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Questions for Written Answer for 27 October 2017

Tabled on 26 October 2017 and due for answer by 9 November 2017.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the severing of relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in June, whether they have held discussions with the governments of those states about the possibility of resuming diplomatic relations; and if so, what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL2569
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they regard cyber warfare as a Tier One threat to national security; whether they are considering the creation of a new international Bletchley Park to counter that threat; and whether they are providing resources to develop machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to counter that threat.  HL2612
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated annual cost of payments from public funds to private sector abortion clinics in England to carry out abortions for patients from Northern Ireland; whether, under equalities and anti-discrimination legislation, there is a requirement for a similar level of resources to be made available to women who choos… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, under the extension of the Northern Ireland abortion scheme which will include the provision of free travel to women from low income backgrounds to have an abortion in England, (1) what will happen if a woman travels to England and then changes her mind about the procedure, and (2) whether there will be any financial pressur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend, under the extension of the Northern Ireland abortion scheme which will include the provision of free travel for women on low incomes, to pay for minors to travel and have abortions in England; and whether minors resident in Northern Ireland who are eligible for free travel under the extension of the North… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before making the decision to extend the Northern Ireland abortion scheme to include the provision of free travel to women resident in Northern Ireland from low income backgrounds, Members of the Legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland and Members of Parliament in Westminster were consulted.  HL2632
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount raised by councils in England under the empty home premium in each year since its introduction; what was the average house price in England in each of those years; what comparative assessment they have made of the amounts raised under the premium and house price rises; and whether they intend to revi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to require Network Rail to publish and maintain an up-to-date and accurate database of assets, including gauge clearances of its network, along the lines described in the Scottish Government's High Level Output Statement for Control Period 6.  HL2611
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many English patients were on the methadone treatment programme in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, and (3) 2015; in each of those years (a) what was the cost of the programme, (b) how many deaths from methadone abuse, whether of those on the programme or not, were recorded, and (c) how many patients on the programme ceased injecti… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of the methadone prescribing treatment as a means to achieving a drug free lifestyle.  HL2600
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to take delivery of the first Boeing Poseidon P8 maritime patrol aircraft.  HL2619
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional infrastructure will be required to accommodate the Boeing Poseidon P8 maritime patrol aircraft; and what is the estimated cost of doing so.  HL2620
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that the fleet of Boeing Poseidon P8 maritime aircraft will be fully operational.  HL2621
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many warships surplus to requirements they have sold to foreign governments in each year since 2000; what were their names; and to which governments they were sold.  HL2622
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they carry out due diligence into the commercial activities in the education sector of prospective ministerial appointments in the Department for Education before making such appointments.  HL2601
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any financial, organisational or other support to the Policy Exchange in the last five years; and if so, what was the source of that support.  HL2602
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what was their response to the representations made by the Royal Hong Kong Police Association in its letter of 25 July to the Home Secretary.  HL2582
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 October (HL1890), whether they intend to make good the deficit in the Central African Pension Fund, as they did in 2010.  HL2585
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Lord Greaves to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what quantity of (1) paper for recycling, (2) waste for incineration, and (3) residual refuse, was collected within the House of Lords in each of the last five years.  HL2570
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the contribution of animal farming in the UK to the growing resistance to antibiotics; and whether they have set targets for the reduction of antibiotics use in animal farming.  HL2571
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to encourage organic farming and to increase the amount of land used by that sector; and if so, what actions they are taking in support of that policy.  HL2572
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to expand the provision of courses in organic and agroecological practices in agricultural colleges and other appropriate institutions.  HL2573
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, they intend to maintain or amend the legal framework regulating organic farming.  HL2581
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken in the last six months to encourage best practice in terms of limiting packaging waste by major retailers; and what action they are planning to take in the next six months.  HL2592
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held in the last six months with major retailers to encourage best practice in terms of limiting packaging waste; what responses they received; and what further meetings are planned for the next six months.  HL2593
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, and are planning to take, to discourage the use of packaging to promote multi-purchase discounts, and to encourage greater use of IT solutions as an alternative.  HL2594
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have recently reviewed their policy in relation to minimising further the use of plastic bags within retailing; and if not, whether they intend to review that policy in the next six months.  HL2595
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to support the funding and planning of the infrastructure of Freetown following the flooding in August; and whether they intend to provide support for a programme to train technical experts.  HL2588
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy for the prioritisation and funding of the future programmes of UNESCO, in the light of the decision of the United States to terminate its membership; and whether they will urge the United States to rejoin.  HL2589
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government how cures and treatments in the NHS are being developed to reduce the danger in hospitals of anti-microbial resistance.  HL2590
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the distribution network for biometric residence permits.  HL2591
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities are free to borrow against the security of their capital assets, for example for new housing; if so, whether such borrowing is treated as increasing the national debt; and if so, why.  HL2597
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 28 March (HL Deb, col 466), when they expect to legislate for a mandatory scheme of client money protection.  HL2614
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to legislate to ban lettings agent fees.  HL2615
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to set up pilot schemes to assess full cost recovery on planning applications by local authorities.  HL2616 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answers by Lord Young of Cookham on 25 October (HL Deb, col 935) and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 26 October, what circumstances would lead them to lifting local authority borrowing restrictions. [I]  HL2617
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made to date on the Starter Homes scheme.  HL2618 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Communities and Local Government on 3 July (HC1801), what action, if any, they plan to take following the report of the working group on mandatory electrical safety checks set up under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.  HL2623
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HL1753), what steps they have taken to examine the legal status of Privacy Shield.  HL2629
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government how many offenders have failed to keep appointments with probation officers employed by MTC Novo.  HL2583
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the courts have robust and reliable non-custodial sentences available to them.  HL2584
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ask the Law Commission to examine how to improve the protection of British Muslim women in marriage law.  HL2598
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with the Scottish Government with a view to agreeing a joint policy on fisheries in advance of the time when the UK leaves the EU and withdraws from the London Fisheries Convention.  HL2603
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for additional naval assets to provide for increased protection to UK fisheries in both the UK territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone following withdrawal from the EU and the London Fisheries Convention.  HL2604
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with the government of Denmark following the decision to withdraw the UK from the London Fisheries Convention and the Danish claim to have historical rights to fish in UK waters that precede the signing of the Convention.  HL2605
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government why HM Passport Office (HMPO) has withdrawn the Parliamentary Liaison Team function and discontinued the designated parliamentary helpline; and why the recorded message from HMPO on the discontinued advice and assistance helpline gives some advice for future contacts in respect of Members of the House of Commons but does no… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is due to come on stream; what its output rate will be; what is the estimated total subsidy per year for each of the first three years of operation; and who will pay that subsidy.  HL2607
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what acts of terrorism occurred in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and in each case (1) how many people lost their lives, and (2) whether (a) the perpetrator claimed to be acting in the name of Islam, and (b) the Islamic State claimed that the perpetrator was one of its activists or soldiers.  HL2608
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British passport holders are known to have joined the military operations of the Islamic State; how many of those have returned to the UK; and whether they have the technical capability and the legal power to cancel electronically the passports of those concerned.  HL2609
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many National Insurance numbers there are at present; and how many have been cancelled in each of the last five years.  HL2610
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken legal advice on whether they can revoke or pause the Article 50 two year timetable.  HL2574
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many couple households in the UK were in receipt of tax credits; and in how many of those households both partners were in paid work for at least 16 hours per week, in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.  HL2624
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many couple households in the UK were in receipt of Universal Credit, and in how many of those households both partners were in paid work for at least 16 hours per week, in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.  HL2625
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they and their agencies spent on commercial advertising on (1) TV, and (2) radio, in each year since 2009, broken down by region.  HL2586
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of advertising the boundary commission consultations on commercial radio.  HL2587
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 23 October (HL2086) concerning constitutional advice on the possible revocation of the Article 50 notice, whether they will now answer the question asked.  HL2596
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Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Callanan on 24 October (HLWS196), whether they intend to publish a new critical path showing how they will address congestion at the five London airports.  HL2575
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of European Regional Development Fund support payments per capita in real terms in (1) Cornwall, (2) Devon, and (3) England, in each year since 2010.  HL2576
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of EU infrastructure support payments per capita in real terms in (1) Cornwall, (2) Devon, and (3) England, in each year since 2010.  HL2577
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what projects have been awarded funding through the local major transport projects fund since 2014; what was the amount of funding awarded for each project; and what was the purpose of each project.  HL2578
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to make a decision on the outline business case to fund the A30 to St Austell link road.  HL2579
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the governing provisions in EU law that require universities to charge EU students the same as UK students.  HL2626 [I]
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether universities are legally able to charge different fees to students domiciled in different non-EU countries.  HL2627 [I]
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any limitations on the fees that can be charged by universities to undergraduate students domiciled in EEA countries that are not members of the EU.  HL2628 [I]
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