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Questions for Written Answer for 11 December 2017

Tabled on 8 December 2017 and due for answer by 22 December 2017.

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid, following recommendations from the Food Standards Agency and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to do so.  HL3984
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the fortification of flour with folic acid could have prevented approximately 2,000 cases of serious neural tube birth defects in the UK since 1998.  HL3985
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government following the joint letter from the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health and Sport and the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services to the Secretary of State for Health on 1 December, whether they have any plans to introduce mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid on a UK-wide basis to help… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Customs Declaration Service for managing customs declarations at UK borders will be fully operational by March 2019.  HL3987
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system for managing customs declarations at UK borders will be capable of managing the volume of customs declarations in 2019–20 and 2020–21 if required.  HL3988
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK-based freight forwarding companies have Authorised Economic Operator status; and what support HMRC are providing to help such companies secure that status.  HL3989
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what back-up arrangements are to be put in place in the event of a failure of the Customs Declaration Service after March 2019.  HL3990
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all local authorities in the UK have reported to HM Government that they are prepared and resourced to take on responsibility for food safety and phytosanitary checks as part of clearance processes at UK ports after March 2019; and if not, which have not so reported.  HL3991
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of additional customs officers who will be required after March 2019.  HL3992
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue was raised from patient charges for NHS dental services in each of the last ten years for which figures are available.  HL3993 [I]
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of fines issued for incorrectly claiming an exemption on NHS dental fees in each of the last ten years for which figures are available.  HL3994 [I]
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Lord Jay of Ewelme to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide copies of the 39 Brexit sectoral analyses, which were provided to the European Union Committee on 27 November, to relevant committees of the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales.  HL3995
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Lord Jay of Ewelme to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the terms on which they provided copies of the 39 Brexit sectoral analyses to the governments of Scotland and Wales allow those governments to share the analyses with relevant committees of the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly of Wales.  HL3996
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of abuse and assault of shopworkers during "Black Friday" sales, and of the adequacy of protections against such abuse and assault.  HL3997
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action are they taking to deal with websites offering access to Government services at additional charges.  HL3998
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Pharmacists' Defence Association’s "Safer Pharmacies Charter".  HL3999
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations which oppose mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.  HL4000
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the saving in public expenditure resulting from the transfer of the cost of providing free TV licences for those aged 75 and over to the BBC.  HL4001
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases involving the UK the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave rulings on in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017 to date; what were the broad subject-matters covered by those actions; and what proportion of the CJEU’s rulings in those cases went in the UK’s favour.  HL4002
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (HL Deb, col 1052) on 6 December, whether the Crown Prosecution Service’s definition of hate crime includes any action or speech which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice based on a person’s religion; and where such action or speech le… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (HL Deb, col 1052) on 6 December, whether the Crown Prosecution Service’s definition of hate crime covers cases in which a Christian says that Jesus is the only Son of the one true God if this offends anyone of any other religion.  HL4004
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional staff have been employed by the Civil Aviation Authority as a direct result of the need to renegotiate EU Open Skies Agreements after Brexit; and at what grades those staff are employed.  HL4005
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional staff have been employed by the Civil Aviation Authority in order to support any efforts to renegotiate membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency, after Brexit; and at what grades those are staff employed.  HL4006
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the growth of bike-share schemes in the UK.  HL4007
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities have powers to regulate and manage any bike-share schemes that exist within their areas.  HL4008
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote bike-share schemes in urban areas; and what assessment they have made of their potential to lower congestion and improve air quality.  HL4009
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of delays to legislation on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation on companies producing bioethanol.  HL4010
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the findings of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 that new and emerging invasive non-native species are one of six urgent climate change risks for the UK.  HL4011
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to offer screening for bowel cancer to all over 45s.  HL4012
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what support and assistance they are providing to parish and town councils and parish meetings to help them get ready for, and mitigate the financial impact on taxpayers of, the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018; whether they have undertaken an impact assessment on the applicat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have put in place for monitoring the work of the Video Standards Council, and for holding the Video Standards Council Board to account.  HL4014
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met representatives of the Video Standards Council; and whether they have any plans to review the work of that body.  HL4015
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications are required of employees and members of the Video Standards Council who are involved in determining age classifications for video games.  HL4016
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence of the Video Standards Council in respect of the discharge of the Council's responsibility for determining age classifications for video games.  HL4017
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for (1) selling, and (2) supplying, age-rated video games to under-age children have taken place in each of the last five years for which figures are available.  HL4018
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase biofuel use for transport in the UK by raising the blend level of biofuels in fuel, and introducing the use of E10 fuel, a mix of petrol with ten per cent bioethanol.  HL4019
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government which police forces in England and Wales use drones for operational purposes; and what training is provided to officers and staff in the use of such drones.  HL4020
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 December (HL3560), how many times the National Oversight Group on domestic abuse has met since 13 July 2016; and when the next meeting is scheduled to take place.  HL4021
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 December (HL3560), what advice on good practice to tackle domestic abuse has been disseminated by (1) the National Police Lead for domestic abuse, and (2) the College of Policing, to police forces in England and Wales in the last 12 months.  HL4022
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