Written answers

Thursday, 5 January 2017

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contributions holidays British Coal took from the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme between 1987 and 1994.

    • Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recommendation of the Competition and Markets Authority in its Energy Market Investigation...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of digitally sharing domestic retrofit activity by his Department...

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will provide information to MoT testers enabling them to confirm that originally fitted catalytic converters and...

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cars have failed an MoT test since 1 January 2016 as a result of problems with originally fitted catalytic converters or diesel particulate filters,...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timescale for developing methods which can detect the removal or effectiveness of a particulate filter during an MoT check-up; whether they...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered requiring all authorised MoT test centres to enter information on a database whenever they remove the internal core of a...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will pursue against garages, drivers or others whose actions have contributed to the illegal driving of vehicles without an originally...

      Transport: Southampton

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is an overall strategy for the long-term development of transport links between Southampton and the Midlands, particularly in regard to the...

      A34

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed Oxford and Cambridge expressway, what is the plan for the A34 north of Chieveley.

      A34

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any specific proposals relating to the A34 to the south of the Chieveley interchange; and if so, which agency is responsible for them.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Mastercard: Class Actions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any consultation with consumer groups about whether consumers involved in the recent Mastercard court case were adequately...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding alleged reports of withholding of the corpses of Palestinians killed in suspected...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions are they having with the government of Israel over reports of the continued demolition and seizure of structures in Area C and East...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports of the designation of nearly 30 per cent of Palestinian land in Area C as...

      Israeli Settlements: Water Supply

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel following reports that thirty springs are under full Israeli settler control and inaccessible to...

      Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports of the continued administrative detention of Mohammed Abu Sakha.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel following reports of the approval of a plan to build a further 770 housing units in the Gilo...

      Andargachew Tsege

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Ethiopia to release the British citizen Mr Andy Tsege; and if not, why not.

      Syria: Military Intervention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following their calling-in of Russian and Iranian ambassadors to discuss Syria, they will also call in the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to...

      Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether evidence of atrocities committed by individual UK citizens as members of Daesh is being collected; if so, whether this is being done as part of an...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the treatment of Ahmadi Muslims following a recent attack on the Ahmadi Muslim mosque...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Civil Servants: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive concerning the protection of Northern Ireland civil servants from inappropriate political...

  • Department for International Development

    • Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to address the reported humanitarian and human rights crises in Rakhine State, Burma.

    • Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma calling for an end to restrictions on humanitarian aid access to Rakhine State, Burma.

      Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls for the UN Secretary-General to visit Burma as a matter of urgency to negotiate humanitarian aid access to Rakhine...

      Burma: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma calling for an end to restrictions on humanitarian aid access to Kachin and northern Shan...

      Pakistan: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 December (HL3360), which organisation or agency independently assessed that the implementation of the 2006...

      Pakistan: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 December (HL3360), what consideration was given by the Department for International Development to other...

      Pakistan: Textbooks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 December (HL3360), whether, as part of the independent assessment, Urdu books were studied by speakers of...

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 December (HL3360), what assessment they have made of the impact on the education of students from religious...

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 December (HL3360), what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has...

      Burma: Rohingya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to provide assistance to the government of Bangladesh to help meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people of each ethnic group, broken down by religion, were in prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Poland: NATO

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the NATO battalion-sized battlegroup to be established in Poland; which NATO members will contribute; how many NATO personnel will be...

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Typhoon fighter aircraft are in service; how many are serviceable; how many could be serviceable within a week; how many are in longer-term...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Typhoon aircraft are yet to be delivered; and if so, to what timescale.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pilots currently serving in the RAF are qualified to fly (1) the Typhoon, and (2) the Tornado, aircraft.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the length of time and cost required to retrain a Tornado pilot to fly a Typhoon aircraft.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Tornado fighter aircraft are in service; how many are serviceable; how many could be serviceable within a week; how many are in longer-term...

      Baltic States: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British military personnel are now serving in the three Baltic States and what is the current total NATO deployment there.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for (1) upgrading, or (2) changing the purpose or function of, (a) Typhoon, and (b) Tornado, aircraft.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under current plans, when will the last (1) Tornado, and (2) Typhoon, aircraft leave service.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the Chairman and panellists for the independent review into full-time social action.

    • Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the independent review into full-time social action will consider evidence from the UK, France, and Germany regarding how their respective...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the creation of a legal status for full-time volunteers will be considered as part of the independent review into full-time social action.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the independent review into full-time social action will accept (1) oral, and (2) written, evidence from the public.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 8 December (HL3536), what are the planning issues that can cause delay and prevent builders...

    • Supported Housing: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the consultation Funding for Future Supported Housing, what steps they are taking to ensure that local top-up funding for supported housing...

      Housing Completions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many housing completions there have been in each year since 2004; and how these figures compare with the recommendations made in the Barker Review of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Sector: Low Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many public sector workers who earn less than £11,000 a year are (1) men, and (2) women.

    • Financial Services: City of London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to offer early clarification to City institutions on how they will be able to operate within the European Union after Brexit.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce a windfall tax to ensure that participants in Northern Ireland's Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme do not make super profits...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure value for money for the taxpayer as a result of the introduction in Northern Ireland of the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been approached by the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss ways in which the anticipated overspend of £400 million on the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 26 October (HL2092), how many cases relating to failure to pay the minimum wage have been...

      Sovereign Grant

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Royal Family are in receipt of the Sovereign Grant; and whether they have any plans to extend the provision of the Grant to (1) Princess...

      Television: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Russian Television, based in Edinburgh, has paid in full all taxes and charges due and complied with any United Kingdom statutory requirements.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the agreement on the government of Wales’ Fiscal Framework published on 19 December compensates...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • EU Energy Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to remain part of the European Union energy union following Brexit.

  • Department for International Trade

    • World Trade Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK pays a subscription to the World Trade Organisation; and if so, what is the amount.

  • Department of Health

    • Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they estimate will need to receive hepatitis C treatment in England over the next 13 years in order to achieve the World Health...

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