Written answers

Monday, 27 July 2015

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Andargachew Tsege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his US counterpart urging President Obama to raise the case of detained British national...

    • Russia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia; and if he will make a statement.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what qualifications other than NVQs are required as part of apprenticeships.

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the adult skills budget on the long-term financial stability of the...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to implement a whole-of-Government approach to export support: and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of convictions for driving whilst disqualified resulted in an immediate custodial sentence in each year since 2005; and how many people...

    • Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect on claims for compensation by prisoners of the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Judges: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many judges from a black or minority ethnic background have been appointed since (a) 1 January and (b) 7 May 2015.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Conflict: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which dates and in what locations British precision-guided missiles, licensed for export, have been used in the current conflict in Yemen.

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received since 30 April 2013 on involvement of British military personnel in actions in Syria.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he was informed of the deployment of British military personnel in military action in Syria prior to the debate on Britain and International...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many operations British armed forces personnel have been involved in Syria since 30 August 2013; and from which branch of the armed forces each such...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British combat aircraft have been deployed in Syria since 30 August 2013.

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British ground assets have been deployed in Syria since 30 August 2013.

      Saudi Arabia: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many precision guided missiles have been exported from the UK to Saudi Arabia since the start of the recent conflict in Yemen.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6223, which groups were awarded money for integration projects.

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6223, what measures he has used to assess the results and performance of the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Treasury: Grants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of grants approved by his Department under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 in each of the last five years;...

    • Treasury: Grants

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the job title is of the (a) official and (b) Minister in his Department with responsibility for approving grants made under section 64 of the Health...

  • Department of Health

    • Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5566, if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment undertaken in the awarding of all...

  • Department for Transport

    • Remembrance Day

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what part representatives of the Merchant Navy will play in the Festival of Remembrance this year.

    • M1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road miles between junction 10 of the M1 and Leeds are currently subject to restrictions in respect of roadworks.

      M1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money is currently committed to enhancements of the M1; and when the current programmes will be completed.

      M1

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been levied in fines from motorists for speeding in roadworks on the M1 in the last year.

      Bus Services: Wheelchairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London about increasing the number of wheelchairs allowed on London buses at any one time.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the period of validity of checks on driving licences for the purposes of hiring cars has been extended from three days to three weeks; what assessment...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Autism: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they have committed to research into autism in each of the last five years.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many combat missions involving British pilots embedded with US forces have taken place over Syria since August 2013; whether Ministers gave permission...

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the criteria that would allow air attacks on ISIL targets in Syria without prior reference to Parliament have been changed.

      Aircraft Carriers: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what capabilities the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will have for launching and retrieving drones and other remotely piloted aircraft systems when...

      Armed Forces: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many service personnel in (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, and (3) the Royal Air Force, have declared themselves to be Muslim.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (1) are laid up, (2) are placed in extended readiness, or (3) are otherwise unable to proceed to sea as a...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where in the United Kingdom the new General Dynamic UK Scout combat vehicle is built.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Ministry of Defence has made in examining the requirement for a maritime patrol aircraft; and if such an asset is procured, in which...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to revise the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List in the light of the current exclusion of GPs and most categories of nurses from the list.

    • Immigration Controls: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why actuaries and chefs are included in the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List but GPs and most categories of nurses are not.

      Immigration Controls: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how robust is the advice given to them by the Migration Advisory Committee concluding that GPs and most categories of...

      Immigration Controls: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they gave to the Migration Advisory Committee before it reached its conclusion that GPs and most categories of nurses should be excluded from...

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Overcharging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for ensuring that customers and retailers are not overcharged for any financial services.

    • Loans: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the public purse of (1) arrangements made, and (2) proposed arrangements, to deal with the Greek financial crisis.

      Budget July 2015

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they changed the basis of the distributional analysis of the most recent budget presented in Impact on Households from that in previous such documents,...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which groups of the population are classified as vulnerable for public expenditure purposes.

      Loans: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will incur any financial costs relating to the bailout being given to the government of Greece, either through the European...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to renegotiate the funding of the European Union budget so that the United Kingdom’s contribution does not increase as a result of...

      Tax Allowances: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each financial year from 2015–16 to 2020–21, what are the estimated annual costs of providing tax relief for (1) tax-free child credit, and...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of affordable advice for savers wishing to exercise their new pension freedoms.

      Insurance Companies: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether the United Kingdom insurance markets are promoting competition and the best price for customers.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the stability of the Eurozone.

      Ulster Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of what assets, if any, have been sold by Ulster Bank Ltd to Cerberus Capital Management since 2013; and what assessment they...

      Economic and Monetary Union: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential effect of a Greek exit from the euro on the United Kingdom economy; and what contingency plans have been made...

      Coinage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the weight of a newly minted 10 pence piece; what is the weight after it has been in circulation for several years; and what assessment they have...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the compensation limit under the Deposit Guarantee Scheme has been reduced in line with a European directive that sets a limit in euros, despite the fact...

      Financial Services: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the Deposit Guarantee Scheme, whether the principle of uberrima fides applies to state insurers within the European Union, as well as private...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet 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 Cabinet Office.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to the Electoral Commission embarking on a boundary review, they plan to publish a report setting out, constituency by constituency, (1) the...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Prime Minister's letter to Sir John Chilcot on 17 June, what steps have been taken to arrange a meeting between him and the Cabinet Secretary...

      Construction: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ask the Office for National Statistics to review the validity of the input data for the construction industry statistical bulletin...

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Ministers of State, and (2) Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State, in the House of Lords are presently unpaid.

  • Department of Health

    • Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in establishing a laboratory in the United Kingdom able to conduct blood folate status analysis.

    • Department of Health: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many chief executives of national government bodies sponsored by the Department of Health earn more than the Prime Minister.

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any ministers have had discussions or other contact with health ministers in countries that operate a policy of mandatory fortification of flour with...

      Pregnancy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures, including trends, for unplanned pregnancies, broken down by age and region.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what immediate action is planned to address waiting times, in particular in Manchester, for children whose dental condition requires hospital admission and...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton (HL777), why no assessment has been made of the impact of delisting from the Cancer Drugs Fund on...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to extend the Cancer Drugs Fund beyond April 2016; and whether there are plans to consult on further changes to the Cancer Drugs...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish correspondence since 7 May between the Department of Health and (1) Monitor, (2) NHS England, and (3) the National Institute for...

      Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they measure the policy advice on taking folic acid supplements give to women planning a pregnancy by take-up, according to (1) socio-economic...

      Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people with atrial fibrillation.

      Meat: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to end the permanent presence of meat inspectors in abattoirs and meat-cutting plants.

      Meat: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to introduce full cost recovery of meat inspection charges; and what is their estimate of the financial gain to the public purse of doing so.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make Translama available for the treatment of NHS patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy as a matter of urgency.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS patients will be able to access Nivolumab on the Cancer Drugs Fund while the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence concludes single...

      Terminal Illnesses: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were taken into account when deciding that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence may only consider a medicine under its end of...

      Mental Health: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of mental health outcomes for young people who have been in local authority care.

      Mental Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of access to mental health professionals with a specialism in attachment disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage organ donation.

      Carers: Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what adjustments are anticipated to personalised budgets for vulnerable people in order to allow them to pay personal assistants and carers the proposed...

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