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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Central African Republic more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current commitment, bilaterally and multilaterally, to the United Nations Level 3 Emergency Situation in Central African Republic. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Berridge more like this
uin HL2215 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
answer text <p>In December 2013 the UN declared a Level 3 crisis in CAR which is in effect until December 2014. The UK welcomed the UN declaration which more accurately reflected the severity of the situation on the ground and brought much needed attention and resources from across the UN system to respond to the crisis.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK has been closely monitoring the situation and has committed a total of £18 million in humanitarian funding to CAR in 2014 to help hundreds of thousands of people, along with £7 million in Cameroon and Chad to assist CAR refugees. The funds are going towards the protection of civilians, urgent medical assistance, and to food security and livelihoods assistance through UN agencies, the Red Cross and NGOs. In 2014, the UK is the third largest bilateral humanitarian donor to CAR after the USA (£87 million) and the EU (£39 million). The UK’s combined bilateral and multilateral contributions (through the EU and the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund) to the CAR crisis total £27 million in 2014.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-11-03T11:56:42.4166785Z
answering member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
tabling member
4218
label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
100002
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Pakistan: Ahmadiyya more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the assassination of the Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, and in particular, the recent assasination of Latif Aalam Butt. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Berridge more like this
uin HL2217 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
answer text <p>We remain concerned about the violence faced by the Ahmadiyya and other communities in Pakistan and continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to protect and guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens as laid down in the Constitution and in accordance with international standards. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office closely monitors the situation in Pakistan as documented in the annual Human Rights report and quarterly updates. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) and the former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), raised human rights concerns with Prime Minister Sharif during his visit in May 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-29T15:37:50.2719664Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:37:50.2719664Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
4218
label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
100003
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Pakistan more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects they fund within the educational services in Pakistan that promote religious tolerance. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Berridge more like this
uin HL2218 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
answer text <p>DFID’s provincial education programmes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces support the implementation of Pakistan’s 2006 reformed curriculum which includes teaching on religious tolerance and respect for diversity. In 2014 DFID support will benefit some 6.3 million children in school in Pakistan.<br></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-11-03T11:55:38.2788256Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T11:55:38.2788256Z
answering member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
tabling member
4218
label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
100004
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Work Experience more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent proposal by the Child Poverty and Social Justice Commission that unpaid internships should be illegal. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Berridge more like this
uin HL2219 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
answer text <p>This Government is absolutely clear: exploitation of interns is unacceptable and we don’t hesitate to act where we find that employment law has been broken and someone who is entitled to the minimum wage hasn’t been paid it.</p><p> </p><p>Complaints from interns about non-payment of the minimum wage are prioritised by HMRC for investigation and HMRC will investigate every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.</p><p> </p><p>Research shows that internships and work experience programmes can be valuable opportunities for young people taking their first steps in the labour market. Our work on interns and the National Minimum Wage aims to achieve the right balance between ensuring that opportunities for young people are not cut off and minimising the risk of exploitation.</p><p> </p><p>Our concern, if we were to prohibit unpaid internships, is that this may lead to employers recruiting interns through informal and privileged networks with adverse effects on social mobility or have adverse consequences on the number of available opportunities.</p><p> </p><p>There is no definition of an internship in minimum wage legislation and interns are considered in the same way as everyone else with regards to whether the minimum wage is due. The key issue is whether or not they are workers as defined by minimum wage legislation. If they are, then they are eligible for the minimum wage unless a specific exemption applies. Volunteers are not workers and are not eligible for the minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-29T16:15:22.2220144Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:15:22.2220144Z
answering member
4284
label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
tabling member
4218
label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
100005
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Ebola more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what military personnel they are providing to contain the spread of ebola; and how many staffed and equipped field hospitals they have, if any. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL2220 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
answer text <p>In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the UK has committed £205 million to contain, combat and ultimately defeat the disease in Sierra Leone. UK support will include the construction of six Ebola treatment centres across the country, providing 700 beds to treat 8,800 patients over the next six months.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In support of this effort, the UK has deployed 750 military personnel to Sierra Leone. This will support the deployment of RFA Argus and three Merlin helicopters which will provide crucial transport support to medical teams and aid experts. It also includes military personnel to staff a WHO Ebola Training Facility training healthcare workers, logisticians and hygiene specialists; and support to a UK joint civilian-military command and control hub, which will provide the backbone of infrastructure, commodities, training and management needed to scale up the response in Sierra Leone.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-11-03T11:56:18.1600331Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T11:56:18.1600331Z
answering member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
100006
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Syria more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Syrian refugees are being refused entry to Jordan; whether they have any information about the situation of any such people; and whether they will make the necessary representations to enhance their well-being. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL2221 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Government has raised the reports of Syrian refugees stranded at their border with the Jordanian authorities. While we respect the rights of the Jordanians to control their border and protect entry against extremists and terrorists, we have stressed the humanitarian imperative that vulnerable people are protected and given refuge.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:57:23.667052Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:57:23.667052Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
100007
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Egypt more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about recent arrests of students, and the placing of private security companies, on university campuses there. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL2222 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), asked that the Egyptian government address the large number of people being held in detention during his meeting with President Al-Sisi at the UN General Assembly in New York on 23 September. John Casson, our Ambassador in Cairo, discussed the recent university protests with Ahmed el-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on 14 October. The UK believes that freedom of expression, including the right to protest peacefully, is important in any democracy.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:36:00.7673786Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:36:00.7673786Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
100008
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the azure payment card for asylum seekers as a result of the new report by the British Red Cross on the humanitarian cost of the card. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2223 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers who require support because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom and can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review and the views of reputable partners such as the Red Cross are carefully considered but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring the individuals are able to meet their essential living needs and not left destitute.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-27T12:15:07.651748Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T12:15:07.651748Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100009
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Unemployed People: Travel more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial assistance is given to help young people on benefits with the travel costs associated with attending job interviews. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2224 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
answer text <p /> <p>All Jobcentre Plus District Managers have access to the Flexible Support Fund, that they can use to supplement mainstream services and to tailor support to the needs of individuals and the local area. A proportion of this fund will be spent by their Work Services Teams on discretionary awards to individual claimants, which could include helping with travel costs to attend job interviews.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-23T15:06:09.3638452Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-23T15:06:09.3638452Z
answering member
3893
label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100012
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum claimants are left without any state support, on reaching the age of 18. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2227 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
answer text <p>There is no reason why any asylum seekers should be left without support on reaching the age of 18. Unaccompanied asylum seeking children are looked after by local authorities and most will continue to be supported in this way after the age of 18 under leaving care legislation while they remain in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>Any asylum seeker that does not have an entitlement to leaving care support would be eligible to support from the Home Office under the provisions of section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if they were destitute.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-27T12:40:35.435951Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T12:40:35.435951Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100013
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Health Services more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what access young asylum seekers have to health provision, once they reach the age of 18. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2228 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
answer text <p>They have access to NHS services free of charge while their asylum claims are under consideration.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-30T16:19:48.7821378Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T16:19:48.7821378Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100020
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading General Practitioners: Standards more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on improving access to GPs. more like this
tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
tabling member printed
Graham Evans more like this
uin 905556 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answer text <p>The Prime Minister’s £50 million Challenge Fund is currently improving general practitioner access for over two million patients across England. This includes offering evening and weekend appointments, as well as better use of technology, such as telehealth, to look after patients. By January, 7.5 million patients will be covered.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>And, we have recently announced another £100 million of funding for next year to improve access for even more patients.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Central Suffolk and North Ipswich more like this
answering member printed Dr Daniel Poulter more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-21T15:48:51.1448684Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:48:51.1448684Z
answering member
3932
label Biography information for Dr Dan Poulter more like this
tabling member
4081
label Biography information for Graham Evans more like this
100021
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Home Care Services more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to facilitate the portability of home-based care packages between local authorities in different countries in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh East more like this
tabling member printed
Sheila Gilmore more like this
uin 905560 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answer text <p>Adults with care and support needs should be able to move between countries within the United Kingdom knowing that their care will continue during the move.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As the care and support systems in the four countries are different, we are developing principles with the Devolved Administrations to ensure continuity of care for people moving.</p><p> </p><p>These should be published in November.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-21T15:45:44.866352Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:45:44.866352Z
answering member
1439
label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
tabling member
3965
label Biography information for Sheila Gilmore more like this
100022
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Patient Choice Schemes more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote patient choice. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Neil Carmichael more like this
uin 905559 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answer text <p>We are committed to patients having greater choice and control over their healthcare, as this can help drive up standards and improve patient care.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We believe that patient empowerment is vital to the National Health Service in the 21st century. This Government is committed to continuing to develop digital platforms to enable this to happen, such as My NHS and the NHS e-Referral Service.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Mid Norfolk more like this
answering member printed George Freeman more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-21T16:00:56.1397924Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T16:00:56.1397924Z
answering member
4020
label Biography information for George Freeman more like this
tabling member
4104
label Biography information for Neil Carmichael more like this
100023
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Ovarian Cancer more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase early identification of ovarian cancer. more like this
tabling member constituency Washington and Sunderland West more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
uin 905561 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answer text <p>We are investing £450 million in earlier diagnosis of cancer, including improving direct general practitioner access to non-obstetric ultrasound to support earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Public Health England ran a regional Be Clear on Cancer campaign early in 2014 to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The findings of the pilot will be evaluated in 2015, and this evidence would inform any decision to move from a regional to national campaign.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Battersea more like this
answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-21T15:46:38.09492Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:46:38.09492Z
answering member
3918
label Biography information for Jane Ellison more like this
tabling member
1521
label Biography information for Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
100024
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Community Health Services: Devon more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase funding from the Better Care Fund to improve the transition of community services in Devon. more like this
tabling member constituency North Devon more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Nick Harvey more like this
uin 905558 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answer text <p>The Better Care Fund is a pooled budget of £3.8 billion to be spent on integrating Health and Social care. Local areas will decide how best to use their funding to transform the provision of services to their communities, both improving outcomes for people, and driving efficiencies.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Norfolk more like this
answering member printed Norman Lamb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-21T15:44:45.2891531Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:44:45.2891531Z
answering member
1439
label Biography information for Norman Lamb more like this
tabling member
231
label Biography information for Sir Nick Harvey more like this
100030
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Bahrain more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Bahrain in respect of the charges against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab al Khawaja. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
uin HL2236 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>Our Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain has raised both cases with the Government of Bahrain and emphasised the importance of ensuring that due legal process is respected and international norms of justice adhered to. We will continue to monitor both cases closely.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:37:04.7098963Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:37:04.7098963Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
1665
label Biography information for Lord Avebury more like this
100031
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Liver Diseases more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reverse the rise in liver deaths in England between 2001 and 2012 shown by Public Health England’s report <i>Liver Disease Profiles</i>. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Avebury more like this
uin HL2237 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
answer text <p>Public Health England (PHE) has a comprehensive range of action aimed at reducing the incidence and mortality from liver disease. It monitors the incidence, mortality and outcomes of treatment for liver disease and the risk factors: alcohol obesity and Hepatitis B and C. PHE has a wide range of action to tackle unhealthy alcohol consumption, obesity and viral hepatitis through strengthening local action, promoting healthy choices, and giving appropriate information to support healthier lives. <br> <br> In response to the All Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group report PHE has committed to producing a PHE Liver Disease Framework. This will focus on public health action to tackle risk factors for liver disease and inequalities in relation to liver disease. Work has already begun to bring together expertise within PHE on the major risk factors for liver disease (alcohol, hepatitis B and C and obesity), data on liver disease and its risk factors and on death and dying from liver disease. Many of the actions to tackle the major risk factors require a coordinated approach between PHE and NHS England.</p><p> </p><p><br> NHS England is responsible for delivering improvements in outcomes against the NHS Mandate and in line with the NHS Outcomes Framework. NHS England are adopting a broad strategy for delivering improvements in relation to premature mortality, working with commissioners and PHE to support clinical commissioning groups in understanding where local challenges lie and in identifying the evidence in relation to the priorities for reducing mortality at a national level.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-11-03T11:52:44.2850714Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T11:52:44.2850714Z
answering member
2000
label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
tabling member
1665
label Biography information for Lord Avebury more like this
100033
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Middle East more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the peace-building and reconciliation work of Parents Circle/Bereaved Families Forum in Palestine and Israel; and whether they provide any financial help to it or to its United Kingdom charitable partner Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL2239 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The work of this organisation, and its emphasis on the importance of reconciliation to achieve peace, appears laudable.</p><p>While Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have met with their partner organisation (the Friends of Bereaved Families Forum), we do not provide financial support to either of the groups.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:38:09.774546Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:38:09.774546Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
100034
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Unmanned Air Vehicles more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the formulation of United Nations guidance on the application of human rights law to drone use. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Judd more like this
uin HL2240 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Government believes that international law on the use of military force is absolutely clear. There must be a lawful basis for such force to be used and activities must be conducted in accordance with the law of war or international humanitarian law. This is as true when considering the possible use of remotely piloted aircraft systems as it is with any other military asset or weapon. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems are a relatively new military asset, and their use, whether armed or unarmed, will continue to evolve. However, the existing international legal framework is clear and robust; and, as with any other weapons system, it is fully capable of governing their use. We do not need to rewrite the laws of war in order to be confident that, when used in such lawful circumstances, remotely piloted aircraft systems operate in the same legal environment as other military means. We have set this position out previously including at the UN Human Rights Council in response to the report of the Special Rapporteur.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:39:08.9915101Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:39:08.9915101Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
1660
label Biography information for Lord Judd more like this
100036
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Accident and Emergency Departments more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact since 2009 of the closure of accident and emergency departments on neighbouring hospitals. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McDonagh more like this
uin HL2242 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
answer text <p>The reconfiguration of local health services is a matter for the local National Health Service. All service changes should be led by clinicians and be in the best interests of patients, not driven from the top down.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is for NHS commissioners and providers to work together, with local authorities, patients and the public, in bringing forward proposals that will improve the quality, safety and sustainability of healthcare services.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Any changes must be supported by the Government’s four tests for service change, namely:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>- support from general practitioner commissioners;</p><p> </p><p>- clarity on the clinical evidence base;</p><p> </p><p>- robust patient and public engagement; and</p><p> </p><p>- support for patient choice.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Once a decision on a local case for change has been made, it is up to the NHS to ensure its local services meet the needs of its population.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>More generally, we would expect any local plans for changes to acute services to take full account of the impact on neighbouring hospitals.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-27T12:41:26.5594108Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T12:41:26.5594108Z
answering member
2000
label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
tabling member
3701
label Biography information for Baroness McDonagh more like this
100037
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading General Practitioners: Dismissal more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioners have been dismissed by primary care trusts, or by the Care Quality Commission, in each year since 2005. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McDonagh more like this
uin HL2243 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
answer text <p>The information requested is not centrally collected. Departmental officials are aware that the General Medical Council does collect some demographic data about doctors and this is published in its annual report ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK’.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, has registered all general practitioner (GP) practices since April 2012. The CQC’s role is to inspect and regulate GP practices, including those practices run by single-handed GPs. The CQC regulates at a provider level and may remove a practice’s registration where care is not meeting the required standard. Actions taken against an individual GP would be the responsibility of NHS England for contractual issues and the General Medical Council for professional issues.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-30T16:18:49.8123222Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T16:18:49.8123222Z
answering member
2000
label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
tabling member
3701
label Biography information for Baroness McDonagh more like this
100046
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading European Rail Traffic Management System more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made as to progress in other countries of the European Union of the successful installation of the European Rail Traffic Management System on any busy mixed traffic railway. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Bradshaw more like this
uin HL2252 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>Network Rail, which leads the industry deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), is fully engaged within European groups involved in ERTMS rollout. In particular Network Rail is looking closely at the Danish deployment, which will deliver ERTMS onto mixed traffic corridors. The assessments of Network Rail are fed into national planning activities for ERTMS implementation.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:26:13.7629336Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:26:13.7629336Z
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2483
label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
100048
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading East Coast Railway Line more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact they consider that the long-term access rights for Grand Central on the East Coast Main Line will have on the premium payments generated by the Intercity East Coast franchise. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Bradshaw more like this
uin HL2254 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Department for Transport has forecast premiums for the purposes of the competition for the InterCity East Coast franchise. These forecasts take into account Grand Central’s access rights at their current levels. The Invitation to Tender for the InterCity East Coast franchise competition includes a Risk Assumption relating to the impact of an expansion of Open Access operations.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:25:22.6907056Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:25:22.6907056Z
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2483
label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
100049
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading East Coast Railway Line more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the long-term access rights for Grand Central on the East Coast Main Line require them to pay the same access charge as Intercity East Coast; and, if not, why not. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Bradshaw more like this
uin HL2255 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>Grand Central will not pay the same access charges as Intercity East Coast as Open Access Operators do not pay Fixed Track Access Charges (FTAC). However, both Franchised and Open Access Operators pay Variable Track Access Charges (VTAC) since these are set to reflect the direct ‘wear and tear’ costs that train services impose on the network when they are run.</p><p> </p><p>For Control Period 5 (CP5) the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has held <ins class="ministerial">the Capacity Charge element of VTAC at CP4 levels for services currently run by existing passenger Open Access Operators, however they will pay CP5 rates for any additional or new services whilst any new entrant Open Access Operator will pay CP4 rates on services below a set threshold and CP5 rates on services above that threshold. </ins><del class="ministerial">Open Access (both passenger and freight) VTAC at CP4 levels, whilst</del> Franchised Operators pay the new, higher CP5 rates<del class="ministerial">.</del> <ins class="ministerial">for both existing and new services.  However, this is the only element of VTAC that is calculated on a different basis.</ins></p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:24:42.437Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:24:42.437Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2015-01-12T16:11:35.18Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T16:11:35.18Z
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
previous answer version
24717
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2483
label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
100052
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Public Statues: Greater London more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the area of London for which the Secretary of State is currently responsible under the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act 1854 for giving consent for the erection of public statues; and which local authorities are included in that area. more like this
tabling member printed
The Earl of Clancarty more like this
uin HL2258 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
answer text <p>Under section 5 of the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act 1854 the consent of the commissioners of works needs to be obtained before a public statue can be erected in a public place in the Metropolitan Police District of London. The functions of the commissioners of works are now vested in the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. By virtue of the London Government Act 1963 (as amended by the Greater London Authority Act 1999), the Metropolitan Police District of London is now the area of Greater London (excluding the City of London, and the Inner and Middle Temples). Details of the local authorities in this region can be found at <a href="http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk</a></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-29T14:11:59.2075582Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:11:59.2075582Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3391
label Biography information for The Earl of Clancarty more like this
100053
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Public Statues: Greater London more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport holds an archive and register (including plans, drawings etc.) relating to consent given by the Secretary of State for the erection of statues under the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act 1854; if so, whether they make that archive publicly accessible; and what plans they have for any such archive. more like this
tabling member printed
The Earl of Clancarty more like this
uin HL2259 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
answer text <p>The Department does not hold an archive or register relating to consent given by the Secretary of State for the erection of statues under section 5 of the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act 1854.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-29T13:04:08.1305514Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T13:04:08.1305514Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3391
label Biography information for The Earl of Clancarty more like this
100056
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Obesity: Children more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide further advice to schools on how to tackle childhood obesity. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
uin HL2262 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
answer text <p>This Government recognises that through physical education, competitive school sport and encouraging healthy eating, schools can help address the problem of childhood obesity. The PE and sports premium is part of a package of measures to tackle obesity in primary schools. Our research found 96% of schools said that their pupils are now living healthier lives as a result of the funding. In addition, the introduction of universal infant free school meals will ensure that all infants receive a nutritious school lunch.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-24T12:35:00.9545387Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-24T12:35:00.9545387Z
answering member
4270
label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
tabling member
1796
label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
100057
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Health Services and Social Services more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have given to the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
uin HL2263 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Health has said “The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) State of Health and Adult Social Care in England 2013-14 report highlights examples of excellent care but it also exposes unacceptable levels of variation. It also confirms that the NHS has seen a period of “hard realities and rapid change” following the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. We need to keep building on this to ensure greater cultural change, continuing transparency and a focus on safety to drive up standards of care across the country.”</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-30T16:20:34.482949Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T16:20:34.482949Z
answering member
2000
label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
tabling member
1796
label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
100058
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Children: Poverty more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, which suggests child poverty reduction targets will not be met, what steps they will take to ensure that those targets are met. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
uin HL2264 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
answer text <p>We remain committed to our goal of ending child poverty by 2020.</p><p>The ‘2014-17 Child Poverty Strategy’, published in June this year, outlines our plans to tackle the root causes of poverty, by:</p><ol><li>Raising the incomes of poor children’s families by helping them get into work and making work pay.</li><li>Supporting the living standards of low-income families.</li><li>Raising educational outcomes of poor children.</li></ol><p>Work remains the best route out of poverty. That is why the Government is introducing Universal Credit which will lift around 300,000 children out of poverty due to increased entitlements. This Government is also focused on breaking the cycle of poor children going on to become poor adults. That is why the Government has introduced policies - such as the pupil premium, worth £2.5 billion in 2014-15, to support poor children to reach their full potential and close the attainment gap between them and their more advantaged peers.</p><p>The Government will publish a response to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report in due course.</p>
answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-27T17:32:36.9418053Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T17:32:36.9418053Z
answering member
4270
label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
tabling member
1796
label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
100068
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading East Coast Railway Line more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether East Coast Rail has carried out any study or projections of what would be the effect of converting one carriage on the East Coast intercity from first class to second class. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
uin HL2274 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>East Coast has conducted some limited analysis on the effect of converting first to standard class carriages on the franchise. Their analysis shows that standard class is not currently capacity constrained. As such, they consider that there is no immediate demand for more standard class carriages and, especially considering the upcoming introduction of the new InterCity Express trains, such a conversion is not likely to provide the best outcome for East Coast passengers or taxpayers.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:27:09.9865432Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:27:09.9865432Z
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2024
label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
100070
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Pakistan more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan concerning the relationship between blasphemy laws there and that country's human rights commitments, particularly in the light of the Lahore High Court’s decision to uphold the death penalty passed against Asia Bibi. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL2276 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>We regularly raise at the highest levels Pakistan’s human rights commitments including the misuse of blasphemy laws both against Muslims and against religious minorities. We are concerned to hear about the case of Asia Bibi and reports that a court has upheld the imposition of the death penalty. We have consistently pressed the Government of Pakistan on the issue of the death penalty and expressed our principled opposition to it in all cases and we will ensure that we continue to do so.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:42:19.6906255Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:42:19.6906255Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
100071
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the effectiveness of the combination of the Azure payment card and support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in enabling refused asylum seekers to meet their basic needs. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2277 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom. The card can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring that recipients are able to meet their essential living needs and are not left destitute.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore has no plans to abolish the card or change legislation to allow people supported under section 4 to receive cash instead.</p><p> </p><p>The total administrative costs of the card scheme since it was introduced in 2009 are approximately £1,515,000. Estimated administrative costs for the current financial year are £200,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published its response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report about asylum procedures in December 2013 (cm 8769). A response to the Committee’s views on section 4 support was set out on page 18-19.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN
HL2278 more like this
HL2279 more like this
HL2280 more like this
HL2281 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:17:54.1853177Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:17:54.1853177Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100072
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to abolish the Azure payment card and amend legislation to enable the provision of cash support for all refused asylum seekers until they are either given status in the United Kingdom or return to their country of origin. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2278 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom. The card can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring that recipients are able to meet their essential living needs and are not left destitute.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore has no plans to abolish the card or change legislation to allow people supported under section 4 to receive cash instead.</p><p> </p><p>The total administrative costs of the card scheme since it was introduced in 2009 are approximately £1,515,000. Estimated administrative costs for the current financial year are £200,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published its response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report about asylum procedures in December 2013 (cm 8769). A response to the Committee’s views on section 4 support was set out on page 18-19.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN
HL2277 more like this
HL2279 more like this
HL2280 more like this
HL2281 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:17:55.3415588Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:17:55.3415588Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100073
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have spent on administering the Azure card system since its inception. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2279 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom. The card can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring that recipients are able to meet their essential living needs and are not left destitute.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore has no plans to abolish the card or change legislation to allow people supported under section 4 to receive cash instead.</p><p> </p><p>The total administrative costs of the card scheme since it was introduced in 2009 are approximately £1,515,000. Estimated administrative costs for the current financial year are £200,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published its response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report about asylum procedures in December 2013 (cm 8769). A response to the Committee’s views on section 4 support was set out on page 18-19.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN
HL2277 more like this
HL2278 more like this
HL2280 more like this
HL2281 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:17:55.7481075Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:17:55.7481075Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100074
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast annual cost for administering the Azure card payment scheme in the coming year. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2280 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom. The card can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring that recipients are able to meet their essential living needs and are not left destitute.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore has no plans to abolish the card or change legislation to allow people supported under section 4 to receive cash instead.</p><p> </p><p>The total administrative costs of the card scheme since it was introduced in 2009 are approximately £1,515,000. Estimated administrative costs for the current financial year are £200,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published its response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report about asylum procedures in December 2013 (cm 8769). A response to the Committee’s views on section 4 support was set out on page 18-19.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN
HL2277 more like this
HL2278 more like this
HL2279 more like this
HL2281 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:17:56.0405779Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:17:56.0405779Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100075
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the conclusion of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that "section 4 is not the solution for people who have been refused but cannot be returned" as stated in their report <i>Asylum</i> (7th Report of session 2013–14, HC 71). more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
uin HL2281 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom. The card can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring that recipients are able to meet their essential living needs and are not left destitute.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore has no plans to abolish the card or change legislation to allow people supported under section 4 to receive cash instead.</p><p> </p><p>The total administrative costs of the card scheme since it was introduced in 2009 are approximately £1,515,000. Estimated administrative costs for the current financial year are £200,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published its response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report about asylum procedures in December 2013 (cm 8769). A response to the Committee’s views on section 4 support was set out on page 18-19.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN
HL2277 more like this
HL2278 more like this
HL2279 more like this
HL2280 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:17:56.2935035Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:17:56.2935035Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
3691
label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100076
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Free Movement of People: Republic of Ireland more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the free movement of people between the United Kingdom and Ireland, however defined, plays in the Anglo-Irish agreement and in the documents which underpin it. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Mawhinney more like this
uin HL2282 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>Free movement of people between the United Kingdom and Ireland within the Common Travel Area has existed since 1923 and therefore predates both the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the subsequent British-Irish Agreement. The free movement of people between the two jurisdictions is not provided for by either Agreement.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:18:32.4759546Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:18:32.4759546Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
121
label Biography information for Lord Mawhinney more like this
100078
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Floods: Somerset more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (1) the feasibility of constructing a permanent flood defence barrage to protect the village of Westonzoyland in the Somerset Levels, and (2) the likely effectiveness of temporary demountable flood defences in the coming winter. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL2284 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
answer text <p>1. The Environment Agency is constructing a permanent scheme to replace temporary defences. Steps are being taken so that protection is maintained should there be an increased flood risk during construction.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>2. Demountable defences were considered as an option. However, after consulting local residents the Environment Agency took the decision to construct a permanent solution.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord De Mauley more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-30T14:33:05.4841907Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T14:33:05.4841907Z
answering member
2202
label Biography information for Lord De Mauley more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
100079
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Gibraltar: Spain more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns (HL1709), how many incursions by Spanish state vessels into British Gibralter Territorial Waters there have been in 2014 to date and in each of the preceding five years; and, in the light of these numbers, what is their assessment of the efficacy of the defence of United Kingdom sovereignty over these waters using current methods. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL2285 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
answer text <p>There were 247 unlawful incursions between January and September this year. There were 103 in 2010, 24 in 2011, 229 in 2012 and 496 in 2013, as stated in the reply of 17 June, Official Report, column WA38, given by the former Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right hon. Baroness Warsi. The Government cannot readily provide statistics for incursions before 2010 as this could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.</p><p>Incursions are a violation of sovereignty, not a threat to it. They do not change the fact of British sovereignty over British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. The Government challenges and protests all unlawful incursions and these actions effectively defend our sovereignty over British Gibraltar Territorial waters.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-29T15:24:51.1295982Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:24:51.1295982Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
100080
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 more like this
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Judicial Review more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Attorney General, how many judicial reviews there were involving Government departments according to records held by the (a) Treasury Solicitor and (b) Administrative Court Office in each of the last four years; and how many such reviews were upheld in whole or in part in each such year. more like this
tabling member constituency Hammersmith more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Andy Slaughter more like this
uin 211271 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The Treasury Solicitor’s Department holds records relating only to those cases in which it has acted. The Treasury Solicitor represents most, but not all, government departments in litigation. For example, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs normally conducts its own litigation. According to records held by the Treasury Solicitor, the number of judicial reviews involving government departments in which it has acted in each of the last four years is as follows:</p><p>2010 – 8,566</p><p>2011 – 9,603</p><p>2012 – 10,274</p><p>2013 – 16,449</p><p>Information relating to how many of those reviews were upheld in whole or in part in each year is not held centrally and could not be created without incurring disproportionate cost.</p><p><del class="ministerial">The Administrative Court Office does not collate the information requested centrally and determining the number of reviews and how many such reviews were upheld in whole or in part would incur a disproportionate cost.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The information requested in respect of the Administrative Court Office is published online at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267408/additional-court-tables-2012.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267408/additional-court-tables-2012.xls</a> . The 2013 data is not currently available.</ins></p>
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:10:43.167Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:10:43.167Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2015-01-05T17:35:17.82Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T17:35:17.82Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
previous answer version
24759
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Buckland more like this
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
1516
label Biography information for Andy Slaughter more like this
100082
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading UK Export Finance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance direct lending facility have been small and medium-sized enterprises in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Ann McKechin more like this
uin 211319 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>UK Export Finance’s direct lending facility was launched in 2013-14. It was recently amended to make it more readily accessible, and has recently completed its first deal.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T16:01:54.8171605Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:01:54.8171605Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
1419
label Biography information for Ann McKechin more like this
100083
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading UK Export Finance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance export insurance scheme have been small to medium sized enterprises in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Ann McKechin more like this
uin 211331 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
answer text <p>The table below shows the proportion, expressed as a percentage, of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the total number of exporters UK Export Finance (UKEF) has supported broken down by UKEF product for the last five financial full years.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Buyer Credit</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>11%</p></td><td><p>7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bond Support Scheme*</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>67%</p></td><td><p>78%</p></td><td><p>91%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Export Insurance Policy</p></td><td><p>20%</p></td><td><p>75%</p></td><td><p>75%</p></td><td><p>54%</p></td><td><p>63%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Export Working Capital Scheme*</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>83%</p></td><td><p>100%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Letter of Credit Guarantee Scheme</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>50%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Supplier Credit Facility</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>50%</p></td><td><p>29%</p></td><td><p>33%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>*Products launched in 2011/12</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>SMEs are defined by the EU as companies that have fewer than 250 employees, and either a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet total of less than €43m.</p><p> </p><p>Information on UKEFs Bond Support Scheme has been included given that it was introduced specifically to support to smaller exporters, especially SMEs.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
grouped question UIN
211332 more like this
211333 more like this
211334 more like this
211335 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-27T14:39:53.8322655Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T14:39:53.8322655Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
previous answer version
24212
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
tabling member
1419
label Biography information for Ann McKechin more like this
100084
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading UK Export Finance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of successful applicants to the UK Export Finance export working capital scheme have been small to medium sized enterprises in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Ann McKechin more like this
uin 211332 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
answer text <p>The table below shows the proportion, expressed as a percentage, of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the total number of exporters UK Export Finance (UKEF) has supported broken down by UKEF product for the last five financial full years.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Buyer Credit</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>11%</p></td><td><p>7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bond Support Scheme*</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>67%</p></td><td><p>78%</p></td><td><p>91%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Export Insurance Policy</p></td><td><p>20%</p></td><td><p>75%</p></td><td><p>75%</p></td><td><p>54%</p></td><td><p>63%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Export Working Capital Scheme*</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>83%</p></td><td><p>100%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Letter of Credit Guarantee Scheme</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>50%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Supplier Credit Facility</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td><td><p>50%</p></td><td><p>29%</p></td><td><p>33%</p></td><td><p>0%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>*Products launched in 2011/12</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>SMEs are defined by the EU as companies that have fewer than 250 employees, and either a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet total of less than €43m.</p><p> </p><p>Information on UKEFs Bond Support Scheme has been included given that it was introduced specifically to support to smaller exporters, especially SMEs.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
grouped question UIN
211331 more like this
211333 more like this
211334 more like this
211335 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-27T14:39:53.7228353Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T14:39:53.7228353Z
answering member
4070
label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
previous answer version
24211