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Questions for Written Answer for 18 October 2017

Tabled on 17 October 2017 and due for answer by 31 October 2017.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what understanding they have reached with the EU on sharing out the tariff-rate quotas that govern the import of farm products into the EU from countries outside the bloc; when they anticipate those changes will come into effect; and what effect the proposed sharing out will have on overall quotas registered with the World T… 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 consideration they have given to the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.3. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) regarding “not prioritising, systematically and exclusively, with regard to the members of Daesh, the application of national anti-terrorist legislation, to the detriment of their universal jurisdiction whe… 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 specific issues they raised as part of the latest round of the UK–Sudan Strategic Dialogue which took place on 16 and 17 October; and what assessment they have made of the death penalty issued to Sudanese student Assim Omar Hassan.  HL2092
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sudan’s role in human trafficking in the light of the government of the United States report Trafficking in Persons Report 2017, which stated that the government of Sudan does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to impr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated date of publication of their review into democratic engagement.  HL2094
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were transferred from prison to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 in (1) 2015; (2) 2016; and (3) 2017.  HL2095 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who were transferred from prison to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 since 2015 waited for a transfer for more than (1) 14 days; (2) one month; (3) three months; (4) six months; and (5) one year.  HL2096 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, who are currently serving prison sentences in England and Wales are over the age of 80.  HL2097 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, currently serving a prison sentence who are over the age of 80, were over the age of 70 when sentenced.  HL2098 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been granted compassionate release from prison on the grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years.  HL2099 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people leaving prison had settled accommodation arranged on release in each of the last three years.  HL2100 [I]
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students entered university nursing courses in each academic year since 2010, including those who started in the current academic year 2017–18.  HL2101
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Colombia to ensure that the recent peace agreement is fully implemented in consultation with local communities.  HL2102
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what technical support they are providing to the government of Colombia to ensure that an effective system of transitional justice is implemented under the recent peace agreement.  HL2103
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Colombia to progress peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), extend the bilateral ceasefire, and to fully dismantle the paramilitary groups.  HL2104
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Colombia to protect those defending human rights; and how they are helping the government of Colombia to identify and prosecute the perpetrators of crimes against those defending human rights.  HL2105
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK businesses operating in Colombia are required to carry out human rights due diligence in relation to their overseas operations and do not initiate projects in Colombia without gaining free, prior and informed consent from the communities that they affect.  HL2106
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 September (HL1598), whether they will consider setting up a system under which local authorities would, for a registration fee, have the right to confirm that a holiday let is legally in accordance with the terms of the letter’s mortgage or tenancy agreemen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 September (HL1597) that no consultations have been carried out, what plans they have to consult local authorities on a register of short-term holiday let tenants.  HL2108 [I]
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 September (HL1596), how many London boroughs have sought consent from the Secretary of State to remove the freedom to short-term let for 90 nights from a property; and whether they have any plans to publicise this procedure to London boroughs.  HL2109 [I]
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government which departments will be responsible for the management of any future legislation relating to Euratom and EU Directives on (1) radioactive waste and spent fuel management, (2) protection against ionising radiation, (3) the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive waste and spent fuel, and (4) drinking water.  HL2110
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the maintenance and timely replacement of the nuclear power element of the UK’s electricity production.  HL2111
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote integrated working between the agencies responsible for licensing nuclear sites and for safeguarding the public and the environment in the UK following the UK’s withdrawal from Euratom.  HL2112
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the recent report by the Ministry of Defence into the Gibraltar Police Federation.  HL2113
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to (1) Somalia, and (2) the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the implementation of initiatives to prevent sexual violence in conflict.  HL2114
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding the impact of Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen on civilians; and what response they have received.  HL2115
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 12 October (HL Deb, cols 292–5), when the consultation on the cap and the floor for social care funding will take place; how long it will last; who will be consulted; and when they decided that further consultation was needed.  HL2116
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation of the Rohingya community in Myanmar and those in refugee camps in Bangladesh.  HL2117
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to stop the forced deportation of the Rohingya community from Myanmar and to ensure their ongoing safety in Myanmar.  HL2118
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are giving any assistance to help consolidate the recent reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, and to support negotiations aimed at long-term peace in Palestine.  HL2119
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Hamas' recent announcement that they are willing to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections.  HL2120
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UNESCO of the government of the United States' announcement of its intention to withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 2018.  HL2121
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they held with the White House prior to the President of the United States' announcement that he would not certify Iran's compliance with its commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  HL2122
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current position regarding Ministry of Defence aircraft contracts with Boeing following the United States Department of Commerce's decision to place import tariffs on Bombardier aircraft built in Northern Ireland.  HL2123
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to consider changes to the gender identity question in the 2021 Census.  HL2124
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the severe humanitarian crisis in Yemen, what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding allowing aid agencies access to Yemen.  HL2125
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during her meeting with the President of Iran at the UN General Assembly in September, the Prime Minister raised the case of the imprisoned dual Iranian-British national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe; and what assurances they have received that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is not being subjected to ill-treatment.  HL2126
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they expect in relation to public procurement rules post Brexit.  HL2127
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government who within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has responsibility for overseeing and monitoring (1) the overall impact of Government legislation, and (2) the burden of regulation, on small and medium-sized enterprises.  HL2128
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister’s proposal for a two-year period of implementation after the UK leaves the EU encompasses the Euratom Treaty.  HL2129
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their understanding that nuclear co-operation agreements concluded between Euratom and third countries would continue to apply to the UK for the duration of any post-Brexit implementation period.  HL2130
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Office for Nuclear Regulation expects to appoint a new Chief Nuclear Inspector.  HL2131
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop new arrangements for trade in nuclear goods and services, including licensing and customs systems, after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the Euratom Treaty.  HL2132
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to seek to maintain the activities of, and ensure completion of ongoing experiments at, the Joint European Torus (JET) nuclear fusion facility at Culham in Oxfordshire after the end of the current contract between the European Commission and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in 2018.  HL2133
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the call by the President of France for the creation of a concrete mechanism to enforce international law regarding the protection of journalists.  HL2134
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the government of Malta about the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.  HL2135
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that environmental defenders, including park rangers, are being killed in record numbers globally.  HL2136
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what dangers wild parsnips pose to the environment and the public.  HL2137
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a Green Paper during the current Parliament which covers consumer protection in relation to third-party intermediaries which offer water and energy services.  HL2138
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) consumer protections, (2) redress schemes, (3) requirements to provide information and (4) requirements to treat consumers fairly currently exist in UK law in relation to third-party intermediaries which offer water and energy services to consumers, including under the retail exit programme for water companies.  HL2139
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the water abstraction system, including in relation to abstraction volumes and licence conditions.  HL2140
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the increases in the number of opioid-related deaths, what consideration they have given to the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs supporting the use of opioid substitution treatment.  HL2141
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the four-year £435 million package of support for business ratepayers following the 2017 business rate revaluation has been spent; and how much has been used to support bookshops.  HL2142
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government how many bookshops have lost small business rate relief or rural rate relief as a result of the 2017 business rate revaluation; and, beyond the scheme to cap the annual bill increase for any ratepayer losing these reliefs, what plans they have to protect small bookshops from closure.  HL2143
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to extend the scheme providing a £1,000 discount to pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000; and, if so, whether this plan will cover bookshops.  HL2144
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide guidance on the use of the £300 million fund for local authorities to distribute to help businesses facing higher business rate bills; and, if so, whether this guidance will cover support for bookshops.  HL2145
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of pregnancies they estimate are unplanned; and what assessment they have made of the relationship between unplanned pregnancies and the high-risk period for blood folate levels and closure of the neural tube at 27 days of gestation.  HL2146
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes, if any, they have made in the past two years in relation to raising awareness among women of child bearing age of the need to take folic acid supplements prior to conception.  HL2147
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for settlement checking services at local councils were (1) retained by local councils, and (2) retained by the Home Office, in each month since 2010.  HL2148
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to ensure that other states do not interfere improperly in the UK’s democratic process.  HL2149
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the conditions for Palestinian women in Israeli prisons and the number of Palestinian women currently held in Israeli prisons without charge.  HL2150
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the disenfranchisement of Burmese citizens, including the Rohingya, in the November 2015 elections in Myanmar.  HL2151
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following a report from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission that the Israeli Army has arrested at least 927 children since the beginning of the year and given many of them lengthy sentences.  HL2152
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to involve Hamas in future negotiations with Israel.  HL2153
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what UK aid is being spent to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.  HL2154
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of access to sexual and reproductive health services for Rohingya families in refugee camps in Bangladesh.  HL2155
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of efforts to prevent and address sexual violence in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and of the processes in place to ascertain and record the culpability of perpetrators.  HL2156
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what support, if any, is being provided by UK Aid Direct in partnership with the government of Bangladesh and non-governmental organisations, to Rohingya refugee women who are seeking abortion services as a result of being raped.  HL2157
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar regarding its reported complicity in the torture, rape and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people.  HL2158
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