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Questions for Written Answer for 12 October 2017

Tabled on 11 October 2017 and due for answer by 25 October 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vulnerable Iraqi refugees from Yazidi, Christian and Shia minority groups have the same access to international assistance, such as the right to work, education and asylum, that has been offered to Syrian refugees.  HL1881
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 22 November 2016 (HL3075), how many human embryos were transferred to uteri in order to establish pregnancies following (1) vitrification, and (2) slow freezing methods; how many human embryos were deliberately destroyed following (a) vitrification, and (b) slow free… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Hong Kong Government following their refusal to provide an entry visa to Benedict Rogers, the deputy chair of the UK Conservatives' human rights commission.  HL1883
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ratify the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage; and if not, why not.  HL1884
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of statements made by the Prime Minister about a vision of a global Britain following Brexit, how consistent, or otherwise, this is with her previous undertaking to the devolved administrations that their interests would be properly represented in the Brexit negotiations.  HL1885
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions within the last 12 months the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU negotiations) has met.  HL1886
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions it is intended the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU negotiations) will meet within the next 12 months.  HL1887
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU negotiations) has, in relation to Wales, met members of the Welsh Assembly.  HL1888
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have received from the Royal Hong Kong Police Association; and what action, if any, has followed.  HL1889
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current deficit in the Central African Pension Fund.  HL1890
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether they should take direct control of the administration of Lancashire County Council by appointing a commissioner.  HL1891
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any potential problems resulting from the release into the environment of nano and other plastic particles as a consequence of plastic materials being used as part of road surfacing materials.  HL1892
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised with Saudi Arabia the bombing of civilians in Yemen; and if so, what response they received.  HL1893
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have held with the government of the US regarding its involvement in the war in Yemen; whether the humanitarian consequences of that war were addressed during those discussions; and what assurances, if any, they have received regarding the US involvement in that war.  HL1894
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, in co-operation with relevant authorities, to ensure that farming and land management are focused on securing environmental enhancement and regeneration.  HL1895
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish an independent inquiry into variation in access to children's services across England and the consequent impact on outcomes for vulnerable children; and if so, when.  HL1896
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report produced by Oxfam and Doctors for Human Rights on the experience of refugees, not least women, fleeing war, persecution and poverty while they are in or transiting Libya; and what action they are taking to ensure that their policies are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of such people, and to ensu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the political and humanitarian situation in Southern Cameroons; and what action they are taking, (1) bilaterally, (2) multilaterally through the UN, (3) through the Commonwealth, and (4) with EU partners, to defuse the tensions threatening the security and stability of that region.  HL1898
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken with any of the more than two million new citizens since citizenship ceremonies were first introduced to ensure that those ceremonies promote British values and improve integration.  HL1899
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include, within their leasehold review, a review of institutions such as the National Trust and other large property-owning organisations.  HL1900
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what protections are in place to avoid conflicts of interest in the negotiating process between local authorities and trade unions in relation to the terms and conditions of public sector workers.  HL1901
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding contained in the report of the Centre for Responsible Credit, The Decline of Crisis and Community Care Support in England, published in September, that 26 local authorities have closed their local welfare assistance schemes while others have cut spending on such schemes; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 19 September (HL1491), when they anticipate a suitable legislative opportunity will arise to put the guidance on school uniform policies on a statutory footing.  HL1903
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact assessment they have made of their decision to raise social housing rents by the value of Consumer Price Index + 1 per cent from April 2020, and whether they will publish any such impact assessment.  HL1904
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in reforming stamp duty land tax, it was their policy intention to reduce receipts and transactions in properties over £1million in 2016–17.  HL1905
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Home Office has questioned the reported age of an asylum-seeking minor in the last 12 months.  HL1906
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the average duration of an asylum interview over the last 12 months.  HL1907
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend the right of asylum-seekers to work beyond the jobs listed in the Shortage Occupation List.  HL1908
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government by whom, and when, the sum of £36.95 for asylum seekers' cash support was determined; and whether they have any plans to increase it.  HL1909
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to put in place measures to help individuals for whom the cost of an immigration DNA test is too expensive, thereby preventing them from being reunited with family members.  HL1910
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the changes brought in by National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 may exacerbate health inequalities; whether they have made any further estimate of the savings to be made since publishing their impact assessment; if so, what i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what Government-sponsored research is currently under way in respect of neural tube defect births.  HL1912
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative assessment they have made of the UK and other EU member states, in respect of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects.  HL1913
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative assessment they have made of the UK and other OECD members, in respect of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects.  HL1914
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 14 July, 2015 (HL1000), what is the latest information they have regarding high risk groups suffering neural tube defects at birth.  HL1915
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress in the proposed revitalisation of the 2015 peace agreement in South Sudan by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development; what response was made by South Sudan to the July statement of the Troika and the EU; and what other local or church-inspired peace initiatives they are supportin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most acute needs in South Sudan in the coming six months; and what improvements, if any, there have been in the security situation in relation to humanitarian aid and the safe distribution of relief supplies in conflict areas.  HL1917
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of the Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms.  HL1918
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to deferring the introduction of new regulations concerning the MOT testing of older vehicles until they have fully consulted all interested parties on the detail of their proposal.  HL1919
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings they have held with the Chief Executives of Atos and Capita about Personal Independence Payment assessments since the General Election.  HL1920
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Atos and Capita deploy the same healthcare professionals for the non-medical Personal Independence Payment assessment and the medical assessment for Employment and Support Allowance, the Work Capability Assessment.  HL1921
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 13 September (HL1358 and HL1359), what concerns caused the then Prime Minister in 2015 to consider the need to regulate madrassahs; and how a local authority is to establish whether children may be at risk in such settings if they have no powers of entry or intervention in such establishmen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many madrassahs there are in England; (2) how many hours a week children may spend in such institutions; (3) whether attendance at a madrassah during school hours can justify a child's non-attendance at school; and (4) whether parents who send children to a madrassah can combine this with home tuition to avoid normal school atten… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the number of children attending madrassahs; and whether this number is increasing.  HL1924
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 13 September (HL1358 and HL1359), whether they intend to publish a summary of the evidence they have received following their call for evidence on a possible new system of oversight for out-of-school education settings; and whether this evidence suggests concern about the impact of madrassa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take following the recent concerns expressed by the Head of Ofsted about children being brought up in environments actively hostile to British values; and whether they consider that those concerns apply both to registered and unregistered schools, and other educational settings such as madrassahs.  HL1926
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 18 September (HL1354, HL1355, HL1356 and HL1357), whether they will consider collecting data on unregistered schools; what assessment they have made of Ofsted's estimate that 6,000 children are being educated in such schools; and why no prosecutions have been made of those found by Ofsted t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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