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Questions for Written Answer for 17 October 2017

Tabled on 16 October 2017 and due for answer by 30 October 2017.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost to dyslexic students who received their diagnosis before they were 18 of the assessment required to allow them to be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance.  HL1998
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken or commissioned any study on the impact on those students applying for higher education of requiring dyslexic students to pay for a second assessment and to make a £200 contribution to the cost of computing equipment necessary to carry supportive software.  HL1999
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what understanding they have reached with the EU on sharing out the EU allowance for providing domestic support to agriculture, known as the Aggregate Measurement of Support.  HL2000
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their evaluation of the effectiveness of sanctions imposed on North Korea.  HL2001
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took, prior to tabling UN Security Council Resolution 2379, to assess the capacity of Iraqi national courts to conduct the recommended prosecutions of Daesh fighters.  HL2002
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to implement the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.1. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017)  to investigate and prosecute any suspected Daesh members who come within the UK’s jurisdiction or control.  HL2003
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to implement the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.2. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) to prosecute all offences committed within the UK’s jurisdiction relating to Daesh’s activities abroad, and to ratify and fully implement the 2005 Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No.… 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 assessment they have made of the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.4. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017).  HL2005
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of levels of trade in oil and coal between North Korea and other countries, in particular (1) China, and (2) Russia.  HL2006
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 12 October (HL1633), whether they have considered the potential discriminatory effects of the remedial order against infertile single women, particularly those who use surrogacy to have a child if their eggs or embryos have been rendered infertile, or who have had their uterus r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last ten years, how many people were killed or seriously injured in (1) the UK, and (2) the Greater London area (a) as passengers in a bus or coach; (b) as passengers in a train; (c) in accidents involving a bus or coach as pedestrians, cyclists or in another vehicle; and (d) in accidents involving a train as pedestrian… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the requirement from NHS England for health and social care organisations to collect information on patients' sexual orientation in order to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, whether they intend to introduce a requirement to ask patients whether they consider themselves disabled; and if not, why not. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government which governors of British Overseas Territories have their governors' dress uniforms funded by the FCO.  HL2010
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on the redrafting of Convention 108 of the Council of Europe.  HL2011
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the proposed remodelling at Derby station and at Market Harborough station on train journey times between London and Sheffield.  HL2012
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on journey times of the introduction of Intercity Express Programme trains between London and Sheffield.  HL2013
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they have identified regarding the protection of human rights in Sudan, in the light of their support for the decision taken by the government of the United States to lift sanctions on Sudan.  HL2014
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to guarantee humanitarian access to civilian populations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.  HL2015
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the government of Sudan upholds its ceasefire agreements in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.  HL2016
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are giving any assistance in relation to cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Sudan.  HL2017
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that EU Foreign Ministers, in their forthcoming meeting, respond to the situation affecting the Rohingya people with appropriate action; whether they will advocate reinforcing the arms embargo on the Burmese army, or seek a global arms embargo through the UN Security Council; and what other measures… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Burmese army ceases its attacks on civilians in Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan states to allow unhindered access for international humanitarian aid agencies, human rights monitors and media to all affected areas in those states, and to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Commiss… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 9 October (HC Deb, col 4), whether they will publish the evidence supporting his statement that the roll-out of Universal Credit will mean that 250,000 more people will be in work.  HL2020
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Lord Eatwell to ask Her Majesty's Government in which circumstances the Home Office differentiates between adopted and natural children for (1) immigration purposes, and (2) other purposes.  HL2021
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the publication of impact assessments in relation to (1) primary legislation and (2) secondary legislation.  HL2022
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on pre-legislative consultation.  HL2023
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on pre-legislative scrutiny by Parliament.  HL2024
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government which bills they intend to subject to pre-legislative scrutiny this session.  HL2025
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 27 April (HL6891), when they will commence the appointment process for the position of chair of the Legal Services Board which will became vacant at the end of April.  HL2026
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deploy the UK team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict to Bangladesh to document evidence of alleged rape and sexual violence against the Rohingya people.  HL2027
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict to deploy the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict to Bangladesh to support Rohingya survivors of alleged rape and sexual violence.  HL2028
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) Aung San Suu Kyi, and (2) the government of Burma, regarding recent reports of rape and other sexual violence committed by the Burmese armed forces against the Rohingya people.  HL2029
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the UK team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict has been deployed over the last year; to which countries were they deployed; and what was the outcome in each country.  HL2030
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Foreign Secretary has had with the Secretary of State for International Development about a co-ordinated UK response to alleged sexual violence against the Rohingya people in Burma, in the context of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.  HL2031
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the UK's goals for the 2019 meeting to review commitments made at the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.  HL2032
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their analysis of the cost of achieving referral to treatment standards as set out in the NHS constitution.  HL2033
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they maintain oversight of the performance of different departments in relation to the business appointment rules.  HL2034
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that all those leaving the Civil Service make applications under the business appointment rules when it is appropriate to do so.  HL2035
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each relevant department, how many retrospective applications under the business appointment rules have been approved since 2010.  HL2036
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how departments ensure that former civil servants remain compliant with the business appointment rules for up to two years after they have left the Civil Service.  HL2037
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their analysis of the cost of achieving the NHS's performance targets and patient access standards.  HL2038
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner has the power to instruct the Chief Constable to suspend, or scale back, the policing operation at the Cuadrilla site until such time as additional funding is provided by the Home Office.  HL2039
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a detailed breakdown of the request for an additional £3.1 million from Lancashire Police for policing the Cuadrilla site.  HL2040
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether chief police officers can apply for additional funding to cover the opportunity costs of officers being present at an anti-fracking protest, rather than doing regular community policing duties, or whether such additional funding only covers costs such as unusual overtime and mutual aid.  HL2041
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister’s proposal for a two-year post-Article 50 implementation period includes continued participation in the Common Agricultural Policy.  HL2042
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the UK's future relationship with the EU, they will seek preferential access to the EU Single Market for agricultural products.  HL2043
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the UK's future relationship with the EU, they will seek preferential access to the EU Single Market for fisheries products.  HL2044
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the UK's future relationship with the EU, they will seek to continue participating in the North Sea multiannual plan.  HL2045
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 28 March (HL Deb, col 466), when they expect to legislate to introduce compulsory client money protection for landlords and tenants.  HL2046
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to legislate to ban letting agents fees.  HL2047
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of new funding announced for housing in each year since June 2010 has been targeted towards (1) social housing,  (2) affordable housing, and (3) Help to Buy, Rent to Buy and other similar schemes.  HL2048 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of local authority private sector landlord licensing schemes.  HL2049 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures provided for in or under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 have been formally dropped.  HL2050 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making on extending Right to Buy to housing association tenants.  HL2051 [I]
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any sectoral advice papers which they commissioned in relation to Brexit will be released in 2017 in order to assist public and business assessments of the economic and social implications of the UK's departure from the EU without the conclusion of arrangements on Northern Ireland, financial arrangements with the EU, the status… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have changed the rules which prevent non-governmental bodies from using government premises for non-governmental purposes; and if no change in the rules has been made, why the launch of the non-governmental Initiative for Free Trade was allowed to take place in the Map Room of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in early Oc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the October International Monetary Fund half-yearly fiscal monitor report view that tax systems should have become more progressive to reduce inequality and that there is now "scope for increasing the progressivity of income taxation without significantly hurting growth".  HL2054
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what date has been agreed for the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations; and what is the frequency of meetings intended for the future.  HL2055
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of children and young people in custody on the prison estate.  HL2056
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent children in the care of local authorities from going missing.  HL2057
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 October, whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission has the power to enforce the Equality Act 2010 in the civil courts where it considers the law has been breached.  HL2058
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government how far in advance they aim to circulate papers to those attending meetings of (1) the Joint Ministerial Committee (Plenary), and (2) the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations).  HL2059
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings of (1) the Joint Ministerial Committee (Plenary), and (2) the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations), they intend to convene in 2018.  HL2060
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their response dated 17 January to the report from the Constitution Committee Inter-governmental relations in the United Kingdom (Session 2014–15, HL Paper 146), when their report on inter-governmental relations will be published.  HL2061
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to provide observer status for British Overseas Territories during the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018.  HL2062
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to send a Minister to represent them at the Commonwealth Education Ministers Conference in Fiji in February 2018.  HL2063
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency accepts medical correspondence from GPs or consultants about a patient's medical condition with a Yellow Card report.  HL2064
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government how the risks and benefits of new vaccinations are assessed; and who is responsible for that assessment.  HL2065
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the usage of cycle lanes in the London congestion charge area between the hours of 10am and 4pm during weekdays.  HL2066
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have provided for the construction and maintenance of cycle lanes in the London congestion charge areas in the last five years.  HL2067
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the cycle lanes on congestion in London congestion charge areas and the implications for the environment.  HL2068
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many interactions, and with which officials, have they had with the government of the United States regarding the trade dispute brought by Boeing against Bombardier.  HL2069
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Prime Minister has had with the President of the United States regarding the agreement between the EU and the UK about how to split the EU's existing tariff rate quotas under the shared schedule at the World Trade Organisation.  HL2070
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the policy options available to HM Treasury and the Bank of England in the event of a sharp slowdown in the UK's economy.  HL2071
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have recently considered setting a temporary or permanent increase in the inflation target set for the Monetary Policy Committee.  HL2072
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causatory factors leading to a decline in the number of young people starting an apprenticeship in the current year; and how that decline will affect their target to create three million apprenticeships by 2020.  HL2073
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the reduced number of young people starting an apprenticeship in the current year, they have considered withdrawing the apprenticeship levy charged to companies with more than 250 members of staff.  HL2074
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for introducing a Birth Defects Prevention Month and a Folic Acid Awareness Week similar to those in the United States, and of the potential effects of such a step on public health and the economy.  HL2075
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last three years, how many pregnancies affected by neural tube defects were second or subsequent pregnancies.  HL2076
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of official figures published in August showing that the number of international students overstaying their visas was lower than previously estimated by the ONS, what changes have been made to the quarterly net migration statistics.  HL2077
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the probability of reducing non-UK net migration to the tens of thousands prior to Brexit.  HL2078
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK nationals can meet the English language proficiency threshold that has been set for non-UK nationals seeking permanent residency.  HL2079
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to enact restrictions on free movement for EU nationals prior to Brexit; and if so, how.  HL2080
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms were received by the Home Office in each month since 2016.  HL2081
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) arrests, and (2) deportations, have arisen from Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms that have been received by the Home Office since 2016.  HL2082
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how border security can be ensured without the use of paper-based international travel cards.  HL2083
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to border security of dual nationals using international passenger survey or paper-based landing cards listing only a single nationality.  HL2084
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative assessment they have made of the different border security arrangements concerning passport checks for arrivals at airports and ports in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  HL2085
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest constitutional advice they have (1) sought, and (2) received, as to whether the Article 50 application to leave the EU can be revoked before the process is complete.  HL2086
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure per resident on publicly funded infrastructure projects in (1) London, (2) the North West, (3) the East of England, (4) Yorkshire and the Humber, (5) the South East, (6) the South West, (7) the East Midlands, (8) the West Midlands, and (9) the North East, in financial year 2015–16.  HL2087
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the staff guidelines issued by the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy that reportedly state that pupils should vomit in a bucket in their classrooms if they feel unwell.  HL2088
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Regional Schools Commissioner for East of England and North East London has had with the Inspiration Trust about the pupil behaviour policy of the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.  HL2089
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