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Questions for Written Answer for 8 December 2017

Tabled on 7 December 2017 and due for answer by 21 December 2017.

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the NHS of their decision to freeze duties on alcohol other than white cider.  HL3961
Answered
Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost to (1) local authorities, and (2) the Electoral Commission, of preparation for, and administration of, the scheme of individual electoral registration, since that scheme was introduced.  HL3962
Answered
Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were represented at the 6th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva in November; and if so, by whom.  HL3963
Answered
Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of jury service on the availability of GPs; and whether the Department of Health has any plans to request that the Ministry of Justice exempt GPs from jury service from where there is a shortage of NHS provision.  HL3964
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to removing the requirement for a permanent residence card in the case of EU citizens wishing to apply for British citizenship.  HL3965
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government with which (1) other government departments, (2) government agencies, (3) other public bodies, (4) voluntary sector bodies, and (5) private sector bodies, the Home Office has regular data sharing arrangements in connection with the identification of individuals' rights to receive public services or to reside in the UK, and other matters… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to, and what discussions they propose to hold with, the authors of the study Riding Sunbeams: Powering our railways with solar PV, published on 6 December.  HL3967
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of seasonal workers who were employed in (1) the horticultural sector, and (2) other forms of agriculture, in (a) 2017 to date, and (b) each of the preceding five years; and how many of those workers were migrants from EU countries.  HL3968
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of any shortfall in seasonal workers in (1) the horticultural sector, and (2) other forms of agriculture, in each month of this year between April and October; and what steps they are taking to prevent a shortfall in future years.  HL3969
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to change the operation of (1) the environmental stewardship schemes, and (2) other aspects of the farm payment regime, in England in (a) 2018, and (b) subsequent years.  HL3970
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of additional construction workers required to build 300,000 homes a year; and where any additional workers required will be sourced from.  HL3971
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, published in September, which stated that more than half of construction workers deem labour shortages to be a serious challenge.  HL3972
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many construction workers from the EU have been employed in the UK in each of the past five years for which figures are available.  HL3973
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review or amend the rules for issuing Tier 2 visas, in the light of reported shortages of Asian food chefs in the UK.  HL3974
Answered
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 13 October (HL1671), 15 September (HL1448) and 3 July (HL3), whether they are now able to provide an update, including a summary of activity, on the review of absent voting procedures undertaken by the Chief Electoral Officer of Northern Ireland; and if, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they retain a definitive list of countries suspected of money laundering; and if so, which countries are specified on that list.  HL3976
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to increase public awareness of the availability of free NHS dental treatment for under 19s.  HL3977
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given local authorities regarding the percentage of parking spaces in new developments which should be required to have charging points for electric vehicles.  HL3978
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a general strategy for electric vehicles.  HL3979
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve the attainment of, and outcomes for, pupils attending schools in rural and coastal areas; and, in particular, what assessment they have made of the use of partnerships between schools.  HL3980
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent in each of the past ten years on biosecurity in England in relation to (1) animal health, (2) bee health, (3) fish health, (4) invasive non-native species, (5) plant health, and (6) tree health, broken down by (a) policy functions, (b) inspectorate functions, (c) technical support functions, (d) response and contr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual cost to the economy in each of the past ten years of (1) animal diseases, (2) bee diseases, (3) fish diseases, (4) invasive non-native species, (5) plant diseases, and (6) tree diseases, in England.  HL3982
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the brace position that forms part of passenger airline safety instructions is a Government approved safety procedure.  HL3983
Answered
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