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Questions for Written Answer for 6 December 2017

Tabled on 5 December 2017 and due for answer by 19 December 2017.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the impact on the budget of the Department for Transport of the changes to the franchising regime announced on 29 November; and whether the Department agreed those changes in advance with Her Majesty’s Treasury.  HL3866
Answered
Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government which external consultants were engaged to assist or advise on the new policy on rail franchising announced on 29 November.  HL3867
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified any of the local leaders given support through the Department for International Development's Somalia programmes as having strong links to Al Shabab; and if so, how many, and which, leaders.  HL3868
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been provided to Adam Smith International for the delivery of (1) the Department for International Development's, and (2) the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund's, Somalia programmes in each of the past five years.  HL3869
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the East of England Co-op to sell food after the best-before date, in order to help reduce food waste; and whether they intend to encourage other supermarket chains to do the same.  HL3870
Answered
Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to protect local authorities from the loss of business rate income that has been identified as a consequence of bringing forward CPI uprating in the 2017 Autumn Budget policy costings.  HL3871 [I]
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government, following recent comments by the Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nurses, Janet Davies, what steps they are taking to (1) encourage people without a fixed address to register with a GP's surgery, (2) prevent homeless people being discharged from mental health hospitals back on to the streets, and (3) invest in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they intend to make to the (1) education, and (2) qualification, systems, including early years, secondary, and further education, to ensure that young people are at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.  HL3873
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what training is available for clinical reviewers for structured judgment reviews within NHS Trusts.  HL3874
Answered
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net change in the number of housing units in England in each of the last 30 years.  HL3875
Answered
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take on the findings of the Care Quality Commission report Substance misuse services: the quality and safety of residential detoxification.  HL3876
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the (1) strength of, (2) organisation of, (3) activities of, (4) external links of, and (5) threats posed by Boko Haram in West Africa.  HL3877
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the last five years including this year to date, how many Commonwealth citizens have been detained following residence in the UK for over (1) 30, (2) 40, and (3) 50, years, (a) following a criminal conviction, (b) after a failure to provide sufficient evidence showing proof of residence, and (c) for other reasons; and in ea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs of the damage to (1) Aleppo, (2) Raqqa, and (3) other towns and villages in northern Syria, following recent fighting; which bodies have responsibility for the reconstruction of those areas; and what discussions they have held, or plan to hold, with other governments and agencies on these matt… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs of the damage to Mosul and other towns and villages in northern Iraq following recent fighting; which bodies have responsibility for the reconstruction of those areas; and what discussions they have held, or plan to hold, with other governments and agencies on these matters.  HL3880
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU citizens have been detained in the UK, in each of the last five years including the present year to date, on the grounds of being (1) homeless, and (2) unable to support themselves; of those, how many have subsequently been deported; and how many of those (a) detained, and (b) deported, were children.  HL3881
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the process for obtaining planning permission for a small modular reactor nuclear power station.  HL3882
Answered
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce their plans for the future setting of the Ogden Rate.  HL3883
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of NHS Foundation Trusts selling off, in whole or in part, to the private sector, wholly owned subsidiaries providing services directly to those Trusts.  HL3884
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Framework for Data Processing by Government provisions in the Data Protection Bill on the Cabinet Office strategy to make better use of data.  HL3885
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Henley on 4 December (HL Deb, col 850), what steps they intend to take to manage the risk of high electricity costs arising from the Hinkley Point C plant, particularly with regard to (1) poor people, and (2) commercial users.  HL3886
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Philippines about (1) investigations into the death of Kian delos Santos, (2) the circumstances of the deaths of 3,900 "drug personalities", and (3) the deaths of 2,000 others for drug-related crimes.  HL3887
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what means they have identified by which the Palestinian people may exercise their right to self-determination; and if none, whether they will refer that issue to UN and other international agencies.  HL3888
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about any further house demolitions or destructions of education premises in Area C of the West Bank and the possibility of such actions being treated as forced transfers of population, in contravention of international law.  HL3889
Answered
Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of UK nationals resident in South Korea.  HL3890
Answered
Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Earl Howe on 5 December, what percentage of defence capital spending on procurement from overseas is currency hedged.  HL3891
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to incorporate the history of the Commonwealth into the national curriculum.  HL3892
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that schools find ways of using modern technology to learn about today's Commonwealth prior to the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018.  HL3893
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage performing arts organisations, museums and galleries to celebrate the Commonwealth prior to the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018.  HL3894
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the Commonwealth Secretariat and British Council joint programme Commonwealth Class.  HL3895
Answered
Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage local authorities to celebrate the Commonwealth prior to the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018.  HL3896
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK will continue to be involved in both clinical trials and the development of new medicines by the European Medicines Agency following its re-location to the Netherlands.  HL3897
Answered
Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that there will be no delay in accessing new therapies following the re-location of the European Medicines Agency to the Netherlands.  HL3898
Answered
Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the safety of clinical trials and new medicines of the European Medicines Agency's re-location to the Netherlands.  HL3899
Answered
Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 28 November (HL3456), how they monitor the accumulated impact of welfare benefit changes on different groups; and what assessment they have made of that impact.  HL3900
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they (1) assess, (2) evaluate, and (3) effectively manage, improvements in social mobility.  HL3901
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Lord Radice to ask Her Majesty's Government how they define the phrase “regulatory alignment”.  HL3902
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Lord Radice to ask Her Majesty's Government what contacts each Government department has had with the Legatum Institute over the last 12 months.  HL3903
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the independent review of mental health legislation will review those sections of the Mental Health Act 1983 that apply to (1) prisoners, and (2) those charged with offences.  HL3904
Answered
Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current provision of medium and low secure beds in England; and what percentage of those beds are occupied.  HL3905
Answered
Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with plans to collect and report the length of stays in secure inpatient care.  HL3906
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December (HL3404), whether in regularly urging Turkey to work towards full protection of fundamental rights, they have specifically raised the banning of all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in Ankara by the city's governor.  HL3907
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any circumstances in which they would consider withdrawing from the EU Treaties before 29 March 2019.  HL3908
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what role they see for small modular reactors in the UK’s future energy mix.  HL3909
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate will be the components of the UK’s energy mix in (1) 2030, and (2) 2050.  HL3910
Answered
Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.  HL3911
Answered
Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current vacancy rate for nurses and midwives in the UK.  HL3912
Answered
Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the recruitment of nurses and midwives in the next three years.  HL3913
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate a reduction in the number of nurses and midwives from EU countries coming to the UK after Brexit; if so, by how much; and what assessment they have made of the impact on the NHS of any such reduction.  HL3914
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of nurses and midwives from other EU countries who have returned to their country of origin in the last two years.  HL3915
Answered
Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provisional finding by the Competition and Markets Authority that the anticipated acquisition by Tesco plc of Booker Group plc "may not be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition".  HL3916
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold a consultation exercise on social care provision for adults of working age, with a particular focus on those with learning disabilities; and if so, what are the details of the work streams and timetable.  HL3917
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 5 December, how many Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are in commission on 5 December; and how many will be in commission on (1) 1 December 2020, (2) 1 December 2025, and (3) 1 December 2030.  HL3918
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