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Written answers

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many F35B aircraft they are planning to purchase.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to establish an Operational Conversion Unit for the F35B aircraft; and, if so, of how many F35B aircraft it will consist. To ask Her...

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being put in place for delivery of supplies to Ascension Island once RMS St Helena is withdrawn from service.

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any discussions with the government of the United States about that country contributing towards the running costs of Ascension Island.

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing an air link between St Helena and Ascension Island once the airport is completed on St Helena; and whether...

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to update the agreement with the government of the United States on the use of Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island to allow...

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to update the agreement with the government of the United States on the use of Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island to allow a...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumptions they have made about interest rates when calculating and forecasting their debt interest payments.

      Banks: Co-operative Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the absence of warnings from the Financial Services Authority or the Bank of England on the market in the...

      BBC: Licence Fee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 10 July (WA 45), whether any portion of the licence fee is retained by the Government for its...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests for information in connection with incapacity benefit were made to general practitioners in 2008; how many have been made in the first...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of bovine tuberculosis have been reported in domestic animals for each year since 2002.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future reliability of inter-island links in the South Atlantic for the transport of imports and exports and the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 July (HL Deb, cols 876–7), whether the United Kingdom’s new military relationship with...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications have been received for licences for export of small arms ammunition to Burma; and from whom.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the last United Nations General Assembly resolution on human rights in Burma; and whether they intend to make any recommendations...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest date by which it is likely that all remaining political prisoners in Burma will have been released.

      Businesses: Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are providing to people who wish to start small businesses.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of potential cuts in coastguard funding on deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning when boating.

      Children and Families Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held between the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and the Ministry of Justice about the possibility of the...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to amend the current system of awarding costs in children's care cases so that local authorities found to be acting against the...

      Crime: Forensic Scientists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to prevent excessive charges being billed to independent forensic scientists to allow them to examine relevant material in criminal...

      Crime: Phone Theft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of smartphones with remote tracking functionality stolen in 2012; how many such thefts were reported to the police; how...

      Defence: Five Powers Defence Arrangement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for future engagement with the United Kingdom's allies in the Five Powers Defence Arrangement.

      Developing Countries: Maritime and Aviation Sectors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Department for International Development’s study on the impacts on developing...

      Digital Companies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what definition they give to the term “digital company” in the United Kingdom economy. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency divulges individual addresses of vehicle owners to private car park enforcement companies.

      Employment: Sickness Absence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to implement the recommendations of Health at work—an independent review of sickness absence; and which recommendations...

      Employment: Work Capability Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans (1) to re-instate the time limit for returning evidence with the ESA50 work capability questionnaire to six weeks to allow claimants...

      Employment: Work Capability Assessments 1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Statement by Lord Freud on 22 July (WS 151–2) which noted that “a recent DWP audit identified a reduction in the quality...

      Endangered Species: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist in the conservation of endangered species living in the wild.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service in implementing its action plan on female genital mutilation.

      Food: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to release a new position paper on nutrition for 2015 by way of an update to the position paper of 2011, Scaling Up Nutrition.

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 19 July (WA 157), concerning the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, whether they will now answer...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , in the light of recent reports that the flow of goods from Egypt to Gaza has reduced, what assessment they have made of food security in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Foreign Secretary is taking to follow the recommendations of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict.

      Health: Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 June (WA 112), whether they will add information relating to the websites of human papillomavirus vaccine...

      Health: Ophthalmology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 February (WA 251), what steps the National Health Service is taking to ensure that eye care services are...

      Homelessness: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those individuals sleeping rough on the streets are former members of the United Kingdom armed forces.

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of rough sleepers on the streets of London in (1) 2010, and (2) 2013. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many units of low cost housing, under each category of affordable housing, have been built, and are currently being built, in each local district...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that labour mobility into regions with high housing costs is possible for low-income families.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) council-owned housing units, and (2) other social housing units, have been available to rent in each local housing authority, in each year since...

      Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current rules that determine when an impact assessment is conducted in relation to a new policy or proposed piece of legislation; when those...

      Islamic State Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 June (HL Deb, col 1400), whether Baroness Warsi delivered a speech at the Organisation of Islamic...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish their own guidelines to supplement the recent European Union rules which prohibit funding to Israeli bodies connected with...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they seek from the government of Israel about the uses to which arms sold to that country will be put before granting export licences for...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate reports of the use of tear gas by Israeli armed forces around and inside Palestinian homes in Abu Dis.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Israel regarding the approval process by that government for construction of further...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 4 June (WA 173), why they have decided not to use their powers under section 26 of the Northern...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Insurance numbers were active on 31 December 2012.

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who authorises the issue of an individual's National Insurance number.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they pay the University of Nottingham for the pension of the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and how much has been...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , in appointing the current Chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, whether the Chairman's political career and current political affiliations...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Department for International Development’s current aid budget allocation for nutrition in (1) Malawi, and (2) Tanzania.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Department for International Development currently spending on child health in (1) Malawi, and (2) Tanzania.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which 10 countries are receiving the most Department for International Development nutrition funding; and how much bilateral funding from the United Kingdom...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of non-violent protestors killed and injured by (1) live fire, (2) rubber bullets, and (3) other weapons, in...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to public funds of (1) unfunded public sector pension schemes, and (2) locally administered pension schemes, in each of the last five...

      Pharmaceutical Industry: Clinical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the registration and reporting of the results of clinical trials by the pharmaceutical industry.

      Philip Machemedze

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 22 June 2011 (WA 316), whether, in the case of Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation...

      Planning: Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider extending the deadline for local authorities to submit local plans in respect of proposed Green Belt land, in the light of the...

      Post-2015 Development Framework

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Northover on 3 June (WS 87), what plans they have to advance the “transformational shift” Leave no...

      Prisoners: UK Prisoners Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens are in prisons abroad.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which public bodies the Home Office has appointed a chairperson since May 2010; and who was appointed in each case.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which public bodies the Ministry of Justice has appointed a chairperson since May 2010; and who was appointed in each case.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will answer the Questions for Written Answer HL1115-17, tabled on 24 June and due for answer by 8 July.

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Deighton on 23 July on Crossrail and small and medium-sized enterprise access to local contracts, what work they are...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any authority responsible to them has investigated the implications of the presence of asbestos at Cwmcarn school in Gwent.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , in the light of the recent killing of two World Vision International aid workers in Nyala, what assessment they have made of the effectiveness with which...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what security measures can be put in place by the United Nations and African Union to protect non-governmental organisations working in Darfur, Sudan,...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the government of Sudan to end the aerial bombardment of and use of military force against civilians in Blue Nile and South Kordofan;...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the government of Sudan to open up South Kordofan and Blue Nile to enable access for humanitarian aid; if so, when; and what response...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the absence of negotiated humanitarian access into Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains, what they are doing to explore alternative options with the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the United Nations Security Council to implement targeted sanctions against the government of Sudan to protect people in South...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an international independent committee of inquiry to investigate and report on human...

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposed merger in October of the role of the European Union special representative to Sudan and South Sudan with that...

      Transport: Disabled Badge Holders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 23 July (HL1696), whether they will consider the issue of temporary disability parking badges with a...

      Violence against Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 9 July (WA35), what funding has been provided to churches and faith-based organisations from the...

      Weather: Hot Weather

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to ensure that the most vulnerable people are getting the help they need in the recent hot weather.

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