Written answers

Thursday, 17 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent aircraft (a) passengers and (b) crew from the effects of fume events on aircraft.

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that fume events on aircraft are investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Travel: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 22 of the Government's No-Deal Readiness report, what assessment his Department has made of the total cost to (a) travel...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government plans to meet the projected shortfall in electricity supply by 2050 while achieving net...

    • Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the the £15 million Brexit readiness fund has been disbursed to businesses; and in which sectors those...

      Electricity: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of Northern Ireland remaining in the Single Electricity Market on...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to help ensure households that (a) don't want and (b) are unable to have a smart meter...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions she has had with representatives from the UK automotive sector on the potential effect on car...

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the share of the miners' pension...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to support people seeking to retrieve financial earnings from (a) Thomas Cook and...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that people who have (a) uncollected holiday pay and (b) uncollected time...

      Post Offices: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has had discussions with Post Office Limited on the future of the Crown post office in Dingle,...

      UK Research and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps UKRI are taking to support interdisciplinary working in UK research.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to reduce household carbon emissions through the use of hydrogen as a replacement...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of blades on wind turbines are (a) recycled and (b) sent to landfill at the end of their lifespan.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of physical damage caused by hydraulic fracking on the (a) cost...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will request that the liquidator of Thomas Cook does not contest protective award claims from employees of the...

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to the SSI Task Force since the closure of SSI by programme;...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the SSI Taskforce established following the closure of SSI, if she will establish (a) a safety net...

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations she has received from Peterborough City Council for financial support following the collapse of...

      Fracking: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has plans to review the traffic light system limits on seismic disturbance.

      New Businesses: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the national gender gap among entrepreneurs.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Prime Minister, Official Report column 791, when he plans to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government on waiting times for people living in Wales and...

    • Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients from Welsh postcode areas have been treated at (a) Countess of Chester Hospital, (b) Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and (c)...

      Mental Health Services: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve cooperation between mental health services and the voluntary sector to support victims of domestic abuse...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has taken steps in response to the recommendations of the report entitled See the light: Improving capacity in NHS eye care in...

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procedures are in place to record the number of patients offered (a) evening and (b) weekend appointments at GP surgeries.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the (i) Royal College of Physicians, (ii) Royal College of...

      NHS Trusts: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Overseas Visitor Managers are employed by NHS Trusts in (a) England (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.

      Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many visits each Minister in his Department made to inpatient adult mental health facilities in each year since 2016.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 284706, what advice the Government has issued to UK citizens travelling in...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that there will be no shortage of the medicines and consumables needed for dialysis or transplantation...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to allocate new capital investment to modernise the mental health estate, as recommended by the Independent...

      Mental Health Act 1983 Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on responding to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act; and what...

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government will publish a full workforce strategy to (a) address shortages in the mental health workforce and (b) support the...

      General Practitioners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on implementing recommendation 36 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health on ensuring that all GPs...

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department will publish the Green Paper on prevention.

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the misrepresentation of evidence which encourages women to drink alcohol during pregnancy...

      Diabetes: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health support for people with type 1 diabetes.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating the nursing bursary.

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether patient deaths reported to the National Reporting & Learning System by the Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust in 2018-19...

      Hospital Food Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government's review of hospital food will include mental health hospitals.

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assess the implications of the judgment in R (TT) v Registrar General for England and Wales & Ors ((2019)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has allocated to UK based charitable organisations to implement his Department’s international...

    • Overseas Aid: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department has allocated to charitable organisations based outside the UK to implement his Department’s...

      East Africa: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the food security situation in East Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that nutrition is incorporated within the UK’s commitment to the Global...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes integrate nutrition objectives; and if he...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will extend the free childcare entitlement to the equivalent of 30 hours a week for 52 weeks of the year.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Individualised Learner Record, how many apprenticeship starts there were in 2017-18 (a) by apprentices who were (i) under 25...

      Adoption: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the adoption of children (a) from BAME backgrounds and (b) over the age of five.

      Adoption: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whats steps the Government is taking to support children with disabilities (a) before and (b) after they are adopted.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals against a refusal of an application for Section 4 support for refused asylum seekers were successful in the latest period for...

    • Legal Aid Agency: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will reduce the rate of interest charged by the Legal Aid Agency to individuals who owe that Agency money.

      Hate Crime: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of offences where disability hate crime was a factor in each year since 2010.

      Debt Collection: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the regulation of the bailiff industry, following the call for evidence that the Government...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the response of 24 May 2018 to freedom of information request number FOI2018/00517, whether the arms export licence...

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications for licences for the export of arms to (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) its coalition partners have been received by her...

      Overseas Trade: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her Brazilian counterpart on ensuring that UK-Brazil trade does not adversely affect the...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the UK’s temporary tariff schedule on (a) duties levied on automotive...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government has conducted an impact assessment of the potential effects on the UK automotive industry of (a) the UK temporary...

      Overseas Trade: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with her Turkish counterpart to help ensure continuity of trade with Turkey in the event that the UK leaves the...

      Overseas Trade: Scotland

      What recent assessment she has made of the ability of Scottish businesses to trade internationally in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

      Overseas Trade: Brazil

      What recent discussions she has had with her Brazilian counterpart on ensuring that UK-Brazil trade does not adversely affect the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

      Overseas Trade: USA

      What recent steps the Government has taken to increase trade with the US.

      Overseas Trade

      What steps she is taking to support businesses with cross-border supply chains after the UK leaves the EU.

      Overseas Trade: Rural Areas

      What recent assessment she has made of the extent of international trading opportunities for (a) Yorkshire and (b) other counties in rural regions.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the US decision to withdrawal militarily from north-east Syria on British military deployments in...

    • Navy: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fishing protection vessels the UK operates; under whose jurisdiction those vessels operate; what the names are of those vessels; and how many...

      Nuclear Submarines: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of nuclear marine engineers the defence industry will require over the next twenty years.

      Defence: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to support the UK defence industry.

      Type 31 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a decision will be made on what Government Furnished Equipment will be attached to the UK's Type 31 Frigates.

      Shipbuilding: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of IT specialists entering UK shipyards.

      Shipbuilding: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of skilled welders entering UK shipyards.

      Type 31 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government's contract with Babcock on Type 31 Frigates contained any stipulation on which yards in the UK would conduct the work.

      Bahrain: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times Royal Navy vessels have stopped in Bahrain since 2014; and what those vessels were.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to fund the Citizens Advice help to claim scheme beyond April 2020; and if she will make a statement.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291411 on Children: Maintenance, for what reasons her Department did not make an...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Metro Newspaper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter of 31 July 2019 from the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance placed in the Library...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of judicial review are active in UK courts to which her Department is a party.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for bereavement support payment, in the most recent period for which figures are available, were refused because the claimant...

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department plans to evaluate the adequacy of the bereavement support payment.

      Disability: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to integrate a life cycle approach that reaches older women and men into its work to help disabled people.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent (a) assessment her Department has made of the trends in and (b) estimate her Department has made of the average processing times...

      Social Security Benefits: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent (a) assessment she has made of the adequacy of and (b) estimate of the staffing levels for each of the benefits administered at...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number and proportion of universal credit applicants who struggle to regularly access the internet.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people access their state pension online.

      Thomas Cook: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of Thomas Cook have received assistance from JobCentre Plus in Peterborough following the collapse of that company; and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support reforestation.

    • Trees: Inner City Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has plans to develop a national plan for inner city trees.

      Agriculture: Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of integrating trees into productive land management systems through agroforestry...

      Agriculture: Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to increase the number of trees integrated into productive land management systems through...

      Farms: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Agricultural tenancy consultation and call for evidence on mortgage restrictions and repossession...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to reduce the availability of single use plastics; and will she make a statement.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

      Plastics: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of polystyrene in packaging.

  • Home Office

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were employed in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by how many and what proportion police officer posts have been reduced in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 2010;...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect on the UK terrorist threat level of ISIS militants escaping prison in Syria following the...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure equal protection for all domestic abuse survivors by upholding the non-discrimination principle in...

      Home Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

      National Policing Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how times the National Policing Board met in the last 12 months.

      Burglary: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries were recorded as having been committed in (a) Wolverhampton and (b) the area covered by West Midlands Police in each...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings (a) members of the Cabinet and (b) their predecessors have had with EU officials in each of...

    • Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to consult (a) the electoral commission, (b) the electoral reform society, (c)...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the application process for a local electoral identity document will be; and how identity will be verified.

      Public Sector: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the call for public sector application programming interfaces will include the interoperability of...

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government's no deal planning preparations, how many Government Departments have (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with representatives of the Local Government Association before the announcement of 9 October 2019 of a 1 per cent increase in the...

    • Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect the one per cent increase in the interest rate on new loans from the Public Works Loan Board will have on local...

      Electric Vehicles: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to stimulate demand for commercial electric vehicles by reducing VAT for those vehicles.

      Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 292791 and the article published in the Times on 10 August 2019 entitled Bailout fund to prop up...

      Customs: Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) quantity and (b) value of business equipment will require an ATA Carnet for the (i) financial, (ii) musical, (iii) entertainment, (iv)...

      Breweries: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend reforms to the small breweries’ tax relief to include small vineyards.

      Ceramics: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that ceramics companies in North Staffordshire are able to avoid (a) delays in transferring raw materials to...

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Joint Accountability Cash Strategy Group are planning to take on the effect of the reduction in the interchange fee on free access to cash.

      Housing: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue from capital gains tax on residential property gains in each year from 2016-17.

      Housing: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the extent to which gains made on residential property that would otherwise be subject to capital gains tax are currently...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for a hardship fund to assist people in greatest difficulty in the event that food prices rise following the UK exiting the EU without a deal.

      Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 15 of the Government's No-Deal Readiness Report, published on 8 October 2019, what the timeframe is for routine checks at borders to...

      Customs Officers: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 15 of the Government's No-Deal Readiness Report, how many new customs agents have been trained as a result of the £8 million...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls have been received by the imports and exports helpline since that helpline has been operational.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Political Parties: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to create a regulator for online political advertising.

    • China Global Television Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when Ofcom plans to report on its investigation of whether CGTN's coverage of Hong Kong protests broke broadcasting rules.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to respond to the invitation of 17 June 2019 from the all-party Parliamentary group on deliberative democracy...

      Digital Technology: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of creating a standardised procurement code for privately developed...

      Twitter: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294113, what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) racism,...

      Twitter: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294112, what discussions she has had with representatives from...

      Twitter: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294114, what assessment her Department has made of the...

      Twitter: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Twitter's rules in curbing harmful content and abuse.

  • Leader of the House

    • Twitter: Harassment

      To ask the Leader of the House, with reference to the Answer of 8 October to Question 294685 on Social Media: Harrassment, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on political debate and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Mental Illness: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans the Government has to strengthen protections in the Equality Act 2010 for people with mental health problems who experience discrimination.

    • Railway Stations: Disability

      What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on rail stations that are inaccessible to people with disabilities; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Standards

      When the Government plans to consult on the introduction of mandatory accessible housing standards in building regulations.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Sovereignty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote to the people of Northern Ireland the benefits of Northern Ireland forming part of the UK.

    • Sovereignty: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefits to Northern Ireland of being a part of the UK.

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