Hansard Written Answers
Written answers

Some recent written answers

House of Lords: Probation answered 15 October 2014

Lord Beecham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contracts they have entered into on the same or similar basis as the proposed contracts with private sector providers of the probation service, containing penal clauses requiring 100 per cent compensation in the event of cancellation.

House of Lords: Basketball answered 13 October 2014

Lord Moynihan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement any of the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Basketball's report published in July 2014.

House of Lords: Cameroon answered 13 October 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Christian groups in northern Cameroon have been particularly targeted by Boko Haram.

House of Lords: Military Aircraft answered 15 October 2014

Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 26 September (HL1820), how many ex-Nimrod aircrews are still serving in maritime patrol aircraft appointments worldwide; and how many are flying in other roles in the United Kingdom.

House of Lords: Mediterranean Sea answered 15 October 2014

Lord Hylton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what naval or air-sea rescue contribution they will make to prevent refugees and migrants drowning in the Mediterranean.

House of Lords: Network Rail answered 14 October 2014

Lord Berkeley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kramer on 15 September (HL1794 and HL1795), with reference to the Framework Agreement between Network Rail and the Department of Transport, whether (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Office of Rail Regulation or (3) both organisations are now responsible for approving and monitoring progress against Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plan, Delivery Plan, Business Plan and Annual Plan.

House of Lords: Iraq answered 15 October 2014

Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Royal Navy ceased mentoring the Iraqi navy at Umm Qasr; and for how many years they undertook that role.

House of Lords: Sports: Drugs answered 13 October 2014

Lord Moynihan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the World Anti-Doping Agency on the length of bans imposed on athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing stimulants with regard to their congruence with the new sanctions recently endorsed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the International Association of Athletics Federations and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

House of Lords: Housing Revenue Accounts: Tower Hamlets answered 14 October 2014

Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected two of the bids made by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for additional borrowing headroom under the Local Growth Fund Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme 2015–17.

House of Lords: Iraq answered 15 October 2014

Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Iraqi naval officers are still being trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; and how many have trained there to date.

House of Lords: Copyright answered 16 October 2014

Lord Clement-Jones: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the effect of recent legislative and regulatory changes on contractual relationships between collecting societies in the visual arts sector; and whether they will issue appropriate guidance in cases where there is a contractual dispute between such societies.

House of Lords: Veterans UK answered 13 October 2014

Lord Beecham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase staffing numbers for Veterans UK in order to assist in processing the claims by ex-service personnel under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

House of Lords: Debts answered 13 October 2014

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 11 August (HL1638), whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have made an assessment of the effect on the market for debt management services of the absence of notification of the existence of free debt management services in cold calling by lead generators on behalf of fee-charging debt management services; and if not whether they plan to instruct the Financial Conduct Authority to make such an assessment.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that (1) on first contact with potential customers, fee charging debt management companies notify of them of the existence of free debt management services, and (2) such notification is sufficient to produce an awareness of the existence of the free service.

House of Lords: Grammar Schools answered 13 October 2014

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any steps to investigate any correlation between prior attainment and OFSTED grades in respect of selective grammar schools in England.

House of Lords: Syria answered 13 October 2014

the Bishop of Coventry: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all sides of the Syrian conflict adhere to the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2165 requiring all parties to cease indiscriminate attacks.

House of Lords: Autism answered 13 October 2014; 1 annotation

Lord Beecham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years, they plan to extend the duty for the National Health Service, local authorities and education providers to hold joint registers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

House of Lords: Sri Lanka answered 13 October 2014

Lord Naseby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to submit the despatches from the United Kingdom defence attaché in Colombo for the period June 2008 to June 2009 inclusive as evidence to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Investigation on Sri Lanka.

House of Lords: Nigeria answered 13 October 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports regarding the burning of churches, forced religious conversion of Christian women and occupation of a number of territories by Boko Haram, in north-east Nigeria.

House of Lords: NHS: Obesity answered 13 October 2014

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have figures to support the statement made by the Chief Executive of NHS England in July that the National Health Service needs to tackle obesity among its employees.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement by the Chief Executive of NHS England on 17 September proposing a plan to tackle obesity among National Health Service employees, whether they will publish the plan in full.

House of Lords: University Hospital of North Staffordshire answered 13 October 2014

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the most recent statistics for the performance of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire against the target of accident and emergency patients being seen within four hours.