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Written answers

Friday, 14 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate availability of fast charging points to meet demand for electric vehicles between 2020-30.

    • Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Departments policy is on the maximum desirable length of roadworks on motorways.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated from the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme guidance to Central Bedfordshire Council.

      Cycling: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to promote cycling in towns and cities in England.

      Motor Vehicles: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to discourage the use of cars in major urban areas.

      Buses: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of hydrogen buses to private bus companies.

      M1: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents involving (a) serious injury and (b) death occurred between Junctions 32 and 35A of the M1 in (i) each year since March 2017 and...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Opencast Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) unrestored and (b) restored former open cast sites across the UK.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the process is for the UK establishing its intended nationally determined contributions.

      Committee On Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what responsibilities the Committee on Climate Change will have in establishing the UK's intended nationally determined...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she plans to align the UK's intended nationally determined contributions with Government policy on achieving...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to maintain the Renewable Heat Incentive after March 2021.

      Motor Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the (a) additional grid capacity and (b) electricity generating requirements that will be...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to support people who have been supplied with substandard cavity wall insulation;...

      UK Trade with EU: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the written statement of 3 February 2020, HCWS86 on UK-EU relations, and the EU draft negotiating...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the offshore wind Sector Deal, published on 7 March 2019, what information her Department collects on...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 4 of the RenewableUK publication entitled, A Guide to Measuring the UK Content of Offshore Wind...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a new hospital to serve the Epsom and St Helier University Hospital and...

    • Health Services: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve quality of care for patients in the (a) Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as...

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government response to recommendation 9 of Eric Ollerenshaw’s 2016 Independent review of...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, with reference to the Government's response to recommendation 10 of Eric Ollerenshaw’s 2016 Independent Review...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in the Institute of Fiscal Studies...

      Local Council Tax Support Schemes Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what external organisations his Department has engaged with in implementing its response to Eric Ollerenshaw's...

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

      Hate Crime: Chinese

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle hate crime directed at the British-Chinese community.

      Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his department has to publish a response to the Law Commission report on leasehold enfranchisement with...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to (a) protect and (b) improve the rights of workers...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for bringing forward legislation on leasehold reform.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2020 to Question 5442 on Buildings: Fire Prevention, whether his Department has...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the names of the members of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel.

      Care Homes and Sheltered Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020, to Question 3225 on Care Homes: Insulation, when his Department plans to...

      City Deals: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to (a) abolish the Greater Cambridge City Deal and (b) transfer the functions and funding allocated...

      Combined Authorities and Mayors: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to create an East Anglian Mayor and combined authority to cover Cambridgeshire, Norfolk...

      European Regional Development Fund: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to replace Image result for European Regional Development Fund grants for projects in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Road Traffic Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing speeding fines linked to the income of the offender.

    • Offenders: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on publishing a health and justice plan; what the timetable is for publishing that plan; and which (a) Government...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that proposals to amend counter-terrorism legislation will maintain the civil liberties of UK citizens.

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of previous offences was for (a) men and (b) women given an immediate custodial sentence in each of the last two years.

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of previous offences of possession of a blade or point was for people given an immediate custodial sentence for that offence in...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to hold the first meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on climate change.

    • UK Relations With EU: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Written Statement of 3 February 2020, HCWS86 on UK/ EU relations, for what reasons that statement did not refer to the implementation of the UN...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of variations in the ratio of unemployment benefit recipients, including job seeker's allowance and universal...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the High Court judgment of 11 January 2019, [2019] EWHC 23 (Admin), on universal credit and periodic assessments of income,...

      Violence and Harassment Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to ratify International Labour Organization convention 190 on ending violence in the workplace; and if she will...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of aligning the timescales for payment of universal credit and direct payments to landlords...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2019 to Question 5467 on Loneliness, whether her Department has published the refreshed government...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many fraudulent cases of universal credit advance were (a) recorded and (b) processed at Jobcentres in (i) Preston, (ii) Blackburn, (iii)...

      Business: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to encourage private businesses to be more accessible to people with disabilities.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2020 to Question 10760, on Universal Credit, how many case managers were working on the roll-out of...

      Disability Living Allowance: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receiving disability living allowance are over state retirement age.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recycling: OECD Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether OECD countries have internal validation systems that ensure that imported plastic...

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to eradicate domestic food waste.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has plans to introduce legislative proposals to reduce the level of PM2.5 particles in the air.

  • Department for International Development

    • Rwanda: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Tearfund Ageing in Rwanda, published on 25 January.

    • Rwanda: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Tearfund Ageing in Rwanda, published on 25 January, what plans they have, if any, to ‘age-proof’ UK international...

      Rwanda: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Tearfund Ageing in Rwanda, published on 25 January, what plans they have, if any, to distribute foreign aid cross-generationally in...

      Rwanda: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they assess the effectiveness of UK aid in Rwanda for Rwandans over the age of 60.

      Refugees: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) attacks on Christian Rohingya refugee families by other refugees in Bangladesh, in particular reports of such attacks in the...

      European Development Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much UK aid has been spent via the European Development Fund (EDF) in Africa in each of the past ten years; how much will be spent via the EDF in the next...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much UK aid has been provided to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in each of the past 10 years; how many Department for International Development employees...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on the current humanitarian situation in Idlib province.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Natural Gas: Hydrogen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop the UK gas network and appliances connected to it so that they are able to receive a supply of 100 per cent hydrogen.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategies are in place to increase capacity in the energy grid network across the UK to meet increased demand from electric vehicles.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) adequacy of the security arrangements required for the planned National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in...

    • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what environmental impact assessment has been made relating to the planned National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens and, in...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely contribution of the planned National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens to (1)...

      National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely effect of the planned National Holocaust Museum and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens on traffic along (1)...

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in assisting Holocaust survivors and their descendants to secure the restitution of their property in Poland; and what discussions...

      Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 3 February (HL187), whether it is possible that a hearsay remark, if construed by a bystander...

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