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Questions for Written Answer for 23 October 2017

Tabled on 19 October 2017 and due for answer by 2 November 2017.

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the governance of English football.  HL2245
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government which departments are responsible for considering the implications of the Race Disparity Audit; and which is the lead department for co-ordinating action on its findings.  HL2246
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the consumer and systematic risk arising from high-cost credit products.  HL2247
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change the regulatory regime governing London's water infrastructure.  HL2248
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take further to the publication of the Race Disparity Audit commissioned by the Prime Minister.  HL2249
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that patients, carers and clinicians are fully consulted during the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983.  HL2250
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decrease in inpatient psychiatric beds and any relationship this may have to the increase in the use of the Mental Health Act 1983.  HL2251
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure mental health issues are addressed before patients reach a state where they need to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.  HL2252
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the link between good community mental health services and lower rates of detention under the Mental Health Act 1983.  HL2253
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current level of protection for consumers purchasing a funeral plan, including protection from inappropriate sales and marketing practices.  HL2254
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to strengthen the regulation of the funeral plan market in order to improve consumer protection.  HL2255
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government whether infrastructure upgrades at RAF Marham to facilitate the arrival of the Lightning 2 jet aircraft are on schedule.  HL2256
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how much is being offered in incentive payments for early delivery of infrastructure to facilitate the accommodation of Lightning 2 jet aircraft at RAF Marham.  HL2257
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what factors have caused revision of the delivery programme for the Lightning 2 jet aircraft from amber to amber–red; and what are the implications of that change.  HL2258
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have completed their studies in the UK over the last 20 years at (1) undergraduate, (2) taught masters courses, and (3) doctorate level in the following disciplines: (a) health economics, and (b) medical data analytics or related disciplines.  HL2259
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the report Locked out of learning published by Refugee Action in March; and in what ways they have responded to its recommendations.  HL2260
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what orders for new passenger trains are currently being processed, and in each case (1) how many train sets of how many vehicles are included; (2) which company is building them and where, and which operators they are for; (3) which body will own them; and (4) what is the cost of each order.  HL2261
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals by China for stricter controls on imports of waste materials; and whether they intend (1) to propose changes to rules for recycling collections or treatment; (2) to take action to seek new markets for UK waste; (3) to initiate or encourage investment in new or improved facilities for recyc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consider the proposal for a prevention precept on council tax at district council level to match the social care precept available to county councils in two-tier shire counties.  HL2263
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 19 October, what further information is available regarding (1) the options available to foreign national survivors of the Grenfell disaster to gain permanent residences; (2) who might benefit from any arrangements; (3) how such arrangements will operate; (4) what support and… 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 what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the EU Emissions Trading System.  HL2265
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System if the UK were to exit the EU Emissions Trading System before the end of phase 3 of the system in 2020.  HL2266
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to avoid penalties for non-compliance being levied against UK operators in the event that the UK exits the EU Emissions Trading System before the end of phase 3 of the system in 2020.  HL2267
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide UK operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System with certainty on the future of the UK’s participation in the System, both for the remainder of the current phase and the upcoming phase 4, as well as on domestic carbon pricing and carbon trading policy.  HL2268
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of increases in the number of rough sleepers and people placed in temporary accommodation, they plan to assess the impact of reforms to the welfare system on homelessness, and, in addition, the effect of such reforms on the extent of food and fuel poverty.  HL2269
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess the effectiveness of local homelessness strategies and monitor their progress in reducing homelessness.  HL2270
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of glyphosate and neonicotinoids in crop production.  HL2271
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Red Tractor scheme.  HL2272
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UK eggs not produced within the Red Lion scheme.  HL2273
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of pumpkins produced in England.  HL2274
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to deal with the hazard posed by sky lanterns.  HL2275
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of legislation to protect the countryside from fly-tipping.  HL2276
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what was the cost of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in Great Britain in each of the last four years; (2) what is the budget for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme subsidy payments for the next six years; (3) why a cap was introduced in 2016; and (4) at what cost level it is pegged.  HL2277
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the food welfare standards for hens and sows reared in Brazil, Thailand, Canada and the United States; and (2) whether future tariffs on imported poultry and pork products from those countries could be linked to higher animal welfare standards.  HL2278
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask the Leader of the House what are the reasons for the delay in establishing the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.  HL2279
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 October (HL1670), whether they have plans to ensure improvements to police training in order to improve the manner in which allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated.  HL2280
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 October (HL1668), whether they have made representations to the Metropolitan Police and the Wiltshire Constabulary about public disquiet regarding the handling of well-publicised allegations of child sexual abuse; and if so, what replies have been received.  HL2281
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to ensure that adverse reactions to drugs and vaccines are reported and acknowledged, and that appropriate medical treatment is subsequently provided to the individuals concerned.  HL2282
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the families of children believed to have suffered serious adverse reactions to human papilloma virus vaccinations are treated with the same levels of dignity and respect accorded to families whose children have other medical conditions.  HL2283
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to encourage manufacturers of over-the-counter consumer goods such as soaps, toothpastes, and cosmetics to eliminate triclosan and triclocarbon from their products.  HL2284
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what calculations they have made to substantiate the view, expressed by the Secretary of State for International Trade on BBC News on 17 October, that a negotiated Brexit deal would allow for slightly more economic growth than departure from the EU without such a deal, and (2) as a result of such calculations, what assessment they ha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they are able to oblige Greybull to contribute towards the cost of repatriating passengers stranded outside the UK due to the failure of Monarch Airlines; (2) whether Greybull ranks as a senior creditor of Monarch in receivership; and (3) how many Monarch passengers were stranded in the UK and not repatriated with government… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they received any request to lend money to, or invest in, Monarch Airlines, Greybull or any affiliated entity ahead of the collapse of Monarch Airlines.  HL2287
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the taxpayer of repatriating the UK customers of Monarch Airlines.  HL2288
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the Exchequer of the recently announced changes to student loan repayments.  HL2289
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what the cost would be of removing the payment of employee national insurance by people under 26.  HL2290
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of road accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians has increased by almost 50 per cent between 2009 and 2015; what assessment they have made of the difficulty of identifying the cyclists who infringe the rules for cyclists; and what consideration they are giving to introducing measures to improve the identification o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of China's ambition to double its GDP in 2010 by 2020; and whether they plan to encourage more schools to introduce Chinese Mandarin into their curriculum and accelerate the increase in student entries for Chinese Mandarin GCSE.  HL2292
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what change there will be in the number of people aged 65 and above by 2030; and what assessment they have made of the demand for an increase in the number of care workers and the need for measures to be introduced to aid recruitment and retention.  HL2293
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of reducing the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2.  HL2294
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government why the practice of up-skirting is treated as a public nuisance behaviour; and what consideration they have given to the case for characterising it as a sexual offence.  HL2295
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the scale of the lifetime direct medical costs associated with births affected by neural tube defects compared to those unaffected.  HL2296
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest estimate of the percentage of women of child-bearing age who are deficient in folic acid.  HL2297
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Home Office has spent on facial biometric recognition technology to date, and which companies have been paid to build facial biometric recognition systems.  HL2298
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make provisions in order to ensure that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights applies in the UK after Brexit; and if so, what provisions they intend to make.  HL2299
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were receiving home education in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that this education enables children to experience a broad and balanced curriculum as required by legislation.  HL2300
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the number of unregistered schools that serve (1) the strictly orthodox Charedi Jewish community; (2) Christian sects outside the established churches; and (3) those with Islamic beliefs.  HL2301
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in the past 12 months about the issue of unregistered schools.  HL2302
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have of whether unregistered schools are failing to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum as provided for in legislation.  HL2303
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the past 12 months with the Children's Commissioner, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Local Government Association and Chief Constables about unregistered schools; and what suggestions, if any, these parties have made for tackling the issues raised by unregistered schools.  HL2304
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children aged five to 16 years old who attend an unregistered state or independent school.  HL2305
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