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Questions for Written Answer for 14 December 2017

Tabled on 13 December 2017 and due for answer by 29 December 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in improving English language provision for refugees since the meeting between Home Office Ministers and Lord Alton of Liverpool on 21 November; and whether they have any plans to provide more fast track English language training to enable Syrian refugees, and other suitably qualified doctors, nurs… 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 to change rules that impact the ability of refugees who are health professionals to access full time English language lessons while being in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.  HL4128
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the out-turn cost, in cost per single track kilometre, for completing the electrification of the Great Western Main Line.  HL4129
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the projected cost, in cost per single track kilometre, for electrification of the Midland Main Line railway from Bedford to Corby.  HL4130
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the difference in availability for service of bi-mode and electric Intercity Express Programme trains.  HL4131
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the estimated additional track wear maintenance costs that might occur on the Midland Main Line as a result of the use of bi-mode Intercity Express Programme trains rather than electric trains.  HL4132
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of differing levels of performance and reliability between bi-mode Intercity Express Programme trains and electric trains when in traffic.  HL4133
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 27 November (HL3070), whether each of the three NHS-approved framework operators for the provision of agency staff to the NHS is publicly owned.  HL4134
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the main causes of clinical negligence in NHS dental care in England.  HL4135
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they have had with dental stakeholders regarding the cost of professional indemnity insurance in relation to clinical negligence.  HL4136
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase the small claims track threshold for clinical negligence cases in medical and dental practice.  HL4137
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding reports that a Red Crescent ambulance was used to transport Palestinians, disguised as wounded, to join a riot in Ramallah.  HL4138
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish (1) the results of the national fostering stocktake, and (2) their response to the stocktake.  HL4139
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the draft regulations placing (1) personal, social, health, and economic education, and (2) sex and relationship education, on a statutory footing, to be laid before Parliament.  HL4140
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government which stakeholders they are consulting in respect of the placing of (1) personal, social, health and economic education, and (2) sex and relationship education, on a statutory footing.  HL4141
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any LGBT interest groups are being consulted as part of the stakeholder engagement relating to the placing of (1) personal, social, health and economic education, and (2) sex and relationship education, on a statutory footing.  HL4142
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that the placing of sex and relationship education on a statutory footing will be LGBT inclusive, as stated by the Prime Minister at the PinkNews awards in October; and what content they envisage will be included within the school curriculum.  HL4143
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to assist society in tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.  HL4144
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to reduce the rate of hate crime against the LGBT community.  HL4145
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to call for donations and other measures from the diaspora community in order to assist the reconstruction of Syria.  HL4146
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on establishing an independent agency to assess requests from authorised agencies for access to records of phone calls, emails, and text messages relating to investigations into serious crime.  HL4147
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have with local authorities regarding implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.  HL4148
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Revenue and Customs officers operate in Northern Ireland to detect illegal movements of (1) fuel, (2) tobacco, and (3) alcohol liquor, between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  HL4149
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to replace the EU–US Privacy Shield insofar as it relates to the UK, following Brexit.  HL4150
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the transitional arrangements that will be sought for the UK as part of the EU withdrawal agreement will cover (1) Gibraltar, and (2) all other UK Overseas Territories.  HL4151
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce a plastic bottle deposit return scheme; and if so, whether any such scheme will be self-financing.  HL4152
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the process of accreditation to enable (1) doctors, (2) nurses, and (3) other health professionals, from the EU and EEA to continue to practise in the UK post-Brexit.  HL4153
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total Department for International Development funding that has been diverted to Islamist jihadist groups in Syria; and whether they intend to set up an inquiry to establish how this happened.  HL4154
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British passport holders have had their passports cancelled or withdrawn in the interests of national security in each of the last five years.  HL4155
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals who went from Britain to Syria to join ISIS are known to have returned to date; and how many of these were (1) detained on arrival at the UK border, (2) allowed to return to the UK without any restriction on their movements, (3) are currently detained awaiting trial, (4) are on bail, and (5) are serving custodial… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect details of any other passports held by applicants for British passports; and whether this information is retained and available to Border Force immigration officers.  HL4157
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual cost of holding someone serving a custodial sentence.  HL4158
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 10 December that the agreement reached with the EU on 8 December was a "statement of intent", whether they consider that agreement to be binding.  HL4159
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are in discussions with Four Seasons care homes to ensure that residents of its homes are not jeopardised by a failure of the company; and who is responsible for contingency planning in such a scenario.  HL4160
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the hedge fund the H2 is a fit and proper owner of the largest care home public group in the UK.  HL4161
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 November (HL2735), what was (1) the service, and (2) the rank, of each of the 113 Service personnel granted honours in the military division of Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2017.  HL4162
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to meet the pressures on local authority children's services and adult social care identified by the Office for Budget Responsibility in its November 2017 Economic and Fiscal Outlook.  HL4163
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 7 December (HL Deb, col 1197), what assessment they have made of the extent to which additional money made available to the NHS in the Autumn Budget will reduce pressures on the social care system; and how the impact of that additional money on that system will be effectively… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions they impose on the portrayal of smoking on television in relation to young people.  HL4165
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what statutory requirements are imposed on local authorities in relation to youth service.  HL4166
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on youth service in each of the last five years.  HL4167
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology they use to measure the productivity of government departments and agencies.  HL4168
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what decisions they will take on the post-Brexit indexing of UK pensions paid to UK citizens resident in the EU, following their interim agreement with the EU on citizens' rights.  HL4169
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that non-Jewish residents of East Jerusalem are protected following President Trump’s decision recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  HL4170
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports that Israel has exploited less stringent environmental regulations on air pollution and environmental protection in the West Bank.  HL4171
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the arrest of Khalid Zabarqeh.  HL4172
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 4 December (HL3409), what action they intend to take to reinforce their "strong condemnation" of the decisions on 4 and 6 July to advance plans for 1,600 new settlement units in the illegal settlements of Pisgat Ze’ev, Ramat Shlomo, and Ramot in East Jerusalem.  HL4173
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take ensure that Palestinian healthcare centres in East Jerusalem are protected and to address delays to ambulances and patients entering the city through checkpoints following President Trump’s decision recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  HL4174
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December (HL3412), what action they intend to take ease restrictions on freedom of movement within the West Bank, including to and from East Jerusalem, for Palestinians.  HL4175
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 27 November (HL Deb, col 485), what precisely was revised in 1998 in respect of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.  HL4176
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what were (1) the approved annual revenue budget at the start of the financial year, (2) the total in-year revenue adjustments to the budget, and (3) the final audited or forecast revenue budget, for each NHS Provider trust in Greater London, for each of the last three financial years.  HL4177
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS Provider trusts were in special measures for all or part of the financial year in each of the last three financial years; what were the Care Quality Commission ratings for financial performance and service for those trusts whilst in special measures; and which trusts had a change of chair or chief executive whilst in special me… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the increases in the total capital and revenue required to deliver each of the five most recent Sustainability and Transformation Plans for Greater London  for the period to the end of the financial year 2020/21.  HL4179
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will specify for each NHS Provider trust in Greater London the capital receipts they have generated from the sale of land in each of the last two financial years, and in the current financial year.  HL4180
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the future sustainability of the Open University.  HL4181
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