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Questions for Written Answer for 21 December 2017

Tabled on 20 December 2017 and due for answer by 8 January 2018.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many further responses they received to their consultation Schools that work for everyone following the conclusion of the consultation period; how many of those responses related to the 50 per cent cap on faith school admissions; and how many of those responses were (1) in favour of retaining the cap, and (2) in favour of… 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 assessment they have made of the ability of the government of North Korea to (1) hack crypto-currency exchanges, (2) steal digital money, and (3) carry out cyber robbery, and through such methods to bypass economic sanctions, rob banks, undertake military espionage, or compromise critical infrastructure.  HL4338
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claim of Tom Bossert, United States homeland security advisor, that the WannaCry cyber attack on the NHS was the "direct responsibility" of North Korea.  HL4339
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what role they expect (1) HMS Argyll, and (2) HMS Sutherland, to play in supporting the United States military presence on and around the Korean Peninsula.  HL4340
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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 19 December (HL3919), whether they consider that it is safe to return personnel who have worked as interpreters to Afghanistan; and what criteria they use to determine whether an interpreter “genuinely needs our protection".  HL4341
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the draft bill for their proposed register of the beneficial owners of overseas companies owning property in the UK.  HL4342
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the exposure of universities to illicit financial flows through university engagement with philanthropic sources of funding.  HL4343
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government how many qualified nurses were employed in the NHS in each year since May 2010.  HL4344
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time equivalent qualified nurses were employed in the NHS in each year since May 2010.  HL4345
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time equivalent doctors were employed in the NHS in each year since May 2010.  HL4346
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government how many doctors were employed in the NHS on (1) 1 May 2010, (2) 1 May 2015, and (3) the most recent date for which figures are available.  HL4347
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government how many undergraduates in total were enrolled in UK university training to be doctors on 1 November of (1) 2010, (2) 2011, (3) 2012, (4) 2013, (5) 2014, (6) 2015, (7) 2016, and (8) 2017; and how many new undergraduates enrolled in UK universities to train to be doctors in each year from 2010 to 2017.  HL4348
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Lord Dunlop to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for International Trade officials are based in Scotland; and what are the functions of those officials.  HL4349
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Lord Dunlop to ask Her Majesty's Government in how many overseas locations Department for International Trade officials are co-located with the staff of Scottish Development International; and how this has changed over the last five years.  HL4350
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Lord Dunlop to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) UK exporters, and (2) Scottish exporters, have participated in the High Value Opportunity programme.  HL4351
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Lord Dunlop to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on Scottish company representation on trade missions organised by the UK Government.  HL4352
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to credit unions in the UK in the last two financial years.  HL4353
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the UK compares with the Republic of Ireland, Canada and New Zealand in the provision of personal credit to its citizens.  HL4354
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish, jointly with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a body to advise them on which powers, currently vested in the EU, could appropriately be devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the completion of Brexit.  HL4355
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a green paper on which powers currently vested in the EU could appropriately be devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the completion of Brexit.  HL4356
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of long-term rental units in London that have changed to become short term or holiday lets in the last five years; and how they plan to encourage private landlords to provide more housing for people seeking long term accommodation.  HL4357
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce any bills in the current session using the special procedure for Law Commission bills.  HL4358
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to include in the next census questions which measure social integration; and if so, what are those plans.  HL4359
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect Gibraltar's special position as the only UK Overseas Territory within the EU, following the transitional arrangements outlined in paragraph 5 of the Annex to the Recommendation for a Council Decision (COM (2017) 830 final).  HL4360
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to (1) the government of Honduras, and (2) the Organization of American States, about (a) the disputed presidential election in Honduras, (b) the declaration of a state of emergency, (c) the imposition of martial law, and (d) the killing of peaceful protesters.  HL4361
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they made to the 2014 UK Squirrel Accord; and whether the red squirrel population is expanding relative to that of grey squirrels across the UK.  HL4362
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Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, support they are providing to efforts by (1) the government of Greece, (2) the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and (3) Greek and international non-governmental organisations, to monitor hotspots for migrants and refugees in the Greek islands and in particular the needs of unaccompanied minors.  HL4363
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Attorney General has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding trials where the prosecution has ceased to prosecute rape cases in recent months; and how many rape cases have been discontinued in court due to a failure to disclose evidence in the last three months.  HL4364
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Administrator's Report on the collapse of Monarch Airlines Group, published on 24 November, and the disclosure that substantial sums will be paid to Petrol Jersey Ltd and Windsor Jersey Ltd, both affiliates of the owners of Monarch, Greybull Group; whether they have now made progress in recovering pu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 December (HL3547), which are the police forces that collect and publish statistics on the number of accidents involving moped riders with provisional licences; and why all police forces are not required to monitor and report on that aspect of road safety.  HL4366
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 14 September (HL1402), whether they are now in a position to provide the data requested on the writing off of fines for failure to pay the Dartford Crossing charge.  HL4367
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential market for freight services on the new Oxford to Cambridge rail line.  HL4368
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking, following the finding by the National Audit Office in July regarding redundancy payments to staff that exceeded Department for Transport restrictions, to ensure that HS2 Limited cannot in future fail to comply with government guidelines.  HL4369
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) rates of staff turnover at HS2 Limited, and (2) the impact of staff changes on the efficient running of that company; and what they assess to be the causes of those rates of turnover.  HL4370
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to assess the impact of welfare reforms since 2012 on homelessness; and if such assessments have been undertaken, what were the conclusions.  HL4371
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the APPG on Homelessness that, between January and March, 11 per cent of rough sleepers in London were care leavers; and what assessment they have made of the quality of housing support provision for care leavers.  HL4372
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the APPG on Homelessness that, between January and March, 37 per cent of rough sleepers in London had experience of being in prison; and what assessment they have made of housing support provision for ex-offenders.  HL4373
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing tax rates on the 280,000 privately owned long-term empty homes in England on the overall quantity of housing supply.  HL4374
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing tax rates on the 280,000 privately owned long-term empty homes in England on tax revenues.  HL4375
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to (1) the government of Pakistan and Federal Board of Revenue of Pakistan, and (2) British Overseas Territories, on preventing tax evasion and exposing corruption, following the leaks known as the Panama and Paradise papers.  HL4376
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the results of the most recent national, provincial and local elections in Nepal, and of their consequences for the UK.  HL4377
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey, bilaterally or through the EU, regarding writers, media workers, parliamentarians and others currently facing charges of terrorism or crimes against the state.  HL4378
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the ability of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to secure a peace agreement in South Sudan; and what assessment they have made of potential alternatives for seeking peace involving the Troika or independent experts.  HL4379
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the police can automatically wipe custody images and facial biometrics at the point when a person is determined to be innocent; and if not, why not, and whether that is based on costs; and what are the costings that have been used to make that judgement.  HL4380
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their proposals for automatic deletion of custody images and facial biometrics when the Police National Computer and the Police National Database are merged.  HL4381
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 December (HL3727), in describing the Bahrain Ombudsman for the Ministry of the Interior as "independent", whether they took account of the report of the UN Committee against Torture, published on 29 May, which states that "these bodies are not independent" and "complaints u… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consequences a local authority monitoring officer would face, under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 or other relevant laws, if he or she allowed an elected member who had not paid their council tax to vote on the council budget.  HL4383
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Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of the negotiations on leaving the EU, on what date they expect the negotiations dealing with issues relating to the UK's future relations with the EU on matters relating to (1) the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and (2) the Common Security and Defence Policy, to begin.  HL4384
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Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK companies comply with the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles) in dealings with Sudan.  HL4385
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Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sudan's performance against the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles); and what was the outcome of the trade conference with Sudan on 12 December.  HL4386
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Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help to improve Sudan's performance against the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles) and corruption indicators, in particular by supporting the development of a national action plan on business and human rights that entails the full and free consultation of the country's t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 December (HL3750), what progress they have made in developing a continuous professional development programme for social workers; and where details of that programme can be accessed.  HL4388
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 December (HL3750), what guidance on (1) the cultures of specific minority ethnic communities, and (2) understanding different minority cultures, is provided to social workers who assess children for care or adoption.  HL4389
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