Hansard Written Answers

Some recent written answers

House of Lords: Israel answered 16 December 2014

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s recent suggestion that Israel should offer economic incentives to encourage the transfer of Israeli Arabs to a Palestinian state.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somaliland answered 17 December 2014

Simon Kirby: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the reintegration of Somaliland into Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

Department for International Development: Afghanistan answered 15 December 2014

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Afghan civil society organisations attended the London Conference on Afghanistan and associated events.

House of Lords: Vat answered 15 December 2014

Lord Stoddart of Swindon: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Deighton on 26 November (WS 37) concerning the meeting of ECOFIN on 7 November, whether they will give details of the proposed directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of VAT; and what will be the likely effect of the amendment on the United Kingdom.

House of Lords: Freedom of Expression answered 16 December 2014

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill the Home Secretary will have the power to define what is and what is not acceptable speech in the United Kingdom.

Some recent written ministerial statements

House of Lords: Science and Innovation 17 December 2014
Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Rt hon Friend the Minister of State for Universities and Science (Greg Clark) has today made the following statement: I have today laid before Parliament a Command Paper “Our plan for...
Health: Mental Health and Policing 18 December 2014
Norman Lamb: The Government have today published the report of the Government’s review of the operation of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This has been an important piece of work,...
Treasury: European Union Finances (Annual Statement) 18 December 2014
David Gauke: I am today laying before Parliament, “the European Union Finances 2014: statement on the 2014 EU budget and measures to counter fraud and financial mismanagement” (Cm 8974). This is a...
Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Sector 11 December 2014
Brandon Lewis: The Government can announce that they have awarded the licence for the private rented sector housing guarantee scheme to PRS Operations Ltd, a subsidiary of Venn Partners LLP. Venn...
Work and Pensions: Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 17 December 2014
Steve Webb: Today, I, along with my hon. Friend the Minister for Disabled People (Mark Harper MP) and my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lord Freud), are publishing the Command Paper...
House of Lords: House Building 16 December 2014
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My hon Friend the Minister of State for Housing and Planning (Brandon Lewis) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. New Homes Bonus allocations My Department is announcing today...
Treasury: Banking Act 2009 16 December 2014
Andrea Leadsom: The Treasury has laid before the House of Commons a report required under section 231 of the Banking Act 2009 covering the period from 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014. Copies of the document...
Communities and Local Government: House Building 16 December 2014
Brandon Lewis: New homes bonus allocations My Department is announcing today £1.2 billion of provisional new homes bonus funding for local authorities in England. The new homes bonus rewards the delivery...
Work and Pensions: Access to Work 18 December 2014
Mark Harper: In the course of my evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into Access To Work, I accepted that during the reorganisation of access to work operations, from April to October...
Energy and Climate Change: Smart Meters 11 December 2014
Edward Davey: Today, I am pleased to announce the publication of the third DECC annual report on the roll-out of smart meters, which fulfils DECC’s commitment to provide an update to Parliament on the...
Work and Pensions: Benefit Cap Review 15 December 2014
Iain Duncan Smith: Today I am publishing the Command Paper Cm 8985 “The benefit cap: a review of the first year”. This review is published in line with the statement made by the then Minister for...
Deputy Prime Minister: City Deals 18 December 2014
Greg Clark: I can today inform the House that the Government have reached an agreement on devolution with the Sheffield city region, which will transfer powers over economic growth to local control. The deal...
Cabinet Office: Ministerial and Civil Service Pension 17 December 2014
Francis Maude: Today a new pension scheme for Ministers is being laid and is available in the Libraries of both Houses. The scheme will apply to all Ministers after the general election in 2015. The scheme is...
Business, Innovation and Skills: Science and Innovation 17 December 2014
Greg Clark: I have today laid before Parliament a Command Paper “Our plan for growth: science and innovation”. The document sets out the Government’s strategy to build on the great...
Business, Innovation and Skills: Anti-Corruption Plan 18 December 2014
Matthew Hancock: Today I am making a joint statement with my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is responsible for modern slavery and organised crime. Together we wish to inform...
House of Lords: Police and National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Bodies 11 December 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: I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Anita...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council 16 December 2014
James Duddridge: I chaired the third meeting of the overseas territories joint ministerial council in London on 2 and 3 December. The key theme of this year’s council was building the prosperity and...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Women, Peace and Security Implementation Plan 11 December 2014
James Duddridge: I wish to inform the House that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, together with the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence, are today publishing an implementation...
House of Lords: Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme 16 December 2014
Lord Sewel: Following their consideration of the Pre-Feasibility Study on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster in October 2012, the House of Commons Commission and the House of Lords...
House of Lords: Annual Reports (Home Office) 16 December 2014
Lord Bates: I am pleased to announce that today I am publishing the annual reports of the Biometrics Commissioner, National DNA Database Strategy Board and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. Mr Alastair...