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Written answers

Friday, 17 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the findings in sections 7.6 and 7.7 of the report on HS2 published by...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of High Speed Two.

      Northern Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assurances he can provide to employees based at Arriva Rail North's offices in York who are concerned about the uncertainty around the future of...

      London-Exeter Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 7726 on London-Exeter Railway Line: Rolling Stock, whether he has exercised the call...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to review the rail franchising passports held by the parent group operators (a) First Group, (b) Arriva and (c) Abellio in the light...

      South Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) forward and (b) backward looking financial ratios of First/MTR on South Western Railway.

  • Department for Education

    • Music: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to roll out the Music in Secondary School Trust initiative throughout state schools in England.

    • Dedicated Schools Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to clear existing deficits in Dedicated Schools Grant High Needs block funding before the £780 million of additional funding is...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has in place to enable early adopter schools of Relationships and Sex Education to feed back to his Department on (a) the effectiveness...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 134 on Pupil Premium, when his Department plans to publish funding rates for the pupil premium in...

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that students have access to educational and cultural exchange programmes after the UK leaves the EU.

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on ensuring that students at Welsh universities have access to educational and cultural exchange...

      Department for Education: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the increase in the National Living wage announced by the Government on 31 December 2019, what discussions he is having with private...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Iran's recent announcement to cease all commitments under...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, in what circumstances he would seek an extension from the EU to the Article 50 deadline.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much new funding from the public purse he plans to allocate to suicide prevention under the NHS Long Term Plan.

    • Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the regional variation in suicide rates; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure the allocation...

      General Practitioners: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs in Romford constituency have retired in the last 12 months.

      Trikafta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) availability of the drug Trikafta for people with cystic fibrosis.

      Tobacco: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that labelling on imported tobacco products complies with UK legislation.

      Health Professions: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) nurses, (b) GPs, (c) midwives and (d) mental health specialists are working in (i) Medway and (ii) West Kent.

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their hourly pay rate was (a)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues on reducing the level of light pollution from local authority street lighting.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps the Government has taken to (a) eradicate rough sleeping and (b) prevent homelessness.

      Council Housing: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to tackle the shortage of council housing in the north of England.

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the equity of the protections afforded under the Racial and Religious...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle illegal displays of unauthorised parking signs by parking management companies in...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that private parking management companies comply with the relevant legislation on...

      Southend Airport: Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, under what criteria the section 106 agreement at Southend Airport could be amended.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to improve transparency of dangerous driving (a) prosecutions and (b) sentencing in the judicial system.

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of (a) the effectiveness of the law on automatism as a legal defence and (b) its role in miscarriages of justice.

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on families of road death victims of defendants charged with dangerous driving being granted anonymity.

      Ministry of Justice: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department is compliant with the requirement in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety...

      Fixed Penalties: Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for offences of shop (a) of goods under £100 and (b) overall in each of the last five years for...

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make it her policy that new (a) investment mobilised and (b) trade opportunities showcased at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in...

    • Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress has been made on the development of a Ministerial forum with the devolved Administrations international trade.

  • Prime Minister

    • Companies

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether (a) he, (b) his officials or (c) advisors in his Department have had (i) oral and (ii) written communications with (A) Andrew Law, CEO of Caxton Associates, or...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints her Department has received in relation to (a) ATOS and (b) Maximus health assessments in the last 12 months.

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on the introduction of a single digital platform for personal independence payments, employment and support...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Reindeer: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) reindeer and (b) consignments of reindeer were imported into the UK in 2019; from which countries they were...

    • Reindeer: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) reindeer and (b) consignments of reindeer were exported from the UK in (i) 2018 and (ii) 2019; and to which...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support Girlguiding’s work to include young people in the planning and development of the Deposit Return...

      Biodiversity: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of artificial lighting on biodiversity loss.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to increase salmon stocks throughout England.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to allocate funding from the public purse to flood defences after 2021.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the criteria is for live animal exports for slaughter to be classified as long distance.

      Aviation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of ultra fine particles from aircraft on levels of air pollution in London.

  • Home Office

    • Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 282282 on Animal Experiments: Licensing, regarding licencing of the forced swim...

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were wrongly (a) detained and (b) deported by her Department in each of the last six months.

      Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for family reunification with a beneficiary of international protection were received by the UK in 2019, by nationality.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further steps she will take to prevent violence against shop workers; and if she will make a statement.

      Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the economic cost of retail crime in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government's plans to roll-out Voter ID will require (a) primary or (b) secondary legislation.

    • Elections: Public Consultation

      To ask Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to issue the public consultation on electoral integrity.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to eliminate the retrospective aspects of the loan charge.

    • Child Benefit: Romford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in Romford constituency are in receipt of child benefit.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who would remain within scope of the Loan Charge if the recommendations of the Independent Review into...

      Motorhomes: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has been made of the effect of recent changes to Vehicle Excise Duty on the motorhome industry in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • World Heritage Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UNESCO World Heritage sites located in the UK.

    • World Heritage Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they protect the integrity of UNESCO World Heritage sites located in the UK.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers and responsibilities Historic England have towards UNESCO World Heritage sites located in England.

      Social Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether social media platforms are adequately monitored for harmful and illegal content.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Iran about the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe; when the Prime Minister last did so directly;...

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made about the continuing imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland during the 2019 General Election.

    • Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget of the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland for the last three years for which figures are available.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 31 October 2019 (HL Deb, cols 1019), when the report of the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive...

      Organised Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the Ulster Defence Association and other loyalist gangs to commit crimes in Northern Ireland.

  • Treasury

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