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Questions for Written Answer for 16 October 2017

Tabled on 12 October 2017 and due for answer by 26 October 2017.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government where a disabled student can find information about legally required levels of support available in higher education institutions.  HL1928
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government where higher education institutions can find a definitive guide to their legal duties and responsibilities to disabled students.  HL1929
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government how a student entitled to Disabled Students' Allowance can ensure that the higher education institution at which they are studying fulfils its support equality duties sufficiently to allow them to benefit fully from that allowance, before they start attending the institution.  HL1930
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government why students with previously assessed dyslexia have to undergo a second assessment before becoming entitled to Disabled Students' Allowance when students with other disabilities do not.  HL1931
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the impact on the take-up of Disabled Students' Allowance of the introduction of a £200 contribution for IT equipment.  HL1932
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether students who take up their full entitlement to Disabled Students' Allowance have higher completion rates and final grades than those disabled students who do not.  HL1933
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have downgraded or severed diplomatic relations with North Korea over the past two months; and what assessment they have made of the UK’s diplomatic relationship with North Korea.  HL1934
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of cyber threats to, and attacks on, the UK by North Korea; and what assessment they have made of reports that North Korea has opened a second internet connection to the rest of the world through a firm based in Russia.  HL1935
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding contained in the UN Report of the Commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, published on 7 February 2014, that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea; and whether they intend to discuss with Michael Kirby, Chair of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 19 September (HL1420), whether the remedial order relating to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which will allow single people to apply for parental orders following a surrogacy arrangement will allow applications from single people who are unable to provide their… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie (HL1527), where in Newcastle magistrates' court proceedings will be held following the proposed relocation of civil and family court proceedings to the Civic Centre; and when this relocation will occur.  HL1938
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of the practice undertaken by some bus, HGV and other large vehicle fleet operators to substitute tyres that are not compliant with legal requirements with compliant tyres for the purpose of inspections; and what proposals they have to address that practice.  HL1939
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether any assessment has been made of the advantages and disadvantages of establishing separate television channels throughout the day for both the House of Lords and the House of Commons; and if so, what would be the estimated cost of establishing and maintaining such a service for the House of Lords; and whether the docume… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 11 October (HL Deb, col 249) indicating that references to "part-time" were included within a previous Armed Forces Act, to which Act he intended to refer.  HL1941
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Universal Credit on the employment outcomes for families with children and other new claimants in full service areas.  HL1942
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to increase access to Managed Payment to Landlord Alternative Payment Arrangements for private tenants who have difficulty budgeting on a monthly basis.  HL1943
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which statutory instruments currently in force and approved by Resolution of both Houses of Parliament, relating to the responsibilities of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, are derived wholly, or in part, from EU legislation.  HL1944
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the new houses built following the allocation of £2 billion for new council and housing association housing will be social housing and affordable housing respectively.  HL1945
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the role of local authorities in securing the new houses to be built following the allocation of £2 billion for new council and housing association housing in areas where there has been large-scale stock transfer of former council housing.  HL1946
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Eunomia published on 11 October, Impacts of a Deposit Refund System for one-way beverage packaging on local authority waste services, that a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and other drinks containers would be likely to yield overall net savings for English local a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposals to regulate letting agents, announced by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 1 October, will include management companies involved in the administration of long leases.  HL1948
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their decision to require landlords to be part of a redress scheme will include long-lease landlords, as well as management companies and those charging a fee for the administration of a long lease or freehold management scheme.  HL1949
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take action in regard to leaseholders being charged escalating ground rents, and to ensure that freehold means holding property free of unfair practices.  HL1950
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of commitments set out in the Housing White Paper and the Queen's Speech, when the call for evidence on the home moving process will be launched.  HL1951
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to authorise the HM Land Registries scheme to digitise local land charge data; and when they plan to provide a fixed timeframe for the sign off of the local land charges register project.  HL1952
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials are responsible for allocating sentenced persons to individual prisons; and who is responsible for ensuring that those sentenced are held as near as possible to their next of kin.  HL1953
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make any changes to the sampling procedures for drinking water in England.  HL1954
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to improve arable productivity and efficiency.  HL1955
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to combat wheat bulb fly risk.  HL1956
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to help beekeepers provide a safe environment for bees to thrive.  HL1957
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission and European Parliament about risk management when approving or banning insecticides, herbicides and fungicides since June 2010.  HL1958
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued any guidance to farmers on the use of bird scarers to protect crops; and if so what.  HL1959
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government when the next plenary session of the Joint Ministerial Council will be held.  HL1960
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue detailed communiqués after future meetings of the Joint Ministerial Council.  HL1961
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their talks with the Northern Ireland political parties on the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive.  HL1962
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the four UK administrations to complete their reviews of the joint concordats and devolution guidance notes.  HL1963
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their report on intergovernmental relations between the four governments of the UK.   HL1964
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the action taken by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in 2012–13 to undertake enhanced pharmacovigilance alongside routine signal detection for the HPV vaccine was effective in preventing unfounded safety concerns; and if not, whether they will ask the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Age… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials were used by marketing authorisation holders for the testing of HPV vaccines prior to approval by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.  HL1966
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is possible to inform the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of signs and symptoms that arise after a Yellow Card report has been submitted; and if so, how this should be done.  HL1967
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of current interest rates on asset prices, the value of sterling, and business investment.  HL1968
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Cameroon regarding reports of a recent escalation of violence directed at the Anglophone minority; and whether they have discussed with that government its obligations under international law and its own constitution to uphold the rights of its minorities, to refrain from to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Palmer to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker why the carpet has been removed from the Cholmondeley Room; whether it will be replaced; and if so, when.  HL1970
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of public company share buybacks on the economy.  HL1971
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Art Collection in the European Parliament will be repatriated when the UK leaves the EU.  HL1972
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any discussions have taken place with the food industry in the last five years regarding the level of voluntary fortification of food products with folic acid; and whether those levels have changed.  HL1973
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the trend in recent years of terminated pregnancies due to neural tube defects.  HL1974
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in setting up a laboratory able to conduct blood folate status analysis.  HL1975
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual cost of fortifying flour which the law requires to be fortified with iron, calcium, thiamine and niacin; and whether any of that cost is borne by public funds.  HL1976
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is offered to multi-academy trusts on setting the pay levels of senior staff.  HL1977
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how the pay and conditions of multi-academy trust staff are monitored.  HL1978
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote healthy eating among children and young people.  HL1979
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to enable all young people to have the opportunity to choose from the full range of technical A levels.  HL1980
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Education intends to consult on whether to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic education compulsory in all schools; and if so, when.  HL1981
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to improve the education of white working class boys.  HL1982
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of direct investment from China in the UK telecommunications sector in each of the last five years.  HL1983
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of direct investment from China in the UK energy sector in each of the last five years.  HL1984
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are in place to monitor the safeguarding of UK national security each time a foreign firm invests in the UK.  HL1985
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign direct investment projects there have been in the UK over the last five years.  HL1986
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK has an equivalent of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States or Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board; and if so, what it is.  HL1987
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce a dedicated body with responsibility for scrutinising those foreign investments which may impact on national security.  HL1988
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into force sections 1 to 3 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (corporate parenting and care leavers).  HL1989
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into force sections 4 to 7 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (educational achievement).  HL1990
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into force Part 2, sections 12 to 31, of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (safeguarding of children).  HL1991
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into force sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (relationships, sex, and PSHE).  HL1992
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into force section 36 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Social Work England).  HL1993
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resource is being allocated to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to support work on the regulation of nursing assistants in (1) 2017–18, and (2) 2018–19.  HL1994
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resource is being allocated to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to support work on the regulation of graduate nursing apprenticeships in (1) 2017–18, and (2) 2018–19.  HL1995
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government whether nursing students who follow an apprenticeship route require a degree awarded by an approved higher education institution in order to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  HL1996
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resource is being allocated to Health Education England for higher education institutions to cover the placement training costs for additional nursing degree students in (1) 2017–18, and (2) 2018–19.  HL1997
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