Written answers

Friday, 19 November 2010

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Housing

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the (a) capital and (b) rental value of...

    • House of Commons: Housing

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the running costs of each of the residences provided for officials of the House of Commons Service...

      Motions: Audio Recordings

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2010, Official Report, columns 353-4, on motions, what progress the...

      Recycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission, what procedures are in place for the separation and recycling of waste from offices on the parliamentary estate.

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will publish on the No. 10 Downing Street Transparency microsite details of Ministerial and special adviser meetings, hospitality, gifts and overseas travel in...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will (a) publish a business plan for the Law Officers' Departments and (b) make that plan available on the No. 10 Downing Street Transparency microsite.

  • Transport

    • Conwy Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the upgrading of the Conwy Valley railway line to Route Availability 10.

    • Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected date is for the completion of Crossrail.

      Office of Rail Regulation: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for (a) the Office of Rail Regulation and (b) its duties in relation to freight lines.

      Office of Rail Regulation: Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms he has put in place to ensure that the Office of Rail Regulation undertakes its functions in respect of Network Rail (a) efficiently...

      Railways: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley who have a 16 to...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to upgrade rail infrastructure in the South West.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps to ensure the Office of Rail Regulation regulates the maintenance of all railway lines in Wales, including diversionary and...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Mass Media

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what meetings members of the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

    • Members: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many staff of hon. Members have (a) not received salaries...

  • Education

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 September 2010 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Miss G Persse, transferred from the...

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have been supported by Youth Sport Trust funding in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects all family accommodation to be fully modernised.

    • Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 10 November 2010, Official Report, column 391W, on armed forces: private education, how...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long on average he spends managing expenses and allowances claims; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new regulations sponsored by his Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory instrument in the last six months.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will assess the merits of offering a public tender for its meteorological services contract held by the Met Office.

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has carried out a feasibility study into accommodating at RAF Lyneham service personnel and their families currently...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Soteria consortium on the demilitarisation of Search and Rescue services in the UK.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the demilitarisation of Search and Rescue services in the UK; (2) what recent...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) RAF, (c) HM Coastguard and (d) civilian personnel are employed in roles related to search and rescue activities.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the withdrawal of teaching...

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effects on arts and culture...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effects on arts and culture...

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the funding provided by each local authority for arts and cultural organisations and activities...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of implementing his proposals for the roll-out of high-speed...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible spent on press cuttings...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what regulations sponsored by his Department have been revoked in the last six months.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what new regulations sponsored by his Department have been introduced through (a) primary legislation and (b) statutory...

      Youth Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Education on funding for Youth Sport Trust before the announcement of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the compliance of energy suppliers with Ofgem's overarching standards of conduct in respect of the...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department monitors the application of (a) exit fees in respect of and (b) penalties applied to energy suppliers'...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanisms are in place to ensure that local communities are consulted on the location of land-based wind turbines.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that payments for schemes under Community builders programme are available where final...

  • Justice

    • Church Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Church Commissioners have not been designated as a public body subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    • Refugee and Migrant Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assistance he provides to survivors of torture entering the UK from abroad following the ending of funding for the service provided by Refugee and...

  • Health

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that the dental expertise of primary care trust commissioning staff is preserved during the proposed...

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the commissioning of (a) salaried primary care dental services and (b) secondary dental care.

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2010, Official Report, column 844W, on dental services: fees and charges, with whom Monitor will be expected to work...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the proposed payment by outcomes approach in respect of drug treatment and rehabilitation.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the proportion of the contract value linked to the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation payment framework for providers of...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) midwives were employed in the NHS on 1 April 2010 and what estimate he has made of the number of each type of...

      Physiology: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place for (a) NHS Trusts and (b) members of the public to make complaints about practising clinical physiologists.

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2010, Official Report, column 658W, on thromboembolism, what estimate he made of the cost to the public purse of...

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to make venous thromboembolism in the NHS a never event; and if he will make a statement.

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was allocated to the National Venous Thromboembolism Prevention programme in each of the last five years; and what such funding was allocated...

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to include knowledge of nationally-endorsed venous thromboembolism prevention protocols as a basic patient safety and experience measure...

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to take steps to ensure that venous thromboembolism prevention education is made a core element of undergraduate medical curricula; and...

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking in response to the review undertaken by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death in respect of its...

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of venous thromboembolism characterised by (a) deep vein thrombosis and (b) pulmonary embolism were recorded in patients in NHS...

      Thromboembolism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether instances of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism will be classified as emergency hospital readmissions in respect of the proposed policy not...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department assessed the merits of bringing forward proposals to require plain packaging for cigarettes as an alternative to a ban on tobacco...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his definition is of entrepreneurial culture with reference to page 42 of the White Paper Local growth: realising every...

    • Education: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Aimhigher in Merseyside in improving educational aspiration and attainment;...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanisms will be in place for the (a) administration and (b) funding of programmes for inward investment to the regions...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to enable universities to attract students and research funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women completed MBAs at universities in each of the last three years.

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women studied for business degrees at undergraduate level at universities in each of the last three years.

      Higher Education: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people normally resident in Dartford constituency continued to higher education in the last five years.

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley in receipt of free school...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding he expects to be provided for higher education institutions through (a) student fees, (b) Higher Education...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of funded higher education places available in each year of the comprehensive spending...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to introduce changes to his Department's funding for university courses in foreign languages as a result of the...

      Higher Education: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of young people resident in Oxford West and Abingdon constituency who have entered...

      Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average annual budget of each technology innovation centre in each year of the Comprehensive...

      Innovation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average start-up cost of a technology innovation centre.

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department issues guidance on the safety of (a) handheld mobile telephones and (b) mobile telephone masts in...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on Royal Mail (a) of regulatory requirements to carry the mail of its commercial...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of regulatory requirements to give advanced notification to commercial competitors on...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the increase in the cap on tuition fees in 2012 will apply to students applying in 2010-11 for deferred entry to higher...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of a system of forgivable loans for medical students as an alternative to a requirement to pay...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to encourage young people from low income inner-city families to attend university; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average (a) student debt and (b) repayment period for student loans following the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding arrangements will apply to a student applying for university in 2010 for a deferred place in 2012.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the main real interest rate on student loans for new students from 2012-13 will be (a) fixed at 2.2 per cent., (b) tied...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of UK Trade and Investment in the latest period for which...

      Yorkshire Forward: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of the assets owned by Yorkshire Forward in Bradford following the closure of that agency.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Centre: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether her Department has provided funding for the Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Centre since its creation.

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent under each budget heading on its stakeholder conference held in March 2010.

      Government Equalities Office: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what grants of what monetary value the Government Equalities Office has allocated to each organisation in each of the last five years; and how much it...

      Institute for Fiscal Studies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office spent on services provided by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in each year since its creation.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Protect Employees in the Workplace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the Health and Safety Executive has adequate resources to enforce legislation to protect employees...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were (a) made and (b) approved in respect of grants under the Access to Work scheme in 2009-10; and what the monetary...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the savings likely to be made by restrictions on grants under the Access to Work scheme in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the effects on disabled people seeking employment of recent changes to the operation of the Access to Work...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when changes to be proposed to the Access to Work scheme were agreed; and what consultation his Department undertook with (a) users, (b)...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what equipment his Department (a) classifies as standard provision and (b) expects employers to fund under the Access to Work scheme since 1...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what internal guidance his Department is using on the operation from 1 October 2010 of the Access to Work scheme.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 422W, on Access to Work programme, which areas of the Access to Work...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department expects to publish a target for the collection of child maintenance arrears by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what criteria the additional discretionary housing funding will be allocated to local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the number of householders in receipt of housing benefit who will have to vacate their home as a result of the...

      Housing Benefit: Rossendale and Darwen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in housing benefit to individuals in Rossendale and Darwen constituency for a (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three...

      Maternity Payments: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on extending maternity allowance to adoptive parents; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people will no longer receive contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) annually as a result of his decision to...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of fortnightly benefit payments of disability living allowance and incapacity...

      Social Security Benefits: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to ensure that those released from jail can promptly obtain jobseeker's allowance or employment support allowance...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of state pension provision in each year from 2009-10 to 2020-21; what proportion of...

  • International Development

    • Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's humanitarian aid to Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulated procedures were carried out on animals under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to test the potency of botulinum...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategy her Department plans to adopt to reduce the number of animals used in experiments.

      Animal Experiments: Botulinum Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the practice of using death as an experimental end point in relation to the use of mice for the potency...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-human primates imported into the UK and recorded as F1 generation were from Mauritius in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has plans to review the suitability of non-human primate companies in Mauritius that are designated as breeding and supply...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers there were in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; and how many have subsequently been deported.

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of asylum seekers moving from Glasgow city council accommodation on requirements for individuals...

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of the UK Border Agency's housing contract with Glasgow city council; and what the value is of contracts with the...

      Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the minimum notice period will be for asylum seekers being moved from accommodation with Glasgow City Council; and whether tenants will...

      Asylum: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish her Department's assessment of the cost effectiveness and quality of social care services provided by Glasgow city...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Scout Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had with the Scout Association on the introduction of charges for Criminal Records Bureau checks; and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of sentence given to a person originally charged with offences related to human trafficking and subsequently...

      Immigrants: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained for immigration purposes (a) on each of the last 14 days for which figures are available, (b) in each of...

      Jimmy Mubenga

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response she has given to the family of Jimmy Mubenga to the letter delivered to her Department on 12 November 2010; and if she will...

      Vetting: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2010, Official Report, column 499W, on the Criminal Records Bureau, on how many occasions in respect of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas or equivalent were issued in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Wickham Research Laboratories: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2010, Official Report, column 232W, on Wickham Research Laboratories: animal experiments, when she expects...

      Youth Justice: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has allocated for youth crime provision in London in each of the last five years for which figures are...

  • Treasury

    • Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of (a) income earned, (b) income tax paid and (c) benefits claimed by non-EU migrants in the UK in the most recent...

    • Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to launch the Green Investment Bank; and what funding will be made available to it.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of tax credit claimants were sent renewal reminder notices in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy that an essential step for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is that al-Qaeda should not be...

    • Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with Aung San Suu Kyi since her release from house arrest.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings (a) officials and (b) special advisers in his Department have had with the Director-General of the BBC;...

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Burmese government the date of the release of the political prisoners held in Burmese prisons.

      Burma: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Thai and (b) Burmese government on migrant workers who have crossed the border...

      Cyprus: EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposed EU regulation for direct trade with the Turkish Cypriot community.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; on what date each such review (a) was...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what additional resources have been allocated to EU institutions by the UK since May 2010; and what powers have been transferred...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Palestinian Authority counterpart on levels of support for the Hamas political...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations at UN level to establish a monitoring mechanism to report on human rights in Iran to the (a)...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the state of the Iranian nuclear programme since September 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the recently-introduced sanctions against Iran; and if he will make a...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the effectiveness of the Iranian sanctions programme;...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Iranian links with militants in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since September 2010; and if he...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to prevent weapons from Iran reaching terrorist organisations in the Middle East.

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his EU counterparts to request that Israel complies with the provisions of the EU-Israel...

      Pakistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Pakistan counterpart on the death sentence given to Mrs Asia Bibi.

      Taiwan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals have applied for a British passport in Taiwan in each of the last five years.

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Moroccan Government on the recent attacks on Saharawi protestors; and if he will make...

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to send a representative to El Aauin in Western Sahara as a result of the recent violent incidents.

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Morocco on Saharawi reported missing following the recent violence in...

      Western Sahara: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he (a) last met and (b) next plans to meet the Moroccan Government to discuss violence in the Western Sahara.

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