Written answers

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flights have declared an emergency in UK air space in each of the last five years.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will use UK-produced steel for the HS2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of the proposals for a mined tunnel in Wendover; and if he will publish the results...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the hydrological effect of the construction of the green tunnel at Wendover on the potential risk of flooding in Aylesbury.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that valid compensation claims by (a) residents and (b) businesses are paid on time and in full by HS2 Ltd.

      Department of Transport: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the announcement of 4 February 2020 by the Sustainable Aviation Group on ensuring UK aviation meets a net zero target by 2050, if he...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the UK.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to improve access to paternity leave.

    • Innovate UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of Innovate UK core funding has been awarded to (a) SMEs, (b) large companies and (c) academia in each...

      Innovate UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of project collaborators in Innovate UK core funding grants awarded to Higher Education Institutions...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in her Department in each of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UN Mission in Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK is providing to the UNAMID peacekeeping mandate in Sudan; and what assessment his Department has made of...

    • UN Mission in South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affiars, what support his Department provides to the UNMISS peacekeeping mandate in South Sudan; and what assessment his department has...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Government (a) Departments and (b) non-departmental public bodies are involved in formulating the response to the Coronavirus.

    • Cancer: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve waiting times for cancer treatment in Buckinghamshire.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) tackle the over-prescribing of medicines and (b) ensure reviews of prescriptions are carried out for...

      Learning Disability: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with intellectual disability are not wrongly diagnosed as having dementia.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of NHS preparedness for an outbreak of the coronavirus in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether additional funding is being allocated to NHS trusts in preparation for a potential outbreak of the coronavirus.

      Diabetes: Skin Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have a diagnosis of diabetic bullous.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of diabetes among (a) young people and (b) the general public.

      Aortic Dissection: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate diagnosis of Aortic Dissection at A&E departments.

      Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of GP practices who have adopted the care for young carers package launched by...

      Hinckley Hospital: X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on returning X-ray facilities to Hinckley hospital.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Offshore Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department monitors the cash held by its subsidiaries in offshore bank accounts; and how frequently those subsidiaries report...

      Carers: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support carers who are over 80 years old.

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients have timely access the care require to leave hospital in order to ease...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the October 2019 report of The Independent Commission for Aid Impact on mutual prosperity, what steps he is taking...

    • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will allocate an adequate level of funding to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to provide for stronger health systems.

      Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on ensuring that universal health coverage is central to the...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of funding replenishment for (a) Gavi, (b) the Vaccine Alliance and (c) Nutrition for Growth...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what official development assistance his Department is allocating to the production of sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Freehold: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to protect freeholders against service charges and other fees and...

    • Housing: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to extend automatic priority need for housing to survivors of domestic abuse in need of a safe...

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of local authorities have an up-to-date local plan.

      Housing: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers are available to local authorities to prevent family homes being turned into houses of multiple occupation.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications have been granted through the Permission in Principle application route to date.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities are able to use the New Homes Bonus to fund refuse services; and how many local authorities...

      Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent progress his Department has made on the release of funds to cover the cost of the remediation of unsafe...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the joint-venture approach to housing development and...

      Private Rented Housing: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason his Department did not extend the landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool; and what steps his...

      Clarion Housing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many complaints about poor services by Clarion Housing Group were received by the Housing Ombudsman Service in (a)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that new homes are built to the lifetime homes standard.

      Fuel Poverty: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support people aged over 60 who live in fuel poor households and (b)...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Terrorism: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners convicted of terrorist-related offences were released on temporary licence in each of the last three years.

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders that received a (a) first and (b) second or subsequent immediate custodial sentence have previously served (i)...

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on trends in the level of sentencing of pre-sentence reports not including the option of a suspended sentence.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the trends in the prison population of (a) male and (b) female prisoners over the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of all sentences for (a) possession of and (b) threatening with a knife were custodial sentences in the last 12 months for...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners from each country were convicted of each offence type in the last year for which figures are available.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for which offences were prisoners in open prisons or open wings of closed prisons serving their sentence as at 1 January 2020.

      Homicide: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been murdered since 2017 by people who were previously convicted of murder and then released having served their prison sentences.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent research his Department has commissioned on the cost implications of increasing magistrates sentencing powers to 12 months for a single...

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of participation in out-of-court disposals on re-offending rates.

      Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has allocated funding from the public purse to sharia councils in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the conviction rate for rape involving (a) female and (b) male victims was in the last 12 months for which information is available.

      Prisoners: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) male prisoners are gay and (b) female prisoners are lesbian.

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to place the offences committed by offenders who participate in out-of-court disposals on the Police National Computer and make...

      Courts: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what risk assessments took place to ensure that workplaces were suitable and safe for the introduction of digital working in court rooms using the (a)...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days off sick HM Courts & Tribunals staff took in each month of (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to create a national oversight body to ensure recommendations from inquests and Prevention of Future Death reports made by...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Prevention of Future Death reports his Department has received from coroners relating to deaths in prison in the last three years; and what...

      Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on ensuring more effective prosecutions of cases involving (a) rape and (b)...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on bringing forward legislative proposals to introduce a corporate offence of failure to prevent fraud and money laundering.

      Tenants' Associations: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases resulted in a tribunal hearing under the Tenants’ Associations (Provisions Relating to Recognition and Provision of Information)...

      Offences Against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders convicted of cruelty to children in the last 12 months for which information is available were (a) men and (b)...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of people convicted of violent offences did not receive an immediate custodial sentence in each of the last two years.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people received a (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentence for assaulting a prison officer in each of the last two years; and what the...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders sentenced to custody have served less than half their full sentence term due to early release in the most...

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders had the time spent on tagged curfew deducted from their subsequent prison sentence in the most recent 12 months period for which such...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adjudications there were per 100 (a) male and (b) female prisoners in the last 12 months for which such information is available; and how many...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were released on temporary licence in each month in the last three years.

      Grandparents: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce statutory access rights for grandparents to their grandchildren.

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in prisons.

      Debts: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2020 to Question 9643 on Debts: VAT, when his Department plans to publish guidance on the circumstances and manner...

      Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the findings of the study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology on 29 January 2020, what discussions he has had with...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans undertake a review the cases of prisoners serving sentences for imprisonment for public protection.

  • Treasury

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the economic effect of small breweries relief on small brewers.

    • Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2020 to Question 8391 on Gambling and Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of monies raised by gambling...

      Temporary Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will undertake a review of the tax system to improve support for contingent workers.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of High Sped Two's construction costs will be recouped through (a) VAT, (b) corporation tax, (c) income tax and (d) National Insurance...

      Average Earnings: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trend in the level of average earnings in the North East.

      Digital Technology: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the forecasted growth of the digital sector in the North East.

  • Leader of the House

    • Voting Rights: Scotland

      To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to commemorate the scottish political martyrs of 1820 for supporting universal suffrage.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of legal challenges to her Department's policy to remove (a) severe disability premium and (b) enhanced...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Work Experience

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

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farmers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on supporting farmers to (a) maintain existing and (b) develop...

    • Fish: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average percentage variation between the live weight (a) shown on logbooks for fishing...

      Agriculture: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of removing agricultural tariffs on US imports on the...

      Trees: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedures are in place to ensure that invasive tree pests and diseases are not imported on trees for plantation;...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a limit on the number of each shark species caught in...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to develop a system for a full range of public goods; what steps her Department is...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will take steps to encourage members of the public to adopt more (a) black dogs and (b) greyhounds, which...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the letter dated 26 January 2018 from the Panel of Experts on Yemen mandated by Security Council resolution 2342 (2017)...

    • Trade Agreements: Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Government of Tanzania on a bilateral trade deal.

      Trade Agreements: Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the publication of negotiation objectives for trade deals with Mexico.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband and Mobile Phones: Banff and Buchan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Department has made on the roll-out of (a) superfast broadband and (b) mobile data connectivity...

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Offshore Funds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department monitors the cash held by its subsidiaries in offshore bank accounts; and how frequently...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking with the BBC to ensure the continuation of the provision of free TV licences...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in the Department in each...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to support people over 75 to (a) pay for a TV licence and (b) claim a concessionary...

      Gambling: Video Games

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will take steps to cap the amount of money players can spend on in-game purchases in video games.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Records: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give access to documents held on Commonwealth nations and their independence movements to Commonwealth scholars unable to visit the...

    • Commonwealth Games 2022

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what infrastructure developments they are planning to support the delivery of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

  • Department for International Development

    • UK-Africa Investment Summit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any consultancies were used to help deliver the UK–Africa Investment Summit 2020; and if so, why.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) freedom of religion or belief in Sudan, and (2) security sector reform, since the appointment of Abdalla Hamdok as Prime...

    • Eritrea: National Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of national conscripts, reported to be at risk of sexual and gender-based violence, in the EU Emergency Trust Fund for...

      BBC: Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of harassment experienced by BBC personnel in Iran; and what action they are taking in response.

      Visas: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens working as crew on commercial vessels moving between EU countries will be able to remain within the Schengen area for more than 90 days in any...

      Visas: EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens working in the EU, whose role entails travelling between several EU countries, will be able to remain within the Schengen area for more than 90...

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is given to national debt levels, and resourcing of such debt, when developing UK aid and foreign policy for African countries.

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress in Cameroon in enhancing the security and human rights of Anglophone and Francophone communities in that country.

      Norfolk Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Norfolk Island (1) was within the geographical boundaries of the Commonwealth of Australia or any State thereof when the power to make laws for Norfolk...

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of escalating violence and human rights abuses towards Anglophone communities in Cameroon; and what steps they are taking...

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many railway vehicles which do not comply with the “Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specifications for Inter-operability” remained in...

    • Rolling Stock: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess any non-compliance with the Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specifications for Inter-operability after 1 January 2020; and...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 February (HL551), whether the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline takes into account the...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities proposing to permanently close roads or divert traffic from existing routes have any obligation to (1) estimate, and (2) consider, the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 February (HL705), whether the Civil Aviation Authority’s Drone and Model Aircraft Code...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 29 January (HL608), what powers exist to curtail housing developments in the Thames...

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