Written answers

Friday, 24 January 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce on-street parking congestion on public roads in residential areas.

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for a Group 2 licence for applicants who are required to have a medical assessment.

      M5: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the M5 last had its road markings repainted.

      M5: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the length of the M5 has reflective studs.

      M5: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the reflective studs on the M5 were last renewed.

      Department for Transport: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on his Department's application of the Family Test.

      Department for Transport: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

      Bridges and Tunnels: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to conduct a feasibility study on a (a) bridge or (b) tunnel connecting the islands of Ireland and Great Britain.

      Pedestrian Areas: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to prohibit the parking of vehicles on pavements.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing free ports throughout the UK.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) on the provision of data on accessibility at railway stations operated by...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Office of Rail and Road on the provision of data on accessibility at facilities covered by that Office's...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to ensure that the proposals on rail industry data collection and sharing in the Williams Rail Review’s evidence...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the (a) Scottish and (b) Welsh Governments on section 17 of the Bus Services Act 2017; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answers of 23 May 2019 to Questions 256382 and 256383 on Bus Services: Disability, what progress he has made in the provision of...

      A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to deliver road improvements on the A14 between Cambridge and Felixstowe.

      A14: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to improve wind shielding on the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help bring forward a peace settlement in Yemen.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the capacity of local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in (a) the City of York and (b) the UK.

    • Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to allocated grants to local (a) voluntary and (b) charity groups to support children suffering from...

      Life Expectancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increasing wealth gap in life expectancy.

      Cannabis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are circumstances under which Specialist Importers of cannabis-based products for medicinal use are permitted to import...

      Clinical Trials: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on alignment with the forthcoming EU Clinical Trial Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 536/2014) after the UK has left the EU.

      General Practitioners: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new GPs in Romford constituency have started work in the last five years.

      Human Papillomavirus: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to (a) increase public understanding of HPV and (b) raise public awareness of the benefits of HPV screening alongside...

      Carbon Monoxide: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of carbon monoxide on public health; and if he will make a statement.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on how Government can encourage employers to invest in early clinical intervention.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of access to care for those in mental health crisis, and what steps his...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to allocated funding from the public purse to enable schools in Easington constituency to establish mental...

  • Wales Office

    • EU Nationals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on what steps she will take in relation to EU citizens in Wales who have not been granted the right to...

    • Capital Investment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to secure increased capital investment for Wales.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of schools were run by (a) local authorities, (b) churches and (c) academies and (d) free schools on (i) 5 April 2010 and...

    • Special Educational Needs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money from the public purse his Department spent on support for SEND in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each year...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will introduce a capital expansion fund for sixth form providers.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) per-pupil funding for sixth form students and (b) funding for sixth form students'...

      GCSE: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children achieved (a) the highest and (b) pass grades in their GCSE examinations in Romford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the (a) quantity and (b) quality of apprenticeships in (i) the City of York local authority, (ii) Yorkshire...

      Care to Learn Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the number of people using Care to Learn has fallen by 64 per cent since 2013-14.

      Department for Education: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on his Department's application to the Family Test.

      Department for Education: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

      Universities: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a nation-wide accreditation scheme for university grades.

      Dedicated Schools Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his timescale is for his Department's response to the Dedicated Schools Grant consultation.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the riot at HMP Deerbolt on 8 January 2020, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure the safety of prison staff and (b) recognise their...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Renewable Energy: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to support exports from the renewable energy sector.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Stronger Towns Fund: Ipswich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating funding from the Stronger Towns Fund to Ipswich...

    • Community Development: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much money from the public purse his Department has spent on support for community social hubs in (a) the City of...

      Private Rented Housing: Tenancy Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether there will be a consultation process as part of his review of the national model tenancy agreement.

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support (a) Sussex Cohousing Brighton and (b) other community housing fund organisations...

      Community Housing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes included in applications to the Community Housing Fund prior to its...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on adopting the APPG for Muslims definition of Islamophobia.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his Department's policy to end rough sleeping by 2027; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Rough Sleeping Strategy 2018, published in August 2018, what progress he has made on publishing...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local and traveller communities are consulted on the designation of...

      Local Government Finance: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure equitable funding for (a) Hinckley and Bosworth borough council and (b)...

      Housing: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that high speed broadband infrastructure is included in new housing...

      Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's Advice Note on Balconies on Residential Buildings published on 24 June 2019, what...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on his Department's application of the...

      Holiday Accommodation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps Department is taking to ensure short-term lets are safe; and if he will make statement.

      Social Rented Housing: White Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timescale is for publishing a social housing White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

      Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require carbon monoxide alarms in both private- and social-rented...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking...

      Public Lavatories: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking on the proposal to exempt local authority owned public conveniences from business rates.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Weapons: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the key performance findings on page 7 of the National Audit Office report, Managing infrastructure projects on nuclear-regulated...

    • Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to review its safety procedures for transporting nuclear weapons and radioactive materials.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has visited a food bank since her appointment.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department would receive an increase in their salary in the event that their hourly pay rate was...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what savings have accrued to the public purse under the £30 reduction for claimants of employment and support allowance in the...

      UN Committee On the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to the Disabled People's Organisation to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the UN...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of (a) sanctions and (b) conditionality on the mental health and well-being of claimants.

      Social Security Benefits: UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has for social security co-ordination between the UK and EU member states after the UK leaves the EU.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on employment and skills support to be...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme have been (a) applied for and (b) filled successfully in Enfield...

    • Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has plans to review the current policy on sexual entertainment licences that allows for venues to operate pop-up...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the report of the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on Adults at Risk in Detention Policy, which was...

      Undocumented Migrants: Amnesties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister on 25 July 2019, Official Report, column 1491, what assessment his Department...

      Visas: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to increase the minimum income requirement for non-European Economic Area family members to secure a visa to...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 25 July 2019, Official Report column 1493, what progress her Department has...

      Offences against Children: Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will give the police more powers to tackle child-grooming gangs.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Borders: Ireland (Island)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the introduction of border checks on the island of Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland Office: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

      Northern Ireland Office: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effect of the General Data Protection Regulation on the right of recognised unions to access bargaining...

      Northern Ireland Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of his Department's compliance with section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code.

      Capital Investment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role the Government will have in the implementation of the £1 billion of new resource and capital spending announced for Northern...

      Capital Investment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what conditions will be attached to the £1 billion of new resource and capital spending announced for Northern Ireland on 15 January 2020.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what counselling services will be made available to women in Northern Ireland seeking an abortion following the introduction of the new...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which stakeholder groups he has met to discuss proposals for a new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland.

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in his Department to bargaining information as...

    • Financial Services: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is the Government's policy that the UK EU trade deal will include the financial services sector.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Women and Equalities

    • Government Equalities Office: Families

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on her Department's application of the Family Test.

  • Department for Transport

    • Hammersmith Bridge: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL105), what discussions they have had with Transport for London about the Well Managed...

  • Department for Education

    • Erasmus+ Programme and Horizon Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of future involvement for the UK in Erasmus and Horizon programmes they hope to establish after leaving the EU; what has been the financial contribution...

    • Post-18 Education and Funding Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which, if any, recommendations from the Post-18 Education and Funding Review they plan to implement; and what is the intended timescale for implementation.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to statements by victims of Daesh genocide provided by Lord Alton of Liverpool; what assessment they have made of such statements; and...

    • Middle East and North Africa: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what programmes they run, or intend to run, in (1) the Middle East, (2) North Africa, (3) Turkey, (4) Iran, and (5) Afghanistan, to work with young adults from...

      Iran: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Iran’s reported use of violence against protestors in Tehran on 12 January.

      West Bank: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about reports that the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to...

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to raise the legal status of Palestinians in international law by recognising Palestine as a state; if so, when; and if not, why not.

      Hong Kong: World War II

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the UK to be represented by a minister at any of the ceremonies in Hong Kong that will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation...

      Egypt: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Egypt about the indefinite detention and access to medical care of (1) Essam El-Haddad, (2) Gehad...

      Taiwan: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the election in Taiwan; and in particular, of its impact on Hong Kong.

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held since October 2019 to discuss the unity and stability of Lebanon in view of the continuing protests and violence throughout that country.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed by a novel coronavirus to the UK.

  • Treasury

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £9.2 billion funding to invest in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals announced in the Queen's Speech is new money...

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