Written answers

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 2 July 2014, Official Report, column 676W on AWE, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) anticipated out-turn cost...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make representations to the Israeli government about the proposed demolition of the Israeli Arab village...

    • Afghanistan: MI6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any Special Intelligence Service officers have been posted at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan since October 2001.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • EU Grants and Loans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been allocated to Northern Ireland in (a) EU Structural Funds and (b) special initiatives in each year since 2010.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to widen access to the digital economy for young people.

    • Digital Technology: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help young people engage with the digital economy.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Self-employed: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraph 1.123 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what assessment he has made of the effect of uprating the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the threat to human health and safety from poor canine welfare at breeding establishments;...

  • Home Office

    • UK Visas and Immigration: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many curtailment letters were issued by UK Visas and Immigration between 10 January 2015 and 11 December 2015.

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Calais

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety and security of UK HGV drivers from their approach to Calais to entering the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2015 to Question 18122, (a) how many times and (b) on what grounds Palestinian academics have not been...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to reduce net migration from Europe, other than seeking reform of provision of welfare for non-British EU citizens.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cautions have been given for any offence in each police force area in each of the last three years.

      Firearms: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many legally owned .22 calibre semi-automatic rifles have been used in terrorist offences in the last 10 years.

      Asylum: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons applicants who reside in Liverpool, Wavertree constituency who have outstanding asylum claims are no longer given a...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • MI5: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional funding the Government plans to provide for monitoring and observation of terrorist activities by the Security Service in...

  • Department of Health

    • Womb Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of womb cancer.

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he has made of the reason for the failure to meet ambulance response time targets for Red 1 999 emergencies between June 2015 and September...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will encourage clinical commissioning groups to prevent inequalities through adequate HCP outsourcing and training on medical nutrition.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Spending Review 2015, they have undertaken any analysis of the relationship between the value of business rates collected by local...

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their commitment to consult on 100 per cent retention of business rates by local authorities by the end of this Parliament, what additional...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to increase the number of specially adapted homes in (1) North Lincolnshire, and (2) nationally, so that those with complex care needs can...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • South Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the violence against women in South Sudan since conflict broke out in December 2013.

    • Darfur: War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the statement by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court calling for the UN Security Council to do more to...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of evidence that Ugandan police, in the run-up to the election in February 2016, have used live ammunition to disperse...

      Central African Republic: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for pressing the government of the Central African Republic to delay the planned election until there is...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Ivory Coast.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Dunlop on 27 November (HL3723) and 8 December (HL4130), whether those answers include all security personnel who...

    • Elections: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland has the power to require district councils in Northern Ireland to conduct election counts for...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 12 November (HL 3335) concerning contact with the government of the Republic of Ireland, what progress has...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland within the framework of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 about the provisions in...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Dunlop on 9 December (HL4222, HL4272 and HL4321), which peers and MPs who are based in Northern Ireland were invited...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which peers and MPs were invited to attend a briefing with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill on 23...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which peers and MPs attended the briefing with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill on 23 November.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for a new round of talks with the political parties in Northern Ireland, in order to break the deadlock over legacy issues in Northern...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider publishing the papers on legacy issues shared by the parties during the recent Stormont House discussions.

      Parades Commission: Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Parades Commission can have its files and information accessed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, on the current definition of "coasting", what percentage of secondary schools with an average KS2 points score of (1) below 26, (2) 26–28, (3)...

    • Primary Education: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, on the current definition of "coasting", what percentage of primary schools that are (1) sponsored academies, and (2) maintained schools, broken down by...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of pupils take a full EBacc range of subjects in (1) sponsored academies, and (2) maintained schools.

      Gcse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of pupils in (1) sponsored academies, and (2) maintained schools, take a GCSE in (a) a qualifying language, and (b) a qualifying humanities...

      Academies: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of (1) all multi-academy trusts, and (2) multi-academy trusts with at least five schools, achieve above average value added.

      Schools: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of sponsored academies that were rated inadequate by Ofsted on conversion remained inadequate at their next inspection, and what percentage...

      Academies: Performance Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have, if any, to show that sponsored academies are more successful at improving in terms of Ofsted status, when compared to similar...

      Mathematics: GCE A-level

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many A-level Maths entries there were between 2002 and 2009, and between 2010 and 2015.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the law to protect vulnerable people from phone phishing and other communication scams.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many single parents aged between 18 and 25 currently receive Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance; and of those, how many they estimate are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Farming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of large-scale indoor dairies in the UK.

  • Home Office

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases are currently being dealt with by the Channel programme, and how many of those have been because of suspected vulnerability to extremist...

    • Visas: Married People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rate of allegations against a spouse of domestic violence or rape by women who have entered the UK on a spousal visa in...

      Police

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new arrangements have been made in 2015, nationally, regionally, or locally, for police forces formally to share operational or support functions.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 16 December (HL4512 and HL4513), what "when necessary to deliver the carrier strike programme" means precisely.

    • Navy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what use the Royal Navy is making of unmanned vehicles.

  • HM Treasury

    • Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 10 February (HL4482), what assessment they have made of what is an acceptable and safe level of borrowing...

    • Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 9 March (HL5261), whether they have identified a threshold level of private-sector or financial...

      Electronic Commerce: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 8 December (HL3854), what were the dates of the last three written communications from HMRC...

      Bank Services: Cuba

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice has been given to UK banks regarding business and personal financial transactions between UK individuals or UK-registered companies and Cuban...

      Energy: Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they afforded community energy schemes less than one month’s notice for the implementation of changes to the tax rules, but allowed a phasing out...

      Government Departments: Temporary Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what cross-Government estimates they have made in 2016–17 departmental budgets for the extra cost of agency and contract staff of HMRC’s...

      Supply Teachers: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their estimates for the extra cost of supply teachers of HMRC’s proposals on not allowing staff engaged through agencies to claim tax relief...

      Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the amount of stamp duty reserve tax that will be repaid following the 2012 decision of the First-Tier Tribunal (Tax) in...

      Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much stamp duty reserve tax has been repaid following the 2012 decision of the First-Tier Tribunal (Tax) in the case of HSBC Holdings PLC and the Bank of...

      Financial Services: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for financial services executives being paid according to the number of women in senior roles.

      VAT: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, they have for reducing the rate of VAT on the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the allocations for the Department for Communities and Local Government DEL in Table 2.17 on page 100 of the Spending Review and Autumn...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the other sources of local government income cited in the first bullet point of paragraph 2.123 on page 100 of the Spending Review and Autumn...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s current CPI and RPI inflation rates.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 4 November during the Report stage of the Energy Bill [HL] (HL Deb, col 1641), what progress has...

    • Environment Protection: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 December (HL Deb, col 1981), (1) what is the detailed breakdown of the figure of £122 billion...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Trade Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact assessment they conducted on provisions in the Trade Union Bill prohibiting public sector employers from providing a check-off service.

    • Medals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Ebola medal takes precedence over jubilee medals in the order of wear.

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