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Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

  • Home Office

    • Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of proposals by the Anti-Slavery Commissioners to establish a central repository for...

    • Migrant Workers: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) certificates of sponsorship and (b) extensions of stay were issued for people working for Scottish employers for Tier 1, Tier 2...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many and (b) which local authorities offered no spaces for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under the Dubs amendment.

      Action Fraud: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many call-handling staff are employed by Action Fraud.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its initial decisions on granting asylum are made accurately and fairly.

      Furs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what audits her Department conducts on imported fur originating from (a) China, (b) Denmark, (c) the US and (d) other countries.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support democracy in and (b) strengthen UK relations with countries in Africa.

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of civilian casualties in Syria as a result of UK air strikes.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress towards a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Republic of Congo.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in the Gambia.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support democracy in and (b) strengthen UK relations with countries in Africa.

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the treatment of human rights activists in that country.

  • Department for Education

    • Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have met the (i) Grammar School Heads' Association and (ii) National Association of...

    • Academies: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding her Department has provided to football academies in the last three years; and (a) what projects have been funded and (b) how many...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who will lead the UK delegation at the UN Human Rights Council for the UK's Universal Periodic Review on 4 May 2017.

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • Polling Stations: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Electoral Commission's Electoral Administration...

    • Polling Stations: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the Electoral Commission's Electoral Administration...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Yemen: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2016 to Question 41410, when his Department last carried out an assessment of (a) whether the Saudi-led coalition in...

    • Kentigern House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the leasing arrangements are for the Army Personnel Centre at Kentigern House in Glasgow; and when such arrangements are due for renewal.

      Kentigern House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed at the Army Personnel Centre at Kentigern House in Glasgow.

      Armed Forces: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has put in place to ensure the continuation of secure personal correspondence between armed forces personnel deployed in...

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times payment providers (a) were asked by the Gambling Commission to block payments to online gambling websites not licenced...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what safeguards he plans to put in place to prevent older people from having to relocate at the end of a fixed-term local...

    • Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will issue advice to local authorities on increasing the minimum size of car parking spaces in their car parks to take...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value is of total exports from each UK region to (a) the EU, (b) the US and (c) China.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the badger vaccination programme in Ireland, what plans she has to introduce trials of oral bacillus...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2017 to Question 62534, what the number of security passes issued by her Department to...

  • Department of Health

    • Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase the number of people registered as organ donors in the UK.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to disallow the current infected blood scheme administrators from bidding in the tender to be the new Infected Blood Scheme...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent business rates revaluation, what are the average changes affecting (1) rural businesses, and (2) urban businesses.

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on rural businesses that are operating at narrow margins of the impact of increases in rateable values.

      Non-domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect small businesses in London from closure owing to the rise in business rates.

      Religious Hatred: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a Christian hate crimes unit, additional to the Jewish and Muslim hate crimes units in the Department for...

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of correspondence from Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to Lord Hylton concerning a grant towards the National Holocaust Memorial, what is the...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of the White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, whether they will allow local authorities to build council housing or work...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of the White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, what specific steps they will take to help councils build more social housing.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of the White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, what plans they have to ensure that boosting productivity and innovation in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of the White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, what is their estimate of the level of disruption and delay caused to house...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of the White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, what additional "transparent data" they expect to be able to collect, and...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the publication of the White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, what are the "sharper tools" they hope to deploy in the attempt to drive up...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Balkans: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects have been funded in the Balkans through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund over the last 24 months; what is the breakdown of the funding...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports of toxic waste, effluent and pollution released from Israeli industry and...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take with their international partners in respect of the government of Israel's decision to retrospectively legalise the previously...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's Lancaster House speech on 17 January, in which areas of the UK has net EU migration "put pressure on public services,...

    • EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks in the White Paper The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union, how the Great Repeal Bill will ensure...

  • Department for Education

    • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the recently published Ofsted inspection framework does not make any reference to the role of parents and families in developing the personal, social and...

    • Schools: Textbooks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that maintained schools have adequate resources to continue to make text books available to pupils as a central part...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue to honour the UK's commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights and to give effect to internationally binding...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ivory: Sales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering a total ban on ivory sales in the light of the announcement by the government of China that they intend to introduce a full ban...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any children born to one North Korean parent in China, who have not acquired citizenship of either the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,...

    • Asylum: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals born in North Korea who have sought asylum in the United Kingdom have been deported since the United Kingdom–Republic of Korea...

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks of Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 December 2016 (HL Deb, col 1021), what progress they have made in giving consideration to...

      Peers: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Home Secretary intends to reply to Lord Lamont's letter of 16 November 2016 about Mr Amini and his request for a visa to come to the UK.

      Firearms and Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether the differences in the legal constraints placed upon ownership and use of (1) shotguns, and (2) drones available to the...

      Madeleine McCann

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost to date of Operation Grange, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and whether any resources have been...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to implement section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, relating to unaccompanied refugee children, beyond the end of March into the...

  • HM Treasury

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recovered unspent financial allocations to the Northern Ireland Executive in (1) the current financial year, (2) the financial year...

    • Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the outcome of the consultation on the delivery methods and priorities for the Shale Wealth Fund.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 30 January concerning government and NHS donations to charities (HL4976), whether they will now...

  • Department of Health

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of women who travelled from (a) the Republic of Ireland, and (b) Northern Ireland, to the rest of the UK to obtain legal...

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