act after Brexit.

      Artificial Intelligence: Business

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more UK companies to automate decision-making through artificial intelligence technology.

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve mobile signal connectivity in rural areas.

      World Anti-doping Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athletes Commission's aim to seek increased athlete representation on the...

      Youth Sport Trust: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much (1) lottery, and (2) government funding, the Youth Sports Trust has received in each of the last ten years, broken down by the purpose to which that...

      Sports Competitors: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission research as to whether male performance advantage in competitive sport is retained after gender transition; and if so,...

      Sports Competitors: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what definition they use of (1) a woman, and (2) a man, when awarding funding to elite athletes; and whether that definition includes the level...

      Digital Technology: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to incentivise more innovative digital projects in the UK.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any relationship between the proportion of disadvantaged pupils attending a school and the likelihood of that school receiving a...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Personal Independence Payment: West Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what percentage of, Personal Independence Payment Appeals have been successful in West Yorkshire in the last 24 months.

    • Personal Independence Payment: West Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that people in West Yorkshire have waited over 100 weeks for their Personal Independence Payment appeal hearings; and, if...

      Young Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 10 and 11 year olds received a youth caution or criminal conviction in each of the past five years; and what proportion of those children were in care at...

      Youth Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children aged between 10 and 14 years old were held in youth custody in each month in the last five years.

      Youth Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 10 and 11 year olds received a custodial sentence in each of the past 10 years.

      Special Educational Needs: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on appellants of First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) hearings being cancelled; and what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Middle East: Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the plans, outlined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9 July, to...

    • Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, are in the British army.

      Army Reserve

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people there are in the Army Reserve in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) England.

      Warships: Decommissioning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many de-commissioned (1) destroyers, and (2) frigates, remain in the ownership of the Ministry of Defence; and how many of those, if any, could be returned to...

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland are under strength.

      Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the army, and (3) the Royal Air Force, are under strength.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Royal Navy, (2) army, and (3) Royal Air Force, recruits there were in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Military Alliances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers have attended discussions within the Five Powers Defence Arrangement in the last five years.

      Merchant Shipping: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to join a United States-led shipping coalition after Brexit.

      Warships: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Navy ships are currently undergoing repair; and how many were out of service for repairs in each of the last ten years.

      Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, are serving full-time in the British army.

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