Written answers

Monday, 17 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of bus services serving Kirklees.

    • Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of traffic lights at four-way junctions where only one light is green at any time on (a) capacity and (b)...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the next funding round for improvements to strategic local roads.

      Bus Services: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the average number of passengers on a public service bus route.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of guidelines for the provision of pedestrian crossings.

      Private Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what schemes are available to help communities which have a high number of unadopted roads, due to the closure of large industry, get adopted status...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate provision of high-kilowatt charging infrastructure for the rapid charging of electric cars.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that electric cars have a range equivalent to petrol cars by 2035.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of (a) accessibility to and (b) affordability of maintenance processes for electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase the affordability of electric cars.

      Electric Vehicles: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the safe large-scale disposable of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate provision of charging infrastructure for electric cars in towns and villages by 2035.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Heathrow Airport Ltd’s Initial Business Plan, published in December 2019, committing funding to new rail links to that...

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescales are for the progress of rail access projects to Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to deliver the Western Rail Link to Heathrow Airport.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to establish new rail links (a) in Liverpool West Derby constituency and (b) the North West.

      Bus Lanes: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward a nationwide exemption to permit ambulances to use bus lanes.

  • Attorney General

    • Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on ensuring more effective prosecutions of cases involving rape and other sexual offences.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department’s policy is on short-term financial support for people affected by the contaminated blood scandal before the...

    • Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to implement maximum waiting times for adult inpatient mental health care; and what progress he has...

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children aged 17 and under accessed community mental health treatment for eating disorders in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d)...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 13559 and with reference to the Answer of 23 October 2018 to Question 181292 on...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve early intervention and treatment in cases of eating disorder among young people.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to review the care system.

    • Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote degree apprenticeships as a route to an undergraduate degree.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what specialist support is provided in schools for pupils with mental health problems.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who were released from prison following a decision by the Independent Parole Board were subsequently convicted and imprisoned for a...

    • Shoplifting: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number of previous offences of theft from a shop or stall was for people convicted of that offence and not given a sentence of...

      Reoffenders: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to commence section 151 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to allow courts to use community orders instead of fines for repeat offenders...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences were committed by prisoners on temporary release in the last 12 months.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of pre-sentence reports presented to magistrates’ courts contained a sentence recommendation of (a) immediate...

      Prisoners' Release: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been released from prison on a Home Detention Curfew in each month in each of the last two years; and what offence each person...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that prisoners released on parole from life sentences are ineligible for parole again in the...

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to limit the right of prisoners to be eligible for parole on multiple occasions.

      Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women convicted of sexual activity with a child received a prison sentence in each of the last five...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to restructure the counter-terrorism programme.

      Prisoners' Release: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serving prisoners were not in prison accommodation over the latest Christmas period for which information is held; what offences were committed...

      Crimes against the Person: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many third parties have been prosecuted under Section 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1961 in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018, and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance is Department issues to local authorities on building proposals for new homes on flood plains.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure an equitable distribution of investment in new housing between the north and the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of Government proposal on migration on the required level of new home builds...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Engagement Day at Cranfield University on 11 February 2020, whether his Department has...

    • Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 9721, on Porton Down: Animal Experiments, on which species of animal were scientific procedures...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding has been allocated to helping members of the armed forces transition back to civilian life in each of the last three years.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2020 to Question 9726 on Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations, for what reasons...

    • Universal Credit: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional financial support his Department provides to vulnerable people that claim universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the quarterly payment schedule of student finance on universal credit calculations for claimants...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of uprating local housing allowance in line with inflation in areas where...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants who transferred from (a) severe disability premium and (b) enhanced disability premium payments to universal credit are...

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in (a) Newport West constituency and (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to (a) support older renters and (b) increase the uptake of pension age housing benefit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving in-work universal credit claimants the option to move their assessment...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring all personal independence payment assessments to be recorded.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs were imported through the Pet Travel Scheme in 2019; and from which countries those dogs were so imported.

    • Microplastics: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent micro plastics from entering the sea.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of a national chemicals strategy.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his international counterparts on classifying per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances as...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he bring forward legislative proposals to tighten the regulations on the (a) control and (b) use of highly persistent...

      Chemicals: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of monitoring levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances in...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of banning the use of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances in...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals for the licensing of equine...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to issue the public consultation on welfare in transport and minimum journey times for animals for slaughter.

      Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase the (a) accountability and (b) transparency of the allocation by retailers...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she is having with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that environmental organisations are given priority for...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of payments to farmers will be under the (a) old and (b) new system in each of the seven years of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the proposal in Greater Manchester's Clean Air Plan that non-compliant vehicles are subject to a daily...

      Clean Air Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating funding in the forthcoming Budget to...

      Cats: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish the outcome of the call for evidence on cat microchipping which closed on 4 January 2020.

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals of each species have been imported to the UK as rescue animals in each of the last 10 years.

      Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to section 24 (3) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, when the Government laid before Parliament a copy...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the farming of puppies.

  • Wales Office

    • Infrastructure: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the resilience of infrastructure in (a) Newport West constituency and (b) Wales.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have held with representatives of Border Communities against Brexit.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding will be allocated to the Troubles-related incident Victims Payment Scheme.

      Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost has been to the public purse of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, in each of the last three years.

      Northern Ireland Office: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Dementia: Social Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the provision of increased funding for dementia care in Budget 2020.

    • Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of proposed changes to IR35 rules from April 2020 on trends in the level of employment in the oil and...

      Revenue and Customs: Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money HMRC paid into offshore bank accounts in financial year 2018-19.

      Revenue and Customs: Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) members of HMRC's departmental Board and (b) senior executives in HMRC are required to disclose offshore bank accounts and holdings.

      Revenue and Customs: Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC’s (a) anti-fraud and (b) anti-money laundering procedures monitor (i) payments made by HMRC to offshore accounts and (ii) the use of...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children born in the UK have not been issued with a National Insurance number since 2013.

      Ports: Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to build infrastructure at ports for undertaking customs checks on (a) vehicles and (b) goods coming from the EU from 1 January...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Huawei: 5G

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the human rights implications of the decision to use of Huawei systems in the UK's...

    • Telecommunications: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Department makes an assessment of the working practices of overseas companies from which the Government...

      Huawei

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet...

      Broadband

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to roll out gigabit broadband (a) in Hampshire and (b) throughout the UK.

      Greyhound Racing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he is taking steps to promote the sport of greyhound racing; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce road casualties.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Accountancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has had, in each of the last 18 months, with (1)...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Services Committee intends to publish a report on the trial of the revised Bishop’s Bar services which started in October 2019; and if so, when.

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the food offered in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar prior to October 2019, particularly the customised items prepared by the chef, complied with the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Rivers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental damage caused by spillages from combined sewer overflows releasing raw sewage into rivers; and what plans they...

  • Home Office

    • Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons formerly resident in the UK are known to have returned to the UK after travelling to the so-called Islamic State in Iraq or Syria; how many such...

    • Right of Abode: Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 26 January 2016 (HL4968), whether they have completed their assessment of the request of former members of the...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to combat any rise of domestic violence perpetrators using technology to control their partners.

      Marriage Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to propose amendments to the provision of the Civil Partnership, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 as they relate to the issue...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to formally respond to the report by the Information Commissioner's Office ICO investigation into the how the police use facial...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the Metropolitan Police’s recent trial of automated facial recognition technology, including preparatory work, and encompassing...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they supporting work to combat racism at football grounds (1) with the English Football League, and (2) more generally.

    • Gaming: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to promote diversity in the UK gaming industry.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a study of the effectiveness of legislation in force in (1) France, and (2) Germany, to protect consumers from online harms.

      Film

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support provided by the BBC for film production in the UK.

      Facebook

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Facebook's plans to introduce encrypted messages across its messaging applications.

      Rugby

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rugby league in England and Wales.

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