Written answers

Thursday, 24 September 2015

  • Wales Office

    • Block Grant: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans the Government has for the future of the block grant to Wales.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Renewable Energy: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to her Department's announcement of 22 July 2015 on renewable energy subsidies, what assessment the Government has made...

    • Department for Energy and Climate Change: Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how much the Government has paid in damages in connection with the judgment in Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change v...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what alternative options were considered by her Department when formulating proposals for the feed-in-tariff review.

      Department for Energy and Climate Change: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many hours her Department spent on processing freedom of information requests in each of the last 24 months.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions she has had with energy companies on the competitiveness of energy bills.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many representations he has received from hon. Members from the Conservative Party on the under-occupancy penalty.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • BBC: Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when Ministers were informed of the BBC's decision to terminate its contract with the Met Office; and by what means they were so...

    • UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the membership of the UKTI's Strategic Relations Team is; and which companies are involved with that team.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of maintenance support for undergraduate students; and if...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 9131, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of...

  • Home Office

    • Economic Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the economists who wrote a letter to The Times, published on 18 August, are employed in any capacity to advise Government departments or are...

    • Islam: Legal Systems

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the undertaking by the Home Secretary, made in a speech on 23 March, to set up an independent investigation into the application of Shari’a law in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in securing a European Union decision on the labelling of products from Israeli settlements.

    • Gaza: Neonatal Mortality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority and the government of Israel regarding the increase in neonatal mortality in the Gaza Strip.

      Gaza: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the block on exports from Gaza.

      Israel: Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel following the strike at Christian schools in Israel in protest against funding cuts.

      West Bank: Arson

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the lack of progress in arresting the people responsible for the Duma village...

      West Bank: Arson

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact, if any, Ministers and diplomats have had with the Dawabsha family following the death of three members of that family in an arson attack in...

      Israel: Church Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current differences in the levels of funding between Christian schools and other schools in Israel.

      Israel: Churches

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the number of "price tag" attacks on church property in Israel.

      Iran: Overseas Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reopening of the British Embassy in Iran, what plans they have to develop trading opportunities in Iran; and whether those plans take...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the protection of civilians from war crimes committed in the conflict in Syria.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes of the talks between Tony Blair and Hamas since his active negotiations with Khaled Meshaal in June.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Myanmar about revising its citizenship laws, which place restrictions on non-indigenous residents...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Myanmar about abolishing ethnic and religious classifications for identification cards.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting the government of Iraq to build an inclusive state that provides for the wellbeing of all its citizens.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 15 September (HL Deb, col 1741), what assistance they have given to the Karen and other ethnic...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the fifth UN joint statement on human rights in Bahrain, they have discussed with the government of Bahrain the cases of opposition...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning Israel offering refuge to Palestinians fleeing Syria.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the right of return for Palestinians.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in setting up the review of consumer protection measures for the secondary ticketing market.

    • Tickets: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering increasing the maximum penalty that can be imposed on secondary-market operators for breaching the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of student loans awarded to students undertaking (1) full-time, and (2) part-time, bachelor degrees that will never...

      Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what quality assurance measures are in place for the International Foundation programmes run by United Kingdom universities or by partnerships between such...

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of the latest humanitarian truce in Yemen, in the light of the airstrikes by the Arab states coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting Kurdish authorities in Iraq to manage the civilians who have fled the fighting and are displaced in the region.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many acquitted defendants who had costs orders claimed their legal costs from central funds in (1) magistrates' courts, and (2) Crown Courts, in each of...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to sign the prisoner exchange agreement with the government of Taiwan.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that military action by coalition forces in Iraq does not displace civilians.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to local authorities of complying with their duty to support (1) failed asylum seekers and their children, and (2) evicted tenants...

    • Education Funding Agency: Birmingham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of Spitfire House in Castle Vale, Birmingham, following a change of ownership.

      Allotments: Measurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to write to all local authorities and parish councils with guidance making clear that they are entitled to sell allotment space in imperial...

      Local Plans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to streamline the local plans process; and when they expect to bring those proposals into operation.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of houses that were unoccupied in each of the regions in England in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2014.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change the rules for public servants so that senior public officers who work during strikes do not get extra payments, as was the case...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 16 September (HL1984) which states that "decisions on plant closures are a commercial matter...

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Prime Minister on 11 September (HC9076), on what evidence they base the statement that "investment in shale could reach...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have formulated guidelines for voluntary charitable organisations involved in the settlement of Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom;...

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