Hansard Written Answers
Written answers

Some recent written answers

House of Lords: Corruption answered 21 October 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to emulate the United States Justice Department’s "Kleptocracy Initiative" in which assets are seized from corrupt foreign officials and politicians living in the United States.

House of Lords: General Practitioners answered 24 October 2014

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many newly qualified general practitioners have started work in (1) the United Kingdom, (2) the South West of England, and (3) Bristol, in the last 12 months.

House of Lords: Energy: Prices answered 23 October 2014

the Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the round-table discussions convened by Ofgem over the summer with suppliers, consumer representatives, parliamentarians and the Government, particularly in relation to addressing the higher fuel costs imposed by pre-payment meters.

House of Lords: Lebanon answered 23 October 2014

Lord Hylton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Lebanon about the death of Ahmad Dorra, a Syrian refugee, following his detention by the Lebanese army.

House of Lords: Nigeria answered 21 October 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to halt the killing and displacement of people, and the destruction of churches, in the Nigerian states of Borno and Adamawa by Boko Haram; what is their assessment of the amount of territory which has been seized by Boko Haram; and what is their assessment of how many people have been killed or displaced and how many churches destroyed.

House of Lords: Regional Schools Commissioners answered 22 October 2014

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the formal relationship between Regional School Commissioners and Ofsted; and how information will be shared between the two.

House of Lords: Nationality: Somalia answered 20 October 2014

Lord Laird: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 9 July (HL396), whether the new Somali constitution drafted in 2012 is now in force; and, if so, whether it contains an article prohibiting the withdrawal of citizenship if a Somali becomes a citizen of another country.

House of Lords: Iraq answered 23 October 2014

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of a report by Human Rights Watch that Islamic State is detaining Yezidi men, women and children from Iraq in Iraq and Syria; and what they know about their situation.

House of Lords: Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland answered 22 October 2014

Lord Empey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long the information technology system used by the Department for Work and Pensions to calculate welfare benefits will be able to process claims from residents in Northern Ireland if different criteria continue to be used in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs they estimate will be incurred by the Northern Ireland Executive were the Department for Work and Pensions information technology system to be unable to process claims from Northern Ireland residents.

House of Lords: Turkey answered 24 October 2014

Lord Patten: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or intend to have, with President Erdogan over the nature of secular society in Turkey.

House of Lords: Police: Recruitment answered 20 October 2014

Lord Ouseley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) women, and (2) black and minority ethnic people, have been appointed to advertised posts for direct entry to senior ranks of the police service.

House of Lords: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew answered 20 October 2014

Lord Patten: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as (1) a scientific centre, and (2) an educational and outreach centre.

House of Lords: Cyprus answered 24 October 2014

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the public support of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for the Greek-Cypriot cause reflects the Cabinet’s position in respect of Cyprus; and, if not, what action they intend to take.

House of Lords: Glen Parva Young Offender Institution answered 20 October 2014

Lord Beecham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with NHS England regarding the design of the proposed secure college at HM Young Offender Institution Glen Parva, and with what outcome.

House of Lords: North Africa answered 23 October 2014

Lord Hylton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will help to set up systems, for example using satellites or drones, in order to prevent migrants attempting to cross the Sahara from dying from heat and thirst.

House of Lords: Palestinians answered 23 October 2014; 1 annotation

Lord Warner: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial assistance they pledged at the recent Cairo conference to the rebuilding of Gaza; whether such resources will be passed to the Palestinian Authority directly or through a third party; and when they expect to release the first tranche of resources.

House of Lords: Access to Work Programme answered 23 October 2014

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Access to Work advisers have received (1) awareness training in the implications for a particular disability, and (2) training to enable them to work constructively with employers.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are monitoring the approaches taken by Access to Work advisers during the assessment and decision-making process, and what measures they are taking to ensure consistency.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the service delivery standards for the Access to Work scheme.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to consider individual and local requirements in the provision of Access to Work support for deaf people.

House of Lords: Burma answered 23 October 2014

Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the emergency component of the Myanmar Education Initiative will reach internally displaced children in areas under the control of the Kachin Independence Organisation.

House of Lords: Palestinians answered 23 October 2014

Lord Warner: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of Hamas representatives in decision-making by the Palestinian Authority on the use of rebuilding materials in Gaza.

House of Lords: Libya answered 21 October 2014

the Marquess of Lothian: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to restore full British diplomatic activity in Libya.