Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the relative benefits to the economy of access to (a) 2G, (b) 3G and (c) 4G mobile coverage.

    • Broadband: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure competition between broadband infrastructure providers.

      Broadband: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase broadband coverage and speed in Bradford.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the mobile network operators on (a) digital infrastructure and inclusion and (b) reform of the...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Economic Situation: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the contribution to Bradford's economy made by the (a) digital sector, (b) animation industry, (c)...

    • Television Companies: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by (a) the BBC and (b) Channel 4 under each cost heading at the party conferences of each political party in 2014.

      Digital Technology: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with sensory loss can share in the benefits of (a) on-demand television services and (b)...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers the United Kingdom has accepted so far under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Gateway Protection Programme; and what is the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan and Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reliability of the process for overseeing and reporting arms and ammunition recovered by UN and African Union peacekeepers...

    • Falkland Islands: Population

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the current resident civilian population and (2) the current non-civilian population in the Falkland Islands; and what is their estimate of the...

      North Korea: Biological Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by 38 North that North Korea has the capacity to make anthrax; and what assessment they have made of claims by...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the Spanish Guardia Civil were present at the Queen's Birthday Parade in Gibraltar; whether those members wore their Spanish uniforms; and...

      UN Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty Review Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes from the UN Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty review conference in 2015; and what assessment they have made of those outcomes.

      UN Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty Review Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions were held at the UN Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty review conference in 2015 about the risk of nuclear inadvertence leading to...

      UN Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty Review Conference

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals were put forward at the UN Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty review conference in 2015 to mitigate the risks of inadvertent use of...

      South Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about whether there will be an independent investigation into the alleged atrocities in Unity State, South Sudan, in April and...

      South Sudan: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that international non-governmental organisations working in conflict areas of South Sudan receive UN protection and...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to the UN High Level Review of Women, Peace and Security, and what proposals they have put forward to ensure an ambitious...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is the designated lead on women, peace and security.

      Diplomatic Service: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with embassies and high commissions in the United Kingdom about the payment of parking and other traffic fines.

      BBC Monitoring: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered funding BBC Monitoring from the Conflict Pool or with new money available from the Intelligence Agencies.

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will represent the United Kingdom at the UN Security Council debate on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the UN High Level Review of Women, Peace...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation by UN Member States of UN Security Council Resolution 1325; and what the United Kingdom’s strategy...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy to ensure that future negotiations to end the Syria conflict include the formal participation of Syrian women; what...

      David Haigh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the United Arab Emirates, and what replies they have received, concerning the imprisonment without...

      EU Action: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each government department, from January to June 2015, (1) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden,...

      Tunisia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the impact of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's revised travel advice for Tunisia on the Tunisian economy in...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Prime Minister's commitment to work with the US to destroy IS, what their strategy is for doing so.

      Diplomatic Service: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns (HLWS119), what action they have been taking on the issue of unpaid London Congestion Charge...

      Diplomatic Service: Parking Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns (HLWS116), what action they have been taking on the issue of unpaid parking fines incurred...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement in 2014 by the Indian Home Minister describing the 1984 killings of Sikhs in India as genocide, whether they are pushing, or...

      Radicalism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a link between Muslim extremism and United Kingdom policies in the Middle East.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the EU in respect of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with their European allies regarding any United Kingdom red lines for Israel in the West Bank.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the orders and directives given by Colonel Ofer Winter during Operation Protective Edge.

      Greece: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the spending of British tourists going to Greece (1) in the United Kingdom and (2) in Greece.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt on behalf of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Maude of Horsham (HL1418) regarding the sale of arms to Israel, how they define "internal repression" and "using the...

      West Bank: Demolition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible consequences for Israel and the Israeli settlers if the Israeli Civil Administration demolish the village of...

      Pakistan: Muttahida Quami Movement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the recent raid on the headquarters of the Muttahida Quami Movement in Karachi, Pakistan, by Pakistani...

      Pakistan: Muttahida Quami Movement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the televised speeches made by Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement, who is based in London, which have...

      Pakistan: Muttahida Quami Movement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Pakistani special forces in Karachi found alleged terrorists in the headquarters of the Muttahida Quami Movement.

      Pakistan: Muttahida Quami Movement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on relations between the United Kingdom and Pakistan of the presence in the United Kingdom of Altaf Hussain,...

      Russia: Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what political and diplomatic response they have made to recent reports of further encroachments by Russia on territory and property in the north of Georgia.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the United Kingdom delegation to the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly; and to which political party each member is affiliated.

  • Department for International Development

    • Hepatitis: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to the introduction of a universal Hepatitis B vaccination programme, as recommended by the World Health Organisation, in order to...

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to increase United Kingdom aid spending on water sanitation and hygiene on a regular incremental basis each year over this Parliament.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce measures to maximise the impact of United Kingdom aid investment in water, sanitation and hygiene services (1) in health...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which developing countries they are working with other governments to deliver sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to adopt and implement a dedicated sustainable development goal for water and sanitation, with targets for universal access to basic...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Divorce: Financial Provision

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the law relating to financial provisions on divorce.

    • Courts: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many court buildings from the court estate were disposed of between May 2010 and June 2015 by (1) sale, or (2) rental; and how much money was raised in...

      Prisoners: Age

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have made of the future age profile of the prison population.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Faulks on 16 July (HLWS108), what, if any, costs incurred on future improvements to courts proposed for closure...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • S4C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the calculations used in Box 8 of the BBC Charter Review public consultation, what is the cost per viewer hour of S4C.

    • Television: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 20 July (HL1072), in the light of imminent decisions regarding the BBC's Charter, why they have...

      Sports: Females

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make Women’s Sport Week an annual event.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Motor Vehicles: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the results of the scoping study on littering from vehicles; and when they plan to make regulations for littering from vehicles...

    • Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent peer-reviewed scientific studies have been conducted on whether it is safe to carry out flow-testing, small-scale fracturing operations and...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 June (HL298), which interested parties have been involved in the preparatory work on keeping...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 June (HL298), whether they intend to bring forward primary legislation concerning the...

      Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they intend to give local authorities to alter the status of routes which have in the past been legally recorded on definitive maps of public...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Combined Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any areas or types of authorities that they would not consider being brought together to form a combined authority.

    • Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any other Executive Mayors in addition to those of London and Bristol that could not be abolished by the holding of a referendum.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce business rates.

      Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the powers of the Secretary of State contained in clause 10 of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] could be used to alter or extend...

  • Wales Office

    • Sheep Dipping: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to September 1993, a circular was issued by the Welsh Office Poisons Unit indicating that doctors would not be presented with cases of sheep...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Legislation: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 16 July (HL1057), which specific pieces of legislation passed between 1985 and 2015 relate...

    • Bills: England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of bills in each of the previous five Parliaments that affected England alone and had no implications for any of...

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