Written answers

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

  • House of Lords

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have (1) been created, (2) had their boundaries changed, and (3) been abolished, within the last ten years.

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals are currently being considered for the creation, amendment and abolition of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the procedures for the creation, amendment and abolition of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

      Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to determine whether military action, such as that by Israel in Gaza, is proportionate.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Preventing Sexual Violence (PSVI) summit earlier this year, what strategies they have to support women's groups which are working with...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 21 July (WA 150–1), whether they will appoint personal advocates for each child asylum...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning refused asylum seekers, who cannot be returned to their country of origin, being granted entitlement to work for a fixed-term...

      Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the shooting down of flight MH17, what they are doing to ensure the safety of long haul flights between the United Kingdom and the Far East.

      Balance of Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Office for National Statistics’ calculation that the United Kingdom trade deficit widened in May, compared with April.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential radicalisation of those forced to flee from the Central African Republic; and what steps are being taken to...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there are adequate civilian protection experts deployed at the same time as troops for the United Nations...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities are not currently sharing live birth data with children’s centres in their areas.

      Children’s Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parental consent is necessary for local authorities to share live birth data with Sure Start Children’s Centres.

      Children’s Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the statutory guidance on the sharing of live birth data. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to...

      Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the top 10 recommendations in the Eighth Report from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in the United...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Statement by Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 3 July (HC Deb, col 65WS), that 97 per cent...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered making it obligatory to fit a bell on bicycles with the object of alerting those on foot.

      Eggs: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 9 December 2013 (WA 80), what was the value of import of shell eggs or egg products from Italy and Greece...

      Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom embassies overseas have specified staff delegated to handle matters relating to the work of (1) the Scottish Government, (2) the Welsh...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the success of the delivery of Energy Company Obligation assistance in rural areas.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to the Affordable Warmth Obligation and the Energy Company Obligation in the light of reports of suppliers not...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are providing to householders off the gas grid who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making to achieve the 2020 energy efficiency goals.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks are carried out on individuals applying for investor visas; and by whom.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Israelis can enter Britain without visas; and why Palestinians can not.

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the “concerns related to the future development of the European Union” raised by the United Kingdom at the 26–27 June European...

      Euston Station

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Network Rail or HS2 Ltd will be the lead designer of the proposed Euston station development.

      First TransPennine Express

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to make an announcement concerning the class 170 trains which are due to be transferred from TransPennine Express to Chiltern Railways.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks are in place to ensure that the sources of the funds of foreign nationals seeking to invest in the United Kingdom are legitimate; and who carries...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is estimated that the A400M aircraft will enter service with the Ministry of Defence.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many A400M aircraft are to be purchased by the Ministry of Defence, and at what estimated cost to the Exchequer.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the A400M aircraft fleet will be maintained and serviced; in what location; and by how many (1) private, and (2) service, personnel.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by whom A400M aircraft are designed and constructed, and in what locations.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 6 May (WA 363), how many incursions into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish government-owned...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 10 July (WA 78), when they intend next to raise within the European Union the issue of unlawful...

      Health Education 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 Healthcare Education England.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what operations are conducted by the Port Medical Inspector in the space adjacent to the detention facilities in Heathrow Terminal 4; what plans Heathrow...

      Highway Code

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to respond to the analysis in the RAC Report of Motoring 2014 concerning the level of knowledge among motorists of the provisions of the...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of patients whose treatment was incomplete have waited (1) for their appointment, and (2) for treatment, for longer than (a) 18 weeks, (b) 26...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mitigate the impact of the under-occupancy charge on household debt.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the under-occupancy charge on child poverty.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the E3/EU+3 talks with Iran have been affected by the situations in (1) Iraq, and (2) Ukraine.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about attacks by ISIS on the Kurdish area of Kobane in the northern Iraq, its access via Turkey and the availability of medical...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with senior Kurdish representatives from northern Iraq about the future of Iraq.

      Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ISIS is actively recruiting in the United Kingdom; and what action they are taking to prevent such recruitment.

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the aggregate fees paid to McKinsey and Company by the Ministry of Defence in each of the last five years.

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts the Ministry of Defence has outstanding with McKinsey and Company consultants; with what objectives; and with what fee and expenses structures.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress in negotiations between the Association of British Insurers and the British Lung Foundation over the last...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what trends they have identified in the prevalence of mesothelioma in the United Kingdom over the last 10 years.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term consequences for Israel of Operation Protective Edge.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Palestinian civilians in Gaza they estimate were (1) killed, and (2) wounded, in the 2009 Israeli military operation in Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Gaza could seek legal redress for disproportionate military intervention by Israel in the territorial integrity of Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Hamas over the last three weeks regarding brokering a ceasefire with Israel.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel in respect of the current conflict in Gaza about (1) access for medical supplies and...

      Midwives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many midwives were working in (1) Band 5, (2) Band 6, (3) Band 7 and (4) Band 8, roles in each of the last five years.

      Midwives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of pregnant women have been given a named midwife since November 2012.

      Ministers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministers are members of the full Cabinet; how many have attendance status at the Cabinet; and how many Ministers in the House of Lords are in each...

      Motorcycles: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 22 July (WA 197), what assessment they have made of the current level of noise produced by motorcycles...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with other European Union governments concerning the Muslim Brotherhood and its alleged links to political and research...

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any threat is posed to the security of the United Kingdom by the Muslim Brotherhood; and whether they consider that...

      Nottingham-Lincoln Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any immediate plans to improve the service of the Nottingham to Lincoln railway.

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have been laid this calendar year; of those, what percentage corrected errors...

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have been laid this calendar year; of those, what percentage corrected errors...

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments from the Home Office have been laid this calendar year; of those, what percentage corrected errors in a previous instrument...

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments from the Department for Transport have been laid this calendar year; of those, what percentage corrected errors in a previous...

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments from the Department for Work and Pensions have been laid this calendar year; of those, what percentage corrected errors in a...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent military operation in North Waziristan conducted by the army of Pakistan.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the court cases and arrest warrants pending in Pakistan for Mir Shakil ur Rahman, chief executive officer of the Geo/Jang Group.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of plans to evacuate Gaza if there is no drinking water available as a result of damage to water and sewage infrastructure...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the International Committee of the Red Cross in relation to the reported placement by Hamas of military facilities...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Israel concerning the recent destruction of fishing boats and fishing nets; and what plans there...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to visit Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Palestinian Authority about the reported use of imported concrete for non-peaceful purposes, particularly in...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government of what state they regard Gaza to be a part.

      Pensions: Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the failure of Zimbabwe to pay pensions due to former Rhodesia or Zimbabwe public sector pensioners living outside Zimbabwe, whether they...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the design capacity and projected number of trains per direction per hour in (1) 2026, and (2) 2043, for (a) HS2 at Euston approaches and Old Oak...

      Railways: Catering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the continuation of the Travelling Chef service on intercity services between Cardiff, Bristol and Plymouth and London Paddington, and the restaurant...

      Railways: Catering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Intercity Express passenger train to be used on services out of Paddington is to be designed to enable Travelling Chef and restaurant car...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will include in their passenger franchising specifications to encourage the growth of rail freight.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether future franchising specifications will encourage the carriage of small freight, parcels and letters on passenger trains.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to persuade those governments whose states have laws penalising apostasy to repeal or amend them, in particular by ending death...

      River Thames: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 14 May (WA 542), what is the actual annual average frequency of discharge of storm sewage of the upgraded...

      Sahel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present terrorist threat in the Sahel and surrounding regions; and to what extent they consider it a threat to British...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 2 July (WA 273), what steps they intend to take to tackle the estimated increase in young people in schools to...

      Schools: Governors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in response to the recommendation in the report of the Education Commissioner published on 22 July into allegations concerning...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Civitas entitled Playing the Game: The enduring influence of the preferred Ofsted teaching style, and in...

      Schools: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the review commissioned by the Secretary of State for Education into whether the Department missed historical warnings in respect of concerns...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all disabled pupils are guaranteed face-to-face one-to-one access to disability-trained independent careers advisers as part of the statutory duty...

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used when placing a child in a secure college over a secure children's home.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the governance arrangements and draft rules for secure colleges.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having to ensure that allegations raised in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan human rights report of 8 May...

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any recent reductions in staff allocated to the Sudan and South Sudan Unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and, if so, what...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security of the mainly Kurdish cantons of north and east Syria, and in particular of the risk of attacks by Islamic...

      Syria and Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new steps they are taking to reduce the number of British Muslims travelling to Syria and Iraq to participate in jihad.

      Syria and Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of (1) the number of British Muslims fighting with Salafist movements in Syria and Iraq, and (2) the number of such British...

      Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no official from the British Embassy in Bangkok attended Andy Hall’s meeting with officials at the Prakanong Prosecutor’s Office on 18 June.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the passing of anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda, whether they are reviewing the categorisation of that country when considering demands...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information, either from Eurocontrol or elsewhere, regarding the primary and secondary radar returns from flight MH17 before and...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Notices to Airmen were in force relating to flights over and through Ukrainian airspace at the time of the destruction of flight MH17.

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to offers of employment for returning injured military personnel. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there...

      Vocational Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, beyond the changes they are to make to apprenticeships, they intend to take in order to prepare young people for the world of work and deliver...

      Youth Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children currently in (1) secure children's homes, (2) young offenders' institutions, and (3) secure training centres, have previous convictions.

      Youth Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the reoffending rate is for children who have served sentences in (1) secure children’s homes, (2) young offenders’ institutions, and (3)...

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