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House of Lords Business

See what is going on in the House of Lords today, as well as what has happened since June 2017. This includes the relevant Order Paper, Minutes of Proceedings, questions tabled and edition of House of Lords Business. These documents can also all be downloaded.

Questions for Written Answer for 20 December 2017

Tabled on 19 December 2017 and due for answer by 5 January 2018.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to raise the profile of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018.  HL4299
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Schools that Work for Everyone consultation was concluded; when they intend to set out their response; and what assessment they have made of the 50 per cent cap on faith school admissions.  HL4300
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses they received to their the Schools that Work for Everyone consultation; how many of these related to the 50 per cent cap on faith school admissions; how many of these were in favour of retaining the cap and how many were in favour of its removal.  HL4301
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL3801), whether they will now collect and make available information from local police authorities detailing statistics on arrests for (1) a common prostitute loitering in a street or public place, (2) a common prostitute soliciting in a street or… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in bringing proceedings against those alleged to be responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity against Yazidi, Christian and other minorities in Iraq and Syria; and in particular (1) collecting evidence, and (2) establishing judicial procedure.  HL4303
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the reconstruction of Yazidi and Christian villages, especially on the Plains of Nineveh, and in facilitating the safe return of these communities; and the practical steps they have taken to enable those minorities return to their homes  HL4304
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Baroness Bertin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by the Local Government Association that there will be a £2 billion funding gap in children’s social care by 2019–20.  HL4305
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Baroness Bertin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2011 report by Together for Disabled Children on the impact of short break programmes for disabled children.  HL4306
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Baroness Bertin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2014 report published by the British Healthcare Trades Association on the economic benefits of improved provision of equipment for disabled and terminally ill children.  HL4307
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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 22 November (HL3177), whether any request has been made by the Metropolitan Police to extend the funding for Operation Grange beyond the end of March 2018.  HL4308
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many major highway enhancement schemes costing more than £1 billion, were completed in the period 2010–15; what were the value for money criteria on which those projects were authorised; how much of any assessed benefit was attributed to time savings by road users; and whether the anticipated savings have been realised.  HL4309
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have ascertained what proportion of local authorities from cities down to parish councils have agreed Disaster Emergency Plans; and if so, what is that proportion.  HL4310
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a definition of a war; and if so, what it is.  HL4311
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government when the last ministerial visit to HM Prison Liverpool took place.  HL4312
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what ministerial visits to HM Prisons there were in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017.  HL4313
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 19 December (HL3942), whether they consider (1) suicide, and (2) the “irreversible” neurological condition described in the current mefloquine product information to be permanent adverse reactions.  HL4314
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the findings of Matthew Mold et al on aluminium in brain tissue in autism, reported in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology; and if so, whether they will encourage further investigation of the link between the incidence of autism spectrum disorder and aluminium.  HL4315
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what legal powers they have to mandate persons to attend deradicalisation programmes; and what sanctions and penalties exist for those who refuse to do so.  HL4316
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees have (1) been granted permanent residence status, and (2) had their applications rejected, in each of the last ten years.  HL4317
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost to public funds in the first year for a person who has been granted refugee status.  HL4318
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many partners and children have been reunited with their refugee family members under the immigration rules and family reunion policy in each of the last ten years.  HL4319
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider the cost and method of introducing a secure national identity number, with electronic links to a centrally held register of biometric data, for all UK citizens.  HL4320
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the cost to public funds, and the impact on the availability of medical care, housing and education, of passing the Refugee (Family Reunion) Bill.  HL4321
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 13 December (HL Deb, cols 1552–4), whether any Government body, other than the Student Loans Company, provides loans on which interest is charged at six per cent or more per annum.  HL4322
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that lessons learned from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi are acted upon by UK police forces.  HL4323
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made special arrangements for people with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome who are transferring from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments.  HL4324
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their response to the House of Commons International Development Committee's report Syrian refugees crisis (1st report, 2015–16, HC Paper 463 and 5th Special Report, 2015–16, HC Paper 902), whether they plan to record the sexual orientation or gender identity of people referred to the UK for resettlement if and when it is de… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to intensify outreach to LGBT refugees who may be in need of resettlement under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.  HL4326
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many single people, couples and families have been resettled to the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.  HL4327
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Welsh Government's Evaluation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act which found that after the change in organ donation law in Wales the quarterly mean average of organ donation fell from 14.6 to 13.4.  HL4328
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding that since the introduction of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act over 178,000 people have opted out of organ donation.  HL4329
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the reported arrest and abuse of Palestinian minors in relation to unidentified charges.  HL4330
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel to ensure that the building materials and machinery necessary to improve the infrastructure needed for winterisation assistance are allowed into Gaza.  HL4331
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the implications for the UK of the recently published United States national security strategy.  HL4332
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 6 November (HL2408), whether there have been no prosecutions for operating unregistered schools because no cases have been put to the Crown Prosecution Service, or for evidential reasons.  HL4333
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the Chief Inspector of Schools and her staff and offices in the light of threatened attacks following Ofsted's criticism of faith-based schools.  HL4334
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to strengthen Ofsted’s powers to prosecute and close illegal unregistered schools following comments by the Chief Inspector of Schools in her annual report that the current legislation is inadequate; and what guidance they will provide to local authorities regarding steps that can be taken against such scho… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an English couple married in a humanist ceremony in Scotland are able to claim the Marriage Allowance.  HL4336
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