Hansard Written Answers

Some recent written answers

House of Lords: Poverty answered 28 July 2014

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define (1) poverty, and (2) absolute poverty; and how many households in each constituent nation of the United Kingdom are currently considered to be living in (1) poverty, and (2) absolute poverty.

House of Lords: Northern Ireland Office answered 29 July 2014

Lord Mawhinney: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Randerson on 17 July (HL Deb, col 738), when they expect to have in place properly designed systems to ensure that Northern Ireland Office policy has proper lines of responsibility, accountability and safeguards against error.

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East answered 22 July 2014

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of (a) Palestinians and (b) Palestinian children who have been killed as a result of Israeli military action in the last 10 years.

House of Lords: Aspartame answered 22 July 2014

the Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many kilograms of aspartame were imported into the United Kingdom in each year from 2000 to 2013 inclusive.

House of Lords: Devolution answered 29 July 2014

Lord Mawhinney: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Randerson on 16 July (HL Deb, col 588), under what circumstances the Sewel Convention would be set aside in order for the national interest to prevail.

Some recent written ministerial statements

Work and Pensions: New State Pension 22 July 2014 (2 annotations)
Steve Webb: I committed to publishing the proposed rate for increments derived from the deferral of a new state pension when I had advice on what would be an actuarially fair rate. Earlier this year the...
House of Lords: Waste Management: Radioactive Waste 24 July 2014
Baroness Verma: I am today publishing a White Paper on implementing geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The White Paper—Implementing Geological Disposal...
Treasury: Councillors' Travel (Tax Exemptions) 22 July 2014
David Gauke: The Government are announcing today that they intend to introduce legislation to exempt from income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs), travel expenses payments made to local...
Energy and Climate Change: Fourth Carbon Budget (Review) 22 July 2014
Edward Davey: Today I can announce that, having concluded a detailed review, the Government will not be amending the fourth carbon budget. The budget, which covers the period 2023 to 2027, will therefore stay...
Health: NHS Modernisation (Costs and Benefits) 22 July 2014
Jeremy Hunt: I announced in July 2013 that the costs of implementing policies in the Health and Social Care Act were likely to be closer to the estimate in the business case for the programme—£1.5...
Home Department: Terrorism Legislation (Annual Report) 22 July 2014
Theresa May: Mr David Anderson QC has completed his fourth annual report as the statutory independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism...
Health: Mitochondrial Donation 22 July 2014
Jane Ellison: We are today publishing the Government response to the consultation about draft regulations to allow mitochondrial donation to prevent the transmission of serious mitochondrial disease from...
Treasury: Stakeholder Child Trust Funds (Lifestyling) 22 July 2014
David Gauke: The Government will formally consult in 2015 on the application of the “lifestyling” requirement to over 4 million stakeholder child trust funds (CTF). This requirement is designed to...
House of Lords: Energy: Gas and Oil Licences 28 July 2014
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: This Coalition Government believes that shale gas has the potential to provide the UK with greater energy security, growth and jobs. Effective exploration and testing of the UK’s...
Business, Innovation and Skills: Prevention and Deterrence of Undeclared Work (EU Opt-in) 22 July 2014
Jo Swinson: The European Commission has proposed the establishment of a European platform to enhance co-operation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. The Government consider that the...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Government Diamond Office 22 July 2014
Mark Simmonds: Further to my statement to Parliament on 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 27WS, I wish to inform the House that today the Government Diamond Office has amended its charging structure,...
Culture Media and Sport: VisitBritain and VisitEngland (Triennial Review) 22 July 2014
Helen Grant: I am today announcing the start of the triennial review of VisitBritain and VisitEngland (British Tourist Authority). Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring...
House of Lords: Energy: Oil and Gas 23 July 2014
Lord Deighton: Following the announcement at Budget 2014 that the government would introduce a new allowance to support investment in ultra high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) oil and gas projects, HM...
Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Atomic Energy Authority (Triennial Review) 22 July 2014
Greg Clark: The coalition Government made a commitment to review public bodies, with the aim of increasing accountability for actions carried out on behalf of the state. The triennial review of the UK Atomic...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British Council (Triennial Review) 22 July 2014
Hugo Swire: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will today publish the triennial review of the British Council. The start of the triennial review was announced by WMS in July 2013. The review concluded that...
House of Lords: Heavy Good Vehicles: Speed Limit 24 July 2014
Baroness Kramer: My Honourable Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, (Claire Perry), has today announced that the Government is proposing, following a public consultation, to increase...
Treasury: Equitable Life Payment Scheme 22 July 2014
Andrea Leadsom: As of 30 June 2014, the scheme has now issued payments totalling £972.9 million to 877,414 policyholders. The scheme has published a further progress report, which can be found at:...
Business, Innovation and Skills: National Minimum Wage Regulations 22 July 2014
Jo Swinson: Today, I publish a consultation document and draft consolidated national minimum wage (NMW) regulations for public consultation. The NMW regulations, which set out the detailed NMW rules, came...
Home Department: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 22 July 2014
Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department has today laid before Parliament the 2013-14 annual report of the appointed person under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The...
Cabinet Office: Candidates' Election Expenses 22 July 2014
Sam Gyimah: The Government have made the following instrument: The Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates’ Election Expenses) Order 2014. The order amends the maximum amounts...