Written answers

Monday, 23 July 2012

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions were performed with respect to pregnancies with gestations of 24 weeks or more in 2011. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women travelled to Great Britain from Northern Ireland to have abortions in each year since 2001; and whether the abortions are free for those women. To...

      Abortion Act 1967

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) statutory instruments, (2) departmental circulars, and (3) other documents they have published since May 2010 consequent on the provisions of the Abortion...

      Airports: Gatwick Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether passengers from Northern Ireland who land at Gatwick Airport are ever required to go through passport control.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 24 January 2008 (WA 58), on how many occasions in each of the last three years Royal Air Force...

      Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they oppose the introduction of assisted dying; and whether they will support a free vote on the issue in both Houses of Parliament.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the complexity of regulating British banks, they will consider bringing retail banks into the public sector or their mutualisation.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the United Kingdom's total liability through the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Financial Stability Mechanism; from...

      Butterflies and Moths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to protect butterfly and moth populations, in the light of the impact of this year's bad weather.

      Cbi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the Director General of the CBI on 12 July regarding their growth plan.

      Children: Data Sharing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from local authority children's services regarding access to full information about pre-school-aged children in their...

      Cleaning and Support Services Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the recommendations of the report by the Cleaning and Support Services Association, Employment Growth-The Case for Cleaning.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 28 June (WA 82-83), how much the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has spent on...

      Crime: Gun Grime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 July (WA 201), how many incidents, arrests and prosecutions involving the illegal use of firearms there have...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 4 July (Official Report, col. 678), what is their response to the statement from the International Monetary Fund that if...

      Elderly People: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to encourage private insurers to offer insurance cover for care of the elderly.

      Employment: Youth Contract

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they supply to Jobcentre Plus advisers on the Youth Contract; and whether they will place copies of such information in the Library of the House.

      Employment: Youth Contract

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment processes are in place to ensure that work programme providers issue claims forms for Youth Contract wage incentives.

      Equitable Life

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many payments had been made, at the end of June 2012, under the Equitable Life Payment Scheme; and what percentage this represents of the payments due to...

      Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as a host of the family planning summit on 11 July, they will play a role in ensuring that (1) financial pledges, and (2) non-financial commitments made...

      Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funds pledged at the family planning summit on 11 July will be disbursed through existing funding mechanisms including the United Nations Population...

      Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, further to the family planning summit on 11 July, they intend to use private companies' logistical networks to disseminate family planning commodities in...

      Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, following up the family planning summit held on 11 July, to ensure that blind and other disabled women will benefit from the new investment...

      Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their role as a host of the family planning summit on 11 July, whether they have made any assessment of the number of blind and other disabled women...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Association of Metropolitan Fire Authorities about the effect of cuts in the funding of fire and rescue services...

      First World War: Commemoration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to hold services of national commemoration to mark the 100th anniversaries of the start and end of the First World War.

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of staff employed within the private offices of Ministers and the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices (1) under the age of 21, and (2) over the age of 21, were employed within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 1 June,...

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date each property currently (1) owned, and (2) leased, by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessor departments was...

      Government Departments: Libraries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has a (1) lending, and (2) reference, library.

      Government Departments: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many press officers are currently employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; how this compares with the number employed by that...

      Government Departments: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place, in respect of each department, for the relevant Ministers from the four United Kingdom Administrations to meet regularly to discuss...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many government procurement cards issued to staff employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were reported as stolen in each of the...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were (1) suspended, and (2) dismissed, for misusing the government procurement...

      Government Departments: Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and which files were sent to the National Archives by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, its predecessor departments, and each of its...

      Government Departments: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has (1) budgeted, and (2) spent, on security in each year since 2000.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many temporary workers were employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in each of the past five years; for what purpose; and at what...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on (1) involuntary, and (2) voluntary, exit schemes by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for staff at each grade for each...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff of each grade the Parliamentary Branch of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has employed in each of the past 10 years.

      Government Departments: Stationery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on stationery by (1) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and its predecessor departments, and (2) each of its agencies, in...

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, under the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, what recourse patients will have in circumstances where the local providers' contract is prematurely...

      Health: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to publish updated guidance on the management of multiple sclerosis in primary and...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students came to the United Kingdom to study from (1) India, (2) Pakistan, and (3) Bangladesh, in (a) 2010, and (b) 2011.

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students from (1) India, (2) Pakistan, and (3) Bangladesh, who entered the United Kingdom to study actually took up their studies in (a) 2010, and (b) 2011.

      Higher Education: Principal Regulators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which body is the charitable regulator for (1) further education colleges, and (2) sixth form colleges.

      Isle of Sark

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they have drawn from the visit of Lord McNally, Minister of State for Justice, to the Isle of Sark.

      Isle of Sark

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they provided to the Isle of Sark in each year since 2008 and whether any of that assistance involved payment for litigation on the Isle.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to ensure that at the forthcoming July meeting between the European Union and Israel, any upgrading in relations between the European Union...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made bilaterally and multilaterally to the Government of Israel regarding the solitary confinement of children; and what was the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to representations by Quakers in Britain, Christian Aid and others for a ban on the import of the products of Israeli settlements in...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money from UK public funds has gone to illegal Israeli settlements and what is their assessment of the level of European Union research funds which have...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Israel bilaterally and via the European Union about the demolition of buildings within Area C; how many buildings...

      Justice: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alternative costs and benefits of offering rehabilitation programmes rather than prison sentences for mothers of young...

      Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made recent representations to the Government of Malaysia concerning the burning of (1) books under the Printing Presses and Publications Act...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the determination by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission concerning 12 July, whether they have proposals to disband or change the commission.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir John Sawers in his remarks on Iran in his recent speech to Civil Service Live meant that Iran was now two years away from completing the construction...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 27 June (WA 74), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of FIFA's letter to the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Team GB

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Olympics Authority about why the national team is named Team GB rather than Team UK.

      Olympic Games 2012: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries participating in the Olympic Games in London have made arrangements for training camps outside London to be used by their participants both before...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Migration Advisory Committee to undertake an assessment of the social and economic impact of non-European Union student immigration.

      Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tickets have been requested by the Government for the 2012 Paralympic Games, and for which events.

      Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will have discussions with the appropriate authorities to find out if the work in the middle of Parliament Square will be completed before the London...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, out of the number of checks undertaken as part of the passport application assessment process in 2010-11, (1) how many countersignatories were contacted to...

      Patents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the efficacy of the current UK arrangements for providing and protecting patents for small and medium-sized enterprises compared with...

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the three forces identified in the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report Policing in Austerity: One year On as being...

      Public Order Act 1986

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have informed the police that they no longer have to meet any targets relating to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, covering offences of causing...

      Rhinoceroses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Governments of countries where rhinoceros horn is traded about ceasing the trade in order to protect the rhinoceros from...

      Rhinoceroses and Elephants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will be taking at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to (1) protect the rhinoceros from extinction,...

      Schools: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the research report published in June 2012 by the British Council-led Language Rich Europe consortium on its findings in England.

      Secret Intelligence Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been a change of United Kingdom policy towards discussion of secret service operations, in the light of the comments attributed to Sir John...

      Slavery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to eradicate all examples of modern-day slavery.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have despatched officials to the South Sudan refugee camps to collect first-hand witness statements and evidence concerning aerial bombardment in...

      Stateless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for stateless persons resident in the United Kingdom of the judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 21 May (WA 34), whether they now consider that events in South Kordofan and Blue Nile constitute...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will convene a meeting with relevant non-governmental organisations to discuss an immediate co-ordinated humanitarian relief programme for those in...

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote tourism this summer outside London in areas that are not hosting Olympic events.

      Turks and Caicos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for ensuring that elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands in November 2012 are free and fair.

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are UK Border Agency staff shortages in Islamabad and Abu Dhabi; and, if so, how the UK Border Agency is dealing with them.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bogus colleges' visa sponsorship licences were revoked due to misuse of their licence conditions in (1) 2009, (2) 2010, and (3) 2011.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a foreign contractor is involved in decision-making in respect of UK visa applications in Islamabad and Abu Dhabi; and, if so, which company is involved.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 27 June (WA 80), of the 10,031 and 1,527 grants of settlement received in 2010 by Nigerian and Algerian nationals...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that planning for the new Bomber Command Memorial pre-dated the expiry of a Government scheme which exempted war memorials from VAT,...

      Water Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove administrative and legal obstacles to water companies investing in water management schemes located in national parks.

      West Lothian Question

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord McNally on 8 September 2011 (WS 34) on a Commission on the West Lothian Question, what progress Treasury Ministers have...

      Young Ex-offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they are offering to young ex-offenders on the Work Programme.

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