Written answers

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they intend to take regarding cases of sex-selection abortions, following the findings of the Care Quality Commission inspection reports...

    • Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the occupational exposure limits for tri-cresylphosphate (TCP) ortho-isomers apply to tri-orthocresylphosphate (TOCP) alone or whether they apply...

      Armed Forces: Commonwealth Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for dealing with applications by Commonwealth citizens who have served in units of the British armed forces to remain permanently in the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial, health and social support is available to asylum seekers; and whether they have plans to reform the current system. [HL1844]

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial, health and social support is available to asylum seekers whose applications have been refused; and whether they have plans to reform the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will grant asylum seekers permission to work if their applications remain undetermined after six months. [HL1846]

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will grant asylum seekers permission to work if their applications have been refused but they cannot be returned to their country of origin....

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum applications remained undecided at the end of (1) 2009, (2) 2010, (3) 2011, and (4) at present. [HL1848]

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum age dispute cases are currently awaiting determination. [HL1895]

      Asylum Seekers: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many child asylum seekers have been erroneously detained as adults in the last five years. [HL1894]

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual turnover of (1) general practitioners, (2) nurses, and (3) physiotherapists, employed by Atos Healthcare to undertake the work capability...

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the annual value of air passenger duty is (1) refunded to non-fliers who claim it back, and (2) retained by airlines, where non-fliers do not...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 4 July (WA 174), whether they have an identical diplomatic approach to those imprisoned for...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Bahrain about the recent shooting there of the Shia cleric Ali Salman. [HL1648]

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made since the beginning of 2012 of whether Saudi Arabian security forces are involved in front-line activities in Bahrain. [HL1649]

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 18 July (WA 56-7), whether the "political street violence" referred to in the answer refers to...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 18 July [WA 56-7], by when they expect full implementation of the recommendations of the...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 16 July [WA 1), whether, since May 2010, they have raised the medical welfare of any individual...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 July [WA 22], what representations they have made to the Government of Bahrain regarding...

      Bankruptcy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a person who (1) is subject to an undischarged bankruptcy, or (2) is a director of a company subject to an undischarged bankruptcy, is eligible to...

      Barbara Hofschroer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the case of Mrs Hofschroer was first referred to the Home Office; what are the reasons for the delay in the resolution of the matter; and when they...

      Billy Rautenbach

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in 2009 they granted a licence allowing the release of funds to Billy Rautenbach, or any entity linked with that individual, when he was on the...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the UK Border Agency has taken a year to consider and deal with an application for naturalisation as a British citizen by the film maker N. Howard-Moore....

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance will be given to those preparing for the Life in the UK test. [HL1897]

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of reports that international aid agencies are being obstructed from delivering aid to Rohingya people displaced by recent violence...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for International Development discussed funding for refugees from Burma with Aung San Suu Kyi when she visited the United...

      Burma and Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support is being given to (1) the Mae Tao Clinic and (2) Shan Women’s Action Network for their projects in Burma and in Thailand. [HL1810]

      Care Homes: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of children’s care homes are in the north-west of England; how many children are cared for in those homes; how many of the children...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the children assessed as living in poverty are from families whose total income is derived from social security benefits, and whether they have...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, the new assistant bishop in Shanghai alleged to be under house arrest, and Bishop John W Ruowang...

      Courts: Vulnerable Defendants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of vulnerable defendants in England and Wales who (1) have mental health problems, and (2) have learning...

      Crime: Gun Grime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of gun crime were recorded in Lincolnshire in each year from 1996 up to the last year for which records are available. [HL1867]

      Cuerden Valley Park Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an update on the activity in relation to the Cuerden Valley Park Trust of (1) the Department for Communities and Local Government, and...

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the report by the Education and Employers Taskforce for Collins Language regarding the importance of languages acquisition for UK...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 4 July (WA 169), whether British diplomatic staff in Egypt include any of the Coptic faith....

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 4 July (WA 169), whether they intend to have direct discussions with the leaders of the Coptic...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prepare Clinical Commissioning Groups for their new responsibilities as commissioners of fertility treatment. [HL1823]

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claimants in receipt of Employment Support Allowance whose appeals have been allowed by a tribunal have been sent for reassessment within two years...

      EU: Association Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 13 July (WA 284), by what means the human rights clauses of the European Union-Israel...

      Extradition: Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long the Gary McKinnon case has been awaiting a final decision; and what expert opinion in the case the Home Secretary has (1) sought, (2) accepted,...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received on whether work has started on four water, sanitation and hygiene projects in the Gaza Strip which received approval in...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made representations to the Government of Israel about access to and egress from Gaza for vehicles and materials; and with what results. [HL1673]

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that unimpeded humanitarian access to Gaza, the prohibition of trade and economic activities with illegal settlements,...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the implementation of the 16 internationally-led projects to alleviate Gaza's water shortage currently awaiting...

      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 Education on 1 June;...

      Government Departments: Public Consultations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the greatest number of responses to a public consultation that the Home Office has been able to consider and on which it has offered a public policy...

      Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Health and Safety Executive enforces the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated legislation including the Control of Substances...

      Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Health and Safety Executive enforces the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as...

      Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Health and Safety Executive and the Civil Aviation Authority on health and safety regulatory...

      Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the occupational health and safety enforcement responsibilities designated to the Civil Aviation Authority under the Civil Aviation (Working Time)...

      Health: Contraceptive Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK on restrictions in access to...

      Health: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standard on multiple sclerosis is due to be developed and published. [HL1711]

      Health: Neuromuscular Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the NHS Commissioning Board about the future funding arrangements for neuromuscular care advisors in England. [HL1874]

      Health: Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support is available to Clinical Commissioning Groups to help them design and plan services to prevent falls and fragility fractures in older people....

      Health: PDE5 Inhibitors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discourage men who experience erectile dysfunction from buying PDE5 inhibitors from unlicensed online pharmacies if they are...

      Health: Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Warner on 28 November 2005 (WA 12-13), how many (1) doctors, (2) nurses, (3) ambulance staff, (4) scientists, (5)...

      Health: Training and Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require private sector and third sector organisations in receipt of healthcare contracts to participate in the education and training...

      House of Lords: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 9 July (WA 212), whether Ministers receive a briefing on the implications of the Pepper v Hart judgment...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 28 May (WA 111), what was the breakdown of the grant allocated to each developer from (1) the National...

      Human Trafficking and Servitude

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the abolition of the Overseas Domestic Workers Visa on the problems of servitude and human trafficking. [HL1761]

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals who hold a criminal conviction that has not been spent or exhausted under the law in their home nation, or under English law, have...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that Parliament has the opportunity to scrutinise all changes to the Immigration Rules before enforcement; and how they plan to...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children are currently detained for immigration purposes in (1) removal centres, (2) short-term holding facilities, and (3) pre-departure...

      Immigration: Criminal Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how differences between criminal sentences given in England compared with Australia, Canada and the United States are accounted for, when allowing entry...

      Immigration: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many settlement applications are received by the UK Border Agency each year under the SET (DV) provisions on domestic violence; how many of those...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will draw the attention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Mr Ahmed Shaheed, to the case of the...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made representations to the Government of Iran concerning the Farsi-language Christian churches there, and with what result; and whether they...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation by the Government of Israel of the recommendation of the 2008 Goldberg Commission which recommended the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel on the draft legislation before the Knesset which seeks to ban mosques from using...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank and East Jerusalem

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases have been filed by British citizens or residents claiming compensation or damages for land or properties in the West Bank or East Jerusalem;...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are assisting the National Dialogue taking place between political leaders in Lebanon; and what assessment they have made of the contribution of...

      Middle East and North Africa: Discrimination against Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider assembling before 2014 a conference to consider implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the budget that will be required for the additional responsibilities to be taken on by the National Crime Agency; what assessment...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the budget required for each of the four commands within the National Crime Agency. [HL1716]

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount spent in each of the last five years on publicising and explaining in the United Kingdom the roles and functions of NATO. [HL1594 ]

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the UK financial contribution has been in each of the last five years to the Civil Budget of NATO. [HL1595]

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of people in the UK delegation to NATO; and how this has changed over the past five years. [HL1596]

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information about the number of UK citizens serving in the international staff of NATO. [HL1597]

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated date of completion of the new NATO headquarters building; and what has been the UK contribution to its cost. [HL1598]

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost to the United Kingdom of its combined gross contributions to the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and overseas aid. [HL1679]

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold regarding the killing on 4 July of Mr Ghulam Abbas, who was accused of breaking blasphemy laws in Pakistan; and whether they have...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the volume and trend of vigilante killings of those accused or suspected of breaking blasphemy laws in Pakistan. [HL1727]

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers took early retirement in (1) 2010, and (2) 2011, in the police forces of (a) Birmingham, (b) Coventry, (c) Solihull, (d)...

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers were employed in Lincolnshire in each year from 1996 to the last year for which records are available. [HL1863]

      Police: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the results of the internal West Midlands police professional standards investigation into complaints that police made up...

      Police: Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police stations have closed in each police authority over the past three years. [HL1861]

      Public Order Act 1986

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Home Secretary last met ministerial colleagues to discuss the Government's response to the public consultation on Section 5 of the Public...

      Public Order Act 1986

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that the removal of the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 would result in an enhancement of the...

      Raed Salah

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they took before issuing the deportation order for Sheikh Raed Salah. [HL1825]

      Raed Salah

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Sheikh Raed Salah has been offered or sought compensation for the length of time he was detained on bail in the United Kingdom. [HL1826]

      Riots

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their formal response to After the riots: the final report of the Riots Communities and Victims Panel, published in March 2012. [HL1960]

      Roads: Street Names and Numbers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to require (1) domestic and commercial property occupants or owners to display clearly the street numbers of their premises on front...

      Secret Intelligence Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reports in the Daily Telegraph of 12 July and Civil Service World that Sir John Sawers has publicly spoken of the role of MI6 contacts in...

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the United Nations Secretary-General that the United States, Russia and China should be asked to provide evidence from satellite...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many alleged terrorist suspects were detained in the last three years; and how many were convicted. [HL1708]

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 17 July (WA 48) on universal credit, how they are going to ensure claimants’ documents used to verify...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many student visas were issued for students from overseas in the last 12 months; what was the revenue generated from them; and how that sum compares with...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been granted visas to enter the United Kingdom to attend the 2012 Olympic Games as (1) participants, (2) media personnel, (3)...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many post-study work visa applications remained undecided at the end of (1) 2009, (2) 2010, (3) 2011, and (4) at present. [HL1849]

      Visas: Fishing Fleets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many transit visas were granted in 2011 to individuals going to work for British-owned fishing fleets. [HL1822]

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