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Questions for Written Answer for 25 October 2017

Tabled on 24 October 2017 and due for answer by 7 November 2017.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the evaluation of Disabled Students' Allowances will include consideration of the levels of information provided by higher education providers to students claiming those allowances about the respective responsibilities of those institutions and students.  HL2415
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the evaluation of Disabled Students' Allowances will include consideration of the benefits of issuing a guide to higher education providers about their responsibilities in relation to students claiming those allowances who fall into bands 1 and 2.  HL2416
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the evaluation of Disabled Students' Allowances will include consideration of the need for third party advisers to have clarity of information about the respective responsibilities of higher education providers and claimants of those allowances.  HL2417
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have committed to date to assist with the Rohingya refugee crisis.  HL2418
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK will be represented at the 37th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention in Strasbourg in December; and if so whom the UK representative will be.  HL2419
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on the items on the agenda for the 37th Standing Committee of the Bern Convention in December.  HL2420
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have committed to date to assist with the recovery of the British Overseas Territories affected by recent hurricanes.  HL2421
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the Immigration Act 2014, and (2) the Immigration Act 2016, on the access of BAME communities to financial services.  HL2422
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) banking regulators, and (2) the Equality and Human Rights Commission, about the application of the provisions of (a) the Immigration Act 2014, and (b) the Immigration Act 2016, by financial service providers.  HL2423
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Baroness Ford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK guidance on the use of valproate-based medicines during pregnancy has been reviewed in the light of recent findings on the intergenerational effects of that drug.  HL2424
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Baroness Ford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to offer compensation to women and children who have been affected by the use of valproate-based medicines during pregnancy.  HL2425
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Baroness Ford to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will put in place for children born with birth defects resulting from the use of valproate-based medicines by their mothers during pregnancy.  HL2426
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 19 October (HL Deb, col 665), whether the Chancellor has referred the Bank of Baroda to (1) the Serious Fraud Office, (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, and (3) the National Crime Agency, in connection with allegations of money laundering from South Africa.  HL2427
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 19 October (HL Deb, col 665), which banks falling under UK jurisdiction have been referred to (1) the Serious Fraud Office, (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, and (3) the National Crime Agency, in connection with allegations of money laundering from South Africa.  HL2428
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 19 October (HL Deb, col 665) and Lord Hain's letter to the Minister of 25 September, what engagement they have had with the President of the European Commission in relation to allegations that the Bank of Baroda, HSBC, and Standard Chartered Bank have been conduits for money laundering from South Afr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Bates on 19 October (HL Deb, col 665) and Lord Hain's letter to the Minister of 25 September, what discussions they have had with the President of the European Commission in relation to allegations that banks falling under EU jurisdiction have been conduits for money laundering from South Africa; and whether t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 19 October (HL Deb, col 665) and Lord Hain's letter to the Minister of 25 September, whether they intend to discuss allegations that the Bank of Boroda, HSBC, and Standard Chartered Bank have been conduits for money laundering from South Africa with authorities in Hong Kong and Dubai.  HL2431
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Grenfell Tower fire, what consideration they have given to reviewing their policy on the mandatory recall of faulty electrical goods.  HL2432
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the airline industry and the Civil Aviation Authority on issues relating to alcohol consumption on flights to and from the UK.  HL2433
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise in the number of disruptive passenger incidents on flights to and from the UK in the past year.  HL2434
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation by the House of Lords Licensing Act 2003 Committee that the “designation of airports as international airports for the purposes of section 173 of the Licensing act 2003 should be revoked".  HL2435
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of recent reports that one in five cabin crew may have been physically assaulted during a flight, what estimate they have made of the number of cabin crew who are subjected to verbal, physical, or sexual abuse whilst working on UK flights.  HL2436
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to establish whether Burmese military officials or units which have received training from the UK have been, or are, involved in current military operations in Rakhine State; and what representations they have made to the government of Burma in that regard.  HL2437
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received legal advice from the Attorney General on whether the violence in Rakhine State constitutes ethnic cleansing; and if so, what assessment they have made of that advice.  HL2438
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the loss to the Exchequer resulting from the actions of NHS bodies in setting up wholly owned subsidiaries.  HL2439
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that when NHS bodies set up wholly owned subsidiaries in order to claim VAT refunds, NHS staff transferred to those subsidiary companies retain their terms and conditions, including membership of the NHS Pension Scheme.  HL2440
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure that when NHS bodies set up wholly owned subsidiaries in order to claim VAT refunds, new staff who join those subsidiary companies are (1) employed on NHS terms and conditions, including membership of the NHS Pension Scheme, and (2) classified as NHS employees.  HL2441
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many approvals and letters of comfort have been given by the NHS Business Authority to enable NHS staff who transfer to wholly owned subsidiaries which have been set up for the purposes of claiming VAT refund, to continue to access the NHS Pension Scheme.  HL2442
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what dialogue they have had with QE Facilities regarding VAT avoidance schemes, in relation to wholly owned subsidiaries of NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts.  HL2443
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cost of VAT refunds made in relation to health bodies under the provisions of section 41(3) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 are met from public expenditure voted by Parliament for the NHS.  HL2444
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar on the ordinary citizens of Qatar.  HL2445
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Lord Hutton of Furness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have changed their assessment of the economic impact on the UK of leaving the EU from that set out in the April 2016 document HM Treasury Analysis — the long term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives.  HL2446
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Lord Hutton of Furness to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have undertaken of the impact of establishing independent governance committees to improve oversight of defined contribution pension schemes.  HL2447
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 October (HL Deb, col 398), what is their estimate of the length of time that the Modern Slavery Act will take to embed; and what measures they are taking in the meantime to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is targeted.  HL2448
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they are providing for the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.  HL2449
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls from civil society organisations for a UN-mandated comprehensive arms embargo on Myanmar.  HL2450
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for an expansion of the EU arms embargo on Myanmar to include the supply of equipment to the Burmese army.  HL2451
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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis, what assessment they have made of the possibility of reinstating the EU's annual submission of a resolution at the UN General Assembly criticising Myanmar's human rights record.  HL2452
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports Her Majesty's Passport Office (Northern Ireland Regional Office) has issued in each year since 2007.  HL2453
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 23 October (HL1751) concerning a debt to them from the government of Ireland, whether they will now answer the question asked on the arrangements for repayment.  HL2454
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of VAT was not recovered from sellers who were served with notices in the last 12 months.  HL2455
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HMRC obtain data on the amount of goods that non-UK sellers on Amazon and eBay import into the UK; and if so, whether they reconcile that data with declared sales.  HL2456
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fulfilment houses had stock seized by HMRC in the last 12 months.  HL2457
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they treat Amazon as being in the supply chain for VAT purposes in cases where an overseas seller using its full facilities, including warehousing, advertising, taking payment, delivering, customer refunds and questions, evades VAT; and if not, why not.  HL2458
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they gave an accurate statement to Buckingham Palace regarding the state of negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party following the 2017 General Election.  HL2459
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they asked Greybull Capital to make any contribution towards the cost of repatriating to the UK passengers of Monarch Airlines, or sought to establish a claim on any asset surplus remaining in Monarch.  HL2460
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the position of KPMG as administrators to Monarch Airlines, in the light of that firm's commercial relationships with Monarch, Greybull Capital, the owner of Monarch, and Greybull's offshore affiliates.  HL2461
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the stretches of single track railway on the Waterloo–Exeter mainline on the economy of south-western England.  HL2462
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the stretches of single line track on the Waterloo–Exeter mainline on train punctuality.  HL2463
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 October (HL1971), when they expect to receive the results of their research on the use of share buy-backs by public companies; and when they intend to publish their final conclusions in this regard.  HL2464
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 October (HL1775), whether they plan to ask the UN to take up the invitation by Turkey to allow inspection visits by UN officials to areas in Sapatan and its surrounding villages.  HL2465
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to clarify what access improvements will be completed during Control Period 6 for Network Rail, including (1) the completion dates of access schemes at stations that were not completed during Control Period 5, and (2) expected completion dates for access improvements for additional stations.  HL2466
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Network Rail have any plans to improve the accessibility for disabled people of Raynes Park station in the London Borough of Merton; and if so, what improvements will be made, and what are the expected completion dates for those works.  HL2467
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 17 July (HL530), what support they are giving to Operational Delivery Networks which did not achieve their run rates in the period 2016–17 to meet those targets in the future.  HL2468
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 18 July (HL529), whether the figure of £200 million represents only the cost of medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C, or whether it includes the cost of associated ancillary treatments; whether the NHS procurement process for hepatitis C drug treatments has achieved any… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact on the economy of Egypt of the ban on flights between the UK and Sharm El Sheikh since the ban was imposed in 2015.  HL2470
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the ban on flights between the UK and Sharm El Sheikh contributed to the bankruptcy of Monarch Airlines.  HL2471
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current risk assessment of Sharm El Sheikh Airport.  HL2472
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on diplomatic relations of the ban on flights between the UK and Sharm El Sheikh.  HL2473
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have collected any data on consumer demand in the UK to be able to travel on direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh; and if so, what assessment they have made of that data.  HL2474
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been identified as being unlawfully resident in the UK as a result of status checks undertaken by banks and building societies under the terms of the Immigration Act 2014.  HL2475
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost to banks and building societies of undertaking status checks on individuals under the terms of the Immigration Act 2014; and what would be the cost to the Home Office of undertaking those same checks.  HL2476
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been identified for deportation and removal from the UK as a result of status checks conducted by banks and building societies under the terms of the Immigration Act 2014.  HL2477
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to meet representatives of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy to discuss human rights issues in Bahrain  HL2478
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Minister of State for the Middle East met, or had contact with, any non-governmental organisations or representatives of the Bahrain opposition during his recent visit to Bahrain.  HL2479
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on toll charges on public highways that cross rivers and estuaries in the UK.  HL2480
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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 a factor taken into account in determining whether a child is at risk; if so, what other criteria are applied to decisions in those circumstances; and what guidance they have issued to local authorities… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Winston to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each year since 2008, what has been the incidence of (1) foetal abnormalities, and (2) autism or other neurological disorder, in birth or pregnancies resulting from the use of frozen oocytes after thawing and fertilisation.  HL2482
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Lord Winston to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of oocytes frozen for a patient's own use, how many pregnancies, births, and miscarriages have resulted in each year since 2013, after the fertilisation of such oocytes in cases when those oocytes were collected and cryopreserved after the patient had reached the age of 35.  HL2483
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Lord Winston to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to oocytes frozen for a patient's own use, in how many cases in each year since 2013 was more than one embryo transferred simultaneously to the uterus; and how many multiple pregnancies resulted.  HL2484
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Lord Winston to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the oocytes frozen for a patient's own use in the UK since 2013 were frozen and thawed for the purpose of treatment by in vitro fertilisation; of those that were thawed, how many were successfully fertilised and appeared to develop normally; of those, how many were transferred to a uterus; and how many resulted in a live bir… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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