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Questions for Written Answer for 24 October 2017

Tabled on 23 October 2017 and due for answer by 6 November 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to comply with paragraph 6.2.6 of the Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) by supporting the setting up of the Investigative Team in the UN Security Council to support the Iraqi justice system in gathering evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by Daesh… 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 6.2.7 of the Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) that the UN's ordinary budget should contribute to the funding of an investigative team to gather evidence of war crimes in Syria.  HL2307
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.8 of the Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) that possible future UN Security Council resolutions that may contribute to the prosecution of Daesh members should not be obstructed.  HL2308
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to mark International Freedom of Religion or Belief day on 27 October; whether they will publish details of those countries responsible for violations of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and whether they intend to set out what progress has been made to ensure that upholding freedom of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make it unlawful for gaming operators to permit people under 18 to gamble online or in gambling premises.  HL2310
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Equality and Human Rights committees regarding the findings of the Race Disparity Audit; and what are the implications for the funding of that body’s work on race equality.  HL2311
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of days individuals spent in prison whilst remanded into custody in each of the last five years.  HL2312 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many recorded seizures of new psychoactive substances have been detected in prisons by trained dogs since the introduction of such dogs into prisons.  HL2313 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many recorded failures by individuals on release from prison on temporary license have been the result of suspected further offences, in each of the last five years.  HL2314 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average tariff period imposed for murder in each year since 1990.  HL2315 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people leaving prison immediately entered employment in each of the last three years.  HL2316 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many recorded seizures from prisoners of tobacco, or other related banned smoking products, there have been in prisons in England and Wales in each year since the introduction of the smoking ban.  HL2317 [I]
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average speed of a freight train on British railways for the last year for which figures are available; and how that figure has changed over the previous three years.  HL2318
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of a UN report indicating that Iran carried out 247 executions in the first six months of this year, they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Iran concerning that government's position on human rights.  HL2319
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to encourage the World Health Organisation to address and formulate policy to deal with the outbreak of cholera in Yemen; whether this is the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of cholera in modern history; and whether the majority of those affected are children.  HL2320
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the World Health Organisation (WHO) concerning the appointment of Robert Mugabe as a WHO Ambassador.  HL2321
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what co-ordinated efforts are being taken regarding the potential return to Britain of British jihadi fighters in Syria and Iraq; how those individuals will be triaged for health and security on arrival in the UK; and what scrutiny of their activities and conduct will take place thereafter.  HL2322
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to counter the recent increase in hate crimes.  HL2323
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Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent rises in reported crime and the underlying trends relating to reported crime.  HL2324
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Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by Norfolk Police to dispense with all of their Police Community Support Officers.  HL2325
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission concerning allegations of police violence against supporters of the Catalan independence referendum.  HL2326
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission in relation to Hungary's refusal to participate in the EU-wide programme of relocation of refugees.  HL2327
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission in relation to academic freedom and Hungary's restrictions on the Central European University.  HL2328
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission in relation to alleged interference by the Polish government with the independence of the Polish judiciary.  HL2329
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 October (HL Deb, col 615), what work they are doing with industry to tackle hate crime; what measures are being developed to tackle such abuse; and when such measures will be implemented.  HL2330
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on Thursday 19 October (HL Deb, cols 663–4), what monitoring activities the British High Commission is undertaking in relation to the allegations of money laundering from South Africa regarding the Bank of Baroda, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank; and when that monitoring commenced.  HL2331
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will bring forward a bill to create a Public Service Ombudsman.  HL2332
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government which criminal offences have been introduced by secondary legislation in each of the last 10 years.  HL2333
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any new criminal offences have been introduced by secondary legislation in the last 15 years.  HL2334
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the trend since 2010 in respect of the proportion of civil servants being based in London; and if that trend is an increasing proportion, what action they are taking, if any, to reverse it.  HL2335
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a letter of comfort has been given by the NHS Business Authority to the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to enable NHS staff who transfer to its proposed wholly owned subsidiary company to be able to continue to access the NHS Pension Scheme.  HL2336
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the direct refund mechanism, provided for in section 41(3) of the VAT Act 1994, applies to wholly owned companies of NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts which provide services to the NHS Trust or Foundation Trust that owns them.  HL2337
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Contracting Out Directions have been issued in respect of NHS bodies who have set up wholly owned subsidiaries in order to claim VAT refunds.  HL2338
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Contracting Out Direction has been made in relation to Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust so that it can claim refunds of VAT, in respect of its wholly owned subsidiary company, QE Facilities.  HL2339
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether following the fall of Aleppo, Mosul and Raqqa they intend to call for negotiations for the surrender of Deir ez Zor in order to prevent civilian casualties and the destruction of the city; and whether they have given similar consideration to the provinces of Idlib and Afrin.  HL2340
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests from Malta for assistance to uphold law and justice and to prevent criminal activities by local and international gangs.  HL2341
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government which issues in their negotiations with the EU have major or significant implications for women; how they plan to address such issues; and whether they intend to increase the proportion of women among their negotiators.  HL2342
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many environmental breaches of the conditions agreed between fracking companies and the Environment Agency have taken place at (1) New Preston Road, (2) Kirby Misperton, and (3) Broadford Bridge.  HL2343
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many road traffic casualties in England and Wales received civil compensation in 2016; what were their modes of road use; and how severe were their injuries.  HL2344
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was raised by the Victim Surcharge in England and Wales in 2016; how much of that was from motoring offences; and how that funding was allocated to support victims of motoring offences.  HL2345
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles were confiscated in England and Wales in 2016; for which offences; how many were (1) released, (2) sold, and (3) crushed; and how much money was raised for each police service through those confiscations and subsequent sales.  HL2346
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the comments by a spokesperson for the Department for Exiting the European Union to the Guardian, published on 23 October, that “We are making real and tangible progress in a number of vital areas in negotiations”, what are those areas.  HL2347
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment that have made of the ways in which retail vehicle sales are financed, in the light of the increasing levels of debt incurred by new rental and lease purchase schemes and current pressures on the retail motor industry.  HL2348
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of plans to remove the requirement for local councils to produce Strategic Housing Market Assessments, how they will ensure councils do not approve inappropriate planning requests in sensitive areas.  HL2349
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HMRC have made any test purchases from independent traders operating through Ebay, Amazon or other online market places in pursuit of VAT evasion.  HL2350
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what considerations HMRC takes into account when deciding whether or not to pursue a person for VAT evasion.  HL2351
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Amazon has given HMRC a complete list of all the non-UK retailers using Fulfillment by Amazon in the UK, together with their corresponding data and VAT numbers.  HL2352
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when HMRC issues a notice to Amazon to remove a non-UK seller for VAT evasion, the seller's stock held through Fulfillment by Amazon is seized; if not, why not; if so, what happens to that stock; and what other means of recovering VAT arrears are available to HMRC.  HL2353
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas sellers on Amazon and Ebay have registered for VAT in the last three months; and what proportion of those HMRC are investigating for undisclosed VAT.  HL2354
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2.5 per cent level of serious adverse events in clinical trials of Gardasil and Gardasil 9; and whether this represents an acceptable level of risk for patients.  HL2355
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 3.3 per cent of patients presenting with new medical conditions potentially indicative of autoimmune disorders in clinical trials of Gardasil and Gardasil 9.  HL2356
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency record individual symptoms relating to suspected adverse reactions to human papilloma virus vaccines instead of correlating those reported for each individual patient so that a complete picture of the patient’s condition is formed.  HL2357
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports of suspected adverse reactions to human papilloma virus vaccines have been followed up with individual patients.  HL2358
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 18 October (HL1965), on what evidence the enhanced pharmacovigilance relating to human papilloma virus vaccines was based.  HL2359
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government why, in the October edition of the List of Ministerial Responsibilities, the telephone numbers of private offices of ministers in some government departments are shown as the switchboard number; and whether they will make available to Members of Parliament a list of the telephone numbers of the private offices of all ministers.  HL23… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to inspect proof of nationality on entry into Britain of people travelling from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.  HL2361
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken on proposals to remove the free provision of travel vaccinations.  HL2362
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for public health of the proposal to remove the free provision of travel vaccinations for diphtheria, polio and tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera; and whether this will create a particular risk for people travelling to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  HL2363
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will attend and vote on the draft resolution at the UN in December on the holding of a UN high level conference in May 2018 to review progress on nuclear disarmament; and, if that high level conference is subsequently held, whether the UK will attend.  HL2364
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they supported the Tbilisi Declaration of the OSCE that “Calls on all participating OSCE States to participate in the 2018 UN international conference on disarmament at the highest level and to include parliamentarians in their delegations to the conference to pursue the adoption of nuclear risk reduction,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the financial commitments the UK has made to the EU during the period of our membership.  HL2366
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to determine the UK's share of continuing contributions to the EU after Brexit.  HL2367
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU citizens remaining in the UK after Brexit will be subject to the same deportation rules as non-EU citizens.  HL2368
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or (2) HM Treasury, has, in the last three months, directed or advised the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate any specific companies, trusts or individuals in connection with possible money laundering.  HL2369
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions ministers have held with ministers of other UN Security Council Members regarding the renewal of UN Security Council Resolution 2165.  HL2370
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the renewal of UN Security Council Resolution 2165; and if so, how they intend to seek its renewal.  HL2371
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the non-renewal of UN Security Council Resolution 2165 would have on humanitarian access in Syria.  HL2372
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Football Association’s purpose and performance in relation to the provision of public funding.  HL2373
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much public funding is provided to the Football Association annually; for what purpose; and who benefits.  HL2374
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they will use to decide whether to withdraw public funds from the Football Association if it fails to meet equality and diversity obligations and standards of governance.  HL2375
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative provision would be made for the beneficiaries of public funding awarded to the Football Association should it be withdrawn.  HL2376
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the introduction of a new cultural development fund; how that fund will support the Industrial Strategy's commitment to invest in the creative industries; and what consultation will take place with local government about its development as one of the largest public funders of cultural inve… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether one possible outcome of NHS England’s consultation, Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: consultation on guidance for CCGs, may be a limit imposed on the pain management treatments prescribed within NICE guidelines for cancer patients.  HL2378
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review run rates for Operational Delivery Networks providing treatment for hepatitis C, in the light of current variations in the level of demand in relation to capacity.  HL2379
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any financial penalties have been applied to those Operational Delivery Networks which have exceeded their run rates for the treatment of hepatitis C.  HL2380
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide financial support, through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, to encourage the development of zero emission or ultra low emission specialist vehicles, such as those used for ground operations at airports.  HL2381
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what measurements of safety levels they apply to Sharm El Sheikh airport.  HL2382
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the report arising from the most recent inspection of Sharm El Sheikh airport.  HL2383
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the loss to the Egyptian economy if the ban on Sharm El Sheikh continues within the World Tourism Market, to be held at Earls Court on 4 November.  HL2384
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the loss to the UK travel industry if the ban on Sharm el Sheikh continues within the World Tourism Market, to be held at Earls Court on 4 November.  HL2385
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the economic impact on the UK travel industry of the ban on direct flights between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh airport since the ban was imposed in 2015.  HL2386
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how the take-up of advice given on National Health Service websites about preventing pregnancies affected by neural tube defects is monitored.  HL2387
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any recent measurements of the take-up of folic acid supplements by women of child-bearing age; and whether any such measurements show differences in trends between different age groups.  HL2388
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 July (HL641), what was the outcome of the review of the file relating to Hilda Murrell.  HL2389
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government why there are files relating to Hilda Murrell in the Home Office or Public Record Office which are closed until 1 January 2070.  HL2390
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Russia, and (2) Chechnya, about reports that Zelimkhan Bakaev, a Russian singer, was arrested, tortured, and murdered by Chechen authorities due to suspicion of homosexuality.  HL2391
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many facial biometric recognition systems are being used by police forces in England and Wales.  HL2392
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on facial biometric recognition by police forces in England and Wales in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.  HL2393
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government which companies have been awarded all, or a portion of, the £5 million fund for facial biometric recognition technology from the Home Office, following the contract notice issued in August.  HL2394
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost for an upgrade of all England and Wales police force custody image databases and IT systems to enable automatic deletion to be a standard technical function.  HL2395
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Lord Skelmersdale to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to decide on the merger of Taunton Deane and West Somerset District Councils.  HL2396
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government when the expert working group report into Primodos is expected to be published.  HL2397
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress that governing bodies in sport are making to meet the requirements of the Code for Sports Governance; and how that progress is monitored.  HL2398
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to increase the diversity of the undergraduate body of students at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.  HL2399
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that olive crops on Palestinian land are subject to wide-scale theft in those areas that are designated by the Israeli army as closed security zones and therefore closed to farmers; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning such thefts.  HL2400
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, published on 17 October, which concluded that the Israeli “policy of field executions and shooting to kill … is a deliberate… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports that Israel has approved 31 new settlement units to be built in Hebron, which will increase the settler population by 20 per cent.  HL2402
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the letter dated 27 September from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights to Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, concerning the forcible transfer of two Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank  HL2403
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support and promote the provision of adequate health care to the civilian population of Gaza, particularly children, in the light of World Health Organisation reports that over 42 per cent of Palestinian requests for permits to travel to hospital appointments outside Gaza were denied or delayed by Israel… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a letter will be sent from the governments of Belgium and seven other EU countries to the government of Israel demanding compensation from Israel for the demolition of new school facilities for Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank; whether they (1) were asked, and (2) considered,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the specific legislative provision that makes it an offence to operate an unregistered school; and what is the maximum penalty for doing so.  HL2406
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines they have issued to Crown Prosecutors on the prosecution of persons for operating unregistered schools.  HL2407
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions there have been for operating an unregistered school in each of the last five years.  HL2408
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given local authorities regarding whether the attendance of a child at an unregistered school would mean a child would be considered to be at risk.  HL2409
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to local authorities to ensure that children receiving home education achieve key milestones in their education.  HL2410
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether conduct by a parent preventing a child from attending an inspected state or independent school for religious or other reasons is recorded as a criminal offence; if so, what other criteria are taken into account before recording such an offence; and what guidance they have issued to (1) police forces, and (2) the Crown Prosecution… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the disposal of chemicals from a laboratory on the Sellafield Site on 21 October, whether there was, or whether there has been at any time, a possible risk to radiological inventory in the surrounding laboratories.  HL2412
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the disposal of chemicals from a laboratory on the Sellafield Site on 21 October, whether the chemical tetrahydrofuran was contained in a canister or canisters that showed visual evidence of crystallisation forming highly-explosive peroxides; and whether any such canisters had been opened previously.  HL2413
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the disposal of chemicals from a laboratory on the Sellafield Site on 21 October, whether there is any statutory timescale for disposing of tetrahydofuran once it has been exposed to the atmosphere.  HL2414
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