Written answers

Friday, 1 April 2016

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of using external agencies for recruitment to senior Civil Service posts in his Department...

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value was of Official Development Assistance spent by his Department in each of the last six years; and what proportion...

      Science: Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to page 69 of the Budget 2016, when his Department plans to start the science and innovation audit in Edinburgh...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of funding for research and development on productivity.

      Pubs Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2016 to Question 30688, if he will publish the interests submitted by Mr Paul Newby when he...

      SMART Awards: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many SMART awards have been made to companies in Cambridge in each year since the introduction of that scheme.

      Small Businesses: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized enterprises of the decision to replace research grants for...

      SMART Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons applicants for the fifth round of the SMART scheme will not be able to apply for a sixth round as initially advised.

      Universities: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received on commissioning an inquiry into casualised employment practices in UK universities;...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January to Question 23624, how many offences were committed by prisoners who had absconded in the last year for which...

    • Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Court of Appeal's recent decision on domestic violence evidential requirements for legal aid, what interim steps his Department...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the disability employment gap.

    • Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former workers of Remploy factories in each Parliamentary constituency are (a) looking for work, (b) in work, (c) retired, (d) in...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on the illegal dog trade.

    • Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to have put in place comprehensive management plans for each of the existing Marine Conservation Zones.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources she plans to allocate to enforcing comprehensive management plans in current and future Marine Conservation Zones.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of Common Agricultural Policy funding that (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2016 to Question 29982, on local plans, which local authorities fall into each of the four...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to ensure that people in local authority areas with a larger ageing population do not have to pay...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on sending out information on the Right to Buy scheme to people who are not housing...

      Local Government: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent officials in his Department have worked on devolution deals in each of the last three years; and...

  • HM Treasury

    • Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average time was taken to hear non-domestic rates appeals in each local authority area in the latest year for which data is available.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of individual voter registration.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that they have sufficient measures in place to meet any humanitarian need arising from military efforts to liberate...

    • Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any shortfall in international humanitarian funding in Iraq; and what steps they are taking to address that.

      Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the Department for International Development’s humanitarian effort in Iraq has been transferred to partners and agencies working in Iraq.

      Iraq: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of internally displaced persons (1) in Iraq, (2) in Iraq who have returned to their homes, and (3) in Iraq who...

  • HM Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed freeze on duty for Scotch whisky and cider will also apply to Bushmills Whiskey and Armagh Cider in Northern Ireland.

    • Block Grant: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their revised estimate for the reduction in block grant paid to the Northern Ireland Executive after the introduction of 17 per cent Corporation Tax...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the annual (1) gross, and (2) net, costs of the UK's contributions to the EU for (a) 2014, (b) 2015, and (c) 2016, according to the Office for...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Office for Budget Responsibility has produced its own forecast of the consequences of the UK leaving the EU.

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the possible consequences for financial stability of the consolidation of central clearing houses.

      London Stock Exchange: Deutsche Borse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to monitor the role of institutional investors in voting their clients' shares regarding the potential takeover of the London Stock...

      Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of criticism from the British Retail Consortium that proposed changes in business rates are inadequate.

      Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the legislation governing credit unions.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase or reduce total taxation as a percentage of GDP over the remainder of this Parliament.

      Private Sector: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact on economic and financial stability of increasing private sector debt as a percentage of GDP and aggregate...

      Churches: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will permit zero rating for church repairs following the decision of the EU Council to allow member states to set a VAT rate of zero.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation or correspondence they had with companies offering employee share ownership schemes before announcing the withdrawal of HM Revenue and...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they received on the impact on small and medium-sized enterprises’ productivity levels following the withdrawal of HM Revenue and...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK productivity of the planned withdrawal of HM Revenue and Custom’s valuation check service.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the HM Revenue and Custom’s commissioned research conducted by Oxera on the impact employee share ownership schemes...

      Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of rising house prices, they intend to make representations to the Bank of England discouraging it from reducing interest rates.

      Contingencies Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the criteria are for payments to be made from the Contingency Fund.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Minister of State for the Department for International Development, Desmond Swayne, on 16 March (HC Deb, col 937), whether it...

    • Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Minister of State for the Department for International Development, Desmond Swayne, on 16 March (HC Deb, col 937), what...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to, and what is their assessment of, the statement by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, that Daesh is responsible for genocide...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 15 March (HL6695), whether they will call on the government of Turkey to compensate civilians...

      Burma: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls for an investigation into what action should be taken against those in Burma who are responsible for the crackdown by...

      Marshall Islands: Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their representatives in the International Court of Justice on 14 March requested the Court to declare that it lacked jurisdiction over the claim brought...

      North Korea: Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Hugo Swire, on 25 February (HC27824), how many joint...

      North Korea: Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Hugo Swire, on 25 February (HC27826), whether the Foreign...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 24 February (HL6089), which specific Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ministries...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks of the Minister of State for the Department for International Development, Mr Desmond Swayne, on 16 March (HC Deb, col 937), whether...

      Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks of the Minister of State for the Department for International Development, Mr Desmond Swayne, on 16 March (HC Deb, col 937), whether...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the breakdown of the mediated peace progress between Israel and Palestine, what new proposals or lines of enquiry for a negotiated peace agreement...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Army Air Corps

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Army Air Corps personnel have been asked in the past 12 months to repay retention or other alleged overpayments; and in each case, who was...

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      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Bomber Command clasp is not awarded to veterans who served with 205 Group and flew sorties over occupied Europe from Southern Italy, and what recent...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Insurance numbers were in use at the end of each of the last five years for which records are available.

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