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Questions for Written Answer for 6 September 2019

Tabled on 5 September 2019 and due for answer by 19 September 2019.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the public statement by Commander Will King on 2 September that HMS Montrose has been subjected to 115 separate confrontations with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards; what assessment they have made of the nature and range of those confrontations; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL17737
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rents levied by developers of student accommodation.  HL17738
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make an assessment of the level of investment in programmes to tackle rough sleeping that would result by imposing either (1) a one per cent stamp duty surcharge on non-resident property purchases, or (2) a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on non-resident property purchases; if so, when; and if not, why not.  HL17… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in guaranteeing free TV licences for over-75s.  HL17740
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce deaths and injuries (1) caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, and (2) where driving under the influence of alcohol was a contributing factor.  HL17741
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards the roll-out of smart meters.  HL17742
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s current dependency on energy supplied by interconnectors.  HL17743
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens will continue to benefit from the European Health Insurance Card in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October; if so, by what mechanism; and if not, what alternative provision, if any, they intend to make.  HL17744
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 7 August (HL17449), in what format the data are available for average annual waiting times for each accident and emergency department in Greater Manchester in each of the last five years.  HL17745
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women sentenced in (1) the magistrates courts, and (2) the Crown Courts, in England and Wales did not have a pre-sentence report prepared for them in each of the last five years.  HL17746 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the courts in England and Wales used prison as a place of safety in each of the last five years.  HL17747 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women currently in prison are aged (1) under 21, (2) 21–30, (3) 31–35, (4) 36–40, (5) 41–50, (6) 51–60, and (7) over 60, years old.  HL17748 [I]
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 6 August (HL17450), what sanctions against vehicle owners are available to the authorities when such owners persistently ignore penalty notices, but do not cause an obstruction which merits the vehicle being towed away.  HL17749
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what the trend has been in the amount of air pollution surrounding major airports over the last three years for which figures are available; and what progress they have made in securing a reduction of harmful air pollutants in those areas.  HL17750
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report Getting smart about intellectual property and other intangibles in the public sector, published in October 2018, which department will be responsible for the proposal to "design and implement best practice protocols for development, protection and commercialisation of public sector knowledge assets".  HL17751
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports have been commissioned in the last three years on the value or curation of data controlled or generated by (1) the National Health Service, (2) the Department of Health and Social Care, and (3) arms-length bodies of that department; which departments commissioned those reports; when those reports were completed or are… 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 steps they took to ensure that board members of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in South East London read the South East London Treatment Access Policy Document 2019/20 in full before agreeing to it.  HL17753
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review their policy on illegal drugs, following the decriminalisation of such drugs in many jurisdictions including parts of North and South America.  HL17754
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with food retailers about providing food and other products that would otherwise have to go to landfill sites to food banks; and what plans they have to encourage (1) food retailers to participate in, and (2) the further development of, such provision.  HL17755
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to start the pilot scheme to test a subscription model to fund the development of new antimicrobials, announced on 9 July.  HL17756
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Minister for Asia and the Pacific on 26 March (HC Deb, col 61WH) on forced live organ extraction that they "need to properly and fully investigate such reports and allegations, and establish the facts”, what steps they have taken to investigate forced live organ extraction in China.  HL17757
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Minister for Asia and the Pacific on 26 March (HC Deb, col 61WH) on forced live organ extraction, what conclusions they drew from the report by the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China Final Judgement and Summary Report, published on 17 June; and wha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make, if any, to the government of China about reports of forced organ extraction in that country; and what work is being undertaken, or is proposed, at the UN Human Rights Council on that issue.  HL17759
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 July (HL Deb, col 816), whether the Minister has met Sir Geoffrey Nice, Chair of the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China; if not, why not; and if so, what (1) progress has been made, and (2) steps they intend to take.  HL177… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Palmer of Childs Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East facilities and institutions are not being used by terrorist groups for combat purposes.  HL17761
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Lord Palmer of Childs Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East officials, especially those in Lebanon and Syria, to support Palestinian refugees to receive (1) citizenship, and (2) fair treatment from host governments.  HL17762
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that children are not detained for immigration reasons.  HL17763
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been detained in immigration detention for longer than 28 days since January 2018.  HL17764
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who have been detained in immigration detention at any point since January 2018 were subsequently deported.  HL17765
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many export licences they have granted which approved the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2019.  HL17766
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) revoke all existing, and (2) ban future, export licences for the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.  HL17767
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government who made the decision to put a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen back on display at Stormont House; who was consulted before that decision was taken; on what date that decision was taken; and whether any additional images reflecting the work of the Northern Ireland Office were also put on display at the same location at that time.  HL1776… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used to decide which images reflecting the work of the Northern Ireland Office are put on display at Stormont House; and whether different criteria are used to decide which images are displayed at 1 Horse Guards Road, London.  HL17769
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a snack tax to help reduce obesity.  HL17770
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the distribution of adult social care funding.  HL17771
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the NHS is taking to increase the number of trainee doctors recruited each year.  HL17772
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of leaving de-commissioned oil rigs in the North Sea.  HL17773
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask the Leader of the House when they intend to proceed with the Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill [HL]; and whether they will lay a carry-over motion for that bill before the end of the current session.  HL17774
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the workings of the Public Sector Equality Duty.  HL17775
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 2 August (HL17439), who now owns HMS Bristol.  HL17776
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) destroyers, and (2) frigates, are presently on order for the Royal Navy.  HL17777
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) destroyers, and (2) frigates, are presently in service with the Royal Navy.  HL17778
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