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Written answers

Monday, 19 February 2018

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many directly awarded rail franchise agreements have been made by his Department in each year since 2004-05.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fireworks: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions there have been under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 in the last five years.

  • Attorney General

    • Travellers: Discrimination

      To ask the Attorney General, how many successful prosecutions there have been under the Equality Act 2010 for discrimination against the Gypsy and Traveller communities.

    • Unexplained Wealth Orders

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has the resources necessary to implement the new unexplained wealth orders.

  • Department for International Development

    • Non-governmental Organisations: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of ECHO funding has gone to UK-based humanitarian NGOs in each of the last five years.

    • Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the planned allocation of funding from her Department in respect of the Syrian crisis is for (a) 2018 and (b) 2019; and what...

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Home Office

    • Intelligence Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the third direction issued by the Prime Minister to the Intelligence Services Commissioner.

    • Home Office: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what security measures her Department has in place relating to the receipt by her Department of incoming post and parcels; and what...

      Britain First

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the threat level of the group Britain First; and if she will make a statement.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Government uses to distinguish between the political and military wings of Hezbollah.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a Wireless Emergency Alert system in the UK similar to that currently...

    • Government Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he had with the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser between October and December 2017.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of 11 Cameroonian politicians at a meeting in Abuja on 5 January; what information they have...

    • Sudan: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that Sudanese security officials have been involved in smuggling refugees from East Africa, (2) reports that the...

      Tasneem El-Zaki

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they made to the government of Sudan during the imprisonment of the human rights lawyer Tasneem El-Zaki, after she was jailed for...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about reports of (1) the beating with an electric rod, during an interrogation in January, of Amal...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to advance freedom of religion and belief in (1) Saudi Arabia, (2) Pakistan, (3) Myanmar, and (4) the Central African Republic.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries the Magna Carta Fund has been used to support projects to advance freedom of religion and belief.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to recent reports of civilian deaths and arrests following the crackdown on peaceful Church protests by the government of the Democratic...

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of the United States calling for the release or charging of the remaining 41 detainees held at...

      Israel: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to call for international sanctions to encourage Israeli observance of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child; and if so, what form of...

      Israel: EU External Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment (1) they, and (2) the EU, have made of Israel’s compliance with the conditions in the EU–Israel Association agreements, concerning...

      Laith Abu Naim

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the death of an unarmed 16 year-old, Laith Abu Naim.

  • Department for Education

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children attending (1) primary, and (2) secondary schools, were (a) temporarily excluded, and (b) permanently excluded, from school, in each of the last...

    • Construction: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address skill shortages in the construction industry.

      Children: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Children's Bureau, Children missing education, published in January; and what steps they are...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Estate: Construction

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many women are employed in construction works (1) on the House of Lords Estate, and (2) for bicameral projects on the Parliamentary Estate.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Lakeside Energy from Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the construction of a third runway at Heathrow will require the closure of the Lakeside Energy from Waste plant; and of...

    • Livestock Industry: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the proposed increase in permit variation fees for the pig and poultry industries is due to (1) staff costs, and (2) IT costs; and whether the entire...

      Total Allowable Catches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use zonal attachments to determine internationally agreed total allowable catches of fish after Brexit.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current discard rates for the major fisheries in the UK; and what assessment they have made of the impact on these discard rates of any changes in the...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Skilled Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the occupations and salaries of foreign workers for whom restricted certificates of sponsorship under Tier 2 (General) were allocated by the Home Office...

    • Undocumented Migrants: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by the Thomas Coram Foundation that there are some 120,000 children in the UK without regular immigration...

      Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with temporary leave to remain after reaching the age of 18 were deported to their countries of origin, in each of the last three years for which...

      Deportation: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment of the best interests of the individual child is provided before a deportation at the age of 18 is approved.

      Visas: Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 January (HL4714), what assessment they have made of the reasons why (1) their immigration...

  • HM Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633), how many families have had their tax credits reduced as a result of the two-child limit,...

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4634), with reference to their commitment to publishing statistics relating to exceptions to the...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4635), how they are measuring and monitoring the impact of the two-child limit for Child Tax...

      Personal Income

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 31 January (HL Deb, col 1584), on what data they base their claim that income inequality is lower than in...

  • Department for Exiting the European Union

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister initiated or authorised the production of any cross-departmental Brexit studies; and in what areas such studies have been undertaken.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Public Sector: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not bought into force section 1 of the Equality Act 2010; and whether they will now do so following recommendations by the UN Committee on Economic,...

    • Part-time Employment: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking regarding reports of stagnant pay progression for part-time workers, particularly with regard to the gender pay gap.

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