Questions for Written Answer for 23 May 2018

    Tabled on 22 May and due for answer by 6 June.
    Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk from attack by the Taliban on Afghan interpreters who have worked for the UK or its allies; how low they estimate such risk to be in Kabul in particular; and what evidence they use to make such assessments.  HL8098
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    Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the UN's condemnation of widespread extrajudicial killings, injuries, arrests and torture of democracy activists in Nicaragua.  HL8099
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    Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many interpreters previously employed by foreign nations in Iraq and Afghanistan have come to live in the UK.  HL8100
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    Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with allies and relevant international bodies to improve the protection of translators and interpreters in conflict and post-conflict zones.  HL8101
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    Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to keep a register of personnel they employ as interpreters in conflict or post-conflict zones and to record the details of any deaths of or injuries sustained by such personnel.  HL8102
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    Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint a trade envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and what role such an envoy would play in ethically reliable extraction deals and socially responsible investment in the country’s infrastructure.  HL8103
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    Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to provide sufficient back-up power generation for the 5G mobile system to ensure that the emergency communication system can operate during an prolonged power outage.  HL8104
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    Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 May (HL7676), which crown bodies using the single series of VAT registration numbers are in the private sector.  HL8105
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    Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 8 May, whether the budget for compensation and costs for land or businesses purchased, relocated or affected by HS2 Phase 1 includes provision for properties or businesses associated with each of the Additional Provisions.  HL8106
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    Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many properties which are required to be purchased by HS2 had no budget allocation in the project’s Property Compensation Estimate of £4.8 billion within the 2015 Spending Round Budget.  HL8107
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    Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 has made provision in its land budgets for all reasonably anticipated disturbance payments in accord with the Compensation Code.  HL8108
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    Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the undertakings and assurances provided by HS2 to petitioners during the passage of the HS2 Bill for Phase 1 allow all required land to be obtained and the project built to the stated 2026 timetable.  HL8109
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    Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any members of HS2 staff have been dismissed for making public interest or protected disclosures about discrepancies in the project’s stated budget.  HL8110
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    Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 2 May (HL7495), what assessment they have made of whether any additional money has been spent on supporting local bus services when the devolved amount of the Bus Service Operators Grant and the reductions in local authority spending are taken together.  HL8111
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    Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 25 January (HL4794), what amendments they have made, or intend to make, to the wording on patient responsibilities to the NHS in the NHS Constitution Handbook.  HL8112
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    Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for amendments to the NHS Constitution Handbook; and what is the process for determining such changes.  HL8113
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    Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government how amendments to the NHS Constitution Handbook are communicated to patients.  HL8114
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    Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty's Government what obligations charities have to disclose weak financial stability to donors.  HL8115
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    Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the absence of a First and deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland, who is the Head of the Northern Ireland civil service currently accountable to.  HL8116
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    Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Spain about the provision of an access point from the Spanish side of the border into Gibraltar Airport.  HL8117
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    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the UK Medicines Verification Organisation about its policy of requiring companies who are Marketing Authorisation Holders to pay identical (1) set up, and (2) annual operational, fees regardless of the size of those companies; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that policy on the competitiveness of smaller companies.  HL8118
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    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold discussions with the UK Medicines Verification Organisation about the need to ensure that the (1) set up, and (2) annual operational, fees paid by companies who are Marketing Authorisation Holders are proportional to the size of those companies.  HL8119
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    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold discussions with the UK Medicines Verification Organisation on the need to benchmark the (1) set up, and (2) annual operational, fees paid by companies who are Marketing Authorisation Holders with National Medicines Verification Organisations in other comparable European countries such as France and Germany.  HL8120
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    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will hold discussions with the UK Medicines Verification Organisation about the need to extend the period of time in which small companies are able to access discounts on the Marketing Authorisation Holders set up fee beyond February 2019.  HL8121
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    Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Secretary, or any other minister, has signed a declaration of intention with the government of Turkey concerning security cooperation; and whether any such declaration protects innocent persons against deportation or asset freezing.  HL8122
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    Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the intentions set out in their 2015 Counter Extremism Strategy, they intend to refuse entry visas to foreign preachers or teachers who are known to advocate female genital mutilation.  HL8123
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    Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the government of Turkey, through NATO and other channels, its alleged use of illegal cluster-weapons, in particular at Shushane village and near the city of Erbil in northern Iraq; and whether they will report the result of those discussions to Parliament.  HL8124
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    Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the government of Turkey and other non-signatories about the ratification of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.  HL8125
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    Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe and other independent agencies will be sending observers to monitor the elections in Turkey on 24 June.  HL8126
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    Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the percentage of fish caught within the UK's territorial waters that is caught by British registered fishing boats.  HL8127
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    Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of councils to set housing policies that provide stakeholders with clarity over what affordable housing level should be delivered if the draft National Planning Policy Framework is adopted.  HL8128
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    Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the short and long-term consequences for the UK and Europe of any collapse of the 1987 US–Russian Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty; and what consultation they have had with other European governments to seek to avert such an eventuality and to mitigate its implications.  HL8129
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    Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to farmers of reducing ammonia emissions as proposed in their Clean Air Strategy.  HL8130
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    Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed changes to maximum stakes for gaming machines on employment in and the economy of market towns.  HL8131
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    Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring forward detailed proposals for the regulation of online gambling.  HL8132
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    Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to continue to honour the UK’s responsibilities as a guarantor power under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee; whether they consider the Treaty still to be binding on the UK and other signatories; and if not, why the Treaty failed; and (1) when, and (2) where, any member of the Cabinet, including the Prime Minister, has met with (a) the President of Cyprus, or (b) the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in the last 30 years.  HL8133
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    Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the principle that all Cypriots should benefit equally from any potential income from oil and gas reserves adjacent to the island of Cyprus; and what is their policy towards the proposals for oil and gas sharing made by EU Member States, including Greece and Italy, and Israel, which may prevent Turkish Cypriots from benefiting equally from such income.  HL8134
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    The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 15 May (HL7468), upon what scientific evidence the promotion of cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme is based; and what assessment they have made of recovery rates for patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome from pilot programmes of such therapies.  HL8135
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    Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that there is a comprehensive and measurable hepatitis C elimination plan in place, with clear lines of accountability, to achieve the NHS England 2025 elimination goal.  HL8136
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    Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the NHS England target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2025 is reached.  HL8137
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    Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that currently under-served groups, such as people who inject drugs and those in prisons, are included in the elimination plan for hepatitis C.  HL8138
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    Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all new prisoners are offered a test for hepatitis C and have rapid access to care.  HL8139
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    Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that all prisoners in England with hepatitis C can receive the treatment they require, including if they are moved between prisons or reach the end of their sentence mid-treatment.  HL8140
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    Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Google about that company's autocomplete and related search features revealing the names of victims involved in sexual assault cases.  HL8141
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    Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what would any backstop period, when the UK remained part of the Customs Union after leaving the EU, entail; and how would it differ from any transition period.  HL8142
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    Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances would any backstop period, when the UK remained part of the Customs Union after leaving the EU, be enacted.  HL8143
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    Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the duration of any backstop period, when the UK remained part of the Customs Union after leaving the EU.  HL8144
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    Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of any backstop period, when the UK remained part of the Customs Union after leaving the EU, on the UK’s ability to negotiate trade deals with foreign countries.  HL8145
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    Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage small and medium sized enterprises to offer more apprenticeships.  HL8146
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    Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether requirements imposed by the current apprenticeship levy for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to pay 10 per cent of training costs have had any impact on the provision of apprenticeships by SMEs; and whether they have any plans to abolish this requirement.  HL8147
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    Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what further stages the UK's nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States has to pass before final ratification by both countries; and how long they estimate this process will take.  HL8148
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    Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the Brexit negotiations.  HL8149
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    Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the first Dreadnought-class nuclear submarine to enter service.  HL8150
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    Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of total apprenticeship levy funds paid from April 2017 have been drawn down so far by employers.  HL8151
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    Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely underspend from apprenticeship levy payments when the first funding period expires in April 2019.  HL8152
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    Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to meet with the British Chambers of Commerce to discuss its concerns about the apprenticeship levy, in particular the need for it to be made more flexible.  HL8153
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    Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many public bodies met the target of 2.3 per cent of their workforce being apprentices by the end of the first year of the apprenticeship levy in March 2018; and for those that have not, how progress towards that target is being monitored.  HL8154
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    Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the workforce at the Department for Education were undertaking apprenticeships at the end of March 2018.  HL8155
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    Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of the UK’s financial markets for corrupt transactions by overseas investors; and what steps they are taking to combat such practices.  HL8156
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