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Questions for Written Answer for 2 October 2019

Tabled on 1 October 2019 and due for answer by 15 October 2019.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that smartphones in North Korea are manufactured and sold using hardware imported in violation of United Nations sanctions.  HL17944
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims by the UK cyber security company Hacker House that algorithms, software and surveillance tools are placed by the State into North Korean phones; and what are the implications of this for human rights and civil liberties.  HL17945
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) evidence that the Gionee manufactured smart phones sold in North Korea, and (2) whether the use of foreign components imported into North Korea to enable the manufacture of mobile phones violates United Nations sanctions.  HL17946
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent changes have been made to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation; and what was the purpose of any such change.  HL17948
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what fiscal measures they are taking to support the 2025 zero emissions target in respect of buses.  HL17949
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of (1) buses, (2) lorries, (3) trains, and (4) aircraft, that could be powered by hydrogen by (a) 2025, and (b) 2040.  HL17950
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-departmental discussions have taken place about drawing up a comprehensive sexual health strategy to tackle the rise in sexually transmitted infections.  HL17951
Answered
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much capital money will be allocated for the (1) rebuilding, and (2) refurbishment, of North Manchester General Hospital in each of the next five years.  HL17952 [I]
Answered
Baroness Flather to ask Her Majesty's Government how many polygamous households received income-related state benefits in the latest annual period for which figures are available.  HL17953
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Baroness Flather to ask Her Majesty's Government whether second and subsequent partners in polygamous relationships are treated as separate claimants under the current rules for benefits and tax credits.  HL17954
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Baroness Flather to ask Her Majesty's Government how many polygamous households they estimate to be affected by the move to Universal Credit; and what estimate they have made of the total cost of such households’ Universal Credit claims.  HL17955
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are on track to meet their commitment, made in December 2014, that the English Coastal Path will be completed and open in 2020; and if not, what are the reasons for any delays.  HL17956 [I]
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which sections of the English Coastal Path are now open; and what are the expected opening dates of the remaining sections in each area.  HL17957 [I]
Answered
Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty's Government when the standstill period for the British Board of Film Classification's Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements ends; and when they intend to (1) lay that guidance before Parliament, and (2) announce the new date on which the age verification regime to prevent children accessing commercial pornography online will come i… 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 assessment they have made of the prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  HL17959
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a strategy embracing (1) prevention of, (2) early recognition of, and (3) support for children with, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  HL17960
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission a study on life outcomes for children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, including behavioural and language issues.  HL17961
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission a study outlining the support required by parents of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  HL17962
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the results of Operation Kingfisher before 31 October; and if so, when.  HL17963
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the results of Operation Snow Bunting before 31 October; and if so, when.  HL17964
Tabled
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the results of Operation Black Swan before 31 October; and if so, when.  HL17965
Answered
Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any restrictions on UK residents in Northern Cyprus travelling across the border into the Republic of Cyprus; and whether UK residents in Northern Cyprus will be able to travel across the border into the Republic of Cyprus after Brexit.  HL17966
Answered
Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, will be the VAT implications for aircraft which have to date been imported into, but may not be physically in, the UK on the planned exit day from the EU.  HL17967
Answered
The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards reducing the numbers of care leavers who are (1) rough sleeping, and (2) homeless, in 2019; and what steps they are taking to achieve further reductions in those numbers.  HL17968
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the introduction of a deposit return scheme for drinks containers; what use will be made of reverse vending machines as part of such a scheme; and what the respective roles of (1) industry, and (2) local government, will be in that scheme.  HL17947
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the arrangements for environmental protection and upholding environmental standards from the date of the UK leaving the EU and the date on which the Office for Environmental Protection is established.  HL17969 [I]
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the four Point-class sealift ships will be used to transport urgent cargoes of medicines, short shelf life products, or other essential goods.  HL17970
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, there are plans to utilise Marchwood Military Port to import essential goods.  HL17971
Answered
Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the case for the separation of declarations of Royal Assent to Acts and Measures from the ceremony of prorogation.  HL17972
Tabled
Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the ability of (1) refugees, and (2) people seeking asylum, to be able to reunite with family members in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17973
Tabled
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the condition of Ministry of Defence housing stock; and what steps they take to ensure the condition of such stock meets acceptable living standards.  HL17974
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Genetic Alliance UK Fixing the Present, Building for the Future: Newborn screening for rare conditions, published in July, in particular its finding that the UK tests for fewer conditions in new-borns in its new-born bloodspot screening programme than similar high income countries; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revise their proposed no-deal tariff schedule to include eggs and egg products.  HL17976
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the uptake of checks for breast, bowel, and cervical diseases; and whether they intend to publish guidance to NHS trusts in England about ways in which such trusts can increase the uptake of such checks.  HL17977
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to using (1) smartphone bookings, (2) text reminders, (3) evening appointments, and (4) accessible locations, for cancer screening appointments; and what assessment, if any, they have made of whether such measures would increase (a) the uptake of such screenings, and (b) early diagnosis.  HL17978
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring that there will be sufficient numbers of fully-qualified (1) official veterinarians, and (2) meat hygiene inspectors, employed (a) in abattoirs, and (b) on farms, in the UK after Brexit.  HL17979
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of violence towards (1) bystanders, and (2) protestors, in the National Day protests in Hong Kong.  HL17980
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that people crossing the border in Gibraltar have as minimum a time delay as possible after the UK departs the EU.  HL17981
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the rise in deaths of homeless people.  HL17982
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether businesses which have planned and stockpiled for Brexit twice will be reimbursed for extra costs incurred, if there is no Brexit on 31 October.  HL17983
Answered
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