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Written answers

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to Burnley of improvements to rail connectivity in and around the East Lancashire area;...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Denham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial compensation has been agreed by HS2 Ltd for the compulsory purchase of land in Denham.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Denham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Compulsory Purchase Orders in Denham were undertaken by HS2 Ltd in the last five years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Denham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd community engagement meetings have been cancelled in Denham in the last twelve months.

      M1: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) road traffic collisions and (b) fatalities there have been between junctions 10 and 13 on the M1 in each year since 2010.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 Question 7159, what steps he is taking to ensure that Highways England adopts performance indicators...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation Highways England held with groups representing (a) walking, (b) cycling and (c) horse-riding interests before publishing its recent...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the further delays to Crossrail.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays to Crossrail on the viability of the Crossrail to Ebbsfleet infrastructure proposal.

      Bridges: A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take with Highways England to prevent the need for the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk to be closed during periods of high wind.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to the development of hydrogen-powered transport.

      Motorways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the safety of the roll-out of smart motorways.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway (a) lines and (b) stations closed under Beeching the Government plans to bring back into service.

      Transport: Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the Castleford Corridor enhancement project in central Manchester.

      Department for Transport: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to (a) become a signatory to the UK Steel charter and (b) maximise the use of UK steel in public infrastructure...

      London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of new ticketing technology on the Essex Thameside train line.

      London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Trenitalia's operation of the Essex Thameside train line, what steps he is taking to help ensure that rail customers are not charged...

      Rolling Stock: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what deadline his Department has set for making all train carriages fully accessible.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Conditions of Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the legal obligation in the European Union Withdrawal Agreement and the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on cross-party talks on social care.

    • Trikafta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for Trikafta being made available on the NHS for cystic fibrosis sufferers.

      Rett Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with Rett syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he taking to increase the rate of take up of the flu vaccination in winter 2019-20.

      Heart Diseases: Sleep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department provides on the potential benefits of sleep in reducing the risk of a heart attack.

      Gum Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed chronic periodontitis in the last five years.

      Prostate Cancer: Ultrasonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when HIFU treatment for prostate cancer will be made available on the NHS.

      Malnutrition: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle malnutrition among elderly people.

      Meningitis: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women were diagnosed with meningitis in the last five years.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases among people aged over 50.

      Obesity: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people over the age of 65 who have (a) obesity and (b) have sought help for obesity.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to add asthma to the list of long-term medical conditions that are exempt from prescription charges; and if he will make...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the ending of mixed sex wards in mental health facilities.

      Fish: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what rules or guidance his Department provides on preventing noxious substances being contained in fish food pellets where those fish may...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to make the public fully aware of the implications of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019;...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulances have waited more than 30 minutes outside A&E at (a) Queen's Hospital Romford, (b) hospitals in London and (c)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients visited A&E departments in (a) Queen's Hospital Romford, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 2010.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time in A&E was at (a) Queen's Hospital Romford, (b) hospitals in London and (c) hospitals in England in...

      Meat Products: Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to reduce the levels of nitrates in meat products.

      Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to expand (a) practical and (b) emotional support beyond designated suicide bereavement care for people...

      Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to expand the National Bereavement Care Pathway for pregnancy and baby loss to other forms of bereavement.

      Suicide: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to help ensure that (a) families and (b) NHS staff throughout England have access to suicide bereavement...

      Bereavement Counselling: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the compliance of bereavement support service delivery with NICE quality standards.

      Infected Blood Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress has been made in the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: St Helens North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve children’s mental health services in St Helens North...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to children’s mental health services in (a) St Helens and (b) nationally...

  • Department for International Development

    • India: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to help support the decarbonisation of transport infrastructure in India.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the average per-hour cost of childcare (a) in a nursery and (b) with a child minder in (i) York Central...

    • Nurseries: York Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many nursery places were available in York Central constituency in each year since 2010.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it his policy to negotiate continued membership of the Erasmus programme as part of the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received from (a) universities, (b) colleges and (c) students’ unions on the UK’s participation in Erasmus...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his proposals to remove the exemption for outstanding schools from regular Ofsted inspections requires primary legislation.

      Young People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to (a) reduce the level of social stigma in relation to mental health and (b) promote awareness of mental health...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing Crown courtroom availability; and if he will make an assessment of the...

    • Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children and young people in HM Young Offenders Institutes (a) Werrington, (b) Wetherby, (c) Swinfen Hall, (d) Feltham, (e) Cookham Wood and...

      Young Offender Institutions: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders received (a) no visitors, (b) one visitor and (c) more than one visitor a month in each young offender institution in each of...

  • Treasury

    • Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a review of HMRC's IR35 tax regulations.

    • Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed to investigate tax evasion in HMRC's Wealthy Team unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to provide financial relief to Equitable Life policyholders.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of all planning permissions granted for affordable housing units were subject to a contribution in...

    • Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many social houses have been built (a) nationally and (b) under City of York Council in each of the last 10 years.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to strengthen civil law in respect of intentional unauthorised development; and what the...

      Future High Streets Fund: North West Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from (a) representatives of Durham County Council and (b) the hon. Member for...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department commissioned the Building Research Establishment to write a Frequently Asked Questions document...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for the Building Safety Programme.

      Lakanal House: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what specific steps his Department took as a result of the inquest into the Lakanal House fire.

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to report on the progress of the Building Safety Programme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Propulsion Improvement Programme for the Type 45 is planned to conclude.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have signed a waiver outlining any previous communication with a political representative regarding...

    • Universal Credit: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress has been made with housing associations in (a) Glasgow South West constituency and (b) Glasgow on their access to...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees in her Department investigate benefit fraud: what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of that...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time is for claimants in the (a) support and (b) work-related activity groups to be awarded employment support...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the use of food banks.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made on its application to the EU Commission to become a Part 1 listed third country under...

    • Solid Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the outcome of the consultation on Cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood that closed on...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to tackle illegal fox hunting.

      Wildlife: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has had discussions with her Australian counterpart on the support to help rebuild devastated wildlife...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the speech of former Prime Minister the Rt Hon. Theresa May, of 5 February 2019, in Belfast, what progress her Department...

    • Passports: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many valid British national (overseas) passports were in issue on 31 December 2019.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the public purse she plans to allocate to Violence Reduction Units in each of the next three years.

      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 (a) Bexley, (b) London and (c) the UK.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to review the classification of drugs following the June 2019 recommendations of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the High Court’s recent ruling that the £1,000 fee to...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will reassess the potential merits of the £625 immigration health surcharge for NHS staff who are not UK citizens.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Windrush compensation scheme, (a) when she plans to make the first compensation payments and (b) how much money her...

      Windrush Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the report of the Windrush lessons learned review.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to date.

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) number of Windrush citizens who applied for emergency payments in urgent and exceptional...

      Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Windrush citizens who have (a) applied to the Windrush Compensation Scheme and (b)...

  • Wales Office

    • *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of the economic effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in Wales.

    • *No heading*

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on cross-border rail services on the Great Western Railway line.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to help strengthen the Union.

      *No heading*

      What recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on cross-border infrastructure.

      *No heading*

      If he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Welsh Government's administration of the NHS in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh economy of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what meetings (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with (a) the Scottish Trades Union Congress and (b) individual affiliated trades...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Census

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the ONS provided his Department with the draft Census Order.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Chief Executive of the Government Property Agency plans to respond to the letter from the PCS Union dated 27 September 2019 from the PCS Union...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Conditions of Employment: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment Dekker v BJV-Centrum of 8 Nov 1990 falls within the scope of retained EU...

    • *No heading*

      What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the length of the transition period on the outcome of negotiations with the EU on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Raytheon: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to extant licences for the export of controlled goods from Raytheon UK to the US, if she will set out (a) the type of those...

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has undertaken regional impact assessments of the effect of potential (a) free trade agreements and (b) trade...

      Iron and Steel: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary for State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that the EU FTA negotiations do not result in UK steel exports being subject to EU steel safeguard...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Loneliness: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking with local authorities to promote schemes which tackle loneliness and social isolation at...

    • Broadband: Broadland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to allocate funding from the £5 billion fund to support the rollout of full-fibre, 5G and other...

      Tourism: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of a tourist tax.

      Culture: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a Town of Culture designation.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Big Ben

      To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will allow Big Ben to chime at 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020 to mark the UK leaving the EU; what estimate has...

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in improving education outcomes for Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the risk to Eritrean refugees of being forcibly returned to Eritrea by the government of Sudan contrary to the principle...

    • Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat to the security of Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, especially the Embera–Wounaan, on the Pacific...

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of collusion between the Colombian security forces and illegal armed groups.

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK's investment of funding to support the biodiversity hotspot on the Pacific coast of Colombia, of the...

      Australia: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance, if any, they have offered to the government of Australia to deal with the bushfire crises.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have, or seek, a two-state solution for Sri-Lanka.

      Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the arrest of medics treating protestors injured in the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong, what assessment they have made of the implications for...

      Persecution of Christians across the Globe Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 January (HL6) about implementation of the Truro Review that “some of the recommendations...

      Wang Yi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the nine-year prison sentence given in China to Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church, the removal of his political...

      Wang Yi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the trial of Pastor Wang Yi met standards of impartiality for a fair trial; whether they intend to raise his case with...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Sahel: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in Mali and the wider Sahel region; what discussions they have had with the government of the United States...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent any increase in childhood deprivation.

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