Written answers

Friday, 6 September 2019

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Valsartan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supplies of Valsartan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage innovation in gene and cell therapies and ensure that such therapies reach those...

      Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NICE will take in its review into its methods and processes to review the (a) appraisal process and (b) pricing mechanisms for...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to engage women who are at risk to HIV on accessing the PrEP Impact trial.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2018.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria he will use in deciding whether to use his powers of intervention where a local authority has failed to make sufficient progress in...

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data his Department collects on outcomes achieved by disabled children, including those who have not been formally identified as having a special...

      Foster Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to provide financial support to foster carers who wish to offer staying put placements.

      Department for Education: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department spent on refreshments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of the 30 hour free childcare scheme in Wales in the 2018-19 financial year.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many weeks is the offering of 30 hours free childcare spread across the year.

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in England provide a breakfast club.

      Children: Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of rates of compliance with the ban on the smacking of children in England.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to encourage schools to use parents' national insurance numbers with their consent to identify eligibility and then automatically...

      Pupil Premium: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of pupil premium criteria for meeting the needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children.

      Children: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children the Government plans to support through the Tackling Child Exploitation Support programme.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to report entitled Improving agency data on child sexual abuse: A pilot study of the child sexual abuse, published by the Centre of...

      Nurseries: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of trends in the level of staff turnover in nurseries in the last three years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has been made of the effect of the 30 hours free childcare scheme on educational performance in children.

      Food Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has for establishing a children’s food watchdog.

      Food Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to respond to the recommendations of the Children’s Right2Food Charter.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to increase funding for apprenticeships for non-levy apprenticeship payers.

      Apprentices: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of apprenticeships in the UK shipbuilding industry.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the entitlement to pupil premium funding so that all children under a Special...

      University Technical Colleges: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the take-up of apprenticeships through university technical colleges.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices there were in the technology sector in (a) the UK, (b) the South East and (c) Woking constituency in the most recent year for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • World War II: Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has any plans to introduce a national day of remembrance for UK prisoners of war held by Japan during the Second World War.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that the payment of housing benefit or the housing element of universal credit to foster carers does not...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether changes to Access to Work support are planned for staff employed by non-ministerial government departments.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is making to support claimants who submit their application forms for benefits on time but who do not receive an...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will introduce an email address to allow people to send their application for benefits electronically.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timeline is for launching a review into access to benefits for people that are terminally ill.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to Question 270706 on social security benefits, tabled by the hon. Member for Birkenhead on 27 June 2019.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has any plans to (a) change the rules on the state pension age for women and (b) compensate those affected by the change in rules.

      Pension Credit: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to ensure maximum uptake of pension credits in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency.

      Support for Mortgage Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Support for Mortgage Interest loans are attached to current universal Credit claims.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Facsimile Transmission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many fax machines are in use in (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of offices in her Department whom third party advice agencies may need to contact cannot be contacted by secure email.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out a timetable for ensuring that all fax machines in (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies are replaced with...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that universal credit claimants are aware of how assessment periods are calculated prior to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to identify whether parents with claims for historical Child Support Agency arrears (a) are still residing...

      Personal Independence Payment: Post-polio Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether personal independence payment assessments are adjusted to take account of the symptoms experienced by claimants diagnosed with...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of eligible pensioners claiming pension credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the ability of universal credit claimants to access passported benefits.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what comparative assessment she has made of the rate of sanctions in areas where universal credit (a) has been and (b) has not been rolled out.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Social Security Advisory Committee on the requirement for national advice organisations to...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Wales on the economic effect of changes to the state pension entitlement...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authority applicants there have been to the Cold Weather Fund since November 2018; how much money has been awarded from that...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money was collected by the Child Maintenance Service through the (a) £20 application fee, (b) 4 per cent collection fee and (c)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the amount of outstanding arrears owed under the (a) Child Maintenance Service and (b) Child Support Agency in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department calculates maintenance payment under the Child Maintenance Service using the most up to date complete tax year...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to create a centrally accessible database logging pets' microchip numbers and date of...

    • Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all dog and cat rehoming centres are adequately regulated.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department is taking to increase collaboration between the Animal and Plant Health Agency and...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the legal responsibility of local authorities to provide food in a time of crisis extends to (a) children, (b)...

      Public Footpaths: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the gross amount was of funding made available for footpath maintenance in England in the 2018-19 financial year.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to implement its commitment to achieving WHO...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row one of the Ring-fenced budgets Resource DEL table on page 14 of the her Department's 2019-20 Main...

      Plastics: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tonnes of plastic waste was sent to landfill by each local authority in the most recent year for which data is...

      Health Services: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the tenth special report of the Environmental Audit Committee, published on 24 October 2018 on Heatwaves:...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the tenth special report of the Environmental Audit Committee, published on 24 October 2018 on Heatwaves:...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ban the export of live...

  • Home Office

    • Airwave Service and Emergency Services Network: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department plans to use to allow police forces to assess the comparative performance of Emergency Services Network and Airwave.

    • Detention Centres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to provide mental health support to immigration removal centre staff.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motoring offences have been committed by drivers of cloned vehicles in each of the last three years.

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken with the Loneliness Action Group to share learning on loneliness and ensure effective implementation of...

      Children: Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the Children’s Society report...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 July 2019, what the timescale is for the recruitment of 20,000 police officers.

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to review the restrictions that prevent asylum seekers from working.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to allocate the funding for 20,000 extra police officers to local forces according to how many police officers each force...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it remains her Department's policy to reduce immigration to the UK; and what her policy is on international students coming to the...

      Stone: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to re-establish the Metal Theft Taskforce with an extended remit to include stone theft.

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of police capacity to adequately investigate low-level crimes.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of low-level crimes that were reported but not investigated in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of police response time to emergency calls.

      Young Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether children in secure care or detention are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

      UK Border Force: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish monthly service performance data for UK Border Force at each airport.

      UK Border Force: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to review service level agreements between UK Border Force and each UK airport; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of oversight and monitoring of the use of algorithms by police forces.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reasons social media adverts produced by his Department do not appear in the Facebook ad library.

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Trades Union Congress on the UK leaving the EU.

      Scotland Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230101 on Scotland Office: Information Officers, what the cost to the public purse was of his...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to restoring devolved Government in Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on refreshments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

      Air Routes: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the viability of the Secretary of State for Transport's commitment to provide subsidised daily flights from City...

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