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Questions for Written Answer for 15 November 2017

Tabled on 14 November 2017 and due for answer by 28 November 2017.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens returning from Syria who are suspected to have been involved in supporting ISIS are eligible for council accommodation.  HL3164
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current humanitarian situation in Yemen in relation to the military action taken by the government of Saudi Arabia.  HL3165
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia in relation to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen; and to what effect.  HL3166
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide employers with information and advice on how to support their disabled employees.  HL3167
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report Let's Talk, published by Scope; and how they intend to respond to its recommendations,  HL3168
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following comments by Lord Bates on 3 April (HL Deb, cols 914–34) that they are committed to tackling neglected tropical diseases, why leprosy has not been included in the ASCEND programme or in all the Department for International Development’s neglected tropical diseases funding opportunities.  HL3169
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people worldwide were diagnosed with leprosy in the last year for which figures are available;  how many of those affected were children; in how many countries the disease was reported; and how many people worldwide are living with disabilities as a result of leprosy.  HL3170
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their approach to tackling leprosy; what mapping of leprosy hotspots they have made to ensure targeted interventions; whether they have supported any new early diagnostic tests for leprosy; and if so, which ones.  HL3171
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, to combat leprosy, the Department for International Development has supported the use of (1) contact tracing, (2) chemoprophylaxis, (3) improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and (4) education about the transmission of leprosy.  HL3172
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, published on 7 November, that the National Assembly of Venezuela is the only body empowered to issue a decision to remove the parliamentary immunity of Mr Freddy Guevara, Deputy First Vice-President of the National Assembly of Venezuela.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela regarding (1) respecting the constitutional order in Venezuela, (2) the separation of powers, (3) the privilege of parliamentary immunity, and (4) human rights including freedom of expression and the right to due process. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the average salary for (1) head teachers, and (2) other teaching staff, in (a) private schools, (b) academies, and (c) local education authority schools, at (i) primary, and (ii) secondary level.  HL3175
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will provide in the financial year 2018–19 to prevent new HIV infections in England.  HL3176
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 November (HL2164), what criteria they will use to assess the success of the Special Grant funding for Operation Grange between now and the end of March 2018.  HL3177
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Sustainable Development Goal 3 to end the global AIDS epidemic by 2030, what progress has been made in England to prevent new HIV infections; and what plans they have to accelerate that progress.  HL3178
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the most recent EU Commission proposals for a pan-European tobacco track-and-trace scheme.  HL3179
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to the likely effectiveness in dealing with the illicit tobacco trade of the most recent EU Commission proposals for a pan-European tobacco track-and-trace scheme.  HL3180
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent EU Commission proposals for a pan-European tobacco track-and-trace scheme in the light of their consultation on a possible tobacco licensing consultation that states that "The government does not consider that the case has been made for an additional tobacco supply-chain licensing sys… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to the impact on small and medium sized businesses, including independent retailers, in respect of the most recent EU Commission proposals for a pan-European tobacco track-and-trace scheme, including start-up and annual running costs.  HL3182
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 9 October (HL1367), what rules govern the acquisition and use of mobility scooters.  HL3183
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the purchase or rental of a mobility scooter is dependent upon an assessment by a health professional of the degree of invalidity of the user.  HL3184
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion, of affordable homes granted planning permission in each of the last five years have not yet received a completion certificate (1) in the private sector, and (2) in the public sector.  HL3185
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to planning authorities concerning the inclusion in permissions for housing schemes of a clause or clauses regarding the priority to be given to the construction of affordable dwellings.  HL3186
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made for the teaching of digital skills and understanding at Key Stage 1; what assessment they have made of that provision; and whether they have any plans to change it.  HL3187
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made for the teaching of digital skills and understanding at Key Stage 2; what assessment they have made of that provision; and whether they have any plans to change it.  HL3188
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made for the teaching of digital skills and understanding at Key Stage 3; what assessment they have made of that provision; and whether they have any plans to change it.  HL3189
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made for the teaching of digital skills and understanding at Key Stage 4; what assessment they have made of that provision; and whether they have any plans to change it.  HL3190
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made for the teaching of digital skills and understanding in post-16 education; what assessment they have made of that provision; and whether they have any plans to change it.  HL3191
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of women in prison are there for non-violent offences; and what percentage of those women are mothers of children under the age of 18.  HL3192
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to women in prison for non-violent offences, (1) how many are mothers to children under the age of 18, (2) what is the average length of their prison sentences, and (3) what percentage of those women are re-offenders.  HL3193
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of children aged under 18 whose mothers are imprisoned are (1) taken into care, and (2) looked after by close relatives.  HL3194
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made for children aged under 18 whose mothers have been imprisoned to visit their mothers.  HL3195
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to continue to abide by the conditions, obligations, structures and financial commitments of EURATOM membership during any transitional period after the UK leaves the EU.  HL3196
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would be willing to accept the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU over civil nuclear co-operation during any transitional period after the UK leaves the EU.  HL3197
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would be willing to adhere to any nuclear co-operation agreements between EURATOM and third countries during any transitional period after the UK leaves the EU.  HL3198
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed civil nuclear co-operation between EURATOM and the US with the governments of other EU member states.  HL3199
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue the Immigration Skills Charge, introduced in April 2017, has raised to date.  HL3200
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to use the money raised from the Immigration Skills Charge.  HL3201
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total of the contributions that the UK made to the EU and its predecessors in each of the last 30 years, broken down by year; and what those totals would now be if adjusted for inflation.  HL3202
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to examine (1) the regulatory framework for digital currencies, and (2) the policies of the UK banking sector towards the providers of digital currencies and their employees.  HL3203
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make running a virtual digital currency exchange a supervised business.  HL3204
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward proposals to bring digital currency exchanges under money laundering regulations.  HL3205
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to reform capital gains taxation for the digital currency sector.  HL3206
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to allow UK taxpayers to pay their taxes in digital currency.  HL3207
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any confiscation orders have been made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to sums held in digital currencies; and if so, whether those orders required payment in the relevant digital currency or in pounds sterling.  HL3208
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings have been held as part of the comprehensive stakeholder engagement programme being undertaken on future trade relations, as set out in the Department for International Trade’s document, Preparing for our future trade policy.  HL3209
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ensure that those providing medical insurance are also required to set out clearly which medical professionals and providers will be covered by their policies.  HL3210
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to enable Kurdish representation as part of the Syrian peace process negotiations.  HL3211
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic, military, and humanitarian training and support they have provided to the Turkish Kurds in the last two years.  HL3212
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic, military, and humanitarian training and support they have provided to the Iraqi Kurds in the last two years.  HL3213
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic, military, and humanitarian training and support they have provided to the Syrian Kurds in the last two years.  HL3214
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have developed guidelines about the use of Lariam and other antimalarial drugs, specific to their use by military personnel.  HL3215
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Lariam is restricted in its use by military personnel only to those who are unable to tolerate available alternatives.  HL3216
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their response to the report by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, The use of Lariam for military personnel (4th Report, Session 2015–16), whether they have now ensured that “all anti-malaria drugs are only supplied after a face-to-face travel health risk assessment performed by an appropriately… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their response to the report by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, The use of Lariam for military personnel (4th Report, Session 2015–16), whether, if Lariam is to be supplied to a member of the Armed Forces, the prescribing doctor always actively checks a box to confirm that alternative drugs ha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 November (HL Deb, cols 1799–1800), whether they have any plans to review the current assessment system for dyslexic students applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance, including the cost to the student.  HL3219
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure access to mental health services for children in care.  HL3220
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the stability of care placements and education provision for children in care.  HL3221
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the law so that an assessment of the mental health of children in care accompanies the current requirement to regularly review their physical health.  HL3222
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government when the last review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice to south east Turkey was undertaken, specifically with reference to (1) Mardin, (2) Diyarbakir, and (3) Sanliurfa; what risks were identified; and how often that advice is reviewed.  HL3223
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what aid has been given to (1) NGOs, and (2) the government of Turkey, to support Syrian and Iraqi refugees in (a) Turkish refugee camps, and (b) communities outside refugee camps.  HL3224
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey (1) in refugee camps, and (2) outside refugee camps.  HL3225
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 2 November (HL2355) that no link has been established between HPV vaccines and chronic illness, what assessment they have made of the awards for damages made by the US Vaccine Court to 38 of 58 cases on this issue since 2016.  HL3226
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 7 November (HL Deb, col 1689) that a link between mefloquine and severe and persistent psychiatric symptoms has not been established, what assessment they have made of Lariam’s inclusion in the British Medical Journal’s Visual Summary for Psychotic disorders list as a possible cause… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the medical histories of all military personnel are accurate and complete and that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is accurately diagnosed.  HL3228
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of neurotoxicity resulting from the administration of mefloquine to military personnel; and what steps they have taken to ensure that veterans suffering from mental health problems are not given drugs that may exacerbate their illness due to a reaction with mefloquine.  HL3229
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of the Philippines regarding the systematic practice of extra-judicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users and other suspected criminals.  HL3230
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Paradise Papers reveal that the company I Want Ticket Inc was structured to avoid paying UK tax on ticket sales.  HL3231
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have of tax avoidance being undertaken by secondary ticketing operators.  HL3232
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the statement by the Minister of State for Digital on 26 April (HC Deb, col 1125), what progress has been made to prohibit the use of bots to procure tickets for high demand sporting events and concerts.  HL3233
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Leader of the House,  further to her Written Answer on 7 November (HL2539), what consideration has been given to listing in House of Lords Business the names of Government departments that have failed to respond within two months to reports from Lords select committees and joint select committees of both houses.  HL3234
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 November (HL2645 and HL2646), whether they will now answer those questions.  HL3235
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Local Government Association, Bright Futures—getting the best for children, young people and families.  HL3236 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the funding they provide to Highways England is invested in improving local roads, and what is their assessment of the importance of those roads in supporting traffic flows on the Strategic Roads Network.  HL3237
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government how many viability assessments in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017, have led to affordable housing requirements attached to planning conditions being reduced on appeal.  HL3238
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the number of assaults on firefighters; and whether they intend to review the legal framework to offer additional protection to emergency workers.  HL3239
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the trial of LGBT pride marchers taking place on 16 November at Istanbul Çaglayan Courthouse.  HL3240
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Greek Cypriots, and (2) Turkish Cypriots, have been employed at each of the British Sovereign Bases in Cyprus in each of the last five years, broken down by pay grade.  HL3241
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates of the proportionate numbers of the communities in Cyprus they have used  each of the last five years in fulfilling their obligation under Paragraph 2 of Section 7 of Part II of Annex B of the 1960 Treaty concerning the Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus to employ only Cypriot staff and labour in the Island of Cyprus… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s comments at the PinkNews Awards on 18 October, what steps they are taking to ensure that “LGBT issues are taught well” in English schools; and at what age groups such lessons will be aimed.  HL3243
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 November (HL2645 and HL2646), which terrorist threats have been addressed since 2011; what was the origin and nature of those threats; and whether there is one source that predominates.  HL3244
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve electrical safety in the private rented sector.  HL3245
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Lord Wallace of Tankerness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their (1) ministers, and (2) officials, have held discussions with the Scottish Government regarding the rights of EU citizens to stand and vote in Scottish Parliament elections following Brexit; and if so, when.  HL3246
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change the tax treatment accorded to contributions made to (1) ISAs, (2) Venture Capital Trusts, and (3) Enterprise Investment Schemes.  HL3247
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change the tax treatment accorded to pension contributions.  HL3248
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