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Questions for Written Answer for 26 October 2017

Tabled on 25 October 2017 and due for answer by 8 November 2017.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the issue of Rohingya communities at the UN Security Council; and what action has been taken against the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in Myanmar.  HL2486
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support a referral of Myanmar to the International Criminal Court in respect of alleged crimes against humanity in Rakhine state.  HL2487
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support international sanctions and prosecution of the government of Myanmar, its army, and senior military personnel responsible for ethnic cleansing.  HL2488
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any British citizens were victims of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu on 14 October.  HL2489
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to support peaceful dialogue between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States; if so, what; and what advice they have provided to the governments of those states in relation to dialogue with the Taliban.  HL2490
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report published by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in October, North Korea's Biological Weapons Program, which concluded that North Korea has the potential for a large-scale biological weapons programme and that the threats "must be considered a realistic proposit… 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 situation in the Christian town of Teleskof, on Iraq’s Plains of Nineveh, and of the military stand-off between Peshmerga military and Iraqi soldiers; what representations they have made to the government of Iraq concerning that situation; and what discussions they have held with the gove… 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 reports of harassment of BBC Persian service staff and their families by the Iranian government; and what representations they have made to the Iranian government regarding these reports.  HL2493
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 July 2016 (HL1206), what estimate they have made of the percentage of road signs on the highways network that are being obscured by overgrown foliage.  HL2494
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the entry into force of the International Maritime Organisation International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments on 8 September, what action they are taking to ensure compliance through Port State Control, including the issuing of guidance to port operators and shipowners, and the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent figures indicating that the UK economy is growing at the slowest rate of the G7 countries, compared to its position as the fastest-growing G7 economy in 2014.  HL2496
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent paper from Professor Mark Petticrew How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer.  HL2497
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Professor Mark Petticrew's paper How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer, whether they intend to review the current voluntary labelling agreement with the alcohol industry.  HL2498
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Professor Mark Petticrew's paper How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer, what steps they are taking to raise public awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer.    HL2499
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in the UK under (1) section 67 of the UK Immigration Act 2016, and (2) the Dublin III Regulations.  HL2500
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of changes to NHS charging regulations on refused asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups, including (1) victims of trafficking, (2) homeless people, and (3) those living with mental health conditions.  HL2501
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current status of the proposed reform of technical education in the North East.  HL2502
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact that the four-year freeze on income-related benefits will have on family budgets in England and Wales.  HL2503
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the changing cost of living on incomes, particularly for those in receipt of income-related benefits.  HL2504
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511) on the update on the Brexit negotiations, whether they keep a record of informal meetings with Welsh Ministers; whether such meetings have agendas; whether minutes are prepared and formally kept; and if not, whether they plan to keep such records.  HL2505
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511) on the update on the Brexit negotiations, whether they will undertake to ensure that meaningful discussions with Welsh Ministers at informal meetings will be held at the next available meeting of the appropriate joint ministerial committee.  HL2506
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511), whether the joint ministerial committees intend to meet at regular intervals of no more than two calendar months until the end of the Brexit negotiations.  HL2507
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any request from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland for additional resources for the financial years 2017–18 and 2018–19;  and if so, what was the quantum and intended purposes of the requested resources.  HL2508
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland of paying staff to act up to a higher pay grade pending permanent appointments during the last three years for which figures are available.  HL2509
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed agreement on EU citizens living in the UK will provide certainty about residence and benefits; and if so, how; and whether there will be a qualifying period for payments into the social security system; and if so, how long that period will be.  HL2510
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospital beds there were in NHS hospitals in (1) 2008, (2) 2010, and (3) 2015.  HL2511
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many GPs there were in practice in the NHS in (1) 2010, and (2) 2015.  HL2512
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many qualified nurses were employed in the NHS in (1) 2015, and (2) 2010.  HL2513
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any pastures in upland Wales and England still rendered unsuitable for grazing as a consequence of the Chernobyl nuclear plant fire.  HL2514
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount of monies due under the Community Charge which remain unpaid.  HL2515
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of remittances sent from the UK in the last financial year.  HL2516
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will vote on the proposals currently before the UN General Assembly concerning the dates and mandate for the 2018 UN international high-level conference for nuclear disarmament; who will represent them at the conference; what will be their objectives for the conference; and whether they accept the Tbilisi Declaration about the con… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the shortage of places in care homes for elderly people.  HL2518
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the future number of places needed in care homes for older people, in the light of demographic changes.  HL2519
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the disparity in charges for places in care homes between full payers and those supported by local authorities.  HL2520
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any evidence that those paying the full costs of places in care homes for older people are subsidising those paid for by local authorities.  HL2521
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Earl Howe on 25 October, what is their definition of state actor in relation to security issues; and why they use this term.  HL2522
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Lord Lisvane to ask Her Majesty's Government what fishery protection vessels they plan to have in service in UK territorial waters in April 2019.  HL2523
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that cyclists are aware of the requirement to obey the Highway Code in respect of Rules for cyclists (59 to 82), particularly Rule 66, Rule 69, Rule 71, and Rule 72.  HL2524
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what British military presence there currently is in Niger and Mali.  HL2525
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Human Rights Watch report In Custody: Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey, released on 12 October, when they last raised concerns about detention abuses with the government of Turkey.  HL2526
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any statistics demonstrating whether the practice of mindfulness increases productivity and promotes well-being.  HL2527
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and practical assistance they have given to aid the Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh; and what further assistance they intend to give.  HL2528
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking, or are planning to take, to stop the rise in malicious communications via social media.  HL2529
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government how many specialist services are available in England for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.  HL2530
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers of Lord O’Shaughnessy on 19 July 2017 (HL684 and HL685), and in the light of two recent studies on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) services, Specialist treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/ME (Bristol University, July 2017), and Spotlight on specialist services; UK heal… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learned from the Utoya massacre in Norway.  HL2532
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for UK security of any North Korean biological weapons programme, as described in a report from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School published in October.  HL2533
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on strengthening UK national resilience against infectious diseases.  HL2534
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are co-operating with other EU nations in the development of new antibiotics.  HL2535
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what work they are supporting on the development of artificial horticulture for the mass cultivation of vegetables.  HL2536
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Pension Protection Fund nominated someone to sit on the board of Monarch Airlines, or otherwise monitored (1) the financial performance and management of that company, and (2) its relationships with its controlling shareholder, affiliates of that shareholder, and its suppliers of aircraft.  HL2537
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to improve the timeliness and quality of Government responses to reports from House of Lords Select Committees and Joint Select Committees of both Houses.  HL2538
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Leader of the House how many reports from House of Lords Select Committees and Joint Select Committees of both Houses published between August 2010 and August 2017 did not receive Government responses within a period of two months; and how many of those reports have yet to receive a Government response.  HL2539
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to ensure that members of the House of Lords wear their security passes when on the Parliamentary estate.  HL2540
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the publication in July of NHS England's Mesh Oversight Group final report, whether they intend to hold a formal investigation into the concerns attributed to the use of surgical mesh implants.  HL2541 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £1.25 billion of the Future in Mind funding announced in the March 2015 Budget has been spent by Clinical Commissioning Groups in local areas; and which organisations have received that funding.  HL2542 [I]
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost of the extension to the Sentry Whole Life Support Programme, awarded in October 2016.  HL2543
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to replace the provisions for asylum seekers under Dublin III after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  HL2544
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many under-18 year old asylum seekers have been admitted into the UK in each of the last 12 months.  HL2545
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which passport centres conduct face-to-face interviews; and where those centres are located.  HL2546
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many face-to-face interviews were held at each passport centre in (1) 2010, (2) 2013, and (3) 2016.  HL2547
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 31 March 2016 (HL7304), how much the UK has paid to (1) the African Development Fund, and (2) the International Development Association, in relation to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative; and which qualifying countries have been unable to reduce their debt export ra… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the prospects for UK trade with (1) Kosovo, and (2) Georgia; and what initiatives they have taken in those countries in the last financial year, especially in respect of small and medium-size enterprises.  HL2549
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for stable government and economic development in Nepal in the current political climate; and whether they are giving any assistance to non-governmental organisations or others in relation to local, provincial, and national elections.  HL2550
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government how much investment NHS Property Services has made in Basildon Borough for primary care infrastructure, in each year since April 2013.  HL2551
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government how much investment has been made by NHS Property Services in Essex for primary care infrastructure, in each year since 2013.  HL2552
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government how much investment has been made by NHS Property Services in Sussex for primary care infrastructure, in each year since 2013.  HL2553
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the findings of their internal economic crime review will be made public; and if so, when.  HL2554
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to combine the Serious Fraud Office with any other law enforcement agencies.  HL2555
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect section 1 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 to come into force.  HL2556
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 10 July (HL Deb, col 1080), when they intend to publish the UK anti-corruption strategy.  HL2557
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to appoint a new anti-corruption champion; and whether the champion will be a Cabinet-level position.  HL2558
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the ban on direct flights between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh, in the light of such flights being available from other European states, including Italy, Germany, and Belgium.  HL2559
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for deciding the level of London allowances for teachers.  HL2560
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) how many children are taught at home, and (2) how many children are taught in unregistered schools.  HL2561
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children taught at home or in unregistered schools meet the requirements that children are taught British values.  HL2562
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new homes have been built in (1) Cornwall, and (2) Devon, in each year since 2010.  HL2563
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new affordable homes have been built in (1) Cornwall, and (2) Devon, in each year since 2010.  HL2564
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average price of a home in (1) Cornwall, and (2) Devon, in each year since 2010.  HL2565
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the median wage for (1) men, (2) women, and (3) overall, in (a) Cornwall, (b) Devon, and (c) England, in each year since 2010.  HL2566
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of overall government spending per capita in real terms in (1) Cornwall, (2) Devon, and (3) England, in each year since 2010.  HL2567
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of agricultural support payments per capita in real terms in (1) Cornwall, (2) Devon, and (3) England, in each year since 2010.  HL2568
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