House of Lords : Cumulative list of unanswered Questions for Written Answer

No. 36 26 September 2014

Tabled on the dates in bold and due for answer by the dates in brackets.

The Government department responsible for answering each Question is shown in square brackets.

10 July (24 July)

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Northern Ireland Parades Commission should be required to give detailed reasons for its decisions; and if not, why not. [NIO]   HL1059

21 July (4 August)

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what fees have been paid to McKinsey and Company during the Smart Procurement review; and what were the deliverables to the Ministry of Defence. [MoD]   HL1333

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have published any information for the British citizens travelling to Israel regarding the possibility of their involvement in operations in Gaza. [FCO]   HL1356

29 July (12 August)

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have introduced in 2014 to improve disabled access to sporting venues in line with the Guidelines of the International Paralympic Committee. [DCMS]   HL1630

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement any of the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Basketball’s report published in July 2014. [DCMS]   HL1632

30 July (13 August)

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage country-wide celebrations of the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. [DCMS]   HL1661

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance pathways for all British Olympic and Paralympic sports are fully funded to deliver UK Sport’s projection that Team GB will win more Olympic and Paralympic medals at Rio 2016 than at London 2012; and what is that projection on a sport by sport basis. [DCMS]   HL1705

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the World Anti-Doping Agency on the length of bans imposed on athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing stimulants with regard to their congruence with the new sanctions recently endorsed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the International Association of Athletics Federations and the World Anti-Doping Agency. [DCMS]   HL1706

Lord Verjee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what future plans they have to support prison initiatives such as The Clink restaurants that provide a programme to increase the qualifications and communication skills of prisoners when working with members of the public. [MoJ]   HL1727

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims management companies were struck off in each year since 2005. [MoJ]   HL1734

1 September (15 September)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 11 August (HL1638), whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have made an assessment of the effect on the market for debt management services of the absence of notification of the existence of free debt management services in cold calling by lead generators on behalf of fee-charging debt management services; and if not whether they plan to instruct the Financial Conduct Authority to make such an assessment. [HMT]   HL1769

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that (1) on first contact with potential customers, fee charging debt management companies notify of them of the existence of free debt management services, and (2) such notification is sufficient to produce an awareness of the existence of the free service. [HMT]   HL1770

8 September (22 September)

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of perpetrators in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal who were Muslim. [HO]   HL1830

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local authorities, families, charities and vulnerable individuals of ending local welfare assistance in April 2015. [DCLG]   HL1834

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to help local authorities to continue to offer discretionary support schemes following the decision to end local welfare assistance. [DCLG]   HL1835

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reconsider the date by which local welfare assistance is due to end in the light of the delays to the roll-out of Universal Credit. [DCLG]   HL1836

26 September (10 October)

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Gambling Commission will use (1) to establish whether it is appropriate to share information with other statutory bodies in the United Kingdom or overseas, and (2) to determine whether the information it is intending to share is relevant to the functions of such bodies.   HL1862

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what work will be done to ensure that the Gambling Commission will not share information with overseas regulators without (1) being requested to do so, and (2) first obtaining the approval of the relevant licensee.   HL1863

Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline a timetable under which the Department for International Development will work towards achieving the recommendation by the House of Commons International Development Select Committee in its Report Disability and development (HC Paper 947, 2013–14) to report results disaggregated by disability across all sectors of the Department’s work, including but not limited to the humanitarian sector.   HL1864

Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures to improve reporting and accountability on the inclusion of disabled people will be part of the strengthened systems that the Department for International Development committed to put in place in the response to the House of Commons International Development Select Committee’s Report Disability and Development (HC Paper 947, 2013–14).   HL1865

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Boko Haram has targeted Northern Cameroon and that there has been an increase in attacks by Boko Haram on towns and villages in Cameroon.   HL1866

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports regarding the burning of churches, forced religious conversion of Christian women and occupation of a number of territories by Boko Haram, in north-east Nigeria.   HL1867

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Christian groups in northern Cameroon have been particularly targeted by Boko Haram.   HL1868

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the statement by the Foreign Secretary on 10 September (HC Deb, col 915) reporting that, in the areas of Iraq and Syria controlled by ISIS, there have been targeted killings, forced religious conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery and systematic sexual abuse on the basis of ethnicity and religion, they have asked the United Nations Security Council to refer those responsible to the International Criminal Court or to seek the creation of a Regional Tribunal.   HL1869

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are engaged in or supporting any action to help protect women at risk of sexual violence as a result of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.   HL1870

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage women to participate in the peace process in South Sudan, and to ensure that women from all sections of society are represented.   HL1871

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all sides of the Syrian conflict adhere to the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2165 requiring all parties to cease indiscriminate attacks.   HL1872

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the £600 million they have committed to the situation in Syria has been assigned to long-term civil society projects.   HL1873

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure the long-term provision of humanitarian assistance for internally displaced people in Iraq.   HL1874

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reconsider joining the UNHCR resettlement programme for Syrian refugees.   HL1875

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the authorities in Iraq to ensure that newly born children of those displaced from northern Iraq are issued with birth registration documents.   HL1876

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks to (1) blind and partially sighted people, (2) wheelchair users, and (3) parents with pushchairs, from cars parked on pavements.   HL1877

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total cost of damage caused by cars parking on pavements in the United Kingdom.   HL1878

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from (1) local authorities, (2) disability groups, and (3) other organisations, about cars parking on pavements.   HL1879

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kramer on 15 September (HL1794 and HL1795), since 1 June 2014 how many meetings have been held between (1) the Department for Transport and Network Rail, and (2) the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation, to discuss the costs of the electrification schemes.   HL1880

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kramer on 15 September (HL1794 and HL1795), with reference to the Framework Agreement between Network Rail and the Department of Transport, whether (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Office of Rail Regulation or (3) both organisations are now responsible for approving and monitoring progress against Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plan, Delivery Plan, Business Plan and Annual Plan.   HL1881

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring into force section 137 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.   HL1882

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioners’ surgeries are owned by the doctor or doctors concerned; for how many of those the National Health Service funds part or all of any mortgage payments; and whether any recovery of such funds is made when the doctors retire or when the premises are sold.   HL1883

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what permissions and licences are required to operate drones for commercial or leisure use.   HL1884

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years, they plan to extend the duty for the National Health Service, local authorities and education providers to hold joint registers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.   HL1885

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with NHS England regarding the design of the proposed secure college at HM Young Offender Institution Glen Parva, and with what outcome.   HL1886

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what healthcare provision is planned for secure colleges, and who will provide it.   HL1887

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contracts they have entered into on the same or similar basis as the proposed contracts with private sector providers of the probation service, containing penal clauses requiring 100 per cent compensation in the event of cancellation.   HL1888

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase staffing numbers for Veterans UK in order to assist in processing the claims by ex-service personnel under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.   HL1889

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the output per worker in the United Kingdom in comparison with that in other G7 countries.   HL1890

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider there to be adequate supplies of typhoid vaccine; and, if not, what are the reasons for any shortage and when they expect adequate supplies to be available.   HL1891

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a "double lock" system is in operation with regard to the transfer of services from Stafford Hospital, whereby management from both that hospital and the receiving hospital agree that there is overall capacity available, and an independent body reviews the decision before it is implemented.   HL1892

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why maternity and paediatric services at Stafford Hospital are to be transferred to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire without the application of a "double lock" system.   HL1893

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why maternity and paediatric services at Stafford Hospital are to be transferred to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire within the next few months when the Trust Special Administrator projected a timescale of two to three years for the safe transition of services.   HL1894

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the most recent statistics for the performance of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire against the target of accident and emergency patients being seen within four hours.   HL1895

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they have sought from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire that it will have sufficient capacity in its accident and emergency department when services are transferred from Stafford Hospital in January 2015.   HL1896

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any steps to investigate any correlation between prior attainment and OFSTED grades in respect of selective grammar schools in England.   HL1897

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the differences between the child trafficking advocate pilot being operated by Barnardo’s and the scheme operated by the comparator group; and in which local authority areas the two models will operate.   HL1898

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the child trafficking advocate pilot scheme, they have agreed specific arrangements on who will provide legal advice to (1) Barnardo’s, and (2) the local authorities in the comparator group.   HL1899

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the child trafficking advocate pilot scheme, they have agreed with Barnardo’s who will adjudicate in the case of a dispute over the course of action required to ensure the child’s best interests.   HL1900

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much compensation has been paid by the Treasury Solicitor in response to claims on behalf of victims of trafficking in each of the last five years.   HL1901

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected two of the bids made by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for additional borrowing headroom under the Local Growth Fund Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme 2015–17.   HL1902

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities bid for additional borrowing headroom under the Local Growth Fund Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme 2015–17; what were the values of those bids; and how many new homes were involved.   HL1903

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors caused the reduced collection rate of Council Tax in England in 2013–14.   HL1904

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average Council Tax arrears per dwelling in England in each year since 2010.   HL1905

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the review into the impact of the abolition of funding for local welfare assistance schemes.   HL1906

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 25 June (HL334), whether the Private Rented Sector Task Force has met representatives of Crisis, the National Union of Students, Shelter or Generation Rent since its establishment.   HL1907

Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking (1) to protect the public against phishing emails requesting a transfer of funds and (2) to identify the perpetrators; and what assessment they have made of the success of those steps.   HL1908

Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total number of phishing emails requesting a transfer of funds received by United Kingdom citizens each year.   HL1909

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the Defence Equipment Plan 2013, how much of the £4.7 billion contingency provision and the £8.4 billion headroom is allocated for (1) equipment procurement and (2) equipment support.   HL1910

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each year since 2007–8, what were the total (1) planned, and (2) actual, usage hours for (a) the C-17 Globemaster, (b) the C-130K Hercules, (c) the C-130J Hercules, (d) the Tristar, and (e) the VC-10, aircraft.   HL1911

Lord Temple-Morris to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many courts-martial there were in HM Armed Forces in the last year for which records are available; how many of those were judged by commanding officers; and how many of those defendants did not have legal representation.   HL1912

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to submit the despatches from the United Kingdom defence attaché in Colombo for the period June 2008 to June 2009 inclusive as evidence to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Investigation on Sri Lanka.   HL1913

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, according to the latest figures, what is the difference between the average public expenditure per head in Scotland and in England; and whether that figure has increased since the Select Committee on the Barnett Formula published its report in 2009.   HL1914

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have figures to support the statement made by the Chief Executive of NHS England in July that the National Health Service needs to tackle obesity among its employees.   HL1915

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to National Health Service publication Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: one year on, whether there are any internal surveys on obesity among National Health Service employees.   HL1916

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the receptiveness of the public to health advice from medical staff whom they believe to be unhealthy; and on what evidence any such assessment is based.   HL1917

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement by the Chief Executive of NHS England on 17 September proposing a plan to tackle obesity among National Health Service employees, whether they will publish the plan in full.   HL1918

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Dr Steven Boorman NHS Health and well-being, which concluded that there was a relationship between employee health and well-being and performance on issues such as patient satisfaction, annual health check ratings and MRSA rates.   HL1919

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Sarah E. Jackson et al. published by University College London Perceived Weight Discrimination and Changes in Weight, Waist Circumference, and Weight Status, which referred to negative attitudes towards obese individuals as a form of discrimination.   HL1920

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the recent announcement by the government of South Sudan that all foreign workers must leave that country; and what effect they expect that announcement to have on the United Kingdom’s aid, stabilisation and development programmes there.   HL1921

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that confidential information about Sudanese citizens gathered in the context of asylum claims is not provided to the Sudanese authorities.   HL1922

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to investigate alleged intimidation and monitoring of the Sudanese diaspora in the United Kingdom by the Sudanese Embassy and officials.   HL1923

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements the British Embassy in Khartoum has in place to collect information on the treatment of Sudanese returnees from the United Kingdom; and how far any such information is included in the Home Office country of origin information on Sudan.   HL1924

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure the safety of those Sudanese who have claimed asylum in the United Kingdom but who are returned to Sudan.   HL1925

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the use of the Detained Fast Track process in Sudanese asylum cases.   HL1926

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the provision of information to passengers at Reading Station following its redevelopment by Network Rail and, in particular (1) the provision of large printed timetables, (2) the visibility of platform number signs on the platforms, (3) the visibility and positioning of indicator screens, (4) the detailing of intermediate stations on concourse indicator screens and (5) the presence of staff to provide information to passengers.   HL1927

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of protection from the elements afforded to passengers on platforms at Reading Station following its redevelopment by Network Rail.   HL1928

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they and the European Union are taking to avoid adverse effects from sanctions against Russia on farms and small businesses in the Baltic states.   HL1929

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about (1) delays in bringing imprisoned suspects to trial, and (2) allegations of torture, solitary confinement and maltreatment, which have led to prolonged hunger strikes.   HL1930

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 21 July (HL849), whether the answer remains the same with the word "intelligence" removed.   HL1931

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the amount of water in the United Kingdom that is lost through leakage between source and consumer; and what steps are being taken to end the current position where the consumer pays for such losses through price.   HL1932

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance was given by British armed forces in the training of Sunni fighters in Iraq during the so-called Sunni Awakening between 2005 and 2008.   HL1933

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they (1) have made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about the full lifting of the blockade on Gaza.   HL1934

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government which moderate rebel forces they are supporting in Syria; and whether they will set out the criteria by which those groups have been selected for support.   HL1935

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates have been made of the quantities of western-manufactured weapons currently held by ISIL; and when and how they were obtained.   HL1936

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the British nationals estimated to have travelled abroad to fight in Syria and Iraq for extremist groups have since sought to return to the United Kingdom.   HL1937

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held between the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development about the situation in Sierra Leone caused by ebola; and what was the outcome.   HL1938

Prepared 26th September 2014