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Written answers

Friday, 25 October 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles that were assisted by Highways England after vehicular failure on a smart motorways in each of the...

    • Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average time taken for Highways England to provide assistance to motorists on smart motorways after vehicular failure.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on Smart motorways as a result of a change in the use of lanes in each of the last three years.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on supporting manufacturers to increase the range of electric cars.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason Highways England has not responded to Jordan Products Ltd following the meeting of 21 June 2019 on Conemaster.

      Southeastern: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding was provided by his Department through the Deeds of Amendment signed with London and South Eastern Railway Ltd in (a) December 2016...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

      Aviation: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on ensuring the maintenance of flights to and from Europe after the UK has left the EU.

      Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on replacing the Northern Rail franchise.

      Buses: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his 30 September 2019 press release entitled A better deal for bus users, whether the buses for the all-electric bus town will...

      M56: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of reported personal injury road accidents in each category of severity on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on the number of serious incidents associated with all-lane-running motorway schemes.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of staff in her Department who cycled to work in each year since 2014.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on business after the UK leaves the EU.

      Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 373, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to...

      Companies: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on which date (a) she or (b) a Minister in her Department last visited a company headquartered in Glasgow East constituency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) diplomatic and (b) economic steps the Government plans to take to encourage the Turkish Government to stop its...

    • Kosovo: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state.

      Kosovo: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state in (a) the EU and (b) other major...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential increase in severity of the humanitarian situation for refugees and migrants in...

      Abdullah Öcalan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Turkish Government on the imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan.

      North Macedonia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his French counterpart on support for opening EU accession negotiations with the...

      Catalonia: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Spanish counterpart on the recent prison sentences for Catalan separatist leaders; and...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which embassies represent the UK in more than one state.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Government (a) cars and (b) drivers are allocated to Ministers in his Department.

      Spain: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his Spanish counterpart; and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Employment: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of working people in (a) Romford constituency and (b) Essex were employed in the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on compassionate use programmes that allow the use of an unauthorised medicine.

    • Loneliness: Social Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 25 of the Government's strategy for tackling loneliness, published in October 2018, what assessment his Department...

      Addictions: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what programmes are in place to support people with addictions.

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he holds statistics on the number of people in the UK who suffer from chronic migraine which affects their quality of life.

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle addiction to prescription drugs.

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the diagnostic rate has been of each type of leukaemia in each of the last five years.

      Urinary System: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make pyeloplasty for kidney blockages available through the NHS.

      Women's Health Taskforce for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 226643 on Women's Health Taskforce for England, on what dates the Women's Health...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what policies his...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that global pharmaceutical companies are required to prioritise patient access to drugs...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to make it easier for people who cannot take time off work to attend cancer screenings.

      Sugar: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has on the impact of the sugar tax on trends in the level of sugar consumption.

      Fast Food: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on public health of the availability of convenience food products.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle (a) declining rates of childhood vaccination and (b) anti-vaccine misinformation.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commit to commencing routine commissioning of PrEP from April 2020.

      Suicide: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children and (b) adults with an obsessive compulsive disorder who have died by suicide in...

      Health Services: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the change in the level of spending on NHS services in Romford constituency since 2015.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will increase funding in further education colleges to the level of £5,000 per student.

    • Department for Education: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what policies his Department...

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities do not own a children's residential care home.

      School Leaving: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy of (i) primary school and (ii) secondary school...

      Pupil Premium: Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make all children who have been subject to a special guardianship order eligible for pupil premium funding.

      Department for Education: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in his Department reported their religion as Islam in the latest period for which figures are available; what the reported ethnicity of...

      Foreign Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to provide funding for study abroad programs from 2020 in the event that UK students do not have access to Erasmus+ in...

      Department for Education: Living Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff of his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors to pay the...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment basis he has made of the potential effectiveness of implementing the recommendations of the Committee...

    • Housing: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend automatic priority need for housing to survivors of domestic abuse.

      Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many complaints nationwide were upheld by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in the last 12 months.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many building owners of blocks over 18 metres in height have (a) not started the process of cladding removal from...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether (a) social tenants and (b) leasehold tenants will be liable for the cost of remedial fire safety in a block of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of complaints made against independent personal independence payment assessment providers.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding her Department has allocated to accelerate the development of a digital system for processsing Export...

    • Packaging: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve consumer education on using compostable packaging.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 October 2019 to Question 290327 and to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290324, if...

      Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) advice and (b) guidance his Department has issued to agri-food (i) farmers and (b) producers in Northern Ireland on...

      Animal Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the 12 week public consultation on trophy hunting imports will commence.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of sites of special scientific interest that have had no...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce levels of fine particulate matter in the air.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been issued to staff in her Department who are dealing with applications for asylum in light of the recent decision by the...

    • Convictions: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many wrongful conviction cases in England and Wales where an individual was exonerated by DNA evidence did the initial conviction...

      Police Interrogation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with (a) police forces, (b) the Royal College of Policing and (c) Police and Crime Commissioners on...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Government's policies on homicide prevention.

      Criminal Investigation: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential (a) merits and (b) feasibility of making video recording standard practice...

      Convictions: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the accuracy of different facial composite methods and the subsequent effect on conviction rates.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 284692 on Offences against Children, whether the national strategy on child...

      Visas: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her Spanish counterpart on the potential mutual benefits of short term visa free travel for the purposes...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Climate Change: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have had with the Metropolitan Police on (i) the ban on Extinction Rebellion...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals there were for (a) rough sleepers and (b) people experiencing other forms of homelessness by (i) local authorities and...

      Abortion: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to keep the issue of anti-abortion clinic protests under review.

      Fire and Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to update the research on what steps firefighters should take when facing a fire since the Grenfell Tower fire.

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on international student numbers of the decision to restrict UK student visas for foreign...

      USA: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the (a) compliance of the Government of the United States with the 2003 UK-US extradition treaty and (a)...

      Road Traffic Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to prosecute foreign drivers convicted of speeding on UK roads; and if she will make a statement.

      Data Protection: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the data sharing treaty between the UK and the US, which was laid before the House on 7 October...

      Home Office: Jainism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will invite representatives of the Jain community to national events organised by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Home Office: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which public appointments she is responsible for.

      Fires: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires in Romford were attributable to faults in electrical installations and products in the most recent 12 month period for which...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of knife crime in each territorial police force in each of the last 10 years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of victims of trafficking or slavery who have been subject to immigration detention in each year...

  • Scotland Office

    • Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to visit a food bank in November 2019.

    • Scotland Office: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on which dates (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last attended an official engagement in Glasgow East constituency.

      Citizens Advice Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on which date he last met representatives of Citizens Advice Scotland; and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the supply and confidence agreement arrangement between the Government and the...

    • Social Democratic and Labour Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met the leadership of the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

      Sinn Fein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met the leadership of Sinn Fein.

      Alliance Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met the leadership of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Green Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met the leadership of the Green Party of Northern Ireland.

      Ulster Unionist Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met the leadership of the Ulster Unionist party.

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has met with the (a) families of the victims of (i) the events in Ballymurphy in August 1971 and (ii) Bloody Sunday and (b) other...

      Homicide: Loughinisland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to the Police Service of Northern Ireland is of Operation Yurta.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what legal protections in place between 22 October 2019 and 31 March 2020 to protect health professionals in Northern Ireland that have a...

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what policies his Department has...

    • Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 293443, on Public Sector: Redundancy Pay, what recourse is available to public servants who have...

      Sugar: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse as a result of the sugar tax in each year since it was introduced.

      Treasury: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which public appointments he is responsible for.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of changes to the reduced rate of VAT for energy-saving materials on the rate of uptake of those materials.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the eligibility for the reduced rate of VAT for energy-saving materials to (a) charities, (b) community groups, (c) public bodies and (d)...

      Public Expenditure: Romford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total spent from the public purse in Romford constituency in each year since 2010.

      Taxation: Romford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of total tax receipts from the Romford constituency in each year since 2010.

      Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Act 2018

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to review the provisions of Part 6 of the Taxation (Cross Border) Trade Act 2018.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2019 to Question 69 on Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services, how many calls were (a) received and (b) made by the...

      Wines: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Treasury received in wine duty receipts for the first quarter of (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the increase in excise duty was for (a) wine, (b) beer and (c) spirits from 2010 and 2015.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture Investment Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion, and what amount, of the £250 million Culture Investment Fund will be allocated specifically to libraries

    • Legislation: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many revisions to Legislation.gov.uk have yet to be made in relation to (1) primary, and (2) secondary legislation; and what are those revisions.

      Legislation: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Legislation.gov.uk makes use of (1) Google Analytics, or (2) any similar tools; and what personal data is collected by Legislation.gov.uk.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools which were approved in wave 9 of the free schools programme are (1) under construction, and (2) open.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Trade Marks: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to ensure that web search engines de-index (1) URLs or (2) websites from its web search...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the judgment in R (TT) v the Registrar General for England and Wales & Ors [2019] EWHC 2384 (Fam) on the (1)...

    • Mental Capacity: Codes of Practice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when consultation on the Code of Practice issued under the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 will commence.

      Vancomycin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on the availability of Vancomycin for the treatment of Clostridium difficile in pharmacies across the country.

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their response to the Seventeenth Report of Session 2017–19 by the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee...

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure the provision of healthcare for UK pensioners living in the European Union post-Brexit.

      Bevacizumab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Avastin is not routinely made available on the NHS for certain groups of cancer patients.

      Bevacizumab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Avastin has approval from the European Medicines Authority to be used to treat cancer.

      Bevacizumab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are (1) current applications, or (2) pending requests, for the use of Avastin following Phase 3 clinical trials.

      Cancer: Transplant Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether liver and bowel transplantation is currently approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for cancer patients; and if not, whether...

      Essential Tremor: Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the funding of MRI treatment of essential tremor following the recommendation by NICE for its use.

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