Written Question – Transport [09/05/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to the introduction of autonomous vehicles onto UK roads. (139539)

Tabled on: 30 April 2018

Answer:
Jesse Norman:

Since 2014, the Department for Transport has allocated £10.85m to research and development relating to automated vehicles. This includes £7.75m of funding towards the 4 Cities Driverless Cars project, and £3.1m towards the lorry platooning trials on the Strategic Road Network.

Overall, the Government is investing over £250m in connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, up to 2021, with the remainder coming through the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. This is being match-funded by industry: its purpose is to create a world leading testing and development ecosystem in the UK. To date, this funding is supporting 73 collaborative R&D projects and 4 capital testing infrastructure investments.

The answer was submitted on 09 May 2018 at 16:58.

 

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Written Question – Home Office [23/04/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings Ministers or officials of his Department have had with pharmaceutical companies at which medical cannabis was discussed in the last 12 months. (135988)

Tabled on: 16 April 2018

Answer:
Mr Nick Hurd:

Home Office Ministers have regular meetings as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.

The answer was submitted on 23 Apr 2018 at 17:43.

 

Written Question – Health [28/03/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his department is taking to measure the effect of the availability of cheap alcohol on rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions for (a) young people and (b) homeless people. (133991)

Tabled on: 22 March 2018

Answer:
Steve Brine:

The Department commissioned an evidence review from Public Health England on the Public Health Burden of alcohol, which was published in 2016. This report was a comprehensive review of available evidence, which included the availability of alcohol and its impact on various socioeconomic groups. The report is available to view online at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583047/alcohol_public_health_burden_evidence_review.pdf

The Government continues to review what further evidence is required to understand the impact of cheap alcohol alongside hospital admissions and minimum unit pricing and its impact also remains under review.

The answer was submitted on 28 Mar 2018 at 15:40.

 

Written Question – Work & Pensions [20/03/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has allocated contingency funding to pay people who are having their personal independence payment claim reviewed by the Government. (131894)

Tabled on: 12 March 2018

Answer:
Sarah Newton:

I refer the Hon. Member to the statement made by myself, Official Report, 30 January 2018, Column 703.

The answer was submitted on 20 Mar 2018 at 13:56.

 

Written Question – Health [27/02/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people who overdose on prescription opioids. (128090)

Tabled on: 19 February 2018

Answer: Steve Brine:

The Government is concerned about the impact of long term use of prescription opioids. The Department has commissioned Public Health England to undertake an evidence review to better understand the scope of the problem of prescribed drug dependence.

The review will bring together the best available evidence on prevalence and prescribing; the nature and likely causes of dependence or discontinuation syndrome among some people who continue to take these medicines; and effective prevention and treatment responses for each condition they are prescribed for.

The answer was submitted on 27 Feb 2018 at 16:52

Written Question – Home Office [31/01/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the finding of the European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Addiction of June 2017 that there are 13 drug consumption rooms in seven cities in Spain. (125198)

Tabled on: 26 January 2018

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office of 17 January 2018, Official Report, HC 406WH, what the evidential basis is for the statement that Spain has only one drug consumption room. (125196) Tabled on: 26 January 2018

Answer: Victoria Atkins:

The Government views the evidence provided by the European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Addiction as a valuable and reliable source of information on drug misuse in reporting countries.

The report of June 2017 found that there are 78 such facilities across Europe, including 13 in Spain. The Government does not recognise the statement that there is only one drug consumption room in Spain and the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office made no such claim during the debate on 17 January.

The answer was submitted on 31 Jan 2018 at 14:59.

Oral Question – Renewable Energy [30/1/2018]

 

Ronnie Cowan MP

For the first three quarters of 2017, renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 19% greater than in the same period in the previous year. Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable generation in 2017. Will the Secretary of State commend the efforts of the Scottish Government in this area, and, in particular, the new target to have 50% of Scottish energy needs covered by renewables from 2030?

Claire Perry MP (Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth)

Scotland benefits from some fantastic geographical advantages that mean that it is a world leader in many of these things, but it is, of course, UK bill payers across the nation who are investing in the introduction of renewable energy, whether that is in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Written question – Defence [15/01/2018]

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9 December 2015 to Question 19392, how much his Department has spent on studies to support whether to refurbish or replace the existing Trident warhead design to date. (122607)

Tabled on: 15 January 2018

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Re-entry Systems Options project has concluded its work. (122687) Tabled on: 15 January 2018

Answer: Guto Bebb:

As of the end of the last financial year (March 2017), the Ministry of Defence had spent £100.7 million on studies to inform the decision on whether to refurbish or replace the existing warhead.

This figure consists of £93.7 million on technology studies to support refurbishment of the current system and explore options for a potential future warhead and £7 million on studies to support the decision whether to refurbish or replace the existing warhead.

Studies related to Re-entry Systems Options to determine the best approach to be taken are continuing.

The answer was submitted on 23 Jan 2018 at 17:43.

Written question – Gambling [21/12/2017]

What steps the Government is taking to protect young people from gambling-related harm. (903088)

Tabled on: 21 December 2017

Answer:
Tracey Crouch:

We published a consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility in October. This includes measures to strengthen protections around online gambling and gambling advertising, which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-proposals-for-changes-to-gaming-machines-and-social-responsibility-measures

In addition we are introducting a new package of measures to strengthen protections around around online gambling and Gamble Aware will lead a major responsible gambling advertising campaign, to make sure parents and children are aware of risks associated with gambling.

Protecting children and vulnerable people is a key aim for the Gambling Commission and government.

The answer was submitted on 21 Dec 2017 at 13:54.