Written answers

Monday, 28 July 2014

  • House of Lords

    • Bank Services: Third Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that banks continue to offer account facilities to local voluntary associations, clubs and societies within their communities.

    • Business: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current impact of late payments on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and what steps they are taking to support...

      Business: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a common European Union corporate tax base, as proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker during his meeting with the Green group of the European Parliament,...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how effective they consider the process of special measures to have been for failing hospitals. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how effective they...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether direct subsidies to parents to assist with childcare costs as proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill are intended to improve child development...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have made of the impact of directly subsidising childcare costs as proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill on maternal employment...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have made of the impact of the childcare element of universal credit on maternal employment rates, and the level of income tax paid by...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of HM Treasury officials in the co-ordination of childcare policy across Government.

      Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation by the British Academy and the Honor Frost Foundation to the Foreign Secretary on 20 March that the...

      Copyright: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Intellectual Property Office has to monitor advertising on pirate websites.

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 18 July (WA 147) what are the powers available to police officers to establish the correct identity of...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 9 July (WA 44), whether any Foreign Secretary has, since 1974, hosted any senior elected representative...

      Department for Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to assess the performance of the Department for Education Board overall, and of its individual members.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States sought to use Diego Garcia as a stopover for the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj; and, if so, what was the outcome.

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers are available to prevent people from buying legal highs online. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current legislation in place to...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that teachers of English in the new Key Stage 4 curriculum issued in July 2014 are as aware as their colleagues teaching...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 14 July (WA 105), what steps they have taken to ensure that teachers of English will have access to...

      English Language: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 8 July (WA 38) on improving the teaching of English and maths, what measures have been established for English...

      European Parliament Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 July (WA 37), whether they consider that, at the 2014 European elections, it was clear to...

      Exchange Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the exchange level of sterling on the United Kingdom’s economic recovery.

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose any additional financial support to general practitioner practices in rural areas.

      Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 July (WA 71–2) about honours, whether they will bring the tables up to date, including...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of housing tenants in arrears since changes to the rules regarding access to Housing Benefit.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why, according to their recent Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim Report, 4.5 per cent of...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that estate agents are trained to help disabled people find suitable accommodation.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the sub-committee on human papilloma virus vaccines of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has made.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 29 August 2013 (WA 315–16) and 24 January 2014 (WA 170–71), what progress the Human Fertilisation...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to co-ordinate action on intellectual property issues with equivalent industry and enforcement bodies overseas.

      Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 7 July (WA 12), what representations the Chancellor of the Exchequer made to the Governor of the Bank of...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq regarding allegations of summary executions of captured persons, prisoners kept in prison after...

      Jubilee Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the original estimate of the benefit-cost ratio of the Jubilee Line extension project when it was extended to the docklands. To ask Her...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the title and wording of the memorial in Nairobi to those who suffered during the Emergency period of 1952 to 1963 will indicate that it is a...

      Landfill: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many landfill site operators there are in Wales; how many are in receipt of a landfill tax credit; and how much each receives. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Landslips

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any ongoing or planned assessments of landslips in East Sussex.

      Landslips

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance, if any, they give to local authorities which are tackling landslips, storm damage or coastal erosion.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with other European governments following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks on 11 July that he would never consent to...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have about the use of Dense Inert Metal Explosive during the recent Gaza attacks; and what investigations they plan to make into the...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the appeal by 34 voluntary organisations from Europe, America and Japan for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, an end to the...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will give to an international investigation into violations of international humanitarian law by parties to the conflict in Gaza.

      NHS England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 9 July (HL Deb, col 216), how many managerial and clerical appointments have been made to NHS England.

      North Sea Oil: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Office for Budget Responsibility's revised forecasts of the tax revenues from North Sea oil; what is their estimate of...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed expansion of weight loss surgery in England is a long-term strategy for public health; and what effect they predict its implementation...

      Pay Methods

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to make it an offence to refuse British currency notes and coins as payments for goods and services in the United Kingdom.

      Pensions: Telephone Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average call waiting time in each of the last five years of the pensions helpline.

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Pet Travel Scheme in allowing owners to take dogs and cats abroad.

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 9 December 2013 (WA 80), which European Union Member States are not compliant with the sow stall ban...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serving members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are at present on secondment to police authorities outside the United Kingdom. To ask Her...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce a programme to recruit specially selected constables with the intention that they receive fast-track promotion to Inspector...

      Postal Services: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ofcom has conducted any analysis of regulatory options to protect the universal postal service in the event of a significant increase in end-to-end...

      Postal Services: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it would take Ofcom to undertake a review of the impact of the increase in end-to-end competition on the universal postal service.

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define (1) poverty, and (2) absolute poverty; and how many households in each constituent nation of the United Kingdom are currently considered to...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners have died in custody in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years; and what the percentage change has been year on year for the same...

      Prisoners: Self-Harm

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the change in numbers of prisoners in the United Kingdom committing acts of self-harm in custody for each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the amount of signage on minor roads in the countryside; and in particular, whether they consider it necessary to have...

      Roads

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Road User Focus and the Strategic Road Network Monitor, as described in Setting the Road Investment Strategy: Now and in the Future, will have regard to...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for new diesel-powered passenger rolling stock, other than the bimodal intercity express trains, between now and...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Statement by Lord Nash on 22 July (HL Deb, cols 1059–63) on the report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools, whether they...

      Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of smuggling between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

      Social Security Benefits: Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation study of neighbourhood approaches to loneliness, whether they will set out, and if necessary...

      Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with the company that owns the Uber app for requesting taxis to find out whether any jobs will be created in the United...

      Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether representatives from the British Embassy in Bangkok will attend court hearings and other key meetings in the case of British citizen Andy Hall; and,...

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote coastal tourism and to ensure that the tourism industry is equipped to cater for an increase in Britons holidaying in...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's speech to the Centre for Transatlantic Relations in Washington on 26 June, of how many jobs in each sector...

      UN Convention against Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken or propose to take to remedy the shortcomings identified by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in the United...

      UN Convention against Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states other than the United Kingdom which have ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment have...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom jobs were created in 2013–14 as a result of investment in offshore wind projects by the Green Investment Bank.

      Work Programme: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in their draft Child Poverty Strategy 2014–17, what they envisage by “specialist” support for Gypsy and Traveller parents via the Work...

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