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Questions for Written Answer for 26 September 2019

Tabled on 25 September 2019 and due for answer by 9 October 2019.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UN Human Rights Council Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, published in September, suggesting that Burundi is at risk of a genocide; what assessment they have made of whether the risk factors as outlined in that Report match the criteria identified by the Genocide Prevention… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when Freedom of Information Request 0510–19 to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was submitted; what has caused the delay in responding to it; and whether the new deadline of 16 September was met.  HL17786
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many heart operations they estimate will be cancelled by the NHS in the event of a no-deal Brexit due to a lack of availability of bio-aortic root replacement imports from Italy.  HL17787
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative bio-aortic root replacement supply lines have been developed in the event of a no-deal Brexit interrupting imports from Italy.  HL17788
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to guarantee a continuous supply of insulin for those with type 1 diabetes in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17789
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their criteria for the introduction of Smart Motorways on (1) journey time reduction, (2) number of accidents, (3) reduction in emissions, and (4) compliance rate with indicated speed limits, have been achieved on the M42.  HL17790
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many trains operated by East Coast Main Line were reported as being “full and standing” over the weekend of 16–18 August; and when they expect to allocate enough rolling stock to their appointed train service operator to overcome overcrowding on the line.  HL17791
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take following the power surge on Thameslink Class 700 trains which caused delays to the Govia Thameslink Railway service; whether, during procurement of those trains, the question of power surges was mentioned in the specification of these trains; and if so, whether such problems were anticipated.  HL17792
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of their decision that East Midlands Trains should order 165 new bi-mode vehicles to fulfil their franchise commitment as compared with an all-electric fleet using renewable energy.  HL17793
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to cease ordering bi-mode rolling stock in order to contribute to the Railway Industry Task Force’s aim to secure an 80 to 100 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2040; and if not, why not.  HL17794
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bi-mode trains cost to (1) order, and (2) run, compared to electric trains for InterCity services.  HL17795
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of evaluating the Troubled Families Programme for their (1) National evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme 2015 to 2020: early findings, published in April 2017; (2) National evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme 2015 to 2020: emerging findings, published in December 2017; (3) National evaluation of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of privileged access management in protecting the cyber security of (1) government departments, and (2) critical national infrastructure.  HL17797
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that best practice in evaluating the cyber security of supply chains is being shared across government departments.  HL17798
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cyber attacks against government departments have involved the misuse of privileged access credentials.  HL17799
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, it takes for an application by an institution for registration with the Office for Students to be processed; and what has been (1) the longest, and (2) the shortest, time taken for such an application, broken down by institution type.  HL17800
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the figures published by the National Deaf Children’s Society which indicate that the number of specialist teachers for deaf children has fallen by 15 per cent since 2011.  HL17801
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to increase the employment of specialist teachers for deaf children by local authorities and schools.  HL17802
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research published by the National Deaf Children’s Society in August on GCSE outcomes which indicated that deaf children fall a grade behind hearing classmates at GCSE.  HL17803
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a bursary scheme for trainee teachers for deaf children.  HL17804
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish figures for student nurse intakes in Northamptonshire for every year since 2010.  HL17805
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take following the decision of the Israel Electric Corporation to cut off electricity supplies to villages in the Palestinian West Bank.  HL17806
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the situation of stateless female cancer patients in Gaza who require specialist treatment in Israel.  HL17807
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people: Developments in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, published on 10 September, in particular its conclusion that the Palestinian economy is at risk of collapse as a result of Isr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Lebanon’s efforts to restrict undocumented foreign labour, and of the impact of such restriction on unemployment among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.  HL17809
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the UN that the composition of the constitutional committee on Syria has been agreed, what plans they have to call for the inclusion of one or more representatives of the populace living in North-East Syria on that committee.  HL17810
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they (1) currently, and (2) intend to, provide to refugees in Greece; and what assessment they have made of the impact that (a) their, and (b) EU, aid is having, in particular in camps on the islands and mainland.  HL17811
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what major air pollution events occurred in the UK between 1 January 2017 and 1 September 2019; on which dates such events occurred; and on which dates they issued related media notifications.  HL17812
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government on which dates between 1 January 2017 and 1 September 2019  the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs convened the multi-agency response group to deal with air pollution events.  HL17813
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that every household that wishes to sign up for a Smart Export Guarantee from an energy company will be able to obtain a suitable smart meter from the day they start any such arrangement; and what consequences would result from being unable to obtain such a smart meter.  HL17814
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protests and mass demonstrations in West Papua since 15 August.  HL17815
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of human rights violations by Indonesian security forces in West Papua since 15 August.  HL17816
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about reports of human rights violations in West Papua.  HL17817
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have held with members of the Pacific Islands Forum about the situation in West Papua.  HL17818
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to raise the current situation in West Papua at the United Nations; and if so, when.  HL17819
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make posthumous pardons available under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to armed forces personnel convicted of sexual offences that have now been abolished.  HL17820
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that social security mitigations in Northern Ireland will continue after March 2020 in the absence of an Executive.  HL17821
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mitigate the impact of any rise in the cost of food staples as a result a no-deal Brexit on low income families.  HL17822
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds they have set aside for community projects supporting low income families with food staples, following a no-deal Brexit.  HL17823
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they took steps, in the light of the collapse of Monarch Airlines and the expenditure of public funds in repatriating travellers, to ensure that public funds will not be irrecoverably spent in repatriating customers of Thomas Cook; and if so, what steps.  HL17824
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Business Bank independently vets every loan it makes through peer-to-peer lending platforms and similar agencies or relies on such platforms for conducting due diligence.  HL17825
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have analysed the value and effectiveness of early intervention approaches in children’s social care; and if so, what actions they have taken as a result.  HL17826
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the causes of the increase in demand for children’s social care services; and if so, what actions they have taken as a result.  HL17827
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether children’s social care services delivered and commissioned by local authorities will benefit from additional funding as a result of the Spending Review announcement.  HL17828
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what decisions they have made regarding the replacement of EU grant schemes under the EU Social Fund if the UK leaves the EU in 2019.  HL17829
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any decisions regarding the quantum and allocation of replacement EU grant funding under the Shared Prosperity Fund will be announced in time for charities and voluntary organisations to continue with existing programmes of work after 2020 when existing grant funding ends.  HL17830
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 4 July (HL16607), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what recent considerations they have given to making it a requirement that all new homes be fitted with solar panels.  HL17831
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to discuss the effects of a no-deal Brexit; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL17832
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative arrangements they anticipate will be acceptable to the EU to replace the backstop in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, published on 14 November 2018.  HL17833
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to protect the Northern Ireland agricultural sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17834
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will name the four local authorities referred to in paragraph 20 of the Yellowhammer section of the Government Response to the Humble Address Motion submitted under Standing Order No. 24 on 9 September 2019 (CP144) and publish the status of the priority concerns as of mid-August.  HL17835
Tabled
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many submissions were received to the Proposal to add folic acid to flour consultation document by the closing date; and when they expect to publish a response.  HL17836
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations have been made to provide military assistance to the civil authorities in advance of 31 October.  HL17837
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to require food establishments in England to display the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme information that they are supplied with by local authorities.  HL17838
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with discussions about the UK remaining an active member of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed operated by the EU.  HL17839
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many food establishments there are in England; and of those, how many have not been inspected by the relevant local authority on the latest date for which figures are available.  HL17840
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the budget preparing for a no-deal Brexit has been spent on advertisements (1) in newspapers, (2) on radio and television, and (3) on social media.  HL17841
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to conduct an inquiry into standards of care in private mental health units.  HL17842
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of climate change on North Sea cod losing sustainability status.  HL17843
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish guidance about how people can reduce their carbon emissions.  HL17844
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outbreak of disease with Ebola-like symptoms in Tanzania.  HL17845
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of appeals against Personal Independence Payment decisions by claimants before tribunals have been successful during the last quarter for which figures are available.  HL17846
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of appeals against Disability Living Allowance decisions by claimants before tribunals have been successful during the last quarter for which figures are available.  HL17847
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average length of time between the receipt of Ministry of Defence tender submissions and contract awards made in the (1) 2009/10, (2) 2014/5, and (3) 2018/19, financial years.  HL17848
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence invitations to tender ended in a failure to award any contract in the (1) 2009/10, (2) 2014/15, and (3) 2018/19, financial years.  HL17849
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a service and support contract is in place to support the 30mm guns on naval ships.  HL17850
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government which company produces spares and provides necessary design modifications for in-service 30mm guns on naval ships.  HL17851
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government which company supplies 30mm guns on the two aircraft carriers and Type 26 frigates.  HL17852
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