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Questions for Written Answer for 4 September 2019

Tabled on 3 September 2019 and due for answer by 17 September 2019.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that employers use at least half of their apprenticeship levy spend on new starters.  HL17551
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that employers use at least half of their apprenticeship levy spend on apprentices who are under 30 years of age.  HL17552
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effectiveness, and (2) the fairness of the current system of business rates; and what plans they have to change the current system.  HL17553
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the 25 per cent contribution that the retail sector currently makes to business rates receipts.  HL17554
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 November 2018 (HL10924), how the strength of the UK Armed Forces has changed since that answer; and what action they plan to take to meet the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2020 targets.  HL17555
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether current (1) protected designation of origin, (2) protected geographical indication, and (3) traditional specialities guaranteed, schemes for products will be enforceable after the UK leaves the EU.  HL17556
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional aid, if any, they have allocated for Sudan following the signing of the peace deal on 17 August; and what conditions they have placed on any (1) current, and (2) future, aid to Sudan.  HL17557
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support a free press in Sudan through the introduction of journalism training programmes.  HL17558
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Eritrea about (1) ending indefinite conscription, and (2) parliamentarians who have been detained since 2001; and what additional aid, if any, was allocated to Eritrea as a result of international sanctions being lifted.  HL17559
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure the support of Commonwealth countries to provide Hong Kong citizens with a second citizenship and potential place of abode should China resile on its commitment to one country, two systems.  HL17560
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to (1) raising concerns about the erosion of democracy and human rights, and (2) encouraging Commonwealth countries to provide Hong Kong citizens with a second citizenship and potential place of abode should China resile on its commitment to one country, two systems, at the Commonwealth Head… 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 have received the information sent to them by Lord Alton of Liverpool concerning allegations made by the Clarion Project, that young Yazidi girls kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS in Iraq, and now held in Iran, have been put up for sale; and what action they are taking to (1) highlight that issue, and (2) seek the r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint a "turnaround director" for NHS England and NHS Improvement; and to whom such a director would be accountable.  HL17563
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government whether regional directors of NHS England and NHS Improvement are responsible for tackling bullying in their regions; and whether regional directors are responsible for the conduct of any "turnaround directors" appointed in their regions.  HL17564
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the NHS of the Turnaround Programme in each of the last three years.  HL17565
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average daily rate earned by "turnaround directors" in the NHS.  HL17566
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government how many looked-after children are non-UK EU nationals.  HL17567
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what support local authorities give to looked-after children who are non-UK EU nationals to apply for (1) residency, (2) citizenship, and (3) settled status.  HL17568
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to withhold any part of the money negotiated as part of the withdrawal agreement to cover the pension liabilities of present and former staff and office holders of the EU institutions in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17569 [I]
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have undertaken of adverts placed by lettings agents that prevent Department for Work and Pensions benefit claimants from obtaining private lettings.  HL17570
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken research on the equalities impact of potential discrimination by lettings agents which exclusively prevents applications for private lettings from people who are in receipt of benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions.  HL17571
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to publish guidance for lettings agents to discourage the practice of preventing claimants of Department for Work and Pensions benefits from applying for private lettings.  HL17572
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how the costs of an application (1) for limited leave to remain, and (2) to extend limited leave to remain, are calculated; by how much the costs of such applications have increased in percentage terms since 2015; and why those costs have increased.  HL17573
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any estimated overspend of council funding special needs education; and what steps they are taking to provide financial support to protect the service.  HL17574
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of defendants sent summary offence notices under the single justice procedure fail to enter a plea; what is their assessment of the reasons for the level of such failures; and what steps they are taking to address that issue.  HL17575
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take following the report of the Chief Inspector of Prison Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP Eastwood Park; and what assessment they have made of the reasons for the failure to prevent the conditions disclosed in the report arising.  HL17576
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Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the registration process administered by the Office for Students following the denial of registration to Spurgeon's College in respect of financial sustainability; and what plans they have, if any, to review that process.  HL17577
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, for there to be a statutory requirement for each school to provide a library.  HL17578
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so how, they intend to adopt any of the children’s reading rights recommendations by the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, as part of their policy on developing literacy among schoolchildren.  HL17579
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by the Social Metrics Commission Measuring Poverty 2019, published in July, and the appointment of the new Prime Minister on 24 July, what plans they have to revise their strategy for tackling poverty.  HL17580
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the date of completion of the Cabinet Office Review, code-named Operation Yellowhammer, that was published in the Sunday Times on 18 August.  HL17581
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of England's rivers meet the EU's minimum ecological standards; and what proportion are judged sufficiently pollution-free to be safe for swimmers.  HL17582
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks for schools of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17583 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have made to ensure that schools are not adversely affected by a no-deal Brexit.  HL17584 [I]
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Interim NHS People Plan, published on 3 June, what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the Kark review of the fit and proper persons test, published on 6 February; and when they expect to complete their response to that review.  HL17585
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Lord Blunkett to ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the protocol governing the timeliness and appropriateness of ministerial responses to communications from parliamentarians.  HL17586
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have (1) considered, and (2) taken, at Dover, and other ports or terminals, to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the event of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October.  HL17587
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the contracted level of reliability in regard to failures in the service specified in the contract between the Department for Transport and Hitachi for provision of CL800 Inter City Express trains for the Great Western Railway.  HL17588
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what specification of reliability in terms of failures in service has been sought from Hitachi in the delivery of trains ordered for the East Midlands Trains franchise.  HL17589
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for any reduction in the number and frequency of rural bus services since 2015.  HL17590
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to connect all UK ports dealing with shipping containers to the railway network.  HL17591
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents including death or serious injury have occurred in each of the last five years for which figures are available on the A34 section of the junction with the M40; and in how many such accidents Heavy Goods Vehicles were involved.  HL17592
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that victims of domestic violence, following the sentencing of an offender, receive (1) the precise sentence outcome, (2) accurate and relevant information about the possible impact of a sentence, and (3) the date of an offenders bail and prison release, to ensure that safeguarding mechanisms can b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to amend the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice to comply with the judgment in the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v. MM case so that there is no longer a presumption that welfare deputyship by relatives should be restricted to people with learning disabilities and autism.  HL17594
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the ranks of the members of the Armed Forces Pension schemes who breached their annual tax-free pension savings limit in the 2017/2018 financial year.  HL17595
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of the United States and China about the impact on the world economy of their current trade dispute.  HL17596
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about the Presidential Order on 5 August which made Article 370 of the Constitution of India inoperative.  HL17597
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the possible readmission of Russia to the G7.  HL17598
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when No. 8 Squadron Royal Air Force will take delivery of the E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft.  HL17599
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Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK approved bodies will only be able to provide third party conformity assessment, where required, for products placed on the UK market; and whether equivalent EU notified bodies will be able to provide such assessment for products placed on both the UK and EU markets via CE marking.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, will be the duration of the time-limited arrangement for the acceptance in the UK of CE marking and hence third party EU notified body conformity assessment.  HL17601
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Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) in the event of a no-deal Brexit, manufacturers, authorised representatives and importers based in the UK will be responsible for the conformity to standards of products placed on the UK market where required, and (2) authorised representatives and importers based in an European Economic Area state will be responsib… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when, and where, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, public access to the list of UK approved bodies for conformity assessment, and particulars of standards harmonised to EU directives, will be made available.  HL17603
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 July (HL16789), whether any British Armed Forces personnel participated in the chain of command involved in authorising and executing the reported attacks by the United States Coalition and their allies on unarmed Syrian oil transport boats on 31 May.  HL17604
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how violations of the Geneva Convention should be addressed; and whether any such assessment includes provision for the handling of erring Parties.  HL17605
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the South Kordofan and Blue Nile Coordination Unit's Humanitarian Update, August 2019.  HL17606
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Transitional Military Council, or relevant governing body, in Sudan about food insecurity in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.  HL17607
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Transitional Military Council, or relevant governing body, in Sudan about the availability of basic drug supplies in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.  HL17608
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Transitional Military Council, or relevant governing body, in Sudan about permitting access by humanitarian aid organisations to South Kordofan and Blue Nile.  HL17609
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government when the report of the External Scrutiny Team on the Reserve Forces, provided to the Ministry of Defence on 1 June, will be placed in the Library of the House.  HL17610 [I]
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effectiveness of the Solicitors' Qualifying Examination in inculcating and testing legal writing skills.  HL17611
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effectiveness of exclusively multiple choice testing in the Solicitors' Qualifying Examination as a way of maintaining standards of legal service to consumers.  HL17612
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is in line with their objective to make the UK international aid process transparent and accountable; and what discussions they have had with UNRWA about transparency and accountability.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 commitment to build inclusive, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.  HL17614
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is aligned with their Strategic Vision for Gender Equality, published in March 2018; and whether it is working for the empowerment and equality of women and girls.  HL17615
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult on the Shared Prosperity Fund; and when they intend to respond to any such consultation.  HL17616
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 22 July (HL16979), whether they will provide details of the funding for charities that work with older people to support the take-up of Pension Credit in each of the three years specified in the original question.  HL17617
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the detailed implementation strategy that has been prepared, as a result of the Knowledge Assets Implementation Study, for ministers in (1) Her Majesty's Treasury, (2) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and (3) the Cabinet Office.  HL17618
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government which department will host the centre of expertise providing advice and support on technical, legal, commercial and financial aspects of generating and exploiting knowledge assets, as proposed in the terms of reference of the Knowledge Assets Implementation Study; and how this centre will work with the proposed National Centre of Exper… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in seeking to develop new standards and approaches for measuring and reporting the value of knowledge assets in the public sector, they have taken account of the recent work of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Working Parties on National Accounts and on International Trade in Goods and Services Stat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government which department will be responsible for the proposal to establish a central repository detailing Government knowledge asset holdings and their value, as set out in the terms of reference of the Knowledge Assets Implementation Study.  HL17621
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government which department will be responsible for the proposal to register intellectual property assets with the most commercial potential, as set out in the terms of reference of the Knowledge Assets Implementation Study; and what role they expect the National Audit Office to perform in ensuring best value of the use of such assets, for both i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made to publish an annual report on their knowledge asset holdings and progress in exploitation of them, as set out in the terms of reference of the Knowledge Assets Implementation Study; and when they expect to publish the first such report.  HL17623
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government in what year they expect the new high speed railway line between Leeds and Manchester to open; what they expect the total cost of that line to be; and what the maximum speed of services operating on that line will be.  HL17624
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Baroness Greengross to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether appropriate disposal bins are provided in the male toilets on the Parliamentary Estate for the disposal of stoma and other continence and personal care products.  HL17625
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a statutory requirement for public buildings and offices to provide appropriate disposal bins for the disposal of stoma and other continence products and personal care products in (1) female, and (2) male toilets.  HL17626
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government whether private email accounts, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal or other encrypted services or email accounts have been used by special advisers, ministers or senior civil servants to discuss Government policy on prorogation, dissolution or a no-deal Brexit.  HL17627
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary have agreed to any exemptions for Dominic Cummings, Special Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, from the Cabinet Office Code of Conduct for Special Advisers.  HL17628
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister or Cabinet Secretary first discussed prorogation with Sir Edward Young, the Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen.  HL17629
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will nominate representatives of the Police Superintendents' Association to the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; and if not, why not.  HL17630
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; what is the remit of that Board; and how that board is constituted.  HL17631
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve dementia care research and support for carers of people with dementia across the UK.  HL17632
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the EU on technical alternatives to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  HL17633
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in relation to the institutional abuse in Northern Ireland; and what plans they have, if any, to ensure survivors receive compensation.  HL17634
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support Northern Ireland's business community.  HL17635
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Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for transferring to the National Archives the post-1945 files from the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in the "AM" series.  HL17636
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what access a college which has been refused registration by the Office for Students has to an independent appeals process.  HL17637
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the reasons for the Office for Students refusing registration of institutions that have been operating successfully under the previous Higher Education Funding Council for England regulatory framework, including its financial sustainability test, such as Spurgeon’s College, despite t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions and alternative finance arrangements are being put in place to support students who have been affected by the Office for Student's decision to refuse registration of their educational institutions; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such refusals on student mental health.  HL17639
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) charities, (2) public bodies, (3) commercial companies, and (4) others, received Hospital Episode Statistics data from NHS Digital in August; and what percentage of each had (a) informed consent, (b) opt outs applied, and (c) neither.  HL17640
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the additional £25 million announced for hospice and palliative services by the Prime Minister on 20 August will be (1) an annually recurring figure, and (2) in addition to current grants from, and contracts with, the NHS.  HL17641
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with NHS England to ensure that any contracts between the NHS and the providers of hospice and palliative care services will be for a minimum three year period to provide certainty of funding.  HL17642
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 30 July (HL17215), whether it is their policy to prosecute brothel owners and managers when women are removed to detention centres from their premises, in view of the probability of offences of trafficking or slavery.  HL17643
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the potential for developing solar energy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the benefit of the indigenous population.  HL17644
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about drift from herbicide sprays, aimed at the buffer zone, but affecting crops and population inside the Gaza Strip.  HL17645
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the dismissal of elected mayors and other officials in Kurdish majority areas of Turkey and the accusations of malpractice by their replacements.  HL17646
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take account of the report by the London School of Economics and Political Science Middle East Centre Women, Peace and Security and Displacement in the Middle East, published in July, when planning future aid and development programmes.  HL17647
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing the (1) scope, and (2) total amount, of housing benefit, including any resulting savings on temporary accommodation and other costs.  HL17648
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government how many carers registered with the Department of Work and Pensions are (1) over 18 years, (2) 13–18 years, and (3) under 13 years old, in each (a) London borough, and (b) English local authority area.  HL17649
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend to the Defence Medical Services the same changes to pension tax rules that they are offering to senior consultants within the National Health Service.  HL17650
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they continue to use their "good parent" policy in relation to children in state care.  HL17651
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether any children in public care are being treated as a financial asset.  HL17652
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of children in care being placed outside their local authority area.  HL17653
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of times children in public care change schools.  HL17654
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that local authorities carry out their duties as set out in the Children Act 1989.  HL17655
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence and recommendations in the report by Let Us Learn! 'Normality is a luxury’: how 'limited leave to remain' is blighting young lives?, published in July.  HL17656
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the formal remit of the new Office for Tackling Injustices; and what are its immediate priorities.  HL17657
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why the objectives listed in the departmental plan for the Department for Work and Pensions makes no reference to (1) reducing poverty, and (2) the Sustainable Development Goal on poverty.  HL17658
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for implementing the commitment in their 2015 report A better deal: boosting competition to bring down bills for families and firms to put best practice guidance for school uniform supply in England on a statutory footing.  HL17659
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about the future of the Rohingya refugees, further to Foreign Minister Abdul Momen’s remarks last month that Bangladesh cannot continue to bear the economic burden of the refugees.  HL17660
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many tenants over the age of 60 currently live in private rental accommodation; whether this proportion of older people in private rental accommodation is increasing, and if so, how rapidly; and what plans they have, if any, to take action to increase security for older tenants, including repealing section 21 of the Housi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take as a result of the report of the UN Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts Yemen: Collective Failure, Collective Responsibility published on 3 September, which details multiple violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Yemen, and concludes that ma… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent calls to restore the right of abode in the UK to holders of British National (Overseas) passports living in Hong Kong; and what action, if any, they intend to take as a result.  HL17663
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign Secretary raised concerns over settlement building with Israel’s Foreign Affairs Minister Israel Katz during their meeting in London on 28 August, further to the government of Israel's approval of more than 2,000 settlements in the Occupied West Bank last month.  HL17664
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Foreign Secretary made during his discussions with European partners in Helsinki at the informal meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) on 29 to 30 August on how to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.  HL17665
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to refund the £28.5 million of student loan overpayments made since 2009–10; and if so, when.  HL17666
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students who have overpaid their student loans since 2009–10 have yet to be refunded.  HL17667
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Bank of England The Brexit vote, productivity growth and macroeconomic adjustments in the United Kingdom, published on 27 August, which states that Brexit has so far caused UK productivity to fall by between two and five per cent, and business investment to fall by 11 per cent; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect business investment to grow by 2.2 per cent in 2020 as forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility in its Economic and Fiscal Outlook, published in March; and what forecast they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK productivity and business investment growth in each of the next five years.  HL176… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the manufacturing purchasing managers’ index falling to a 7-year low of 47.4; and what assessment they have made of the statement by Capital Economics that the sector is “on track for recession”.  HL17670
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) model for forecasting business investment, in the light of business investment growth consistently falling below OBR forecasts and remaining “significantly weaker than expected” according to its Economic and Fiscal Outlook, published in March.  HL17671
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used by HMRC to decide whether calls to their helpline are recorded as answered for the purposes of published statistics; and whether an automated response constitutes an answered call.  HL17672
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) civil servants, and (2) armed forces personnel, attended the first flight of the RAF P-8A in Seattle; and what was the total cost of their attendance.  HL17673
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many public sector employees have visited Boeing in Seattle in an official capacity this year; and what was the total cost of any such visits.  HL17674
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase minimum capital requirements for fund managers managing Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities funds and other open-ended funds.  HL17675
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in obtaining a financial contribution from Greybull Capital towards the cost of the return to the UK of passengers on Monarch Airlines consequent on the withdrawal of financial support by Greybull Capital; what is their assessment of whether Greybull Capital and associates are likely to make a profit on their… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of low and negative bond yields on the funding and capital assumptions of (1) pension funds, and (2) insurance companies; and the ability of the banking system to support economic growth.  HL17677
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the risks in the guarantor loan market and the protections available to guarantors.  HL17678
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 30 July (HL17224), which Department was responsible for reaching the decision that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon should be imprisoned in HMP Belmarsh; whether a Minister was involved in that decision; and if so, which.  HL17679
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 August (HL17479), what information on (1) how many times the UK has voted against legislation in the Council of Ministers since 2001, and (2) how many of those occasions that legislation subsequently passed, is available; and if so, where it is to be found.  HL176… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 August (HL17479), whether the UK has successfully blocked any proposed EU legislation in the Council of Ministers since 2009; and if so, what were those measures.  HL17681
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 August (HL17479), how many EU laws have been approved by the Council of Ministers since 2009.  HL17682
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with plans for a proposed new link road to connect the M62 westbound to the M606; whether capital funding has been allocated for that link road; and whether a timetable for construction has been determined.  HL17683
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East's mandate; and whether that mandate complies with the Department for International Development's anti-corruption strategies.  HL17684
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is rated by the Publish What You Find AID transparency index.  HL17685
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East's mandate is aligned with their commitment to a two-state solution for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and what steps they will take to ensure that alignment if necessary.  HL17686
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase footfall in high street stores.  HL17687
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce further incentives for carbon-neutral lifestyles.  HL17688
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of EU businesses that divert supply chains away from the UK.  HL17689
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that there has been an increase in the number of food banks set up in UK schools.  HL17690
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers and officials will attend the 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development 25 as delegates.  HL17691
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development 25.  HL17692
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution the Department for International Development made to (1) core, and (2) non-core, funding of the World Health Organization in (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, and (c) 2018–19.  HL17693
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of UK Overseas Development Assistance was spent by the Department for International Development in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, (3) 2017–18, and (4) 2018–19.  HL17694
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities are using the approval of new settlement housing units in the West Bank as collective punishment for Palestinian acts of violence.  HL17695
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities intend to extend the closure of Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem and prohibit any cultural or political activities by Palestinian organisations held there.  HL17696
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the authority that public utility companies have to obstruct the highway to carry out repairs and installations.  HL17697
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have to make it mandatory for schools to respond to surveys regarding the presence and management of asbestos on their premises; and what plans they have to exercise those powers.  HL17698
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