Hansard Written Answers
Written answers

Some recent written answers

House of Lords: Fuels: Tax Evasion answered 26 September 2014

Lord Mawhinney: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Newby on 15 July (HL Deb, col. 501), what specific legislative change was undertaken specifically to deal with the absence of custodial sentences for illegal production or smuggling of diesel in Northern Ireland; and on what date those legislative changes became effective.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Newby on 15 July (HL Deb, col. 501), for each of the 22 convictions referred to, what was the (1) date of conviction, (2) the charge on which the perpetrator was found guilty, (3) the other charges, if any, dealt with in the same trial, on which the convicted person was found not guilty, (4) the sentence passed, and (5) the court in which the hearing took place.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Newby on 15 July (HL Deb, col. 501), what is their estimate of how much of the diesel bought in the Republic of Ireland and brought into Northern Ireland, is illegally produced or smuggled into the province.

House of Lords: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation answered 26 September 2014

Lord Avebury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made at the Girl Summit 2014 of the role played by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) in safeguarding the health of women and girls, and in addressing gender-related barriers to accessing immunisation services; and what assessment they have made of the cost-effectiveness so far of the United Kingdom’s contribution towards GAVI’s programme, agreed in the Multilateral Aid Review of March 2011.

House of Lords: Gambling answered 26 September 2014

Lord Mancroft: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which provisions of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 enable the sharing of information received by the Gambling Commission with overseas regulators, where such information is not required for an overseas criminal investigation or overseas criminal proceedings.

House of Lords: Nigeria answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to request information from Royal Dutch Shell on any plans to ensure that its pipeline infrastructure in Nigeria is properly maintained to international standards.

House of Lords: Dental Services: Children answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Gardner of Parkes: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the National Health Service in the last year of the number of children being hospitalised for the extensive extraction of deciduous teeth; and whether they will consider setting up day-care clinics that could carry out such work.

House of Lords: Palestinians answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to encourage a total lifting of the blockade of Gaza.

House of Lords: Borders: Personal Records answered 26 September 2014

Lord Marlesford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 15 July (WA 111), whether the comprehensive exit checks on passengers departing on scheduled commercial air, sea and rail routes which will apply from April 2015 will enable a check to be made on whether those who have been admitted to the United Kingdom on visas or permits for limited periods have complied with the required departure date; and what arrangements they propose for exit checks on those leaving by non-scheduled aircraft or by private boats.

House of Lords: Middle East answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of allegations that the Israeli Defence Force’s Operation Protective Edge has deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure.

House of Lords: Mesothelioma answered 26 September 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on mesothelioma research in 2013 and 2014.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been designated for mesothelioma research in 2014 and 2015.

House of Lords: Palliative Care answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Greengross: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to explore the feasibility of replicating the Liverpool STARS programme for people at the end of life elsewhere in England.

House of Lords: Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology Service answered 26 September 2014

Lord McAvoy: To ask the Chairman of Committees how many staff are employed by PICT in each senior pay band; and what has been the average yearly increase in salary for each band in each of the last five years.

House of Lords: Skin: Diseases answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the length of time that patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria wait between initial diagnosis and referral to a specialist in England.

House of Lords: North Korea answered 26 September 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Warsi on 23 July (HL Deb, cols GC 460–4) on the Commission of Inquiry Report on human rights in North Korea, how many of the Commission’s recommendations that

pertain specifically to Her Majesty’s Government have been implemented thus far; and whether there are any recommendations that they do not intend to implement.

House of Lords: Entry Clearances answered 26 September 2014

Lord Ashcroft: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any citizens of foreign countries who require a visa to enter the United Kingdom but who do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland.

House of Lords: Speed Limits answered 26 September 2014

Lord Berkeley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kramer on 24 July (WS 137), whether they intend to apply the reasoning that the “current speed limit just does not work—it is broken by about three quarters of HGV drivers at any particular time” in considering alterations to speed limits for other types of vehicle.

House of Lords: Ranby Prison answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Stern: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they plan to make to HMP Ranby in the light of the report of an unannounced inspection of HMP Ranby by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons published on 24 July 2014.

House of Lords: Cancer answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the results of the cancer patient experience survey will be used to hold Clinical Commissioning Groups to account for improvements in patient experience through the NHS Outcomes Framework.

House of Lords: Students: Loans answered 26 September 2014

Lord Taylor of Warwick: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve the student loan system, should it prove to be too inefficient in its current format.

House of Lords: Prisons: Race Relations answered 26 September 2014

Baroness Young of Hornsey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many race relations posts at a senior level there are currently in prisons; and what were the numbers (1) five, and (2) ten years ago.

House of Lords: Chernobyl: Children answered 26 September 2014

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assisted in any schemes offering holidays in the United Kingdom to children affected by the Chernobyl disaster; and if not, whether they have been asked to, or plan to.