Written answers

Friday, 1 November 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • M20: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to (a) ensure adequate facilities for drivers and (b) protect the health and safety of people driving on the M20 during...

    • Transport: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the rates of take-up of non-petrol/diesel road vehicles between the UK and other countries for (a)...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent analysis he has undertaken on the rate of improvement in carbon-efficiency for UK-originating journeys in (a) aviation and (b) shipping.

      Midland Main Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what processes Network Rail has put in place to measure the (a) track and (b) ride quality on the Midland Main Line.

      Taxis: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timescale is for bringing forward legislation to ensure that disability equality training for taxi drivers becomes mandatory.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gaza: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Hamas rule in Gaza on regional stability.

    • Greece: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the implications for its policies of the Paraskevopoulos Law in Greece.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK continues to be able to participate in EU-led military operations...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart to investigate the reported murders of (a) Alberto Armando...

      Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to support the Colombian Government in assisting former guerrilla fighters transition to...

      Sweden: Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on recent gang violence in that country; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made in ensuring that medical cannabis containing THC is available on the NHS for patients whom clinicians deem it...

    • Electronic Cigarettes: Pneumonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the prevalence of lipoid pneumonia since the introduction of vaping.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to collect data on the number of trans people who (a) detransition to their biological sex and (b) are...

      General Practitioners: Wycombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure waiting times for GP appointments are reduced in Wycombe.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made for the provision of medical cannabis on the NHS.

      Diabetes: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure local NHS Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships...

  • Department for Education

    • Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres have closed in each year since 2010.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children looked after under a (a) voluntary agreement under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, (b) care order that was (i) full and (ii)...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) schools and (b) local authorities in the event of protests against relationships and sex education.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Camp Hill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the upkeep of the Camp Hill prison site on the Isle of Wight since its closure.

    • Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October to Question 866 on Prisons: Overcrowding, what estimate he has made of the effect on the prison population of those...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October to Question 866 on Prisons: Overcrowding, to which (a) programmes and (b) prisons the £2.5 billion will be...

      Probation: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to recruit more probation officers.

      Full Sutton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the new prison at Full Sutton will be operated by the public or private sector.

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the backlog in prison maintenance (a) on 24 October 2019, (b) in October 2018, (c) in October 2015 and (d) in October 2010.

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of prison cells out of commission because of poor maintenance (a) on 24 October 2019, (b) in...

      Prisoners: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners can apply for universal credit before release.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of contracting out service delivery under the new probation system.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of literacy and numeracy on trends in unemployment in the Romford constituency in each of...

    • Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people that worked less than 15 hours a week in each (a) country and (b) region of the UK in each...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who have been referred for fraud relating to advance claims made after...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have met with representatives from #BackTo60, the One...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangements have been agreed with universal credit claimants in each year since the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangement requests for universal credit were rejected in the most recent 12 month period for which data is...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to change universal credit assessment periods.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions health professionals requested specific training, resources or the support of an experienced clinician when...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any research has been conducted on the number of home visits being proactively offered to vulnerable claimants of universal credit.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that cohabiting couples with children can apply for bereavement support payments.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Catering and Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with what companies does his Department hold contracts for (a) catering and (b) cleaning within its London-based estate.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to Office for National Statistics publication of 21 October 2019, The decoupling of economic growth from...

    • Solid Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the heat output tests on various solid fuels were commenced as part of the consultation on the cleaner domestic burning...

      Solid Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the results of the consultation on the cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood, which...

      Pets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of making pet theft a specific crime.

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish an equality impact assessment on her Department's policy on charges and fees.

    • Foreign Agents Registration Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on foreign agents' registration.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sites have been identified in addition to operational immigration detention centres for the administrative detention of (a) foreign...

      Police: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the National Police Chiefs’ Council will complete its urgent review of police officer safety.

      Police: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to give police officers the powers and protection they need against violent offenders.

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to divert young people away from violent crime.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed to work on the EU Settlement Scheme.

      Greece: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she (a) has taken or (b) plans to take steps to prevent the entry of convicted criminals and terrorists who have been released early...

      Rape: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of rape flagged cases were subject to digital disclosure of mobile phone data in each month since May 2019.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policy of Clause 1 of Article 4 of the Extradition Treaty between the UK...

      Knives: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle knife crime in outer London.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people the National Allegations Team of UK Visas and Immigration has employed in each year since 2009.

      Immigration: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints her Department has received on immigration fraud in each year since 2009.

      Immigration: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints on immigration fraud UK Visas and Immigration has investigated since 2009.

      Immigration: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons non-dependent family members of people with Tier 1 (exceptional talent) visas can only apply for indefinite leave to remain...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is available for EU citizens with (a) dementia and (b) other similar health conditions when applying for settled status given...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether specialist advisers to the Government are subject to rules on the use of offshore bank accounts.

    • Immigration: Colombia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of Colombian nationals currently living in (a) the UK, (b) London and (c) Southwark.

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2019 to Question 3606 on Brexit publicity, how much has been spent on the...

      Brexit: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2019 to Question 3606 on Brexit: publicity, what steps he is taking to...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) parents and (b) childcare providers affected by the recent tax-free childcare system upgrade; and how many...

    • Economic Growth: Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when updated growth forecasts will next be published.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department and (b) HMRC has set a target date for the elimination of the gender pay gap.

      Soft Drinks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised from the soft drinks industry levy since the inception of that levy; and what estimate he has made of the revenue from...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Task Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) membership, (2) purpose, and (3) timescale for the work, of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hong Kong Task Force.

    • Liberia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the political and social situation in Liberia.

  • Wales Office

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Armed Forces have, or are intended to have, any involvement in controlling the al-Omar oilfield in Syria.

  • Home Office

    • Slavery: Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring the law in respect of the treatment and care of modern slavery victims in England and Wales in line with the standards in force...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 8 October (HL17821) and the report of the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland...

  • Treasury

    • Social Security: Self-employed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs provides rebates for freelance workers in the EU27 who may incur double deductions of social security as...

    • Public Works Loan Board: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the one per cent interest rate rise on the Public Works Loan Board 50-year new maturity loan.

      Ministerial Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since 24 July Permanent Secretaries or Senior Civil Servants required ministerial direction to act, broken down by Government Department.

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