Written answers

Monday, 31 July 2017

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Combined Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what further plans he has to introduce combined authorities in non-metropolitan or unitary authority areas.

    • Business: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2017 to Question 3183, how much funding has been allocated to (a) the UK, (b) England and (c)...

  • Home Office

    • UK Border Force: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detector dogs Border Force had in each (a) airport, (b) port and (c) train terminal in each year since 2010.

    • Home Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of her Department's expenditure has been identified as relating to its work on the UK leaving the EU in 2017-18.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 49 of his Department's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK...

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates

      Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to accelerating their review of the future of the rating system and the associated taxation of online businesses, in the light of the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the social and economic consequences of restricting zero-hours contracts to students and pensioners.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government how they apply the business impact target (BIT) to regulations relating to fire safety in buildings; whether they intend to review the application of BIT to such...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to preserve businesses' confidence as part of a transitional plan for Brexit.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the spokesman for the Libyan navy that NGOs were operating a taxi service for migrants in the Mediterranean and were...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking about the deteriorating political situation and increasing violence in Burundi.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the EU Satellite Centre.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain regarding the denial of medical care to Abduljalil Al-Singace and Hassan Mushaima, who were sentenced to...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the group of UN human rights experts that the killings of five protesters by Bahraini security forces in Duraz on...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what was the allocated budget for technical assistance to Bahrain in the financial years (1) 2016-17, and (2) 2017-18, broken down by heads of expenditure;...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to witness the trial of Hajar Mansoor Hassan, Nazar Alwadaei and Mahmood Marzooq on 18 September.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain on the disappearance of Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi, who was arrested on 24 October 2016.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that visitors to the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion are being offered the opportunity to take part in a simulation...

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      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the reported use of tear gas by Israeli forces in Palestinian homes.

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      Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the reported use of live ammunition by Israeli forces on protesters.

  • Department for International Development

    • European Securities and Markets Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken as a direct consequence of the recommendations and observations regarding operational limitations set out in paragraphs...

    • Unrwa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that UNRWA has adequate funding for the annual Children's Summer Camp in Gaza this year.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Social Services

      Her Majesty's Government what steps, short of the appointment of commissioners, they can take to deal with children's services departments which are a cause of concern.

    • Children: Social Services

      Her Majesty's Government (1) which local authority children's services departments have been found by Ofsted since January 2015 to be persistently or systemically failing; (2) which were made...

      Social Services: Lambeth

      Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations about failings in children's services in the London Borough of Lambeth.

      Children: Social Services

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the current detailed business plans of those sections of the Department for Education dealing with child welfare.

      Children: Social Services

      Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to improve the performance of Ofsted in responding to family members who raise matters of concern in relation to children's services...

      Children: Social Services

      Her Majesty's Government whether they monitor the performance of Ofsted in relation to that agency's responses to family members who raise concerns relating to (1) children's services, and (2)...

      Ofsted

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the methodology by which the performance of the Chair of Ofsted is monitored.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is the latest figure for self-inflicted deaths in prisons in the UK; and what steps they are taking to reduce them.

  • Department of Health

    • Cancer: Mortality Rates

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the findings by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise in its report, Comparator report on patient access to cancer medicines in Europe...

    • Nurses: Training

      Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Royal College of Nursing, (2) the Royal College of Midwives, and (3) UNISON, as a consequence of the fall since 2016 reported...

      Radioisotopes: Imports

      Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the potential impact of not reaching agreement with the EU by April 2019 on the supply of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 used to...

      Secure Psychiatric Units: Ethnic Groups

      Her Majesty's Government, what data are collected regarding the number of BME patients in locked wards in England; and what plans they have to impose new requirements for the collection of such data.

      Blood: Contamination

      Her Majesty's Government whether the findings of the 2009 independent report by Lord Archer of Sandwell on NHS supplied contaminated blood and blood products will be taken into account by the...

      Microplastics: Food

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to humans of microbeads and other plastics entering the human food chain.

      NHS: Drugs

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 19 July (HL914), what plans they have to reduce the costs to the NHS of the supply of drugs such as...

      Drugs: Prices

      Her Majesty's Government which public body is responsible for enforcing regulations concerning the retail prices of medicines; and what enforcement mechanisms are in place to sanction...

      HIV Infection: Foreign Nationals

      Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health has monitored risks associated with overseas visitors seeking or receiving HIV treatment, as set out in that Department's guidance...

  • Home Office

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 July (HL Deb, col 789) regarding rates of pay for work undertaken by immigration removal centre...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 July (HL Deb, col 789) stating that immigration removal centre providers must make a minimum number of...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European body for the enhancement of judicial cooperation.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the Police Federation of England and Wales in implementing the recommendations of the Normington Review; when they...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will use the services of the Red Cross and of other voluntary sector staff and volunteers to identify adults and children now in Europoe who may be qualified...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Asylum Support Office.

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Agency for the operational management of large IT systems in the area of...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in cases in which a non-British national is deported following conviction for a criminal offence, what restrictions are placed on his or her return to the UK; and how...

      Radicalism: Finance

      Her Majesty's Government when they will publish in full the Extremism Analysis Unit's report on the role of foreign funding in encouraging religious extremism in the UK.

  • HM Treasury

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of smuggling of fuel and other items along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which home heating oil is replacing red diesel as the main hydrocarbon fuel smuggled across the border between Northern...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government, in the last five years for which figures are available, what items have been seized from smugglers along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland;...

      *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Securities and Markets Authority.

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to construct an on-going dialogue with consumer and worker representatives with regard to Brexit along the lines of the EU Exit business advisory group.

    • Brexit

      Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken legal advice on whether the UK can revoke the triggering of Article 50.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the establishment of a centre of 5G expertise within DCMS; how many staff the centre will have; what will be its budget; and when a...

    • *No heading*

      Her Majesty's Government whether they will match the EU Digital Agenda commitment, as made by 25 out of 27 other EU member states, to achieve 30 megabit broadband for all homes and businesses by...

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      Her Majesty's Government whether they expect all Premier League football clubs to meet their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2006 to ensure that by August 2017 they will fully meet the...

      Public Libraries

      Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote the use of libraries, including libraries' online and digital content, with new library users.

      Sports Competitors: Free Movement of People

      Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the free movement of elite athletes.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • *No heading*

      The Senior Deputy Speaker what is his estimate of the cost arising from the House sitting in September.

    • Parliament: Broadcasting

      The Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answer by the Senior Deputy Speaker on 19 July (HL599), what was the full breakdown of the (1) £118,000 resource, and (2)...

      House of Lords: Wines

      The Senior Deputy Speaker how many English (1) still, and (2) sparkling, wines are on sale in (a) retail, and (b) catering, outlets in the House of Lords.

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