Summer recess written answers and statements in the Lords

28 September 2010

Every Monday afternoon during the summer recess from 29 July until 5 October, Lords Hansard publishes the text of all written statements and answers to written questions received during the previous week. 

Topics for written statements and answers on Monday 27 September 2010 included:

  • the cost of rail industry advice for the Intercity Express Programme
  • nuclear energy industry
  • forced marriages
  • people trafficking
  • the numbers of black and minority ethnic people detained under the Mental Health Act and in prisons
  • academy schools
  • lighthouses.

Previous written answers and statements

Week ending Friday 17 September

Topics included:

  • armed forces
  • representations to the government of Cuba about imprisoned journalists Albert Santiago du Bouchet Hernández, Raymundo Perdigón Brito and Ramón Velázquez Toranzo
  • schools admission code
  • electoral reform  
  • which organisation will have responsbility for public health issues arising from events such as the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006 after the Health Protection Agency is abolished in 2012 
  • the government response to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland’s findings concerning Father James Chesney’s involvement in the IRA bombings in Claudy on 31 July 1972
  • parliamentary boundary reviews
  • regional development agencies
  • welfare benefits. 

Week ending Friday 10 September

Topics included:

  • numbers of premises licences suspended in each of the last five years of premises licence holders found to be selling alcohol persistently to children
  • government websites
  • training for community organisers to help people set up neighbourhood groups
  • definition of 'successful school' in the context of the Government's education policy
  • the affect of plans to end the Building Schools for the Future programme on necessary improvements in school water and toilet facilities 
  • student visas.

Week ending Friday 3 September 

Topics included:

  • registered voters in local elections
  • electorates entitled to vote in a UK-wide referendum
  • total spend on taxis by the Northern Ireland Office in March of the last two years
  • use of GNVQs to raise examination results in academies.

Week ending Friday 27 August

Written statements and answers for week ending 27 August were published on Tuesday 31 August 2010 because of the public holiday. Topics included:

  • meetings of the Budget Responsibility Committee
  • the alternative vote system proposed in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
  • government department websites
  • training for students of pharmacology.

Week ending Friday 20 August

Topics included:

  • specifying a date for observing Anti-Slavery Day
  • proposals for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and the creation of a new National Crime Agency
  • opting in to the European Investigation Order
  • plans for the reform of A-level examinations
  • school inspections 
  • representations to the government of Syria concerning the arrest of the novelist Ms Raghdah Sa'id Hassan.

Week ending Friday 13 August

Topics included:

  • the terms of employment Financial Services Authority and Bank of England staff seconded to and from both organisations when the Financial Service Authority becomes part of the Bank of England
  • the implementation of the new rules on banking supervision
  • the source used for the definition and operation of the Alternative Vote system proposed in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
  • firearms licensing 
  • Gulf War illnesses
  • the Office for Budget Responsibility
  • parliamentary constituencies have an area larger than 12,000 square kilometres
  • Capital Gains Tax.

Week ending Friday 6 August

Topics included:

  • support to the Government of Afghanistan in developing a strategy to implement the Elimination of Violence Against Women law
  • plans to reduce the rate of obesity among children
  • development of small-scale biomass generation
  • Government department and non-departmental public bodies websites
  • services for people with complex allergic disease
  • the status of the sentence of death by stoning on Mrs Sakineh Mohammad Ashtiani
  • the role the Department for Communities and Local Government will play in delivering the ‘participation legacy’ from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • speed cameras
  • academy schools
  • voluntary and community sector.

Week ending Friday 30 July

Topics included:

  • the Government’s stance on the release from prison on ‘compassionate grounds’ of Abdul Baset Al Megrahi
  • bank lending
  • admission of Asian countries to the European Union
  • numbers of pensioners and dependants currently holding valid E121 forms
  • development aid to India  
  • rights of shop workers who have a ‘conscientious objection’ to working on Sundays
  • violent crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • number of people who entered the UK on a student visa and were later granted indefinite leave to remain
  • Welfare Reform Act 2009.

Further information

Lords summer recess written answers and statements will be collated and published as a hard copy and to the web on Wednesday 29 September.

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