Written answers

Friday, 18 September 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the effect of connecting DVLA driver records with Department for Work and Pensions records on the ability of...

    • Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions the Maritime and Coastguard Agency changed the safe manning certificate for merchant ships on the UK Registry in each year since...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work his Department is giving to the (a) public funding requirements of and (b) potential state aid issues related to a new runway at Heathrow...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to publish the post-2015 strategy for the prevention of torture.

    • Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will propose a no-fly zone over Syria at the upcoming UN General Assembly.

      Mazen Darwish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the government of Syria on the detention of Mazen Darwish by the Syrian...

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Qatar on receiving Syrian refugees in...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the reasons that Shaker Aamer has not been released from Guantanamo Bay.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the UN's response to the letter from the UK Permanent Representative to the UN sent on 7 September on recent...

      Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September to Question 8243, what recent representations his Department has received from officials...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

      Ethiopia: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on oppression of the Amahara people in Ethiopia.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2015 to Question 4126, how many times the procedure provided for in the Council Decision of 29...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what planning the Government has undertaken on the steps necessary for the UK to withdraw from the EU in the event that the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many hours his Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further discussions he plans to have with his Cypriot counterpart on the misselling of mortgages by Alpha Panareti; and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Kincora Children's Home

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on police officers transporting civil servants to the Kincora Boys' Home.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what date the review on the impact of tribunal fees announced by his Department in March 2015 was transferred to the Ministry...

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Deduction From Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 on employment law claims...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to Question 8779 of 10 September 2015, how many employers have participated in HM Revenue and Custom's...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department is providing to the least developed countries to tackle climate change and its...

    • Overseas Aid: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure funding disbursed by her Department does not contribute to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed court closures on access to justice for low income families.

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what statistics his Department holds on usage of (a) magistrates and (b) civil courts; and if he will place such statistics in the Library.

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to sell former court buildings; and to what purpose he plans to apply monies raised from such sales.

      Courts: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how he plans to make greater use of video conferencing and other technology in reforming the court system; and what assessment he has made of the effect...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has for the use of court buildings which may be closed under current proposals; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners are undergoing work placements and schemes within prison whilst awaiting deportation.

      Gurpal Virdi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the complainant and first witness in the recent prosecution of Councillor Gurpai Virdi is subject to a court order of anonymity.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether legal advice on the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle against Reyaad Khan included consideration of the legal basis of the killing of people...

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria he uses to determine the viability of strikes against terrorist targets in states against whom the UK is not at war; and if he will make a...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure it meets the NATO defence spending target for 2015.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the frequency of the publication of statistics on sanctions for (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page two of the Impact Assessment for the Benefit Cap published on 20 July 2015, how many and what proportion of those...

  • Scotland Office

  • HM Treasury

    • Financial Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to promote financial inclusion and capability.

    • Economic Situation: Greece

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential fiscal effect on the UK of the government of Greece defaulting on its national debt.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements he is planning for the reallocation of his Department's funding for the resettlement of Syrian refugees within the UK.

      Treasury: Freedom of Information

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many hours his Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government employees are in receipt of tax credits.

      Gift Aid

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in Gift Aid was paid out to (a) Cancer Research UK, (b) Oxfam, (c) Greenpeace, (d) RSPCA and (e) RSPB in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on strengthening the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

    • Coal Fired Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish a plan to phase out all unabated coal power.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Digital Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent representations he has received on talent retention in the Government Digital Service.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to lower the level of air pollution in the area of Oxford Street in London.

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the level of imports of puppies to the UK from other EU countries under the pet travel...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the final version of her Department's report, Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many avian influenza outbreaks there have been in each of the last five years.

  • Department of Health

    • Gynaecology: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve patient access to uterine fibroid embolisation.

    • Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of lower limb amputations associated with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.

      Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken or commissioned on possible links between aspartame and (a) aggressive behaviour, (b) depression, (c) anxiety...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Somalia: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the alleged misappropriation of public funds involving United Kingdom companies cited in Annex 5 to the Somalia report of...

    • Pacific Ocean Islands: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to (1) Tuvalu, (2) Vanuatu, and (3) Nauru, to counter the threat to the long-term viability of the islands caused by...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2139 and 2165 regarding Syria, in particular regarding the action or...

      Burma: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they provide to organisations that support women in Burma to ensure the proper documentation of sexual violence resulting from conflict in that...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent statements by the Spanish Minister for Europe in relation to British waters surrounding Gibraltar that Spain does not...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the conflict in Yemen.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the delays to cars and freight vehicles crossing the border between Gibraltar and Spain in June, July and August 2015; and how...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent incidents involving Spanish customs boats entering British Territorial waters around Gibraltar, and what action has since...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incursions there were into British Territorial waters around Gibraltar by the Spanish Guardia Civil, customs officers and navy in June, July, and...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have to help to end the conflict in Syria in view of the current migrant crisis in Europe.

      Muslim Brotherhood Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion they have had with (1) Saudi Arabia, (2) Egypt, and (3) the United Arab Emirates, following the delivery of the Government-sponsored review...

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what payments have been made since the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund was established; and what is the planned destination of expenditure from that...

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had in the Security Council and other UN organisations about the involvement of British troops in Syria.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have supported any peace or reconciliation efforts in Syria and Iraq.

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of people serving or training with Daesh in Syria and Iraq who were formerly soldiers or civil servants...

      West Bank: Water

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning its imposition of restrictions on access to water for Palestinians in the West...

      Israel: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the family living in the Negev at Wadi Atir whose water tank was removed by Israeli...

      West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of the United States about the number of United States nationals currently living in settlements in...

      West Bank: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the progress of the investigation into the death of Ali Saeed Dawabsheh in Duma village...

      Israel: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the government of Israel about the review of live-fire regulations.

      Israel: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what concerns they have expressed to the government of Israel about the temporal and spatial restrictions on the entry for Muslims to Al Aqsa Mosque in East...

      Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to propose to the UN Secretary-General that he commission a study of the effects on the economies of Eritrea and Ethiopia if the latter...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made in the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review of the threat posed by cyber security; and whether they plan to...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • National College for High Speed Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operating costs of the proposed National College for High Speed Rail; and how those costs will be met.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: New Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to support the campaign launched by Dell for the post-2015 UN development agenda to promote sustainable development...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether new spending on migrants will count towards the statutory target of spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas aid.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs of the people of Yemen; and what humanitarian assistance is being provided to them.

      World Food Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Union, the United States of America and other development partners, about the funding of the UN World...

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the treatment of Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Tunisia.

      Syria: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UNHCR fails to protect Christians from discrimination in the refugee camps set up to help those fleeing Syria.

      Middle East: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for greater co-ordination of relief efforts by voluntary organisations working with refugees in Syria and the...

  • Department for Education

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new academy schools they estimate will open in the year May 2015 to May 2016.

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sponsors have applied to open new academy schools since May.

  • The Lord Chairman of Committees

    • House of Lords: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Administration and Works Committee will reconsider the ban on e-cigarettes in rooms in the House of Lords which formerly permitted smoking, in the...

    • House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what costs were incurred in the recruitment of the House of Lords Executive Chef.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal authority they obtained before conducting the drone attack in Syria that was announced on 7 September.

    • Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed during the drone strike on Raqqa on 21 August.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any civilians were killed in the drone strike on Raqqa on 21 August.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that state benefits in Northern Ireland, and the qualifications to receive such benefits, should remain the same as those in...

    • Parades Commission: Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the material used in making determinations by the Northern Irish Parades Commission is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Belfast Agreement 1998 provides for a role for the government of the Republic of Ireland in Strand One talks where the discussions are about...

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