Written answers

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Office: North Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £2 billion investment in the Post Office network has been spent in North Cornwall.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the implementation of the guidance on Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration 2015...

    • Sapropterin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether Kuvan should be assessed through NICE's highly-specialised technology appraisal.

  • Department for Transport

    • Tyres: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what statistics they have about tyre "blow-outs" or other tyre incidents occurring on the strategic road network to inform their policy about the...

    • Parking Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of legislation permitting the clamping or impounding of cars which have not paid parking tickets on a regular basis.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with HS2 Ltd as to whether derogations under EU law would be needed for any of their works.

      Tyres: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to their consultation Banning tyres aged 10 years and older, what evidence base was used to inform the conclusion of the impact assessment that...

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support plans for a “Northern Link” freight line between Liverpool Docks and Yorkshire and the East Coast, including the reinstatement of...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support local authorities to use environmentally friendly materials to repair and maintain roads.

      Railway Signals: Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to digitise railway signalling systems; and when they will publish a timetable to deliver those plans.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Commonwealth Secretariat: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of public funding provided to the Commonwealth Secretariat.

    • Syria: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the export of oil to Syria is prohibited by the EU.

      Gibraltar: European Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is Gibraltar's current relationship with the EU.

      Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any EU restrictive measures against Syria are limited in their application to EU territory.

      Iran: Tankers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU Commission about the legal implications of the detention of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1; and what was the outcome of...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 July (HL18796), whether their objectives include seeking assurances about the measures being taken...

      Iran: Tankers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that Iran intends to use its “committed forces” to respond to the seizure of...

      Suzan Der Kirkour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the rape, torture, and murder by stoning of a retired Christian schoolteacher, Suzan Der Kirkour in Syria; whether they are...

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the upcoming deadline for forming South Sudan’s Transitional Government, what steps they are taking to encourage the parties and...

      Saudi Arabia: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that over 150 Palestinians have been recently arrested in Saudi Arabia, possibly because of alleged links with the Muslim...

      Palestinians: Academic Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the government of Israel about (1) international academics at Birzeit and other Palestinian universities...

      Syria: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that at least 13 civilians have recently been kidnapped by militants supported by Turkey in the Afrin province of Syria;...

      Syria: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will send an observer to the Astana Process meeting, starting in Kazakhstan on 1 August.

      Hezbollah

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Hezbollah forces are being deployed along Lebanon's and Syria's borders with Israel; and what plans they have in...

      Eritrea: National Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current status of indefinite conscription in Eritrea.

      Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the peace deal brokered in 2018 between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

      Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent border closure between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

      Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance, if any, they are providing to Eritrea and Ethiopia in ratifying a trade agreement.

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to de-escalate tensions with Iran.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking following reports of an escalation in violence by the Israel Defense Forces and settlers, including an attack on two Palestinian...

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the abuse of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) treatment of, and (2) information supplied to, families of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons without charge.

      Israel: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the reported confiscation of tents and solar panels from Palestinians in Nahalin.

      Palestinians: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinian students were detained for celebrating their graduation with...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 July (HL16850), what steps they are taking to ensure the security of the Palestinian population...

      EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the UK has voted against legislation in the Council of Ministers since 2001; and on how many of those occasions that legislation subsequently passed.

      Nabeel Rajab

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 4 July (HL16567), why they were not aware of Nabeel Rajab’s application, and subsequent rejection,...

      Bahrain: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Instagram post by the British Embassy in Manama on 22 July stating that Prosecutor Ali Al Showaikh revealed that 586 individuals in Bahrain have...

      Hassan Mushaima

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain about the access of Hassan Mushaima to specialised medical care without shackles, in line...

      Bahrain: Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have been made of the Bahraini individuals whose citizenships were reinstated in April; and what assessment they have made of whether those...

      Bahrain: Technical Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they are providing technical assistance to the government of Bahrain; and whether they intend to make representations to that government about human...

      Bahrain: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the conditions in the Isa Town Prison, including the reported (1) repeated denial of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Bacterial Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 9 July (HL16592), what is their view of the proportion of each of the resulting...

    • Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 17 July (HL16963 and HL16964), what was the budget of Leeds and York Partnership NHS...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to compensate senior NHS staff who have inadvertently exceeded the tapered annual pensions allowance.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie (HL16983), whether they will include the list of Trade Envoys and appointment dates in the...

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 17 July (HL16983), what has been the total cost of the Trade Envoy system since 2012 including...

      Trade Agreements: Canada

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a reduction in import tariffs on a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and Canada.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Buildings: Art Works

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 15 July (HL17173, HL17174, and HL17175), what assessment they have made of the displaying of...

  • Treasury

    • Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the proposal to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies may have on business rescue...

    • Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tests they apply to determine whether an investigation into the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) meets the standard required to be described as...

      Financial Institutions: Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified any features in common in the cases of London Capital and Finance, Lendy Limited and Collateral (UK) Limited that require a...

      Collateral (UK)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they first became aware that Collateral (UK) Limited was acting without authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); and why that company...

      Lendy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took to stop Lendy from declaring dividends to pay capital to that firm’s owners when Lendy was under review by the Financial Conduct...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the case for specifying a higher liquidity test for UK-managed Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable...

      Banks: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Prudential Regulation Authority monitor loans by smaller banks to related parties; and what assessment, if any, they have made of how Wyelands...

      Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to continue with the rollout of their Simple Assessment and dynamic coding projects, which were paused in May 2018.

      Paye

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Real Time Information (RTI) to ensure low earners receive the tax relief they are due; and what plans they have to...

      VAT: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount lost to the Exchequer due to VAT fraud perpetrated by online traders based outside the EU; and what estimate they have...

      VAT: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of China in relation to addressing online VAT fraud; and what steps they are taking as a result.

      VAT: Tax Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many penalties they have issued to online traders based outside the EU for VAT fraud; and what was the total value of such penalties.

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