Written answers

Friday, 10 March 2017

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 5, Part 1 of the Digital Strategy published on 1 March 2017, what broadband speed train operators will be required to deliver...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to give the Government power to ring-fence landing slots at Heathrow Airport to...

      Aircraft: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to postpone the proposed deadline for the installation of 8.33 KHz-compatible radio equipment in aircraft until the outcome of...

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the punctuality of services on the Wrexham-Bidston train line; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure train passengers are aware of their rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure companies are compliant with consumer law with particular regard to the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the Northern Ireland Executive's ability to meet the requirements set out in the Fresh Start document to release...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government campaign launched on 27 February 2017 to increase low paid workers' knowledge of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Maldives: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Commonwealth Secretariat on the issue of readmitting the Maldives into the Commonwealth.

    • Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN on the political situation in the Maldives.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of the Maldives on the political situation in that country.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people aged 16 or 17 to register to vote.

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the HM Revenue and Customs Digital press release of 13 February 2017, Green light for Government Gateway Transformation, which future...

      Government Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2017 to Question 62723, on government secondments, what positions the staff from KPMG were seconded to; what the...

  • Department for International Development

    • South Sudan: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department is working with other international donors to ensure that sufficient funding is made available for a rapid and...

    • Malawi: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress has been made on developing the solar market in Malawi.

  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    • Direct Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to launch the consultation on making company directors and those in similar positions accountable for breaches of the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to reform bereavement benefits.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the 2016 consultation on child maintenance deduction orders against joint accounts; and...

      Walkers Foods: Peterlee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to provide financial aid to employees requiring support to up-skill and retrain in the event of the closure of the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Egypt: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel of each service of the armed forces are stationed in Egypt.

    • RFA Fort Austin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) current deployment and (b) planned out-of-service date is for RFA Fort Austin.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has received on the levels of fines issued by local authorities to residents for...

    • Social Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice his Department provides to local authorities on how to fund social care for children and young people.

  • HM Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 63665, what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on whether he has taken...

    • Take-away Food: VAT Exemptions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the potential merits of exempting hot sandwiches that are made to takeaway from VAT.

      Aviation: Training

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) income tax and (b) VAT was accrued to the public purse from activities related to flight training schools in each of the last five years.

      Government Departments: Copyright

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what process his Department has for allocating funds for the payment for copyright licenses by the Government; and what funds were allocated for such...

      Diesel Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to increase road tax for diesel vehicles.

      Debts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to complete its review of a proposed breathing space scheme for families in debt.

      Electronic Government

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HM Revenue and Customs digital press release of 13 February 2017, Green light for Government Gateway Transformation, which other...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government is gathering and monitoring the views of UK citizens who live in non-UK EU countries on the process of the UK...

    • Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64535, if he will make it his Department's policy to publish all...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Commonwealth: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he has received from other Commonwealth countries on future trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU.

    • Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has had discussions with the Home Office on the potential merits of including visa liberalisation within future trade...

      Commonwealth: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to encourage investment from other Commonwealth countries.

      Commonwealth: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which other Commonwealth countries he plans to prioritise for trade agreements after the UK has left the EU.

      Trade Agreements: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his policy to seek to agree trade deals with the world's poorest countries once the UK leaves the EU.

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if UK Export Finance officials conducting its review into support for Rolls-Royce will examine support beyond that referred to in the...

  • Department of Health

    • Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community was for people aged (a) over 60 and (b) between 60 and 66 in the last year for which...

    • NHS Shared Business Services: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters NHS Shared Business Services were contracted to deliver to GP surgeries between 2011 and 2015; and of those letters how many were (a)...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of reducing the screening age for bowel cancer to 50 years old.

  • Home Office

    • Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have received compensation following a period of detention at Guantanamo Bay; and how much has been paid out in total.

  • Department for International Trade

  • HM Treasury

    • Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what interest rate they use for discounting future income and expenditure when evaluating capital projects; (2) which government department is...

    • Financial Services: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the remarks by Dr Andreas Dombret, executive board member of the German Central Bank, that post-Brexit London would remain "the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 20 February (HL5245), which faith-based organisations in Iraq have applied for access to UK funding through...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sewage: Water Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to review the National Policy Statement (NPS) for Waste Water, published on 9 February 2012, in the light of the statement in that NPS that it...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 January (HL Deb, col 7), how many local authorities have enforced animal welfare legislation in each...

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for animal cruelty there have been in each year since 2010.

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