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Written answers

Monday, 23 September 2013

  • House of Lords

    • Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants or other employees of the immigration authorities have been deployed in each of the past five years in securing the voluntary or...

    • Internet: Site Closures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites they have compelled internet service providers to close down in the last 12 months for reasons of (1) illegal content, (2) immoral content,...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed common tourist visa will be between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland or between Great Britain and Ireland.

      Xenophobia and Racism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided to opt out permanently from the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs measure on xenophobia and racism.

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impairment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many former members of the Armed Forces are in receipt of awards in respect of occupational deafness caused during their service.

      Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personnel have been recruited to the British Army Reservist Recruiting Scheme under the new Defence Strategy in the first quarter of 2013-14. To ask...

      Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of trained British Army Reservists who have been deployed on operational tours in Afghanistan remain in service a year after such deployment.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the burning of Muslim homes in Sagaing, Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that attacks on Muslims in Sagaing in Burma were instigated by Shin Wirathu and the nationalist organisation 969.

      Critical National Infrastructure: Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 22 July (HL Deb, col 1045), what is their estimate of the breakdown of ownership by country of the...

      Domestic Violence: Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the way in which the police handle domestic violence cases; and whether that assessment takes into account the costs...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of Coptic Christians leaving Egypt since 2010.

      EU/EFTA: Benefit Entitlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they take steps to inform nationals of European Union or European Free Trade Agreement member states currently residing in the United Kingdom of...

      EU: Social Security Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the European Union about the co-ordination of social security regulations to assist those moving between European...

      Finance: High Frequency Traders and Algorithmic Traders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the activities of high frequency traders and other algorithmic traders and their impact on the integrity of markets and financial...

      Government Departments: Data

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they have made to the reporting of data at the Department of Health since May 2010.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that the immigration document checks which are the subject of recent consultations and proposed to be included in the forthcoming...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of operating the Home Office Employer Checking Service in 2012 or for the most recent 12-month period for which they have details.

      Immigration: Dependent Relatives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many decisions were made in relation to applications for entry clearance and extension of stay for adult elderly dependants during the year commencing 9...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effectiveness of detaining pregnant women, and (2) the views on that matter of the organisations which signed...

      Immigration: Non-EEA Partner Applications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many decisions were made in relation to non-European Economic Area partner applications from within the United Kingdom for entry clearance and for...

      Immigration: Non-EEA Partners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on the time taken to process cases as a result of the current suspension of decision-making on non-European...

      Immigration: Non-EEA Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to process any backlog of non-European Economic Area spouse or partner and child settlement visa and leave to remain applications...

      Immigration: Student Immigration Checks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 24 July (WA 206–7), what assessment they have made or intend to make of their plans to...

      Medical Justice Report: Detention Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent report from Medical Justice Expecting Change; and whether they have received representations from NHS trusts in the...

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the numbers, broken down by country of origin including European Union member states, of overseas-qualified doctors who are currently working as NHS...

      NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that quality statement six (holistic support—spiritual and religious) of the National Institute for Health and Care...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that 20 Nigerians in Bama and Damasak have been killed by members of Boko Haram; and what discussions they have had...

      Philippines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the International Young Democrat Union’s statement in August 2013 regarding the negotiations between the Government of the...

      Royal Family: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Duke of York travelled to Jeddah by charter flight, rather than scheduled service, on 19-20 June 2012 to present condolences on the death of Crown...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they estimate are now refugees or displaced people in South Sudan; and what are the current humanitarian priorities identified to assist and...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the attack that occurred in the suburbs of Western and Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, on 21 August, including (1) the nature of...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the trial process that led to the sentences given to opposition sitting MPs, journalists and retired military officers at Silvri...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 29 August (HL1960), whether they will now ask the Turkish authorities for the number of journalists...

      Universal Credit: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the projected costs of the implementation of Universal Credit across the United Kingdom when their programme for implementation was first...

      Universal Credit: Timetable

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the timetable for the implementation of the universal credit across the United Kingdom when their programme for implementation was first published;...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 6 August (HL1880) stating that the Royal Navy Division Memorial Charity owns the memorial on Horse...

      Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for addressing any shortfall in recruitment of army reservists intended to cover the reduction in regular troop numbers through planned...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought the views of the new Governor of the Bank of England or the Financial Policy Committee on the impact of their housing finance...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the initial success of the Bank of England’s policy of forward guidance; and what role market rates of interest and...

      Banks: Misselling Products and Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any regulatory action in connection with current directors and executives of United Kingdom banks who held board or senior...

      Banks: Misselling Products and Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission an independent review into the social and economic impact, including cross-subsidisation of higher wealth owners by poorer ones,...

      Church of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their involvement in the procedure for appointing Church of England bishops to dioceses within the United Kingdom.

      Defence Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of the United Kingdom’s defence agreements indicating which of them are published in full, and stating the criteria...

      Defence: Sharing Defence Spectrum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration the Ministry of Defence has given to the possibility of releasing and sharing its access to 1427–1452 MHz spectrum with...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they plan to take to support the production of biofuels from used cooking oil. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they...

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the technical competence of the Financial Conduct Authority in understanding algorithmic strategies.

      Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement in August 2013 by the International Young Democrat Union on recent political developments in Georgia.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tenants in social housing for each local authority in the United Kingdom have been reported, since 1 April, to be in rent arrears for the first...

      Ian Brady

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total legal costs incurred by the National Health Service in connection with the Mental Health Tribunal for Ian Brady.

      Ian Brady

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the legal aid fees in connection with the Mental Health Tribunal for Ian Brady. To ask Her Majesty’s Government which legal...

      Judicial Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposal in the Ministry of Justice consultation outlining the necessity of granted permission for judicial review applications will ensure the...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the procurement processes in local government and the value for money that such processes deliver.

      Migration Watch UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions (1) the Home Secretary, (2) the Minister of State for Immigration, (3) the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, (4) the...

      NHS: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that general practitioners are aware of developments in medical treatments and medical science; and what measures...

      Nutrition: Health Food Products

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have investigated (1) the method by which the products of Herbal Life are sold in the United Kingdom, and (2) the manufacturing standards and...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of United Kingdom overseas aid they estimate is diverted from its intended purpose due to corruption. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women prisoners are currently held in segregation units.

      Railways: Public Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last five years, what proportion of the costs of running the railway in the United Kingdom is provided by public funds; and what figures...

      Royal Navy: Ships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 5 August (HL1935), how many (1) aircraft carriers, (2) destroyers, (3) frigates, (4) mine...

      Royal Navy: Ships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 5 August (HL1936), whether the three River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels they have purchased are the...

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in (1) implementing agreements between Sudan and South Sudan, and (2) the cessation of attacks in Blue Nile and South Kordofan...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the persons detained in 2012–13 under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 were determined, following their detention, to be involved in...

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of Black and Asian people stopped and searched under stop and search powers compared with that of other...

      Turkey and Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the position of the Armenian Christian churches in Turkey and Syria.

      Vehicles: Diesel Particulate Filters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vehicles operating in the United Kingdom they estimate have had their factory-fitted diesel particulate filters removed. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Banks: Co-operative Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the independent advice given to holders of bonds and other non-primary equity issued by the Co-operative Bank in connection...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total amounts of (1) private, and (2) public, debt currently outstanding in the economy; what were those figures at the end of financial year...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposed residence test envisaged by the Ministry of Justice consultation will impact upon the attainment of legal redress by non-residents in...

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the most recent numbers by (1) age, and (2) nationality (including stateless people), of rough sleepers and homeless people in (a) constituent...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their legal aid reforms on female victims of domestic violence and those from migrant communities who pursue...

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