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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect tenants in the private rental sector from potential retaliatory evictions.
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Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 March 2017

The Deregulation Act 2015 introduced protection for tenants against retaliatory eviction. Where a tenant makes a genuine complaint about the condition of their property that has not been addressed by their landlord, their complaint has been verified by a local authority inspection, and the local authority has served either an improvement notice or a notice of emergency remedial action, the landlord cannot evict that tenant for 6 months using the ‘no-fault’ eviction procedure under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. The landlord is also required to ensure that the repairs are completed.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness for tenants in the private rental sector of their rights and responsibilities as tenants.
A
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 March 2017

The Government has published ‘How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England’ to help tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities when renting a property in the private rented sector. This can be accessed online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent. The guide provides detailed information on each stage of the renting process, including how to get help if things go wrong.

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 made it a requirement for landlords to supply a copy of the ‘How to Rent Guide’ to tenants in relation to an assured shorthold tenancy of a dwelling-house in England granted on or after 1st October 2015. The Department recommends that this document is given at the start of a new tenancy. If this document is not supplied, landlords are not able to evict tenants using a Section 21 notice.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department of Health
Pain
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage (a) understanding and (b) effective treatment of people with chronic pain conditions within the NHS.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the communications provided by tour companies and airlines to UK nationals in places affected by the new US restrictions on electronic devices on flights is consistent and comprehensive.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions UK representatives have had with (a) US authorities, (b) authorities in affected countries, (c) airlines and (d) other national or international bodies on the recent US announcement restricting electronic devices on flights; and if he will make a statement.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 10 March 2017
Department for Transport
Unmanned Air Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with drone manufacturers on the use of mapping services for geo-fencing.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 17 March 2017

Geo-fencing capabilities require accurate and up-to-date mapping information including details of restricted airspace. The Department for Transport is in discussion with manufacturers, other Government departments and subject matter experts to develop processes to ensure this information can be provided in an appropriate and assured way.

Many of the leading drone manufacturers already include forms of geo-fencing capability on their drones. However, as geo-fencing is not infallible, the Department for Transport is also in discussions with manufacturers to explore how it and other technical safety measures might be improved.

The Government has just closed a consultation on the future safe use of drones in the UK, which included a proposal to require geo-fencing to be installed on all commercially sold drones. The Department will produce its conclusions from the consultation in the summer of this year.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Demolition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the representations he has received from the Israeli Government on the threatened demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 15 March 2017

We have not received any representations from the Israeli government on Khan al-Ahmar.​ But the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson) highlighted the UK’s grave concern about demolitions, including with regards the village of Khan al-Ahmar, with Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to Israel on 8 March.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Demolition
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he raised the threatened demolition of the village of Khan al-Ahmar with the Israeli Government during his recent visit to that country.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 15 March 2017

​The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson) raised the UK’s grave concerns about demolitions, including the village of Khan al - Ahmer, with Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to Israel on 8 March.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 March 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Promotion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2016 to Question 52039, on trade promotion, whether he has received a copy of the summary report evaluating the British House project; and if he will make a statement.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel and Occupied Territories: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent legislation passed by the Knesset on the ability of (a) UK parliamentarians and (b) other UK citizens to participate in fact-finding visits to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2017

​We are seeking clarification from the Israeli Government on the potential impact on British nationals.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel and Occupied Territories: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Israel to ensure that UK parliamentarians and other UK citizens are granted entry to Israel and through Israel to the Occupied Palestinian Territories for fact-finding purposes.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2017

​It is for the Government of Israel to set and implement visa regulations as a sovereign state.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 February 2017
Department for Transport
Road Traffic Offences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people participated in a diversionary course as a result of a road traffic offence in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such people were subsequently prosecuted for a further offence.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 28 February 2017

The number of participants in a diversionary course in the last five years is published by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS). Their website gives the details as follows:

2012 963,627

2013 1,017,158

2014 1,355,796

2015 1,403,555

2016 1,390,880

We have no record of how many participants have since reoffended. However, the Department for Transport, in conjunction with the Road Safety Trust, has commissioned an evaluation of the NDORS speed awareness course, which is the most commonly awarded diversionary course. This evaluation will look at a number of aspects of the speed awareness course, including the impact of the courses on reoffending rates.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 February 2017
Department for Transport
Stansted Airport: Railways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 62706, if he will make it his policy to reduce the required journey time on the West Anglia Main Line to Stansted Airport during Network Rail's next Control Period; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 23 February 2017

The rail industry has recently provided its initial advice to Ministers for Control Period 6 (2019-2024), which we are carefully considering. In due course we will make announcements on the outcomes we want to see from the railway during CP6, as well as engage with stakeholders.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2017
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles and Aviation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 22 February 2017
Holding answer received on 20 February 2017

The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill was introduced today.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 17 February 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Green Investment Bank: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands has received in financial support through local projects funded by the Green Investment Bank since that bank was established.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 22 February 2017

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has invested £17.6m in the £47m Birmingham Bio Power project. Details of this project can be found on the Green Investment Bank website: http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/news-and-insights/2013/gib-and-foresight-group-forge-consortium-to-construct-478m-renewable-energy-plant-in-birmingham/.

In addition, some of GIB’s UK-wide investment platforms such as its indirect investment in LED lighting upgrades to Santander branches and NCP car parks are likely to have benefitted these areas. Further information on all of GIB’s investments can be found on its website: www.greeninvestmentbank.com

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2017
Department for Transport
Volkswagen
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reports he has received from Volkswagen on (a) its progress on the technical update of vehicles fitted with defeat devices and (b) any change to its timetable for that update; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 20 February 2017

I meet regularly with Volkswagen executives to press them on important issues, including the progress of technical updates being applied to affected vehicles. The most recent meeting was on 6th February.

There are 1.2million affected vehicles in the UK and the technical update has been approved for approximately one million of these. Officials are tracking Volkswagen’s progress in updating the vehicles in the UK and as of 7th February 420,000 vehicles had been modified.

I have impressed upon the company the need for a speedy roll-out of the technical upgrade, and urged them to treat UK consumers fairly.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 06 February 2017
Department for Transport
Shipping: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62467, on shipping: pollution control, whether any UK registered vessels were detained for infringement of provisions of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 14 February 2017

The number of UK registered vessels that were detained for infringement of provisions of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships was (a) one in 2015 and (b) none in 2016.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 06 February 2017
Department for Transport
Shipping: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62467, on shipping: pollution control, how many vessels on routes in the sulphur emission control areas were inspected for compliance with Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.
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Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 14 February 2017

The number of vessels on routes in the sulphur emission control areas that were inspected at UK ports that fall within these areas, for compliance with Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships was (a) 21 in 2015 and (b) 501 in 2016.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 02 February 2017
Department for Education
First Aid: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy for first aid and CPR to be taught in all schools.
A
Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 10 February 2017

All schools are required to teach a balanced and broadly based curriculum that prepares pupils for adult life. The new national curriculum focuses on the essential knowledge so that teachers can design a wider school curriculum that best meets the needs of their pupils.

Many schools already choose to include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillator awareness as part of their PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) teaching. The non-statutory PSHE programme of study produced by the PSHE Association, teaches young people how to recognise and follow health and safety procedures, ways of reducing risk and minimising harm in risky situations, and how to use emergency and basic first aid.

Many schools also make use of organisations such as the Red Cross and St John Ambulance, to provide information to young people about first aid and dealing with emergencies.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 February 2017
HM Treasury
Motor Vehicles: Taxation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received representations on his proposed change to vehicle taxation scheduled for April 2017 on (a) the potential effect on future vehicles, (b) the potential effect on air quality and (c) postponing the introduction of those changes until further consultation is carried out.
A
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 February 2017

HM Treasury receives a wide range of representations on the future of vehicle taxation, including on the VED reforms that are due to come into force in April 2017. Recent representations from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and some of its members covered the issues set out in this question.

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