Written answers

Friday, 28 February 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Buses: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of carbon-neutral buses in northern cities.

    • Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to increase subsidies to encourage bus companies to introduce carbon-neutral bus fleets.

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to adopt the target of all buses in the UK being carbon-neutral by the mid-2020s.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of charging points for electric vehicles in rural areas.

      Biofuels: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the use of E10 fuel on the UK's carbon emissions.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it remains Government policy for new regulations to be subject to the one-in-two-out rule.

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Crown post offices have (a) operated and (b) closed in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and...

      Incinerators: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many incinerators meet the current 300MW threshold whereby they must demonstrate carbon capture readiness.

      Energy Supply: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking with Ofgem to ensure investment decisions of the Distribution Network Operators are...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings his Department has held with Ofgem on the importance of individual Distribution Network Operator supply...

      Fossil Fuels: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she is taking steps to discourage fossil fuel extraction in the north of England; and if she will make a statement.

      Coal: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has plans in place to offset the carbon emissions resulting from the extraction of coal in the event that...

      Infrastructure: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review the compatibility of sections 41 and 42 of the Infrastructure Act 2015 with the...

      Nucleus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in establishing Nucleus, the national nuclear...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian Government and the Indian High Commission on the arrest of (a)...

    • Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times Rt Hon Tony Blair visited (a) Israel, (b) Gaza and (c) the West Bank during his tenure as the Middle East Peace...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Northern Syria.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on Kurdish representatives participating in future multi-party discussions on the long-term future of Syria.

      Jagtar Singh Johal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the case of Jagtar Singh Johal.

      Amazonia: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Brazilian counterpart on the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

      British Overseas Territories: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is giving to the British Overseas Territories to help develop their trade links with surrounding...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to paragraph 16 of annex A of New Decade, New Approach, on what date the 100-day period to introduce legislation to implement...

    • Stormont House Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Government's policy is on the legacy aspects of the Stormont House Agreement.

      Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether an assessment has been made of the capacity of the Northern Ireland criminal justice system to address vexatious investigations or...

      Electoral Office for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland is permitted to keep a record of all correspondence issued by that office; and whether those...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of each of the (a) HRT and (b) contraceptive medications subject to NHS supply shortages as at 12 February 2020.

    • NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many individual funding requests were refused in the NHS in the last 12 months; what procedures were used for making those refusals;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the needs of people with mental health problems are being met within (a) primary care and...

      Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2020 to Question 12197 on Mount Vernon Hospital Northwood and Northwick Park Hospital:...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it remains his policy that clinicians are able to prescribe whichever product on Part IX of the Drug Tariff is considered by the...

      National Cancer Screening Programmes in England Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timescale is for publication of the implementation plan for the recommendations of Professor Sir Mike Richard’s...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 70 per cent target threshold for the faster diagnosis standard for cancer on diagnosis...

      Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of supply of hormone replacement therapy; and if he will make a statement.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the volume of contraceptive drug supplies; and if he will make a statement.

      Cannabidiol: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his Department's policy to undertake further research on the side effects of cannabidiol products.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 12283 on Dementia: Diagnosis, if he will make it his policy to instruct CCGs...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: East Midlands

      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 in (a) Leicester and (b) the East Midlands.

    • Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role school-specific uniform plays in counteracting bullying in schools.

      Apprentices: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to support apprenticeships in Suffolk.

      Apprentices: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to allocate additional resources for apprenticeships in the agricultural sector.

      Postgraduate Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of abolishing application fees for postgraduate students; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the student finance system on the decisions of students from low income backgrounds on whether to...

      Schools: North East Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of schools in the North East Bedfordshire constituency were rated by Ofsted as (a) good and (b) outstanding in (i) 2010 and (ii) at...

      Teachers: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in UK schools are EU nationals.

      Schools: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people on the Erasmus scheme work in schools in the UK.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the provision of language teaching in the UK.

      English Language and Mathematics: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, since the introduction of the GCSE resit policy for maths and English, how many and what proportion of 16-18 year olds resat (a) maths GCSE, (b)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide financial support to students that are undertaking teacher training courses and were not eligible for a bursary in...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that young carers and their families are (a) identified and (b) adequately supported so that those...

      Schools: Finance

      to ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure adequate funding for schools.

      Overseas Students: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of university students from British Overseas Territories studying in the UK.

      History: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he takes to ensure the accuracy of information in Key Stage 3 history textbooks.

      Children in Care: Siblings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to amend the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 to allow for contact to take place...

      Universities: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to students on claiming a refund on their tuition fees in the event of cancelled lectures during industrial action.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to promote physical literacy and competitive sport within schools.

      Music: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of primary schools in England have a dedicated music teacher.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of hours in cells each day by (a) male and (b) female prisoners in the latest period for...

    • Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2020 to Question 13456, on Terrorism Offences, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of answering that...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list the offences committed by those offenders who had previously been released on licence and recalled to custody but who had not been...

      Prisoners' Release: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders sentenced to determinate prison sentences of less than four years were released on Home Detention Curfew...

      Crimes of Violence: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 on the demand for custodial resources; and if he will...

      Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens' Rights Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the nomination process and timetable is for the appointment of members to the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizen’s Rights...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support is his Department provides to prison officers who have been a victim of crime at work.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Export Credit Guarantees: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what repayments have been made by Iran to UK Export Finance for debt incurred on purchases of UK-manufactured military equipment in the...

    • Export Credit Guarantees: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much debt Iran owes UK Export Finance.

      Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to participate in Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations at the WTO; and what progress has been made in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of first time buyers that have purchased a property through a shared ownership...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2020 to Question 11599 on Buildings: Insulation, whether the Government has plans...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2020 to Question HL 457 on universal credit, whether her Department plans to evaluate in the Move to...

    • Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints against (a) the child maintenance service and child support agency and (b) her Department were accepted for investigation...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 11 February 2020, HCWS104, on Personal Independence Payment, what recent estimate she...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to bring forward to date to extend the repayment period for universal credit advances to 16 months from October 2021.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the judgment in the judicial review brought by the Commons Committees for Minchinhampton and Rodborough...

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the people deported to Jamaica on 11 February 2020 had previously been granted (a) a right of residency and (b) indefinite leave to...

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish her Department’s (a) proposals for a points based immigration system and (b) guidance on that system for for...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much funding he has allocated to civil society and campaigning bodies in each of the last three years.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Bats

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what (a) policy changes and (b) steps the Church of England is taking in relation to the 2019...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Rights: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend section 2(1)(c) of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    • Homicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women were victims of homicide in the latest year for which information is available.

      Civil Servants: Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what university each intern on the Summer Diversity Internship Programme attended in each year since 2015.

      Sunningdale Park

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the (a) 103 apartments for people over 55 and (b) 168 new homes scheduled to be built on the former Government Civil Service College site...

      Prime Minister: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly pay is of employees identified as (a) male, (b) female and (c) other gender identity at each grade in the Prime Minister's Office.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants appointed to positions in his private office had previously been (a) political appointees in the Cabinet...

  • Treasury

    • Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the minimum income guarantee.

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the allocation of funding under the New Decade, New Approach agreement, how much of that funding the UK Government plans to disburse in...

      Employment: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to prepare SMEs for the proposed changes to the IR35 rules from April 2020.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds from central Government are available currently to local authorities in relation to (1) the integrated supported living model of adult care, and (2)...

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