Written answers

Friday, 24 July 2015

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Russia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the balance between NATO and Russian (a) naval, (b) air, (c) ground and (d) nuclear forces; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5927, if he will commission a lessons learned post-Afghanistan review to inform future military strategy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to schedules 1 and 2 to the European Referendum Bill, for what reason the maximum custodial sentence for a...

    • Immunity from Prosecution: European Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is able to grant special mission immunity status to a person in the UK subject to an European arrest warrant.

      Central African Republic: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to build sustainable peace in the Central African Republic.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart on the implications of a potential UK vote to leave the EU.

      Central African Republic: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the EU Trust Fund for the Central African Republic supports reconciliation...

      Central African Republic: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to fulfil its Responsibility to Protect in the Central African Republic.

      UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the offence provisions in schedules 1 and 2 of the European Referendum Bill provide for the same custodial...

      Central African Republic: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the Central African Republic in its preparations for national elections in 2015.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make representations to UCAS on releasing anonymised individual data on applications and admissions to universities...

    • Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts there were in each business sector in (a) Copeland constituency and (b) Cumbria in each of the...

      Postal Services: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with representatives of Royal Mail on the adequacy of the postal compensation scheme; and if he will...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students (a) were in receipt of a full, (b) were in receipt of a partial and (c) did not receive a maintenance grant in...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many regulations were (a) introduced and (b) removed in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

  • HM Treasury

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a distributional impact analysis of each of the benefit and tax credit announcements made in the Summer Budget 2015.

    • Money Advice Service

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.10 of the Government's response to the independent review of the Money Advice Service, published in March 2015, when his...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people will no longer be eligible for a NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate as a result of changes in the Summer Budget 2015.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of moving HM Revenue and Customs services online on people using such services who are without access to the...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value of tax relief on pension contributions applicable to higher tax rate taxpayers was in 2014-15; and what the total value of tax relief...

      Students: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Barnett consequential will accrue to Wales as a result of the planned saving of £2.5 billion of the decision to replace maintenance grants with...

      Science: Research

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends to (a) maintain, (b) increase or (c) decrease scientific and medical research spending in real terms over the next (i) one year and (ii)...

      Financial Services: Terrorism

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the vulnerability of the financial system to terrorist actions; and if he will make a statement.

      Commodity Markets: Oil

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to reduce speculation in and improve the transparency and supervision of the oil futures market; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaming Machines: Tax Yields

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised from the fixed-odds betting terminals tax.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of businesses in the UK process personal data for which registration with the Information Commissioner is required; and...

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) murders of staff and prisoners, (b) riots, (c) assaults on staff, (d) instances of prisoner self-harm, (e) instances of prisoner suicide,...

      Judges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many female judges have been appointed since (a) 1 January and (b) 7 May 2015.

      Human Trafficking: Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many confiscation orders of what value were made by HM Courts against those convicted of human trafficking offences in England and Wales in each of...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will place in the Library a copy of the standard witness summons pro forma sent to complainants and witnesses to require them to attend court.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency which do not have access to...

    • Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the number of journalists employed (a) in total and (b) at national newspapers in each of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy plans to respond to the letter to him of 29 June 2015 from the hon....

      Internet: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will extend the Internet of Things competition for UK cities launched on 13 July 2015 to rural communities.

      Arts: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more young people in rural communities to pursue careers in the arts.

      UK City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce a UK Community of Culture Award to allow non-cities to experience the same benefits as cities awarded UK City of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance was not collected in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure self-employed people claiming child maintenance declare their income in full.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of factors contributing to decline of the honeybee population; and what assessment she...

    • Plants: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of plants that can cause severe allergic reactions.

      Covent Garden Market Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any members of staff involved in the sale of land by the New Covent Garden Market Authority have left that Authority...

      New Covent Garden Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what options other than demolition and rebuilding her Department considered for the redevelopment of the car park in New...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has had discussions with the (a) Premier League, (b) Football Association and (c) England and Wales Cricket Board on...

    • Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will conduct an assessment of whether visas intended for sportspeople have been used to traffick children from non-EU...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to lay secondary legislation on supply chains under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which sets the turnover threshold...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources her Department is making available in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016 to (i) the Metropolitan Police to investigate historic...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under 16 in asylum-seeking families receive financial support from the Government.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 6014, for what reason it is the Government's policy not to place such documents in the Library.

    • Scotland Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 6014, if he will publish a summary of the findings of the Office of Government Commerce's Gateway 0...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on a further referendum on Scottish independence of the Scottish Parliament election in...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what contingency plans his Department has prepared for the possibility of a further referendum on Scottish independence being the policy of the...

  • Department of Health

    • Smoking: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating smoking-related diseases in each of the last three years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    • Ibrahim Sharif

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Bahrain about their responsibilities under international covenants that they have ratified,...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent talks, what assessment they have made of whether Iran's aspirations to produce a nuclear weapon have ceased.

      Libya: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent terrorist attack in Tunisia, what strategy they have to prevent the further expansion of IS in Libya.

      Tunisia: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations took place with the government of Tunisia in advance of the most recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for Tunisia being...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support or advice they have offered to assist the peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, further to the meeting in Islamabad...

      Russia: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on whether sanctions against Russia have been breached by (1) British companies, (2) other European Union companies, and (3) Asian...

      Forced Marriage Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases the Forced Marriage Unit was involved in, or gave support and advice to, in 2014.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many British girls were sent abroad to marry in 2014.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many underage British girls were sent abroad to marry in 2014.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of more than one hundred political activists and human rights lawyers in China on...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have, and what representations they have made, about the arrest in China of human rights lawyers, including Li Fangping, and Christian...

      Zimbabwe: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to use overseas superannuation funds to pay pensioners owed money by the government of Zimbabwe; and, if so, when they will do so.

      Namibia: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Germany regarding the return of items, including human skulls, taken from German South-West Africa in...

      Mohamed Nasheed

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure the release of Mohammed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives.

      South Sudan and Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many peacekeepers in Sudan and South Sudan have been attacked between 2005 and 2014, excluding carjackings and household...

      South Sudan and Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent report by Small Arms Survey, Under Attack and Above Scrutiny? Arms and Ammunition Diversion from Peacekeepers in Sudan...

      South Sudan and Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations they have for measures and actions that could be taken to reduce the losses of arms and ammunition by peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan and...

      Gaza: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government following the recent report by Medical Aid to Palestinians, what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the death of Anas Qdieh.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to support the five-year ceasefire currently under discussion between Israel and Hamas.

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning their decision to start building the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala.

      British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding is provided each year for the British Chamber of Commerce in Burma.

      Burma: Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any United Kingdom Government officials or Ministers have met any representatives of Bell Pottinger regarding Burma.

      Burma: Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have made of the assessment by the Burmese Muslim Association that the government of Burma is encouraging anti-Muslim activities in that...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues of migration and conflict resolution will be on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta in November.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are providing to the authorities in Pakistan to ensure the protection of religious minorities across Pakistan; whether they plan to make...

      Sudan: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations to the Sudanese authorities about dropping the charges against the 10 female Christian students charged last month...

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many copies of the NATO Fact Sheet "Russia's top five myths about NATO" have been circulated (1) in the United Kingdom, and (2) to members of both Houses...

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on publicising NATO and its role in the United Kingdom for each of the last three years.

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of zero nominal growth in NATO's civil budget on the additional tasks given to NATO at the Wales Summit.

      Tibet: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed freedom of religion and belief in Tibet with the government of China since the death in prison of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche; and if...

      NATO: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the United Kingdom contribution to NATO's civil budget in each of the last five years.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the nuclear agreement with Iran, what plans they have for securing European interests in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that there is an agenda within Europe and Saudi Arabia for engaging with Iran with respect to conflict resolution in the...

      Israel: Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 15 July on Iran's nuclear programme, whether during the visit to Israel they have plans to...

  • Department for International Development

    • Famine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to the latest report by the Famine Early Warning System, which highlights the risk of worsening food security.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with regard to the running of the Ibaana Programme in prisons.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons or independent research underpin the present £100 limit on betting on fixed-odds betting terminals.

    • BBC

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement on the BBC by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 16 July, whether they plan to publish full details of the programme of public consultation...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Open Water Market

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public funding has been spent on Open Water, and why it has been wound up and the Open Water programme taken over by Ofwat and Market Operating...

    • Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of landowners affected by the judgment in R (on the application of Andrews) v Secretary of State for...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent consultation on new standard rules for onshore oil and gas activities related to offering standardised permits to oil and gas...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the consultation on new standard rules relating to onshore oil and gas activities was held over the period of the General Election, in the light of the...

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for continuing to apply individual scrutiny to applications for permits for unconventional oil and gas...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the determinations by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission are not made available to the public.

    • Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who selected the members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; and on what grounds those members were selected.

      Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications there were in the most recent round of appointments to the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.

  • Department of Health

    • Department of Health: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those persons appointed as chairs of non-departmental public bodies by the Department of Health.

    • Dementia: Chinese

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a strategy has been developed for dealing with dementia in the United Kingdom's Chinese community.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have issued to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in London and other major cities about the use of anti-pollution face masks.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the work of the Independent Taskforce developing the five-year action plan for cancer services has been paused.

      Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to assess the costs and benefits of the closure of the Health Gateway Hub.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the regional variations in people with Type 1 Diabetes meeting very few treatment targets; what proposals they have to...

      Nutrition: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how old were the blood samples used in the recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey published on 20 March, broken down by age, gender, and country of collection.

      Flour: Dietary Supplements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any ministers have had discussions with ministers from other countries regarding the United Kingdom policy of mandatory fortification of flour with...

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Food Standards Agency plays any part in the condemnation of food carried on heavy goods vehicles that are found to have carried unauthorised...

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of condemning food carried in vehicles transporting unauthorised persons is met by the supplier, the importer, the seller or the insurer.

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics on the nature and value of food condemned because of contamination by unauthorised persons travelling on the importing vehicle are...

      Pain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is planning to publish guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain; and if so, when.

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for the delay in delivery of data regarding blood folate level results in the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey, and whether...

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when considering the issue of fortification of flour with folic acid, they plan to take into account the distinction between folic acid and...

      Notifiable Diseases: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases or outbreaks of reportable diseases in prisons and immigration removal centres have occurred in each of the last three years.

      Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when NHS England's revised service specification for Hepatitis C networks is expected to be published.

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes are in place to ensure that people living with Hepatitis C will be able to access new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

      Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the research, recently published in Nature, into using stem cells to rid organs of mutant mitochondria without recourse to...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many human embryos were experimented on or destroyed in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what are the cumulative figures since...

      Employment: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to lay regulations implementing sections 148 and 149 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015; and what plans they have to...

      Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve early diagnosis rates for prostate cancer.

      Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 14 July (HL1009), what reports the Department of Health has received in the last twelve months...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the research report Preventions of Neural Tube Defects: A Cross Sectional Study of the Uptake of Folic Acid...

      Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of all ministerial visits since 7 May to NHS hospitals between the hours of 9.00pm on a Friday and 9.00am on a Monday.

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the local authorities that have not joined the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme operated by the Food Standards Agency.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what step they are taking to ensure appropriate and timely access to communication support for persons living with Motor Neurone Disease.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the research published in July 2015 in Addiction on the payment by results drug recovery pilots, what advice they plan to issue to public...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy to support the mandatory display of the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Ratings once every local authority has joined the...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to allow local authorities to charge for extra food hygiene inspections of food businesses that request an extra inspection following a...

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