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Questions for Written Answer for 5 September 2019

Tabled on 4 September 2019 and due for answer by 18 September 2019.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, with respect to the National Statistics data published in April, which estimated the total cost of pension tax relief in respect of registered pension schemes for the year ending 5 April 2018 at £36.3 billion including £4.3 billion in tax relief on employee contributions to occupational pension schemes, (1) what is the estimated fi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of tax relief forgone in net pay pension schemes by workers earning below the personal tax threshold while contributing to workplace pensions in the past three tax years.  HL17700
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that school buildings in Pakistan funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) are not fit for purpose, leaving children learning in makeshift classrooms; and that most of the schools covered by this DfID programme are potentially at risk from structural design flaws… 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 action they took in response to reports in 2016 which highlighted concerns about the Department for International Development's Pakistan educational development programmes.  HL17702
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they paid to (1) the Department for International Development's Special Representative on Education in Pakistan, and (2) other education and management consultancies dealing with education projects in Pakistan, between 2011 and 2015.  HL17703
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Department for International Development has to (1) put greater emphasis on problems identified during the annual reporting process, (2) ensure that greater scrutiny is given to the work of consultancy companies and local contractors, (3) give greater priority to monitoring local progress and quality delivery o… 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 report by the Refugee and the No Accommodation Network Missing the Safety Net, published on 4 September, in particular the finding that the Home Office is frequently failing to provide vulnerable people, including pregnant women, with the asylum support to which they are entitled.  HL1770… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to encourage Network Rail to generate the electricity it consumes from standby electricity generators for its signalling instalments from renewable energy sources.  HL17706
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many spot checks were made by the enforcement agencies on large goods vehicle and heavy goods vehicle emissions in each of the last three years for which figures are available.  HL17707
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by vehicle manufacturers on road building or re-surfacing contractors to reduce the noise from vehicles passing along main roads.  HL17708
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking any action to prevent damage to footpaths and bridleways by off road vehicles and trail bikes; and if so, what this action entails.  HL17709
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran.  HL17710
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 July (HL17137), what considerations led them to adopt the positions that “the Assad regime has lost all legitimacy” and that they “have no intention of encouraging the Global Coalition to cooperate with its security forces”; whether they have applied similar considerations… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of the EU's sanctions on Syria since their imposition in 2012 on (a) the behaviour of the government of Syria, and (b) the economic wellbeing of the population of Syria; (2) the likely impact of those sanctions in the near future; and (3) the effectiveness of measures seeking to deprive S… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 July (HL17137), what was the basis for reaching their conclusions that (1) the Assad regime has lost all legitimacy, and (2) they will not encourage the Global Coalition to cooperate with the Assad regime's security forces; whether they have applied similar considerations i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL17714
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of smart motorways.  HL17715
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to direct the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London to withdraw their prohibition on single women receiving fertility treatment on the NHS as laid out in the South East London Treatment Access Policy Document 2019/20.  HL17716
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement contained in page 34 of the South East London Treatment Access Policy Document 2019/20 that "because of the known disadvantage that providing assisted conception to a single woman would cause both the child and the mother, funding of assisted conception for single women is not… 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 plans they have to instruct the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London to publish the evidence it relied on in developing its policy of not providing fertility treatment to single women.  HL17718
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the board members of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London.  HL17719
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the National Deaf Children’s Society to discuss its report Deaf children across England fall an entire grade behind at GCSE, published on 20 August.  HL17720
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult Human Rights Watch, the Forum for Regional Thinking and the local authorities in North-East Syria on how to reduce the number of refugees and internally displaced persons in al-Hol and other nearby camps, and to improve internal security and living conditions.  HL17721
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Interim and Final Reports, published by Prosperity UK on 24 June and 18 July, on future arrangements for the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, in particular for preserving the integrity of the Belfast Agreement and for avoiding the need for backstop procedures.  HL17722
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they provide on the dangers of wearing a seatbelt incorrectly.  HL17723
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, aged (a) 16–23, (b) 24–29, (c) 30–34, and (d) 34 and over, were (i) prosecuted for, and (ii) convicted of, wearing a seat belt incorrectly in each of the last two years for which information is available.  HL17724
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, aged (a) 16–23, (b) 24–29, (c) 30–34, and (d) 34 and over, were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured, and (iii) received minor injuries, as a result of wearing a seat belt incorrectly in each of the last two years for which information is available.  HL17725
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on advertising the dangers of wearing a seat belt incorrectly in each of the last two years for which information is available.  HL17726
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on the types of injuries associated with wearing a seat belt incorrectly.  HL17727
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether wearing a seat belt incorrectly is as dangerous as not wearing a seat belt at all; and if so, whether they will include this information in future advertising on the wearing of seat belts.  HL17728
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to remain closely aligned with the EU regulatory framework on (1) environmental protection, and (2) food safety standards.  HL17729
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a joint-letter from a group of worldwide business federations coordinated by the United States Chamber of Commerce warning against the impact that a no-deal Brexit could have on global trade as reported by The Times on 4 September.  HL17730
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation that recognises animals as sentient beings after Brexit.  HL17731
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for rationing to prevent potential food and water shortages post-Brexit.  HL17732
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has decided to withhold the body of Nassim Abu Roumi from East Jerusalem to exchange it for the body of an Israeli soldier held in Gaza; and whether they intend to take any action in response to those reports.  HL17733
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding the breaking up of a Palestinian soccer team in East Jerusalem on the grounds that the location is under Israeli sovereignty.  HL17734
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding the recent break up by Israeli forces of a Palestinian Bar Association conference on Israel's home demolition policy in East Jerusalem.  HL17735
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding the taking over by Israeli settlers of Palestinian-owned springs in the West Bank.  HL17736
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