Hansard Written Answers

Some recent written answers

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran answered 19 November 2014

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions officials in his Department have had with the Iranian government on Iran's compliance with Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (a) in general and (b) with reference to the reported comments on 6 October 2014 by Ali Yamesi, the adviser to President Rouhani on religious and ethnic minorities, on the illegality of religious conversion in Iran.

Department for Work and Pensions: Procurement answered 18 November 2014

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts signed by his Department with suppliers of services or consultants include a clause providing that if the contract is abrogated by the Government, the provider or consultant will be compensated for lost income since 2010.

Ministry of Defence: Libya answered 20 November 2014

Madeleine Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what walking-out policy was in place in respect of Libyan recruits being trained at Bassingbourn; what oversight role was played by his Department; what the role of service police was in supervising those recruits; and if he will make a statement.

Home Office: Travel Restrictions answered 20 November 2014

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any person on the UK sanctions list has travelled to the UK in the last 12 months.

House of Lords: Iraq answered 17 November 2014

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number, and current location, of Yezidis displaced by IS.

Some recent written ministerial statements

Work and Pensions: Pensions: National Employment Savings Trust Corporation 18 November 2014
Steve Webb: I am pleased to announce that Mr Otto Thoresen has been appointed as the next Chair of NEST Corporation, the body that runs the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). Mr Thoresen will take up...
Communities and Local Government: Autumn Recess 18 November 2014
Eric Pickles: I would like to update hon. Members on the main items of business undertaken by my Department since the House rose for the Autumn Recess. Increasing house building and supporting the housing...
Culture Media and Sport: UK Sport and Sport England(Triennial Review) 21 November 2014
Helen Grant: I am today announcing the start of the Triennial Review of UK Sport and Sport England. As executive non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB), UK Sport and Sport England are required to undergo a...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Helena Child Abuse Inquiry 20 November 2014
Philip Hammond: The House will be aware that serious allegations have been made by former employees of the authorities of the British overseas territory of St Helena. These allegations involve claims relating to...
Transport: Crossrail 2 Safeguarding Consultation 20 November 2014
Robert Goodwill: I am today publishing a consultation document to seek views on an updated safeguarding direction for the proposed Crossrail 2 rail project, replacing the previous safeguarding direction issued in...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armoured Vehicles (OSCE Mission in Ukraine) 18 November 2014
David Lidington: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has today laid a departmental minute proposing a gift to Ukraine. The United Kingdom is committed to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial...
Home Department: Police Reform 18 November 2014 (1 annotation)
Theresa May: On 22 July, I informed the House that I intended to reform elements of the police disciplinary system to improve transparency and justice and to strengthen protections for police whistleblowers....
House of Lords: EU: Foreign Affairs Council 19 November 2014
Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will take place in Brussels on 21 November 2014. I will represent the UK on all the issues on the agenda. There will be two substantive items on the...
Justice: Court-based Witness Service 17 November 2014
Michael Penning: One of my priorities is to ensure that victims and witnesses have the support and information they need as they give evidence to the court. Support for witnesses at criminal courts across England...
Work and Pensions: Social Justice: Transforming Lives--Progress Report 18 November 2014
Iain Duncan Smith: In 2012, we published “Social Justice: transforming lives”, a landmark document setting out a new vision for supporting the most disadvantaged families and individuals across the UK....
Defence: Defence Support Group 19 November 2014
Philip Dunne: I informed the House on 31 March that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) was launching the sale of the Defence Support Group’s land business. Following a strong competition, I am pleased to...
Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibilities 18 November 2014
Francis Maude: The new “List of Ministerial Responsibilities” has been published today. Copies have been placed in the Vote Office and the Libraries of both Houses. Copies will also be sent to each...
House of Lords: Innovative Medicines and Med-tech Review 20 November 2014
Earl Howe: My hon friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary for State, Department of Health (George Freeman) has made the following written ministerial statement. I am today announcing an external review of...
Justice: Prison Competition and Efficiency 18 November 2014 (1 annotation)
Chris Grayling: In November 2012 the Government announced the start of a new programme of work to drive down costs across prisons in order to deliver value for money for the taxpayer, accelerate cost reductions,...
House of Lords: Police Reform 18 November 2014
Lord Bates: My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement: On 22 July, I informed the House that I intended to...
Health: Innovative Medicines and Med-tech Review 20 November 2014
George Freeman: I am today announcing an external review of the pathways for the development, assessment, and adoption of innovative medicines and medical technology. Technological advances including digital...
House of Lords: Defence Support Group 19 November 2014
Lord Astor of Hever: My hon Friend the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (Mr Philip Dunne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. I informed the House on 31 March that the...
House of Lords: UK Sport and Sport England (Triennial Review) 21 November 2014
Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Hon Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Helen Grant) has made the following statement: I am today announcing the start of the Triennial Review of...
House of Lords: Department for Communities and Local Government: Recess Business 18 November 2014
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. I would like to update hon. Members on the main...