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

No. 98 4 February 2015

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.

8 January (22 January)

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 18 December 2014 (HL3693) and by Lord Henley on 13 March 2013 (WA 73) and 10 January 2012 (WA37–8), which Home Office Minister authorised the decision to withhold from Parliament the names of the Home Office officials convicted of offences relating to misconduct in public office for which they have received custodial sentences; and when the previous practice of revealing such names in parliamentary answers was changed. [HO]   HL4039

12 January (26 January)

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage co-operation in training between the armed forces of the United Kingdom and those of the Republic of Ireland. [MoD]   HL4054

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent joint training in peace-keeping methods has taken place involving the armed forces of the United Kingdom and those of the Republic of Ireland. [MoD]   HL4055

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to housing policy they have introduced since 2010; and how any such changes have been evaluated. [DCLG]   HL4077

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families have been in temporary accommodation in the United Kingdom in each year since 2010. [DCLG]   HL4081

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families have been registered as homeless in the United Kingdom since 2010. [DCLG]   HL4082

15 January (29 January)

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities in England have taken part in the Weekly Collection Support Scheme; how many authorities took part in the expression of interest process; which have subsequently received financial support, and how much; and of those, which have reinstated weekly collections of general ("grey" or "residual") waste, which have used the support to collect food waste separately, and which have used it in other ways. [DCLG]   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)
Deputy Leader, Pendle Borough Council
 HL4187

19 January (2 February)

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation, if any, they have made of the Exit counter radicalisation programmes in Norway, Sweden and Germany addressing white supremacism and neo-Nazism. [HO]   HL4249

20 January (3 February)

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to safeguard the principle of free speech in university campuses in the United Kingdom. [BIS]   HL4266

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they provided to One North East in each of the five financial years between April 2005 and April 2010; and how much has been provided via the Regional Growth Fund for the North-East region since May 2010. [BIS]   HL4291

21 January (4 February)

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the imbalance of pay by gender for graduate students in the United Kingdom. [BIS]   HL4307

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the costs or income to the Exchequer, and the changes to the public availability of research, over the past five years resulting from the privatisation of public sector research establishments. [BIS]   HL4339

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last five years, whether the number of units of social housing in the United Kingdom has increased or decreased; how many units have been sold to foreign buyers; and whether the funds received by the sale of social housing are being used to build new social housing. [DCLG]   HL4341

22 January (5 February)

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 November 2014 (HC Deb, col 772) and the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 19 December 2014 (HL3457), when the National Oversight Group chaired by the Home Secretary, regarding the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare’s Law, will report; and how the report will be publicised. [HO]   HL4345

Lord Berkeley to ask the Chairman of Committees how many staff working on the House of Lords estate and undertaking work for the House of Lords Administration are (1) employed directly by the House of Lords, and (2) employed indirectly through third parties; and whether there are any plans to change the number of staff employed indirectly through third parties. [CoC]   HL4346

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to control and eradicate invasive species in and around watercourses such as Himalayan balsam, non-native crayfish, American mink and quagga mussels. [DEFRA]   HL4348

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they will put in place to support the findings of the "What works?" report by the What Works Network. [CO]   HL4350

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the electoral registration app for smart phones recently launched in Dundee; and what plans they have to encourage the use of smart phone technology to facilitate voter registration, particularly amongst young people. [CO]   HL4356

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the rules for Maxwellisation were last reviewed; by whom they were prepared; where they can be seen; and what the consequences would be if the Chilcot Review were published with outstanding complaints from those criticised not addressed. [CO]   HL4360

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Sir John Chilcot requires permission from Her Majesty’s Government to publish his report on Iraq. [CO]   HL4361

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Departments, if any, still have outstanding Maxwellisation points in connection with the Chilcot Inquiry. [CO]   HL4362

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 January (HL3893), why the regulatory process for case by case approval is not already specified in the draft Regulations laid before Parliament; and why the Regulations include numerous advance provisions to conceal the identity of egg or embryo donors in Regulations 11 to 18. [DH]   HL4365

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 January (HL3839), whether they can provide any extant examples of a "gene therapy" that does not modify any genes, of a "germ line therapy" that does not affect the germ line, or of a "germ line gene therapy" that does not affect any genes to be transmitted through the germ line; if not, what is the basis of their assertion that a "germ line gene therapy" does not constitute genetic modification; how discussion is clarified by defining genetic modification such that it "is not that that is what it is"; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of any written contributions towards the development of the working definition by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. [DH]   HL4366

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 February 2014 (WA 174–5), how many human embryos have been destroyed or experimented upon in the United Kingdom to date for which records are available; and how many of those have been generated by (1) somatic cell nuclear transfer, (2) pronuclear transfer, and (3) spindle-chromosomal complex transfer. [DH]   HL4367

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 January (HL3929), whom they have appointed to review the operation of Part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in relation to the 2015 general election, as has to happen by the end of January under section 39 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. [CO]   HL4369

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the daily fees paid to the chair and members of the Chilcot inquiry; and on what terms are they paid. [CO]   HL4374

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been prosecuted for illegal fuel smuggling in Northern Ireland in the last five years for which figures are available. [HMT]   HL4376

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevent the distribution of laundered fuel in the United Kingdom. [HMT]   HL4377

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the amount of revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of illegal fuel laundering and distribution in Northern Ireland. [HMT]   HL4378

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the authorities in the Republic of Ireland concerning the processing and distribution of laundered fuel in Northern Ireland; and when the last discussions took place. [HMT]   HL4379

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Revenue and Customs officials have carried out any joint operations with their counterparts in the Republic of Ireland aimed at preventing the manufacture and distribution of illegally produced fuel in the border area; and what was the outcome of any such operations. [HMT]   HL4380

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about the risks to health posed by the by products of illegally laundered fuel being dumped into waterways in the border areas; and whether they will put this matter on the agenda for a future meeting of the British–Irish Council. [NIO]   HL4381

23 January (6 February)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January (HL4042), whether step 1 must always be performed before step 2 in the different processes described by Regulations 4 and 7 of the Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015; if so, what are the reasons for this and how completion of step 1 would be ascertained; if not, whether it would be permissible for the two steps either to be performed simultaneously or for step 2 to be performed before step 1; and under what circumstances an egg or embryo resulting from completion of step 2 could be considered to be a permitted egg or embryo if there was any reasonable doubt that step 1 had not been completed. [DH]   HL4383

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Northover on 13 January (HL Deb, col 652) and the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 January (HL4111) what is the difference between the 3,800 "Syrian nationals and their dependents" to whom they say they have given sanctuary and the 90 people whom they say were relocated to the United Kingdom under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme; what is meant by the phrase "given sanctuary"; how many of those given sanctuary were invited to the United Kingdom; how many came under their own steam; how many of the 3,800 Syrians have been given asylum or granted re-settlement; how many arrived in the United Kingdom before the present disturbances; and how many refugees in the United Kingdom are from Iraq or other parts of the Middle East region. [HO]   HL4384

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a tourist levy or tax in London to help local councils offset reductions in funding from the Exchequer. [HMT]   HL4389

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether updates will be made to their current tourism policy in the light of the growth of that industry. [DCMS]   HL4390

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quantitative easing programme launched by the European Central Bank. [HMT]   HL4398

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what protections are in place to protect people from unscrupulous practices in the pawnbroking industry. [HMT]   HL4400

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure the continued presence of commercial retail banking services in St Agnes, Cornwall; and whether they will investigate proposals by Barclays to close the only remaining retail banking branch in that area. [BIS]   HL4401

26 January (9 February)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January (HL4043), why researchers "believe that being able to undertake the techniques in treatment would provide a greater understanding of the way in which mitochondrial DNA mutations are passed down from mother to child" if they are already confident that the risks of mitochondrial disease in the next generation will be low; which researchers have suggested such investigations, as described in paragraph 1.11 of their February 2014 consultation document entitled "Mitochondrial Donation"; how they propose to investigate how mutations vary in each of the different cells of the resulting children; and what additional information the proposed investigations would be expected to provide that was not previously described in Fertility and Sterility in 2003 (Volume 80, Supplement 3, p56). [DH]   HL4411

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support for universal human rights. [DCLG]   HL4418

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the deaths of children from hypothermia in Gaza, whether they intend to suggest the provision of alternative forms of housing there which do not require cement, for example the yurt. [DfID]   HL4419

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to provide books and other educational material for the Mesopotamia Academy of Social Sciences, Qamislo, northern Syria; and if not, why not. [DfID]   HL4423

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking an agreed European policy on limiting the recruitment of volunteers for war and terror, together with the management and reintegration of those who return. [HO]   HL4424

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of people committing suicide whilst in prison. [MoJ]   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (d)
Life Member, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
 HL4428

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess the effectiveness of "Operation Stack", the parking of lorries on the M20 Motorway, in the event of serious disruption at the Channel Tunnel. [DfT]   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (d)
Life Member, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
 HL4429

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when and why they made the decision to stop publishing annual statistical information, including raw data percentages and outcomes, on employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal cases. [MoJ]   HL4430

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they undertook consultations prior to taking the decision to stop publishing annual statistical data on employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal cases; if so, with whom they consulted and what were the results; and whether the consultation was published. [MoJ]   HL4431

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take following the High Court ruling that they have discriminated against Travellers by automatically banning them from pitching camps on Green Belt land. [DCLG]   HL4432

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to Northumberland County Council about that authority’s plans to relocate its headquarters from Morpeth to Ashington, and in particular the impact of the move on residents of remoter urban and rural areas of that county; and, if so, in what terms. [DCLG]   HL4433

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a review of the difficulties experienced at the launch of National Savings and Investments pensioner bonds with particular attention to the failure of the website. [HMT]   HL4434

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to publish regularly a list of the time they have taken to respond to reports from Select Committees of this House. [CO]   HL4435

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department of Health and the Department for Education are working together to tackle the stigma attached to HIV. [DfE]   HL4437

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that two HIV positive children were excluded from a school in the United Kingdom last year on the basis of their HIV status, what steps they are taking to prevent the stigmatisation of schoolchildren with HIV. [DfE]   HL4438

27 January (10 February)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on human rights and religious liberties of Burma’s new Religious Conversion Bill and of other new bills in that country aimed at the protection of race and religion and which focus on restricting inter-faith marriage, monogamy and population control; and what representations they have made to the government of Burma on the matter. [FCO]   HL4439

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the remarks of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Yangjee Lee, on the "significant human rights concerns" of Burma’s new laws and her warning that they would "legalise discrimination, in particular against religious and ethnic minorities and against women". [FCO]   HL4440

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 14 July 2014 (HC Deb, col 448W), by Earl Howe on 2 December 2014 (HL2907) and by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, George Freeman, on 14 January 2015 (HC220047), which body is responsible for regulating the administration of drugs used in fertility treatment; which fertility clinics in the United Kingdom are known to have administered drugs to patients when the corresponding drugs have not yet been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), regardless of whether or not the clinics concerned have been licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA); which clinics in the United Kingdom that have been licensed by the HFEA are known to have administered reagents to permitted gametes or permitted embryos that are then introduced into patients when the reagents concerned have not otherwise been licensed by the MHRA for clinical use; how either the HFEA or the MHRA would be kept aware of all such instances; what the regulatory consequences are in each case; which body is responsible for collecting data regarding the effects of particular dosages on the welfare of the developing child and the health of the mother; and whether such data are collected on a case by case basis or as part of a clinical trial. [DH]   HL4441

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 January 2015 (HL4064), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not consider that discussion of genetic modification, as it might be considered to apply to the creation of human admixed embryos, can usefully add to the debate on the definition of genetic modification in humans; whether the basis for the HFEA’s particular position is legal, scientific, doctrinal, ideological or pecuniary; whether the HFEA is capable of distinguishing between human embryos that have been genetically modified or not; if so, why it is unable to determine whether the generation of any human admixed embryos as defined under section 4A(6)(a) to (c) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 would constitute genetic modification; and if not, how the HFEA is able to regulate such manipulation of human embryos. [DH]   HL4442

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 26 January 2015 (HL4063 and HL4228), how members of the Expert Panel convened by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) were assured that the children were genetically normal in the absence of any further information when the published abstract only referred to a "normal karyotype" and there was no "data concerned" further to support this; whether each of the mitochondrial diseases listed in Annex D of the Department of Health’s consultation document entitled "Mitochondrial Donation" is associated with an abnormal karyotype; whether they will place in the Library of the House a full copy of the correspondence between the member of the HFEA’s Expert Panel and the Zhang research group; if not, why not; and on what date or dates the correspondence was shared with all other members of the HFEA’s Expert Panel. [DH]   HL4443

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 January (HL4011) regarding the challenges facing the National Health Service of tackling obesity, what assessment the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has made of the impact of findings recently reported in the journal Endocrinology (Volume 155, Issue 11, pages 4554–67); and what data is held by the HFEA that would permit follow-up studies of children conceived via in vitro fertilisation, in order to establish whether or not trends observed in mice are similarly apparent in humans. [DH]   HL4444

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to criminalise the obstruction of traffic by pedestrians using a mobile device. [DfT]   HL4447

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many traffic accidents have been caused or partly caused by pedestrians using a mobile device. [DfT]   HL4448

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the national diabetes-related amputation rate since their commitment to halve the rate two years ago. [DH]   HL4449

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that support is made available for vulnerable defendants by registered intermediaries in the criminal justice system, as currently is the case for vulnerable witnesses. [MoJ]   HL4450

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Jolly on 27 January, when they expect the annual cost of £2.5 billion for National Health Service agency staff appointments to be reduced to £1 billion per annum. [DH]   HL4453

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Naval division monument on Horseguards will be refurbished in time for the Gallipoli centenary in April this year. [MoD]   HL4454

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the centenary commemoration in (1) Turkey, and (2) the United Kingdom, of the Gallipoli landings. [DCMS]   HL4455

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the TechNorth project; and what action they are taking to support its implementation. [BIS]   HL4456

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 22 January (HL4173), how they assess the success of French milk co-operatives in sustaining prices for procedures as compared with that of English co-operatives since the end of the Milk Marketing Board. [DEFRA]   HL4459

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tax credit recipients have received an administrative penalty relating to overpayments in each of the past four years. [HMT]   HL4461

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total sum of administrative penalties applied to tax credit claimants following overpayments in each of the past four years. [HMT]   HL4462

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reasons for the reported increase in financial problems amongst students. [BIS]   HL4467

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that accident and emergency units in England have a sufficient complement of doctors; and if not, what they consider to be the reasons for any shortfall. [DH]   HL4469

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact on the illicit tobacco market of their announcement to proceed with standardised packaging for tobacco products. [DH]   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
 HL4470

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence including emails between Ministers and officials of the Department of Health and Action on Smoking and Health between 1 January 2012 and 27 January 2015. [DH]   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
 HL4471

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of links between terrorist organisations and the illicit tobacco market in the United Kingdom. [HMT]   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
 HL4472

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings the Department of Health has had at ministerial and official level with Action on Smoking and Health between 1 January 2012 and 27 January 2015; and, for each meeting, what were the titles of those attending and the topics discussed. [DH]   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
 HL4473

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential costs of compensation due to the loss of intellectual property arising from the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging. [DH]   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
Reception given by Energy Institute, 8 July 2014
 HL4474

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote equal access to intern opportunities for all; and how many disabled people have received help from the Access to Work Fund in order to participate fully in internship programmes. [DWP]   HL4481

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 7 July 2014 (HL686), what is the aggregate value of the debt of the government, non-financial corporations, the household sector and financial institutions as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product for the United Kingdom, and for the other G7 countries. [HMT]   HL4482

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department of Health and the Department for Education are working together to provide pastoral care and support to pupils with HIV. [DfE]   HL4483

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that teachers have appropriate understanding of HIV and HIV stigma. [DfE]   HL4484

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the government of the Republic of Ireland has completed all the actions in favour of human rights assigned to it in the Belfast Agreement of 1998. [NIO]   HL4487

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 20 November 2014 (HL Deb, cols 545–610), what extra information on how Azure Card users can apply for travel assistance has been provided. [HO]   HL4490

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 20 November 2014 (HL Deb, cols 545–610), how many retailers they have (1) approached, and (2) added to the Azure Card scheme. [HO]   HL4491

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target for the number of retailers to be added to the Azure Card scheme this year. [HO]   HL4492

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they give to countries’ human rights records when granting arms export licences. [BIS]   HL4493

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total revenue to the Exchequer as a result of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the last year. [HMT]   HL4495

28 January (11 February)

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each government department, from July to December 2014, (1) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden, (2) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Commons was overridden, and (3) in respect of how many documents an override occurred in (a) both Houses or (b) either House. [FCO]   HL4496

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union, broken down by (1) staff time, (2) printing costs, (3) running of engagement events, (4) witness expenses, (5) publicity of the reports, and (6) any and all other associated costs. [FCO]   HL4497

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations contained in the McKinsey Global Institute’s report Overcoming obesity: an initial economic analysis; and in particular whether they intend to take a stronger approach towards reformulation, labelling, and marketing practices, in the light of the report’s findings. [DH]   HL4501

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent meetings they have had with the government of Romania to discuss human rights and judicial reform; and whether the Adamescu case has been raised during any such discussions. [FCO]   HL4502

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce measures to help prevent Muslims born and bred in the United Kingdom from being labelled by their faith and excluded from the mainstream. [DCLG]   HL4503

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce measures to combat Islamophobia in the United Kingdom. [DCLG]   HL4504

Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters of comfort they gave to Mr Gerry Kelly to be delivered to IRA/Sinn Fein "on the runs". [NIO]   HL4505

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government why HM Passport Office and the National Fraud Authority were not included in the List of Ministerial Responsibilities published by the Cabinet Office in November 2014; whether they will be included in future editions; and whether in the meantime they will publish the details in the Official Report. [CO]   HL4506

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include Home Office arm’s length bodies such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the College of Policing in future editions of the List of Ministerial Responsibilities. [CO]   HL4507

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many taxpayers in the United Kingdom had taxable income in the bands (1) £10,000 to £20,000, (2) £20,001 to £30,000, (3) £30,001 to £50,000, (4) £50,001 to £100,000, (5) £100,001 to £250,000, (6) £250,001 to £500,000, (7) £500,001 to £1 million, and (8) over £1 million, in the last year for which records are available. [HMT]   HL4508

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Monument to the Women of World War II. [DCMS]   HL4510

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas they define as the poorest quarter of rural areas for the purposes of eligibility for assistance with the provision of gas. [DECC]   HL4511

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nuclear power stations have been fully decommissioned since the nuclear power programme was established; which power stations are currently being decommissioned; on which date the decommissioning commenced; on which date it is anticipated that decommissioning will be concluded; and what is the estimated cost of the decommissioning of each of those stations. [DECC]   HL4512

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report in the Scottish Daily Mail on 28 January, whether they have considered moving Britain’s nuclear armed submarines from Scotland to Wales. [MoD]   HL4513

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect a response from (1) the Government of Wales, and (2) each of the political parties in the National Assembly for Wales, in relation to the issue of responsibility for the licensing of onshore fracking for gas to be transferred to the National Assembly. [WO]   HL4515

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the cost of the proposed inquiry by the independent panel into Child Sexual Abuses; and whether the cost will come from the Home Office budget as currently published. [HO]   HL4516

Lord Brabazon of Tara to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 27 January (HL4238), when they last made an assessment of driver training and testing standards in each of the designated countries; which body carried out the assessment; where the assessments were carried out; and whether any countries have been removed from or added to the list of the designated countries in the last ten years. [DfT]   HL4517

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Security Council country objectives are consistent with those of the Department for International Development; and what steps they will take to resolve any differences. [CO]   HL4522

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the National Security Council define national security when reviewing country strategies. [CO]   HL4523

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that objectives within National Security Council country strategies are consistent and focussed on the long term. [CO]   HL4524

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that National Security Council country strategies are informed by critical analysis and by in-country stakeholders. [CO]   HL4525

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that National Security Council objectives are scrutinised by Parliament. [CO]   HL4526

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of the United States about the lawsuit brought by Hershey’s against import of Cadbury’s chocolate products made in England. [BIS]   HL4527

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any steps against any Hershey’s products manufactured in the United Kingdom while that company pursues its action in the United States courts against Cadbury products made in England. [BIS]   HL4528

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make representations at European Union level in respect of the use of the word "chocolate" to describe products containing less than 20 per cent chocolate. [DEFRA]   HL4529

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Randerson on 27 January (HL Deb, cols 127–31), whether they will confirm that no blank letters were given to Sinn Fein to distribute to "on-the-runs" of its choosing. [NIO]   HL4530

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the number of people employed in the Northern Ireland Office during the next three years. [NIO]   HL4531

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Randerson on 27 January that the "on-the-runs" scheme had been closed down in an orderly manner (HL Deb, col 130), what steps they took, and over what time period, to close down the scheme. [NIO]   HL4534

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of using the Woodhead rail tunnel for high voltage power cables; and whether it will affect future use of the tunnel for modern rail transport. [DfT]   HL4535

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are considering the use of high voltage power cables in the Woodhead rail tunnel, when overhead transmission lines are used for the scenic part of the valley. [DECC]   HL4536

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the increasing prevalence of online retailers, what steps they are taking to support local authorities and town centre managers in increasing trade for high street shops. [DCLG]   HL4537

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to link the Start Up Loan initiative for small businesses with local apprenticeship schemes. [BIS]   HL4538

29 January (12 February)

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in considering whether police marker systems used to identify those with mental health and learning difficulties can be extended to those with autism as proposed in the report Think Autism. [HO]   HL4542

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 22 January (HL Deb, col 1442), how many police officers are expected to participate in training in recognising autistic spectrum disorders; and whether they are considering making such training mandatory. [HO]   HL4543

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 22 January (HL Deb, col 1442), what organisations have been consulted in the development of training programmes for police officers in recognising autistic spectrum disorders. [HO]   HL4544

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the situation in South Sudan; and what actions they are taking to work with religious leaders to promote reconciliation in the current civil war there. [FCO]   HL4545

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of immigrants from (1) Bulgaria, and (2) Romania, who arrived in the United Kingdom illegally before January 2014; and what is the total number of such cases that have been detected. [HO]   HL4547

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to accommodate immigrants arriving in the United Kingdom from Bulgaria and Romania who have no financial resources and nowhere to sleep. [HO]   HL4548

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Bulgarian, and (2) Romanian, passport holders are awaiting deportation from the United Kingdom. [HO]   HL4549

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many eligible 16–24 year old electors (1) are registered to vote, (2) are missing from the electoral registers, (3) (a) may be, and (b) are, incorrectly registered to vote, and (4) have not been matched under the new system of individual electoral registration. [CO]   HL4550

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to hold centrally the data on the details of internships within each Government Department. [CO]   HL4551

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why patients and patient groups are not allowed to appeal decisions of NHS England to exclude certain drugs from the approved list in the Cancer Drugs Fund. [DH]   HL4552

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how patients’ interests are able to be represented if a company chooses not to appeal decisions of NHS England to exclude certain drugs from the approved list in the Cancer Drugs Fund. [DH]   HL4553

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve maternity and neonatal care in NHS hospitals. [DH]   HL4554

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to reduce excessive waiting times for accident and emergency patients. [DH]   HL4555

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria determine when flags on Government buildings are flown at half mast; and for what reason it was done on Wednesday 21 January. [DCMS]   HL4556

Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether robust clinical trials are planned to take place for both pronuclear transfer and spindle-chromosomal complex transfer; and if not, why not. [DH]   HL4557

Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what body will be responsible for overseeing clinical trials of pronuclear transfer and spindle-chromosomal complex transfer. [DH]   HL4558

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is in the interest of the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union. [FCO]   HL4559

Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Chairman of Committees what plans there are to act on recommendations 31 concerning access to data and 33 regarding the skills and staffing of the Parliamentary Digital Service, of the Speaker of the House of Commons’ Commission on Digital Democracy in so far as they are relevant to the House of Lords. [CoC]   HL4560

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of proposals to change AS levels on broadening access for students to Russell Group universities. [DfE]   HL4561

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for differences in the number of free trade agreements which include services entered into by the European Union and Switzerland respectively; and what plans they have to address the difference. [BIS]   HL4563

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, in the light of Singapore’s conclusion by 2005 of free trade agreements which include services with Japan, the United States, India and China, of the reasons why the European Union has not entered into such agreements with those countries. [BIS]   HL4564

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how European Union regulations are brought into being; what is their force in United Kingdom law; and how many have been issued since 1976. [FCO]   HL4565

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of electors registered in each constituency on the new electoral registers; what is the change compared with the registers as first published in the previous year in (1) numbers, and (2) as a percentage change; and whether they are taking further action to increase the number of people registered before the General Election. [CO]   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)
Deputy Leader, Pendle Borough Council
 HL4566

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have communicated with Lancashire County Council over the planning applications by Cuadrilla for fracking at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton; and if so when and by what means they did so, and what was the purport of any communication. [DECC]   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)
Deputy Leader, Pendle Borough Council
 HL4567

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of their budget support to the government of Sierra Leone has been directed towards health system strengthening between (1) 2002 and 2009, and (2) 2010 and 2015. [DfID]   HL4569

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3454) about female genital mutilation, whether the declaration signed by faith leaders covered the whole of the United Kingdom or just England and Wales. [DCLG]   HL4570

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3454) about female genital mutilation, how many of the 17 community projects funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Government Equalities Office include Scotland or are based in Scotland. [DCLG]   HL4571

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3454), whether the female genital mutilation community engagement initiative funded by the Home Office covers the whole of the United Kingdom or just England and Wales. [HO]   HL4572

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3454), whether the new female genital mutilation unit is conducting nationwide outreach across the whole of the United Kingdom or just England and Wales. [HO]   HL4573

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3454), what process is in place to handle enquiries received by the female genital mutilation unit from individuals or organisations based in Scotland. [HO]   HL4574

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure the withdrawal of Russian military personnel now alleged to be in the territory of Ukraine; and what steps they are taking to mobilise funds for aid and investment in Ukraine. [FCO]   HL4575

2 February (16 February)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the productivity of small businesses. [BIS]   HL4576

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average amount of Department for International Development money deposited in the Private Infrastructure Development Group bank account between January 2012 and February 2015; and why. [DfID]   HL4577

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of travel for employees of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. [DfID]   HL4578

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia following the shelling of Mariupol in Ukraine on 26 January. [FCO]   HL4579

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total sum payable by Russia following judgments of the European Court of Human Rights; whether payments have been made in some cases; and whether they will make representations about any delays in payments. [FCO]   HL4580

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan about its reported actions in (1) arresting and detaining key persons in civil organisations and human rights defenders, (2) freezing the bank accounts of non-governmental organisations and of certain private individuals, (3) denying registration to new non-governmental organisations, and (4) alleged breaches of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights; and whether all these matters were raised during Azerbaijan’s presidency of the Council of Europe. [FCO]   HL4581

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating the whereabouts and the current wellbeing of Mustafa Dzhemiler and Refat Chubarov, Crimean Tatar leaders, following their exiling from Crimea; and if so, with what result. [FCO]   HL4582

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for deciding the terms of service of the Chair and members of the Chilcot inquiry. [CO]   HL4583

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial or other incentives are in place to ensure that the Chair and members of the Chilcot inquiry complete their work within a reasonable time. [CO]   HL4584

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Islamic countries have been invited to participate in the Global Law Summit marking 800 years since Magna Carta; and which Islamic countries will send delegations. [MoJ]   HL4585

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt, following the release of Peter Greste, on behalf of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. [FCO]   HL4586

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to gather data on the number of girls under the legal age of marriage who had married abroad and have been brought back to the United Kingdom, as part of the work of the Forced Marriage Unit. [FCO]   HL4587

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government how Health Education England calculates the number of trainees in dermatology; and how those numbers are matched to future specialist consultant requirements for England. [DH]   HL4588

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 January 2015 (HL4203), whether they will now answer the original question regarding the compatibility of their various statements that neither the nuclear DNA nor the mitochondrial DNA of eggs or embryos would be altered by virtue of using the proposed techniques. [DH]   HL4589

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of refugees in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan who have been identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as being in need of resettlement. [DfID]   HL4590

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regarding the number of Syrian refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries who have been identified as being in need of resettlement. [HO]   HL4591

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why Syrian refugees are crossing the Mediterranean Sea in order to seek asylum in European Union member states. [HO]   HL4592

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of violence, civil unrest, and political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [FCO]   HL4593

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have signed any Memoranda of Understanding or other agreements with the Ministry of Home Affairs in Burma. [FCO]   HL4594

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to re-evaluate the school starting age in the light of the later starting age in other European countries. [DfE]   HL4595

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to raise awareness earlier in life of the dangers of high cholesterol. [DH]   HL4596

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the sufficiency of acute beds available to mental health patients; and what they consider to be the reasons for any insufficiency. [DH]   HL4597

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent action against the artist Luc Tuymans, what is the current law in the United Kingdom regarding the copying or reproduction by fine artists of work by other artists, including fine artists and photographers and other image-makers through media such as drawing, painting or the use of collage. [BIS]   HL4598

Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the acute adult dermatology service at Nottingham University Hospital is to be closed; and whether they have assessed the effect that that decision will have upon patients in the area affected by skin diseases. [DH]   HL4599

Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they consider the loss of six consultant dermatologists in Nottingham will have upon direct services to the local community and the training of junior doctors and medical students. [DH]   HL4600

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in the number of offshore patrol vessels available for fishing protection on their meeting their responsibilities within the United Kingdom economic exclusion zone. [DEFRA]   HL4601

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the administering of contraceptive injections or implants to girls under the age of 13. [DH]   HL4602

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how, and by whom, letters were dispatched to those individuals deemed to be "on the run" informing them that there were not currently being sought by police. [NIO]   HL4603

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any letters indicating that an individual was not being sought at that time by police were signed and issued without the name of a specific individual at a specific address being present on the document. [NIO]   HL4604

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they asked a third party to deliver letters indicating that an individual "on the run" was not being currently sought by police; and if so, who that third party was. [NIO]   HL4605

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they issued letters for the benefit of "on the runs" other than to a specifically identified individual at a specific address. [NIO]   HL4606

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has advised that people with implanted pacemakers, implantable cardio veter-defibrilators or neurostimulators can use the scanners at airport security; whether the agency will publish the information that has allowed the policy of not using scanners for such people to change; and whether they have advised airports in the United Kingdom. [DH]   HL4607

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the reported imprisonment of Malak Khatib. [FCO]   HL4608

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the recent attacks by settlers on Palestinians. [FCO]   HL4609

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children with life altering injuries from the recent conflict are receiving rehabilitation outside Gaza; how many are still within Gaza; and what rehabilitation facilities exist in Gaza following the bombing of Al Wafah hospital. [DfID]   HL4610

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the ritual manner of slaughtering animals for kosher and halal meat is in accordance with European Union regulations on animal welfare; and if not, what action they are taking. [DEFRA]   HL4611

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken legal advice as to whether the blockade of Gaza could constitute a crime against humanity. [FCO]   HL4612

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether the multi-agency guidelines to support better co-ordination of guidance on protecting girls from female genital mutilation have any relationship to public agencies in Scotland; and if not, what coordination exists between those guidelines and the guidelines that operate in Scotland. [HO]   HL4613

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether any of the 42 joint protocols between the police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service have any impact in Scotland; and whether any joint protocol has been established between police and prosecution services in England and Wales and in Scotland. [HO]   HL4614

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 December (HL3453, HL3455 and HL3456), whether any of the data collected in studies funded by the Home Office covers the whole of the United Kingdom or just England and Wales; and whether any United Kingdom-wide data has been disaggregated for the four nations of the United Kingdom. [HO]   HL4615

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons they have learned from the initial response to the ebola outbreak in West Africa. [DfID]   HL4616

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the response by the World Health Organisation to the ebola outbreak; and whether they consider that there is a need to develop a rapid response capability. [DfID]   HL4617

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Boko Haram has recently been emulating the approaches adopted by ISIS, for instance the regular use of propaganda videos. [FCO]   HL4618

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekan’s support for a Sunni Islamic State and his use of the flag of ISIS and its chants. [FCO]   HL4619

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the response of the government of Nigeria to the violent insurgency there which has led to the need for the deployment of an African Union regional force. [FCO]   HL4620

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent changes to the level of international aid and development support to Burma. [DfID]   HL4621

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Director of the National Gallery about the transfer of Gallery employees to a private company. [DCMS]   HL4622

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in respect of the payment of at least the level of the "Living Wage" to staff employed in public museums and galleries. [DCMS]   HL4623

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how NHS England assessed unmet need when evaluating treatments on the Cancer Drugs Fund. [DH]   HL4624

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of delivery against the commitment in NHS England’s Board Paper on the Cancer Drugs Fund that "no drug which was the only systemic therapy for the indication in question would be removed". [DH]   HL4625

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ask NHS England to consult with patients on the decision to delist cancer drugs. [DH]   HL4626

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of families with children currently in debt to their energy companies. [DECC]   HL4627

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prioritise support for families with children when they fall behind on their bills to energy companies. [DECC]   HL4628

Lord Strathclyde to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage close co-operation between Iran and Qatar over their combined interest in the exploitation of the South Pars/North Dome Gas field after the conclusion of the Vienna talks. [DECC]   HL4629

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the European Commission’s plan to collect and store for five years the personal data of all passengers flying in and out of the European Union; whether they support the plan; and whether nation states’ parliaments would have the power to decide whether or not to implement it. [HO]   HL4630

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the plans of European Union Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc for a European Union-wide road toll scheme; and whether any decision on such plans would be decided by unanimity or qualified majority. [DfT]   HL4631

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider proposals by the European Commission for regulations to allow the break-up of banks in the European Union to be in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. [HMT]   HL4632

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suggestion by the Governor of the Bank of England that the Eurozone should pursue fiscal integration; and what they consider would be the implications for the United Kingdom and its membership of the European Union if such a policy were introduced. [HMT]   HL4633

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 January (HL4275) concerning a referendum for an English parliament, since the Command Paper on devolution did not consider the possibility of an English parliament, whether they plan to consult on devolution for England and on the possibility of a referendum on devolution for England including an English parliament. [CO]   HL4634

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 January (HL4010) concerning the purchase of new ambulances to convey patients who are grossly obese, whether they will promote the policy that the cure for obesity is to "eat less" rather than providing treatments including surgery free of charge on the National Health Service. [DH]   HL4635

Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 27 January (HL Deb, col 190), what were the successful negotiations undertaken by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with other European Union member states which are said to have achieved "some very positive results"; and in each case what were the issues relating to "our relationships with the European Union" which have been discussed and the proposals made by the United Kingdom in such discussions. [FCO]   HL4636

3 February (17 February)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been provided, directly or indirectly, towards assisting the government of Burma to reform education services in Burma. [DfID]   HL4637

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they plan to spend on providing English language training courses for the Burmese Army. [FCO]   HL4638

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new-born babies were available for adoption in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [DfE]   HL4639

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the analysis by Human Rights Watch of the effects of Burma’s citizenship law on the status and rights of the Rohingya. [FCO]   HL4640

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Burma about reported human trafficking involving removing Rohingya to other countries in the region. [FCO]   HL4641

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of preparation of the recent report "Opportunities for British companies in Burma’s oil and gas sector". [BIS]   HL4642

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any review of the training being provided to the Burmese Army has examined concerns about the shooting and killing of Sai Sarm Tip in eastern Shan State on 12 December 2014 by Burmese army troops from Light Infantry Brigade 573. [MoD]   HL4643

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have been held by the British Embassy in Rangoon with (1) the National Network for Education Reform in Burma, and (2) the Action Committee for Democratic Education. [FCO]   HL4644

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the assurances given by the government of Eritrea to the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials who visited Eritrea in December 2014 that military service there will be limited to 18 months; and whether they will undertake analysis of the matter and report on the outcome. [FCO]   HL4645

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt concerning its reported plans for the forced eviction and demolition of homes of the population of Rafah. [FCO]   HL4646

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 6 January (HL3722), what assessment they have made of the kidnap and forcible conversion of Christians in Gaza and of attacks on Christian property there; and what evaluation they have made of the decrease in the Christian population in Gaza since 2007. [FCO]   HL4647

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days the Chilcot Inquiry sat in November and December 2014 and January 2015; and what is the current remuneration per day of the chairman and members, and the numbers and cost of supporting staff and accommodation. [CO]   HL4648

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to encourage parties in Ukraine to release all hostages and prisoners of war as a preliminary to renewing the ceasefire there; and whether they will ask the governments of Russia and Ukraine to exercise full control over militias and informal armed groups now within Ukraine. [FCO]   HL4649

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request that the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances report what progress, if any, it is making on reported disappearances in the northern Caucasus and Ukraine. [FCO]   HL4650

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of NHS England publishing patients’ death rates. [DH]   HL4651

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the handling of police complaints. [HO]   HL4652

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to make an announcement about the future of naval shipbuilding in Portsmouth before the general election. [MoD]   HL4653

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 27 January concerning the shortfall of school places by 2023 (HL4305), whether the Department for Education has taken account of the net immigration figures between 1997 and 2014 in its planning for future school provision; and if not, why not. [DfE]   HL4654

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 20 January concerning the numbers of male and female teachers in primary and secondary schools (HL4276), in the light of their valuing diversity, what steps they have taken to improve the ratio of male to female teachers in primary and secondary schools; and whether they plan to take any action to redress the disparity. [DfE]   HL4655

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 20 January concerning the number of teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools (HL4277), what steps they have taken to improve the gender balance of male and female teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools; and what action they intend to take to correct the current imbalance. [DfE]   HL4656

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January concerning the Right to Buy scheme (HL4050), how many social housing units were lost to provide the £600 million; how many will be provided from that money; what consideration they have given to the wider fairness of offering property at a discount to those who have already enjoyed a social housing tenancy; and whether Stamp Duty on such sales is levied at full market value or on the discounted value. [DCLG]   HL4657

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the possible sale of Aer Lingus, what plans they have to protect and maintain regular and frequent air links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. [DfT]   HL4658

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present numerical strength of the United Kingdom Border Force employed at (1) Heathrow, and (2) Gatwick, airports; and whether they have plans to increase that strength. [HO]   HL4659

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electronic body scanners have been placed at airports of the United Kingdom and at what cost. [DfT]   HL4660

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to place electronic body scanners at all airports of the United Kingdom. [DfT]   HL4661

Lord Laird to ask the Chairman of Committees, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 19 January (HL4242 and HL4243), why it was decided to store parliamentary data on Microsoft servers in the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland; and whether any attempt by the United States authorities to access those records will be made on a mutual legal assistance basis. [CoC]   HL4662

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they used the Sinn Fein network to deliver post to "on the runs"; and whether they have any proposals to use that network again. [NIO]   HL4663

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in the light of the uploading of photographs of faces by police forces in England and Wales onto a facial recognition database despite a previous court ruling that it could be unlawful. [HO]   HL4664

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the authorities in India concerning the case of Soni Sori. [FCO]   HL4665

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the authorities in Belarus concerning the case of Ihar Tsikhanyuk. [FCO]   HL4666

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the authorities in Honduras concerning the case of Dina Meza. [FCO]   HL4667

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the problem of campylobacter infection found in raw meat, particularly poultry. [DH]   HL4668

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage student unions fully to support freedom of expression on university campuses. [BIS]   HL4669

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the tracking of pupils’ progress over time the principal league table criterion for primary schools. [DfE]   HL4670

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they have paid to the New Schools Network over the last four years. [DfE]   HL4671

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what total sum of money is given to each prospective free school as start-up costs; and what total sum of money has been spent on start-up costs for free schools that have not proceeded since the launch of the free schools programme. [DfE]   HL4672

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce VAT for tourism. [HMT]   HL4673

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote tourist destinations in the United Kingdom outside the Greater London area. [DCMS]   HL4674

4 February (18 February)

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost (1) per taxpayer, and (2) per household, of servicing the United Kingdom national debt.   HL4675

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new InterCity Express trains will include in standard class (1) seats aligned with windows, (2) tables at most seats, and (3) adequate luggage accommodation.   HL4676

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the train operating companies at present running InterCity Services will be closely involved in the fitting-out procedure for the carriages of the new InterCity express trains.   HL4677

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many suicides there have been on railways in each of the last 10 years; (2) what is their assessment of the effect of suicide prevention on these trends; and (3) what further steps they are taking to prevent suicides on railways.   HL4678

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the recently completed East Coast Main Line franchise competition, how much they have spent on (1) legal, and (2) financial, advice.   HL4679

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about unarmed and non-violent civilians reportedly killed by police and the military in Egypt since July 2013; what replies, if any, they have received; and in particular what assurances they have received that such deaths will be independently investigated and prevented in future.   HL4680

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to support the maintenance and upkeep of school buildings.   HL4681

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are putting in place to support the creation of enterprise societies in education institutions throughout the United Kingdom.   HL4682

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of young people choosing to study for degrees at further education colleges as opposed to traditional universities.   HL4683

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that pre-colonial world history is given greater emphasis in the national curriculum; and what steps they have taken to ensure that European colonialism and its consequences are given greater emphasis in the national curriculum.   HL4684

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they have paid to the New Schools Network in each of the last four years.   HL4685

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent floods in Malawi and the impact on the population both immediately and in relation to the damage to public services and the economy of Malawi.   HL4686

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have provided to the government of Malawi, international institutions or non-governmental organisations in response to the recent flooding in that country, broken down by organisation and amount.   HL4687

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further support they will provide to international institutions, non-governmental organisations or the government of Malawi in order to prevent the escalation of the humanitarian problems caused by the recent flooding in Malawi.   HL4688

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have undertaken to determine the ultimate costs of remedial action necessary to deal with the effects of withdrawing funding for local welfare assistance schemes and the fall in the spending on care for people aged over 65 years.   HL4689

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made to determine the scale of homelessness in the United Kingdom; how it is being tackled and by whom; and what new or additional initiatives they plan to undertake to facilitate satisfactory outcomes for homeless people.   HL4690

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the strategy for combating alcohol abuse in the armed forces.   HL4691

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who died as a result of passive smoking in each of the last five years.   HL4692

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to eliminate smoking from public areas outside any buildings.   HL4693

Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made (1) to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership over its lack of a chief executive since April last year, and (2) to the North East Combined Authority over its failure to establish an inward investment function for the region.   HL4694

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting the South Sudanese National Police Service (SSNPS), both bilaterally and through the United Nations Mission; and how they ensure that any support provided to the SSNPS conforms with their Human Rights Due Diligence policy.   HL4695

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ukraine, bilaterally and through the European Union, since the latest breakdown of the Minsk peace agreement; and what was the outcome of any discussions.   HL4696

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their role has been, or will be, in financial negotiations with the government of Ukraine, through both the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.   HL4697

Prepared 5th February 2015