Hansard Written Answers
Written answers

Some recent written answers

HM Treasury: Welfare Tax Credits answered 17 July 2015

Keir Starmer: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to tax credits on the poorest families.

Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Compensation answered 21 July 2015

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much compensation has been paid to prisoners in each of the last five years; for what reason the compensation was paid; and how many and what proportion of such cases were (a) settled and (b) ordered in court.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Electronic Equipment: Safety answered 21 July 2015

Carolyn Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to prevent counterfeit electrical goods from being sold in the UK to protect consumers from electrical accidents; and if he will make a statement.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease answered 21 July 2015

Danny Kinahan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of options for controlling ash dieback other than through the destruction of saplings; and if she will take steps to support research into new means of controlling outbreaks of devastating diseases in plants and animals.

Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions answered 21 July 2015

Baroness Greengross: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average sum held in the pension funds of people who were enrolled in a pension scheme as part of the auto-enrolment process.

Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Homicide answered 17 July 2015

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2015 to Question 3642, how many people were placed on life licence for murder in each year since 2007.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flour: Additives answered 22 July 2015

Lord Rooker: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when planning started for the current consultation on a change in the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to allow unfortified flour to be used in certain circumstances; and whether the issue was raised during the 2013 Red Tape Challenge review of the Regulations.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Further Education: Finance answered 21 July 2015

Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of further education colleges reported a financial deficit in 2014-15.

Ministry of Justice: Data Protection answered 21 July 2015

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budgetary provision the Information Commissioner’s Office has made regarding its data protection activities for the next financial year.

Department of Health: Congenital Abnormalities answered 21 July 2015

Lord Rooker: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for introducing a Birth Defects Prevention Month and a Folic Acid Awareness Week, such as those that take place in the United States of America, and of the potential effects of such a step on public health and the economy.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Human Rights answered 24 July 2015

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have, and what representations they have made, about the arrest in China of human rights lawyers, including Li Fangping, and Christian lawyers, including Li Heping and Zhang Kai.

Home Office: Drugs: Crime answered 22 July 2015

Lord Blair of Boughton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require the Director of Public Prosecutions to produce guidance as to the circumstances under which possession of a psychoactive substance amounts to a possible offence of supplying or offering to supply under clause 5 of the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

Home Office: Visas: Palestinians answered 22 July 2015

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to relaxing visa restrictions for Palestinians in line with Israeli visa requirements.

Department for Education: Children in Care answered 20 July 2015

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children who left care in the most recent year for which figures are available had more than (a) three, (b) five, (c) 10, (d) 20, (e) 30, (f) 40 and (g) 50 placements while they were in care.

Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Enterprise Partnerships: Pay answered 20 July 2015

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make a recommendation on the appropriate pay for the Chief Executives of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Department for Transport: Railways: EU Action answered 23 July 2015

Lord Berkeley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether officials were instructed to vote against the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at the European Union Transport Council Working Group meeting in June, whilst at the same time supporting the package; and if so, why.

Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment answered 20 July 2015

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer from the Prime Minister of 24 June 2015, Official Report, columns 885-6, when he expects numbers of deaths of people declared fit to work and related standardised mortality ratios to be published.

Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance answered 21 July 2015

Baroness King of Bow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the guidance issued to Jobcentre Plus staff regarding tailored conditionality for claimants applying for Jobseeker's Allowance while awaiting a mandatory reconsideration decision on their Employment and Support Allowance claim.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Zimbabwe: Pensions answered 21 July 2015

Lord Goodlad: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that the government of Zimbabwe’s obligation to pay the pensions owed to former Rhodesian or Zimbabwean public servants has not been fulfilled, what assessment they have made of their obligation to assist those former servants of the Crown; what assessment they have made of the case for making ex gratia payments to those former public servants without prejudice, either from development aid or other funds, in the light of the practice of protecting the pensions of officers employed on expatriate terms in other former dependent territories; and what, if any, assessment they have made of the cost of making such ex gratia payments.

Department of Health: Solihull Hospital answered 22 July 2015

Julian Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to improve (a) access to and (b) facilities for phlebotomy services for elderly and vulnerable people at Solihull Hospital.