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Questions for Written Answer for 3 September 2019

Tabled on 25 July 2019 and due for answer by 8 August 2019.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of pension provision for GP practice nurses and, in particular, the impact of their exclusion from the NHS pension scheme until 1997.  HL17504
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to continue with the rollout of their Simple Assessment and dynamic coding projects, which were paused in May 2018.  HL17505
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to compensate senior NHS staff who have inadvertently exceeded the tapered annual pensions allowance.  HL17506
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Real Time Information (RTI) to ensure low earners receive the tax relief they are due; and what plans they have to require all employers to use RTI.  HL17507
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to their consultation Banning tyres aged 10 years and older, what evidence base was used to inform the conclusion of the impact assessment that the monetised benefits are the same if the ban is applied to all axles or to steering axles only.  HL17508 [I]
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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 26 June (HL16299) concerning Operation Grange, whether they will publish the details of the Metropolitan Police Service's request for further funding until the end of March 2020 and place a copy in the Library of the House; and when a decision on that request… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount lost to the Exchequer due to VAT fraud perpetrated by online traders based outside the EU; and what estimate they have made of the proportion of that fraud originating in China.  HL17510
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of China in relation to addressing online VAT fraud; and what steps they are taking as a result.  HL17511
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many penalties they have issued to online traders based outside the EU for VAT fraud; and what was the total value of such penalties.  HL17512
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 23 July (HL17210), whether they intend that two thirds of the investment in research and development, intended to reach 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027, should come from private sources as announced by Chris Skidmore MP on 10 July.  HL17513
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support plans for a “Northern Link” freight line between Liverpool Docks and Yorkshire and the East Coast, including the reinstatement of the track between Colne and Skipton; and what action, if any, they are taking in relation to that project.  HL17514
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place to protect non-EU nationals resident in the UK who are victims of domestic abuse, and in particular to ensure access to homelessness support, refuge and benefits.  HL17515
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidance issued by the Home Office to local authorities and Health and Social Care Trusts on 2 April EU Settlement Scheme—Looked After Children and Care Leavers' is mandatory.  HL17516
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation was undertaken in advance of publishing the guidance to local authorities and Health and Social Care Trusts on 2 April EU Settlement Scheme—Looked After Children and Care Leavers; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that guidance on children accommodated under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned research into online pornography use and its effect on attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls; and if so, when that research will be published.  HL17518
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Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 20 July (HL Deb, cols 883–4), on what date the age verification requirements to protect children from accessing online pornography will come into effect.  HL17519
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask the Leader of the House, in the light of the impact of climate change on air quality, transport and health, and forecasts of higher temperatures in future years, what plans she has to review whether the House should sit in July.  HL17520
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review legislation on racism; and what action they intend to take to eliminate racist attacks in the UK.  HL17521
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Navy ships are currently undergoing repair; and how many were out of service for repairs in each of the last ten years.  HL17522
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of repairing Royal Navy ships currently unfit for action.  HL17523
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve mobile signal connectivity in rural areas.  HL17524
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of rural communities that are not connected to the gas supply network.  HL17525
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the size of the red squirrel population in England.  HL17526
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, are serving full-time in the British army.  HL17527
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the International Religious Freedom Alliance launched by the United States Secretary of State on 18 July; and what consideration they have given to joining that Alliance.  HL17528
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athletes Commission's aim to seek increased athlete representation on the decision-making bodies of the World Anti-Doping Agency, including the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee.  HL17529
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how much (1) lottery, and (2) government funding, the Youth Sports Trust has received in each of the last ten years, broken down by the purpose to which that funding was awarded.  HL17530
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK Space Agency grants for horizontal launch applications for small satellite launch programmes have been made; and what plans they have, if any, to provide additional grants for such programmes in the future.  HL17531
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission research as to whether male performance advantage in competitive sport is retained after gender transition; and if so, what options they recommend, in regard to the funding of men and women’s sport, to include the transgender community in competitive sport and ensure fairness for all competit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what definition they use of (1) a woman, and (2) a man, when awarding funding to elite athletes; and whether that definition includes the level of testosterone of an athlete over a period of one year before competition.  HL17533
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the benefits to date of bringing health and social care together in one political portfolio, and (2) the benefits that will arise in future years of bringing the two areas together.  HL17534
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support local authorities to use environmentally friendly materials to repair and maintain roads.  HL17535
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability and durability of waste or recycled plastic for use as a material in roads.  HL17536
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regards to the British and European standards that relate to the materials that can be used in road surfaces, what substances are appropriate additives for use in the binding mixture used for such surfaces; and what steps they are taking to support innovation in the range of additives that can be used.  HL17537
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of virgin plastic used in the construction of the road network; and what steps they are taking to replace it with recycled plastic.  HL17538
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to digitise railway signalling systems; and when they will publish a timetable to deliver those plans.  HL17539
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place to process any complaint about the display of images of the Royal Family in publicly funded buildings; and what steps they take to determine the level of any compensation paid as a result of such a complaint.  HL17540
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Baroness Sater to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing the amount of physical exercise delivered by schools each day from 30 to 60 minutes.  HL17541
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 4 July (HL16567), why they were not aware of Nabeel Rajab’s application, and subsequent rejection, for alternative sentencing, given (1) reports by international news outlets, and (2) their close monitoring of his case; and what mechanisms they use to assess Bahrain’s provision of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Instagram post by the British Embassy in Manama on 22 July stating that Prosecutor Ali Al Showaikh revealed that 586 individuals in Bahrain have benefited from non-custodial sentences since the new legislation on alternative sentencing was implemented in May 2018, whether they know the names of those individuals; and wha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain about the access of Hassan Mushaima to specialised medical care without shackles, in line with international standards.  HL17544
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have been made of the Bahraini individuals whose citizenships were reinstated in April; and what assessment they have made of whether those individuals have regained their full rights as citizens following reports that (1) applications for passports are being rejected, and (2) they are not benefiting from state bene… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they are providing technical assistance to the government of Bahrain; and whether they intend to make representations to that government about human rights abuses, including reported cases of sexual assault and torture against female human rights defenders and activists by state officials in Bahrain.  HL17546
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the conditions in the Isa Town Prison, including the reported (1) repeated denial of adequate medical care for a lump in the breast of Hajer Mansoor, and (2) restrictions to unimpeded family visits without a glass barrier for Hajer Mansoor, Najah Yusuf, and Me… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to monitor the numbers and distribution of feral boar in the UK; and what steps are being taken to control their numbers.  HL17548
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish their Regional Trade Plans.  HL17549
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to incentivise more innovative digital projects in the UK.  HL17550
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