Written answers

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's spending was in Overseas Development Aid in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) the first 10 months of...

    • Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to section 5.9 of the Migration Advisory Committee's review of Tier 2 visas, published in December 2015, whether...

      Materials: Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of global patents for graphene that is held in the UK.

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total amount of student debt (a) repaid and (b) outstanding was in each of the last 10 years.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the effect of ring fencing funding from his Department for the Global Challenges Fund on other...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • North Korea: Overseas Companies

      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 (HC27825), whether UK...

    • North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 24 February (HL6091) and paragraph 13 of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2270,...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 22 February (HL5963), and with regard to Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request 0986-15, why there...

      Females: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, discussions they have had regarding breast ironing; and with whom.

      Palestinians: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority regarding reported Palestinian General Intelligence Service raids on female students’...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the closure of the Palestine Today news television channel in the West Bank and the...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the continued ban on Gaza Strip exports to the West Bank, Israel and abroad.

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress towards political reconciliation and community cohesion in Iraq.

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist the government of Iraq in its efforts to encourage post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction in areas now...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of freedom of religion or belief in Iraq and in Iraqi Kurdistan.

      South Sudan: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in deciding to use the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund exclusively to support national institutions in South Sudan, what assessment they made of the...

      South Sudan: Conflict Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering ending Conflict, Stability and Security Fund support for community-level peacebuilding in South Sudan more gradually in order to...

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the definition of the term "Commonwealth values" when used by that organisation.

      Commonwealth: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Commonwealth countries as trading partners for British exporters.

      Turkey: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of which areas of Turkey are safe for British travellers.

      European Union: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK can withdraw from EU treaties under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, with 12 months notice or otherwise.

      Nepal: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any economic benefits arising from the recent constitutional changes and the establishment of a new government in...

      Nepal: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to good governance and effective parliamentary democracy in Nepal, and whether their development projects will encourage...

      Iraq: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support efforts to demine areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of the new school in Abu Nuwar (east of Jerusalem) which had been...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the appropriation of 234 hectares of Palestinian land near Jericho by Israel on 10 March.

      Israel: Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about allegations that excessive force by the Israeli army has not resulted in investigations...

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      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about Iraq becoming a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to record the atrocities that have been committed by Daesh in Iraq so that, in due course, offenders may be brought to justice.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the use of chemical weapons by Daesh in Iraq.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing new consular premises in Iraqi Kurdistan.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq on resolving the budget impasse with the Kurdish Regional Government.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the Government is represented by a Minister at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference that will take place in Uruguay from 13...

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the key objectives of the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference that will take place in Uruguay from 13 to 15 July, which...

  • Department for International Development

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, in conjunction with the UN, to assist in rebuilding infrastructure in South Sudan.

  • Department for Education

    • University Technical Colleges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which university technical colleges are operating in the 2015–16 academic year; and how many students in years 10, 11, 12, and 13 were (1) enrolled in...

    • Vocational Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the new technical curricula will be launched; and how the information on any new qualifications will be disseminated to schools and colleges planning...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply of Earl Howe on 15 March (HL Deb, col 1736) that in the UK a declaration of genocide is "a matter for the judicial system", what they...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff in each of the armed services work at the level of interpreter in each language.

    • Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure there are sufficient linguistic skills in languages such as Russian and Mandarin across the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to respond rapidly to new requirements for linguistic skills across the armed forces.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication of the Departmental Minute by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 21 October 2015 Notification that the Secretary...

    • Origin Marking: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publicise the EU interpretation notice on the labelling of goods derived from Israeli settlements in occupied territories, including...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation is responsible for collecting air pollution data generated by monitoring in and around Heathrow airport.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the UK contributes towards the subsidisation of sugar production.

      *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of pollution in (1) drinking water, (2) river water, and (3) coastal waters, caused by chemicals used in...

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