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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hezbollah: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of terrorist activity supported by and carried out by Hezbollah.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 February 2018

We are deeply concerned by Hizballah's involvement in terrorist activity in the Middle East and beyond. We condemn the threat this poses to regional security and stability. We also condemn Hizballah's military support for Asad's brutality in Syria.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hezbollah
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of ongoing UK dialogue with Hezbollah on that organisation’s stance on terrorism.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 February 2018

​There is no ongoing UK dialogue with Hizballah, with whom the UK maintains a no contact policy.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of complaints by victims and alleged victims of John Worboys which were subsequently marked as cleared up for the purposes of her Department's counting rules.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125489 | 125490 | 125491 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of complaints made by victims and alleged victims of John Worboys which were subsequently deemed to have been taken into consideration.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125490 | 125491 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of victims and alleged victims of John Worboys who were subsequently told that their complaint had been marked as cleared up.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125489 | 125491 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of victims and alleged victims of John Worboys who were told that if their complaint was deemed to be cleared up and the subject of no further action that there could be no further reinvestigation of that complaint.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125489 | 125490 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the complaints made about John Worboys were subsequently deemed to have been Not Detected; and whether it is permissible for such complaints to be be reinvestigated at a future date.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125489 | 125490 | 125491
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lyme Disease: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer to Question 105278 on Lyme Disease: Vaccination, when he will publish the four systematic reviews commissioned by the Government into the evidence on Lyme Disease.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 29 January 2018

The Department has commissioned four independent systematic reviews of all relevant literature on the diagnosis, treatment, transmission and prevention of Lyme disease.

The four systematic reviews have been completed and peer reviewed. The reviews were undertaken by the Evidence for Policy and Practice and Co-ordinating Centre and were published on its website on 21 December 2017. Patient advocacy groups involved in the review have been notified that these are in the public domain.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Israel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cooperation programmes his Department has with the Government of Israel for research and trade in the agricultural sector and what assessment he has made of the potential for future collaboration in that sector after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 17 January 2018

The UK, as part of the EU, is currently a member of around 40 EU trade agreements covering over 55 countries; one such country is Israel. After leaving the EU, the UK will be able to implement an independent trade policy. This would make it possible to revisit and improve existing agreements where appropriate.

Defra does not currently cooperate on agricultural research programmes with Israel bilaterally. We do cooperate with Israel through multilateral research programmes such as the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium on Animal Health and we intend to continue to do so after we have left the EU.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Night Flying
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of imposing an eight hour night flight ban at Heathrow Airport; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Following consultation, in October 2017, the Government implemented a new five-year night flight regime at Heathrow, which will end in October 2022. This regime limits the number of scheduled movements to an average of sixteen per night for a six and a half hour night period.

The revised draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) sets out the Government’s expectation for a six and a half hour ban on scheduled night flights at an expanded Heathrow. Should the revised draft Airports NPS be designated, consideration of any ban, including timings, would be subject to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Balanced Approach to noise management, including consultation with local communities and other interested parties.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a legally binding noise envelope at Heathrow Airport; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The revised draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) makes clear that any noise envelope at an expanded Heathrow should be tailored to local priorities and include clear noise performance targets. If the revised draft Airports NPS is designated, the design of any noise envelope would be defined in consultation with local communities and relevant stakeholders.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will assess the potential merits of changing the boundaries at which communities affected by aircraft noise receive compensation.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Following its recent Airspace Policy consultation, the Department implemented changes to its policy on compensation for communities affected by noise as a result of airspace change. The Government will undertake additional consideration of this issue through the new aviation strategy it is currently developing.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Heathrow Airport on potential boundary changes to its Quieter Homes scheme.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

There have been no discussions between the Department for Transport and Heathrow Airport on potential changes to Heathrow’s Quieter Homes scheme.

Whilst the Government sets the guidelines on when it expect airport operators to provide compensation to local communities, decision on how to apply the guidance are for the airport itself.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on air quality of the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.
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Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government believes that the Heathrow Northwest Runway scheme can be delivered without impacting on the UK’s compliance with air quality limit values, given the measures set out in the Government’s air quality plan, and with a suitable package of mitigation measures taken forward by the promoter.

Should the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement be designated, then it would be for the promoter to undertake a detailed assessment of the air quality impacts of the scheme, including during construction, and put forward to the Planning Inspectorate an appropriate package of mitigations that address air quality impacts and demonstrate compliance with air quality obligations.

In order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State would need to be satisfied that, with mitigation, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on air quality of the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government believes that the Heathrow Northwest Runway scheme can be delivered without impacting on the UK’s compliance with air quality limit values, given the measures set out in the Government’s air quality plan, and with a suitable package of mitigation measures taken forward by the promoter.

Should the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement be designated, then it would be for the promoter to undertake a detailed assessment of the air quality impacts of the scheme, including during construction, and put forward to the Planning Inspectorate an appropriate package of mitigations that address air quality impacts and demonstrate compliance with air quality obligations.

In order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State would need to be satisfied that, with mitigation, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proposals he plans to put in place to mitigate the negative air quality effects of a third runway at Heathrow.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Should the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement be designated, then it would be for the promoter to undertake a detailed assessment of the air quality impacts of the scheme and put forward to the Planning Inspectorate an appropriate package of mitigations that address air quality impacts and demonstrate compliance with air quality obligations.

The precise package of mitigation measures would be subject to consultation with local communities to ensure that the most effective measures are taken forward.

Furthermore, in order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State would need to be satisfied that, with mitigation, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the measures required to keep aviation CO2 emissions to 37.5MegaTonnes in line with the modelling in the 4th and 5th carbon budgets.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government remains open to considering all feasible measures to ensure that the aviation sector contributes fairly to UK emissions reductions, and is committed to meeting its emissions reduction targets under the Climate Change Act.

There are a range of measures available to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, including biofuels, airspace reform and improvements in technology.

As mentioned in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK.

The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 December 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which measures in addition to those set out in the Clean Growth Strategy will be required to keep aviation emissions to 37.5 MegaTonnes.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government remains open to considering all feasible measures to ensure that the aviation sector contributes fairly to UK emissions reductions, and is committed to meeting its emissions reduction targets under the Climate Change Act.

There are a range of measures available to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, including biofuels, airspace reform and improvements in technology.

As mentioned in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK.

The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the sensitivity analysis which sets out the emissions reductions by each sector of the economy.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy publishes annual updated energy and emissions projections, which project future energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. These include projections of emissions reductions by sector, and sensitivity to fossil fuel prices and economic growth.

The 2017 energy and emissions projections are the most recent published projections, and were published on Jan 2nd 2018. They are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2017

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aviation: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 85 of the Government's Clean Growth Strategy, what estimate he has made of the actual and projected emissions for the aviation sector for (a) 2030, (b) 2040 and (c) 2050; and what estimate he has made of the required level of aviation emissions if emissions from from transport need to be as low as 3 Mt by 2050.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Latest BEIS data shows that carbon dioxide emissions from UK departing flights in 2015 were 34.5 Mt. DfT’s October 2017 aviation forecasts give CO2 emissions from UK departing flights of between 36.6 and 45.7Mt in 2030; between 36.3 and 45.1Mt in 2040; and between 35.0 and 44.3Mt in 2050, depending on demand scenario and airport capacity options.

The Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK. The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.

The 3 Mt figure quoted from page 85 of the Clean Growth Strategy concerns emissions from transport not including domestic or international aviation and shipping.

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