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Written Answers — Home Office: Investigatory Powers Act 2016: Codes of Practice (27 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government's consultation on codes of practice in relation to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 complied with Government guidelines on consultations for (a) accessibility and (b) otherwise.

Written Answers — Home Office: Investigatory Powers Act 2016: Codes of Practice (27 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses her Department received to its consultation on codes of practice in relation to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health: Children and Young People (27 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Government's aspiration number 7 and paragraph 407 of his Department's Future in Mind report, published in March 2015, what plans he has to invest in universal services to support children and young people's wellbeing through delivering mental health promotion and prevention activities.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: UN Resolutions (27 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016).

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: UN Resolutions (27 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government will retain its commitment to the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) (a) during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU and (b) after the UK has left the EU.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Bedouin (27 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the planned demolition of the village of Khan Al-Ahmar in the East 1 planning zone.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Western Rail Franchise (20 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for First MTR South Western Trains Limited of taking over the South Western rail franchise in August 2017 during upgrade works at London Waterloo station.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Western Rail Franchise (20 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the opportunities for re-zoning stations in the boroughs of (a) Kingston upon Thames and (b) Richmond upon Thames as a result of First MTR South Western Trains Limited being awarded the South Western rail franchise.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Education (19 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to sign the Safe Schools Declaration.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South West Railway Line: Railway Stations (5 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential improvements to stations serving Richmond Park constituency as a result of First MTR South Western Trains Limited taking over the franchise for South Western.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South West Railway Line: Rolling Stock (5 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what improvements are planned to rolling stock on routes serving Richmond Park constituency after First MTR South Western Trains Limited begin operating the South Western rail franchise in August 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South West Railway Line: WiFi (5 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether First MTR South Western Trains Limited will provide WiFi on (a) stations and (b) rolling stock when it begins operating the South Western rail franchise in August 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South West Railway Line (5 Apr 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the increase in suburban services on a Sunday serving (a) Kingston, (b) Richmond and (c) New Malden as a result of First MTR South Western Trains Limited being awarded the South Western rail franchise.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow: Noise Monitoring (30 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: Can the Secretary of State explain why the consultation on the draft national policy statement promoted improved certainty of respite from aircraft noise from an expanded Heathrow, but failed to mention that that respite would be reduced from eight hours a day to just six, or even four?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saudi Arabia: Prisoners (29 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Arabian counterpart on the cases of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Diesel Vehicles (16 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of tax incentives and more stringent air quality and other legislation to reduce the number of diesel vehicles on the roads.

Visible Religious Symbols: European Court Ruling (15 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: The Minister talks about neutral dress codes applying to both genders, but does she accept that even if a no-headscarves rule applies to both genders it effectively discriminates against only women, and that a no-turbans rule effectively discriminates against only men? Is not something more robust required?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (15 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allocating departmental funding to support the development of technology to filter toxic particles from vehicle exhausts at source to reduce air pollution.

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: Every school in my constituency is facing cuts to its funding and rising costs. I speak to headteachers, some of whom have been in teaching for many years, all the time, and they tell me that they are extremely concerned about the funding situation. In the past, they have cut non-essential activities and support services, but they now feel they have no choice but to cut classroom teachers and...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: I quite agree that including schools in the apprenticeship levy is utterly absurd. The apprenticeship levy is supposed to raise money for training in employment. To levy it on schools, which are already providing excellent learning opportunities, is outrageous. I certainly agree to work with the right hon. Lady to investigate that further. In conclusion, this Budget does not provide the best...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (14 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits introducing legislative proposals on the use of signage and fines in areas of high pollution to encourage drivers to switch off their engines while stationary.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Exhaust Emissions: Greater London (13 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce emissions in London.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Working Conditions: Temperature (6 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a statutory maximum workplace temperature.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Partnerships (3 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the merits of extending civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.

International Women’S Day (2 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: May I say how pleased I am to represent the Liberal Democrats in this debate on International Women’s Day, as the 454th female MP? I am proud to say, in contrast to some previous Members’ contributions, that I am not the first, nor even the second, woman to have held my seat. I am, in fact, the third Liberal Democrat woman to represent Richmond Park, and I am extremely proud of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Mar 2017)

Sarah Olney: A recent National Audit Office report exposed massive Government overspend on new free school sites, and the Department for Education estimates that it will need to spend a further £2.5 billion on land for these schools. Schools throughout my constituency are reporting chronic levels of underfunding. Will the Prime Minister please review the plans for new free schools and provide...

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: Could you answer the point I made about freight, because so far your answer has focused specifically on passenger transport—

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: Could the Minister respond on the point about freight?

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: We were not specifically talking about air quality, but since the Minister has raised it, will the air quality plan include details of any penalties for Heathrow should the third runway go ahead and it is then found to breach the air quality targets that have been set?

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: I beg to move, That this House has considered Heathrow expansion and surface access. It is a great pleasure to conduct my first Westminster Hall debate. I thank the Minister for his engagement on this issue, which will greatly impact upon my constituents in Richmond Park and north Kingston. I welcome every opportunity to discuss the matter of Heathrow expansion with the Department for...

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Air quality is another very important issue, alongside surface access, when considering whether the decision to expand Heathrow is the right one or not. The focus of my attention today is the surface access strategy, but she is correct, and I shall address that point later. If, by some chance, the analysis of current landside road traffic was not carried out...

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. We really need to see detailed plans of the surface access strategy before we can properly consider the consultation. On 23 February, the Environmental Audit Committee published its follow-up report to the Airports Commission report, looking at carbon emissions, air quality and noise. The report directly quotes the Secretary of State for...

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: I thank the hon. Lady for once again underlining the importance of making available these plans to the public in order that a meaningful consultation can take place. Details of these plans may well affect how people respond to the consultation. One project being discussed as part of the surface access plans is the southern rail access project to improve rail links to Heathrow airport. My...

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: I thank the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (James Berry) for his intervention. I accept that there will always be people who choose to make their passenger journeys to the airport by car, and I agree that walking journeys are not likely, given the vast expanse of Heathrow airport and the limited amount of housing around it, so they surely are no more than warm words. However, I would...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment: Microplastics (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of microbeads used in industrial processes on marine wildlife.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to tackle the use of microbeads in products outside the scope of her Department's proposed ban.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to extend the ban on microbeads to include non-cosmetic and non-domestic products.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics: USA (28 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the decision to ban microbeads by the US.

NHS Shared Business Services (27 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: The Secretary of State just stated with great authority that no patient data were lost. I would be interested to know how he can be so certain, given that all these data were missing for a long time without anybody noticing. What controls are in place now that were not in place then that mean he can make that statement with such confidence?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Environment Protection (23 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the number of jobs in the UK dependent on the green economy.

Written Answers — Home Office: Travel Restrictions: USA (15 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the US Administration on its travel ban for refugees and nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory: Sales (7 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on introducing a total ban on the sale of ivory in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

Airport Capacity and Airspace Policy (2 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: I nearly missed the Secretary of State’s statement this morning because my train was cancelled, which is not an unusual occurrence—it happened yesterday, too. There are already strains on the rail network around Heathrow airport, the draft NPS commits to no net increases in journeys by road and TfL estimates that the cost of upgrading rail infrastructure to meet that commitment...

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Turkey: Visits Abroad (2 Feb 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with President Erdogan on (a) human rights, (b) press freedom and (c) democracy in Turkey during her visit to that country on 28 January 2017.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: In this country, we have settled, through a process of trial and error, on a system of parliamentary democracy as the most effective form of governance. The importance of Parliament’s role was once again asserted by the Supreme Court last week. The responsibility of parliamentarians is clear: to take decisions in the best interests of the country with particular regard for the needs of...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: There has been a lot of talk about the European Union Referendum Act 2015. I was not here. I did not vote for it. I am not bound by it. The Conservative party’s 2015 manifesto also committed us to staying in the single market. If, in three or eight years’ time, the people are not happy with the outcome of Brexit, who should they hold accountable? If they want the country to take a...

Jobcentre Plus Offices: Closure (30 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: Unemployment may be falling now, but numerous forecasts suggest that the effects of Brexit might reverse or stagnate this decline. What assessment have the Government made of the ability to scale up support in the already overstretched jobcentre pluses if, as many expect, unemployment begins to increase in the future if the cuts go ahead?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (26 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: Will the Government publish an impact assessment on the effect of leaving the single market on jobs and, conversely, the effect of the resulting skills shortage on key industries and the NHS?

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: In my first week as an MP, I received a letter from the headteacher of the school my two children attend—the local school in the constituency I represent. The school highlighted some of the very real issues that it and other schools in my constituency will face in the next few years. When I got to the end of the letter, I realised that I had received it not because I was the newly...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Royal Brompton Hospital (25 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the potential effect of the proposed dispersal of Royal Brompton's congenital heart disease research team on the quality of care provision.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Royal Brompton Hospital (24 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the internationally recognised adult congenital heart disease research team at the Royal Brompton Hospital as a result of the proposed closure of congenital heart disease services at that hospital.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Royal Brompton Hospital (24 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NHS England has made of the effect of the proposed dispersal of the Royal Brompton Hospital's congenital heart disease research team on care quality.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (19 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the financial viability of a third runway at Heathrow Airport of the finding of Transport for London in its report of March 2016, entitled Landing the Right Airport of March 2016, that upgrades to surface access will cost £15 billion to £20 billion.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (19 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the cost of upgrading surface access to Heathrow Airport in the event of a third runway being built at that airport.

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: The Prime Minister made it clear in her speech yesterday that one of her objectives in exiting the European Union would be to release the United Kingdom from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. During yesterday’s proceedings on the statement made by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, an issue arose of how cross-border trade disputes are to be settled...

New Partnership with the EU (17 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: Once the UK has left the EU, there will be a £9 billion hole in EU finances. Given reduced resources, why do the Government believe that the EU will prioritise negotiating a trade deal with the UK over more lucrative markets, such as the US or China?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Richmond Park (11 Jan 2017)

Sarah Olney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the schools funding formula on the funding of schools in Richmond Park and North Kingston constituency in real terms in each of the next three years.

Exiting the Eu: Science and Research (19 Dec 2016)

Sarah Olney: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me and giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech today. It is a privilege and an honour to be standing here as the elected representative of Richmond Park, which brings with it a great responsibility that I shall use my best endeavours to fulfil. I wish to pay tribute to my predecessor, Mr Zac Goldsmith, and thank him for his excellent...