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Written answers

Friday, 7 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • M23: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned completion date is of the M23 construction works.

    • M23: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a review of the effect on the safety of the hard-shoulder of the M23 smart-motorway works.

      Passenger Ships: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met with operators of older passenger boats on the River Thames to discuss the proposals made by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on...

      Passenger Ships: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Transport for London on the potential effect of proposals made by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on established...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether reform of rolling stock procurement was a recommendation of the Williams Rail Review.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on its assessment of the safety of e-scooters; and what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of making 20mph the default speed limit on urban and restricted roads.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to include e-scooters in the cycle to work scheme.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to include e-scooters in the Active Travel portfolio.

      M42

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of breakdowns along the length of the M42 active traffic management pilot took place (a) in a live lane and (b) not in a...

      Cross Country Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to issue Arriva with a direct award contract on the Cross Country rail franchise.

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2020 to Question 4757, whether he plans to publish the full findings of the research commissioned by his...

      Department for Transport: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, published on 8 June 2016, what assessment he has made...

    • Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the Reconnecting Eritrea and Ethiopia through rehabilitation of the main arterial roads in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ensure safe staffing levels are...

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospital admissions there were with a primary diagnosis of diabetes in each year since 2010.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many registered nurses were employed in school nursing teams in each year since 2010.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to increase the number GP training places; and how many additional places will be made available.

      5G: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that public health policy on the effects of the 5G network is based on up-to-date...

      Smoking: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban smoking at the entrances of public buildings.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many reports of mis-cutting he received for each category of animal in each year since 2008.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many reports of mis-stunning before slaughter he has received for each category of animal in each year since 2008.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of sepsis were recorded in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in (i) 2018 and (ii) 2019; and how many...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many former NHS employees are in receipt of reduced pension entitlement as a result of deciding to end their careers working on a...

      Health Services and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Care Act 2014 in integrating health and social care services.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

      General Practitioners: Rother Valley

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

      General Practitioners: Rother Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to maintain the level of out-of-hours GP cover in Rother Valley constituency.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Pupils: Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support pupils with endometriosis.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of requests for an Education, Health and Care Plan were completed by local authorities in England and Wales in 2019...

      Universities: Fire Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2020 to Question 5444, on Universities: Fire Regulations, whether his Department holds data on the number of...

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 15 January 2020, Official Report column 1017, when he plans to make an announcement on...

      Respite Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will write to local authorities to request that their commissioning of short breaks services use criteria that allow for the funding...

      Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's news story of 4 January 2020, Free meals and summer holiday activities for children, whether the Holiday Activities...

      Family Hubs: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on capital funding for family hubs.

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many degree apprenticeships were (a) started (b) completed in academic year 2018-19.

      Overseas Students: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of changes to (a) tuition fees and (b) student loans for EEA students after the UK has...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on developing the Shared Prosperity Fund as a...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what resources his Department has provided to schools to ensure sufficient time in the school timetable for the teaching of high quality Relationships...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have travelled to (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland under the Erasmus+ programme in each year since 2015.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support disabled students with visual stress.

      Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the most recent round of funding granted through the voluntary-aided schools: capital...

      Department for Education: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which employers have been allocated funding from the apprenticeship levy for the provision of the senior investment-commercial banking professional...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Special Educational Needs: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) shortest and (b) longest wait for an appointment to be heard at a Special Education Needs Tribunal was in each of the last three years.

    • Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many personal independence payment appeals were upheld at tribunal in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20.

      Suicide: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Office of the Chief Coroner on the recording of suicides among the veteran community.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that the proposed domestic abuse Bill enables survivors of that abuse to access a safe and permanent...

    • Councillors: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many councils in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland require elected members to undergo...

      Trading Standards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what funding his Department has allocated to each trading standards (a) authority and (b) agency in each of the last...

      Supported Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a requirement for assisted living spaces to be...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people from the Wansbeck constituency who served in the Armed Forces in each of the last ten years.

    • Armed Forces: Wansbeck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people killed whilst serving in the Armed Forces from the Wansbeck constituency in each of the last ten years.

      Ministry of Defence: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

  • Home Office

    • Suffolk Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she will take to ensure equitable funding for Suffolk constabulary by changing the police funding formula.

    • Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of outstanding applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme and (b) the average...

      Immigration: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cessation of international protection (Articles 11 and 17 Directive 2011/95/EU) decisions were made by the UK in 2019; and what the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of the asylum procedure at first instance is in the UK.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied asylum seeking children were detained in the UK in 2019.

      Home Office: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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...

      Home Office: Pay

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

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to consult with groups representing (a) medical research, (b) science and (c) the NHS in advance of reforms to the...

      Freedom of Expression: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent from the public purse to promote freedom of speech in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, and (d) 2018.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce incidences of knife crime in (a) Romford constituency and (b) the UK.

      Abortion: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested for praying in buffer zones around abortion clinics in 2018.

      Arrests: Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested for hate speech in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, and (c) 2018.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls the helpline for EU citizens applying for settled status received in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Police: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual cost has been of (a) training, (b) employing, (c) equipping, (d) providing payroll and (e) any additional resources...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish guidance on the criteria for reasonable grounds for people missing the registration deadline for the EU Settlement...

      Stun Guns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her 13 January 2020 announcement on funding for tasers, if she will ensure that (a) Hampshire constabulary and (b) other...

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for her Department to approve bids from Police and Crime Commissioners to the Safer Streets Fund.

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether data relating to members of the public obtained by the use of facial recognition technology is held by third parties.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the delayed Police Grant announcement for 2020-21, what steps she is taking to ensure Police and Crime Commissioners and...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's proposals for the level of Police Grant for each police force in England and Wales.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional police officers are undertaking initial training as part of the Government's campaign to recruit 20,000 police officers.

      Counter-terrorism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any child has been referred to Prevent on the basis of their (a) involvement with Extinction Rebellion, (b) attendance at school...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were reunited with relatives in the UK under paragraph 319X of the Immigration Rules in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

      Police: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) identify and (b) support police officers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Migrant Workers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will adopt the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation on reducing the salary threshold for skilled migrants seeking to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Reviews

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will still be eligible for the 2019 Loan Charge after the Government has implemented the...

    • Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the effect on business lending of making HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies.

      Sixth Form Education: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to sixth form colleges of VAT in the last five financial years; and whether his Department plans to bring forward...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take to prevent the promotion of Disguised Remuneration schemes in response to Sir Amyas Morse's review of the Loan Charge.

  • Department for Transport

    • Motorways: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the review into safety on Smart Motorways is expected to be completed; and when they intend to publish the findings of that review.

    • Aviation: China

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to temporarily ban flights from China to the UK due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus.

      Airports: Air Pollution

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce air pollution at, and near to, airports.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Flexible Working

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to (1) adopt the EU’s Work-life Balance Directive, (2) make paternity leave a day one right, (3) increase paternity pay, and (4)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to assist British citizens stranded in Hong Kong as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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