Written answers
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

  • House of Lords
    • Abortion
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 March (WA 63), whether the current statutory requirements for data collection with regard to NHS-commissioned...
    • Agriculture: Sheep Carcasses
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 1 March (WA 363-4), how many tests have been conducted on sheep carcasses to establish any evidence...
    • Armed Forces: Helicopters
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 8 March (WA 433), whether the Merlin mark 2 helicopter is able to conduct anti-surface unit warfare,...
    • Armed Forces: Medals (1 annotation)
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to awarding a medal to those members of the Royal Navy Submarine Service who undertook deterrent and special operational patrols...
    • Association of Chief Police Officers (1 annotation)
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources the Home Office provide to support the work of the Association of Chief Police Officers, and how that resource is audited.
    • Asylum Seekers: Children
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recent Children's Society report I Don't Feel Human about the conditions experienced by some young asylum seekers and refugees. To...
    • Cabinet Office: Manual
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Cabinet Manual does not include, in the section on the formation of a minority administration, guidance on the circumstances in which the incumbent Prime...
    • Central and South America
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what bilateral and international action they are taking to improve prison conditions and develop non-custodial sentences in Central and South America.
    • Children: Parenting
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 9 February (WA 87), whether they consider the deprivation of a parental relationship to constitute need, or harm,...
    • Civil Partnerships
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 March (WA 127), whether the available statistics indicate that civil partnerships are less likely...
    • Communities: Integration
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for delivering the actions they list in Creating the Conditions for Integration, published in February; and how they will provide national...
    • Community Organisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the procurement process by which Re:generate was appointed as the "training partner" to "train the community organisers in the Root Solution Listening...
    • Community Organisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of "Root Solution Listening Matters", which will be used as the basis for the community organisers programme.
    • Community Organisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government who agreed the Code of Conduct of the community organisers programme and where it is published.
    • Community Organisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the relationship between community organisers and local authorities at parish and principal council level; and what will be their relationship with...
    • Community Organisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions and consultations must take place with the appropriate local authorities before and after a decision is made to install community organisers in...
    • Community Organisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether persons who are employed in full-time or substantially full-time work, or part-time work of (1) up to 16 hours a week, and (2) up to 24 hours a week, will...
    • Courts: Magistrates' Courts
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why, in the Ministry of Justice's comparison of the costs of magistrates and district judges in the report The Strengths and Skills of the Judiciary in the...
    • Courts: Magistrates' Courts
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the value brought to the justice system by the magistracy.
    • Courts: Magistrates' Courts
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution made by magistrates to their employers.
    • Courts: Magistrates' Courts
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the role magistrates play in contributing to the Big Society.
    • Crime: Non-molestation Orders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the breaches of non-molestation orders recorded since 20 May 2008 resulted in prosecutions, and how many resulted in cautions being issued. To ask Her...
    • Crime: Violence
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of violent crimes in England and Wales are handled as out-of-court disposals.
    • Cultural Property: Protection
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two...
    • David Livingstone
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they intend to do to mark the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone in March 2013.
    • Elections: Mailings
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the cost of following recommendations from the Electoral Commission to provide the minimum necessary information to voters by either...
    • Equality and Human Rights Commission
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made for the recruitment of the new chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
    • Equality and Human Rights Commission
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the staff of the Equality and Human Rights Commission are employed as legal advisers in relation to the discharge of the Commission's functions...
    • Ethiopia and Eritrea
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage, through both neighbouring states and United Nations institutions, the agreement of a comprehensive settlement between Ethiopia...
    • Fraud
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to share confirmed fraud data across the public and private sectors to limit fraud losses across the United Kingdom economy.
    • Fraud
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of passports and driving licences in circulation which were obtained fraudulently.
    • Fraud
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use the Identity and Passport Service makes of available confirmed fraud data when assessing passport applications.
    • Government Departments: Accountancy
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many written instructions have been provided by ministers in the Department for Transport to the Accounting Officer for the Department in accordance with...
    • Government Departments: Energy Bills
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost to public funds from lights left on in the Home Office in parts of the building that are unoccupied overnight.
    • Government Departments: Opinion Polls
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the past two years, how many opinion polls have been carried out for the Department for Transport; on what issues each poll was conducted, and when; what was...
    • Government Departments: Opinion Polls
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the past two years, how many opinion polls have been carried out for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; on what issues each poll was conducted, and...
    • Government Departments: Opinion Polls
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the past two years, how many opinion polls have been carried out for the Home Office; on what issues each poll was conducted, and when; what was the cost of...
    • Government Departments: Public Private Partnership
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current total level of debt of the public private partnership schemes sponsored by each government department.
    • Government Departments: Websites
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the community organisers page on the Cabinet Office website was last updated; when they intend to update it further; and where the definitive up-to-date...
    • Government: Air Travel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government who, other than British Airways staff, travelled on the chartered aircraft with the Prime Minister to the United States on 13 March.
    • Government: Cars
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 14 March (WA 74), what were the amounts invoiced by the Government Car and Despatch Agency to each Department of...
    • Gypsies and Travellers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 8 February (WA 69), what have been the results so far of the Homes and Communities Agency's programme...
    • Gypsies and Travellers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Earl Attlee on 16 February (Official Report, col. 927), what was the outcome of Earl Attlee's undertaking to take up the matter of...
    • Health: In-vitro Diagnostic Tests
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how widely available in-vitro diagnostic tests are in the National Health Service; and how such testing is regulated.
    • Homeless People
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether squatters who leave their squat and become homeless are regarded as intentionally or unintentionally homeless; and what impact Clause 136 of the Legal Aid,...
    • Immigration: Sham Marriages
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sham marriages were estimated to have taken place in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years; how many were declared void; and how sham...
    • Immigration: Sham Marriages
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate to be the total cost per year of sham marriages to public funds.
    • Immigration: Sham Marriages
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal status of the relationships of people who have had their marriage declared bogus by the Government in the past five years.
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the Government of India their commitment to human rights following the sentence of capital punishment in the case of Balwant...
    • Insurance: Travel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have they had with the Association of British Insurers about the cost of travel insurance.
    • Israel (1 annotation)
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Israeli settlers living on illegally occupied land are permitted to enter the United Kingdom.
    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill [HL]
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from HM Revenue and Customs regarding the impact on insolvency proceedings of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...
    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill [HL]
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on HM Revenue and Customs of changes to civil litigation costs and funding, as currently set out in the...
    • Migrant Workers: Romanians and Bulgarians
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 March (WA 142-3), whether in their calculations for overall long-term international migration...
    • NHS: Advertising and Marketing
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord McNally on 20 March (Official Report, col. 761) on advertising referral fees in hospitals, (1) what they consider to be "authorised...
    • NHS: Bullying
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they are currently undertaking to determine the level of bullying of staff that takes place within the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty's...
    • NHS: Private Sector
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many out-of-hours NHS services are currently delivered by the private sector; and how many out-of-hours services were run by the private sector in 2008-09,...
    • NHS: Targets
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) foundation trusts, and (2) non-foundation trusts, missed their accident and emergency targets during the nine months to 31 December 2011; and what...
    • North Korea
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for International Development does not support medical work and other humanitarian projects in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea.
    • Olympic Games 2012
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were consulted about the choice of Dow Chemical as a main sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games; and, if so, what was their response.
    • Olympic Games 2012: Tickets
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games have been sold to the general public; and how many more will be allocated to them.
    • Olympic Games 2012: Tickets
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games have been sold to corporate organisations; and how many more will be allocated to them.
    • Olympic Games 2012: Tickets
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games were printed in the United States.
    • Olympic Games 2012: Tickets
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether LOCOG Ltd is using a manual or computer system for the issue of tickets for the sale of seats for the 2012 Olympic Games; and if a computer system is used,...
    • Pensions
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 65-6), what current liabilities of the Royal Mail Pension Plan are included in the Whole of...
    • Pensions
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 20 March (WA 159-60), whether the identical median and mean average age of United Kingdom state old-age pension...
    • Police: South Wales (1 annotation)
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take action to ensure that all complaints made by individuals to the South Wales Constabulary are registered and recorded immediately.
    • Police: South Wales
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will suspend the payment of any retirement or pension awards to senior officers of South Wales Police until the completion of all investigations into...
    • Ports
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the port of Great Yarmouth is exempt from needing a dredging or dumping licence under Section 75 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; and, if so,...
    • Quad Bikes
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Con-Am quad bikes operated by the Metropolitan Police comply with the noise and emissions limits for motor vehicles on the highway.
    • Railways: Eurostar
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support Eurostar in resuming regular services between Brussels and Lille whilst avoiding delays caused by immigration control on its...
    • Railways: Infrastructure
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Earl Attlee on 17 October 2011 (Official Report, col. 112-3), when they will bring forward secondary legislation under Section 14 of the...
    • Railways: Procurement
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 28 February (WS 113-4), how they will demonstrate that the process of procuring Crossrail rolling stock will...
    • Railways: Revenue
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 21 March (WA 177), how much revenue risk a train operator faces when the franchise is in revenue support; and...
    • Railways: Rolling Stock
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 21 March (WA 177), when the 10 new Class 350/4 units will be operational; and how many second-hand cascaded...
    • Railways: Tickets
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 21 March (WA 177), whether they intend that future franchises will contain real incentives to reduce ticketless...
    • Retail: Fur
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ban the sale of fur.
    • Shipping: Employment
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether foreign seamen stranded for any reason in British ports have the right to seek employment on other ships in order to return home.
    • Sunday Trading
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom's Sunday trading laws put United Kingdom traders at an advantage or disadvantage when compared to those in other European Union member...
    • Taxation: Corporation Taxation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the advantages and disadvantages of having four different rates of corporation tax for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England.
    • Telephone Gateway
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure the involvement of the not-for-profit sector in the provision of advice under the proposed Telephone Gateway and any residual...
    • Transport: Public Transport
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 21 March (WA 177), what evidence they have on the relationship in a region between the quality of public transport...
    • Unemployment: Young People
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will respond to the Local Government Association's proposals to tackle youth unemployment contained in their recently published report Hidden...