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Questions for Written Answer for 3 October 2019

Tabled on 2 October 2019 and due for answer by 16 October 2019.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the ability of (1) refugees, and (2) people seeking asylum, to reunite with family members in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17984
Tabled
Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the taxpayer of repayments to Thomas Cook customers who lost future bookings.  HL17985
Answered
Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the National Insurance Fund of the payments (1) made, and (2) which will be made, by the redundancy payment service and the insolvency service to Thomas Cook employees who are owed redundancy and notice pay.  HL17986
Answered
Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of the cost to the taxpayer arising from the administration of Thomas Cook they will be able to recoup from (1) travel insurers, (2) debit and credit card providers, and (3) other travel providers through which passengers may have booked their Thomas Cook holiday.  HL17987
Answered
Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of tax and duty owed by Thomas Cook at the time of their entry into administration; and what assessment they have made of whether there is any prospect of recovering the amount owed or any proportion thereof.  HL17988
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 October (HL17712), whether they conduct impact assessments on sanctions as a matter of general policy; whether they conducted such an impact assessment for sanctions against Syria; if so, when; and if not, why not.  HL17989
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 October (HL17712), what steps they have taken to minimise the impact on ordinary Syrians of sanctions on oil imposed on Syria.  HL17990
Answered
Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reduce net migration to the UK from the average annual net inflow over the past 10 years; and if so, how they intend to do this.  HL17991
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on NHS services in Northamptonshire of recent changes in the numbers of student nurses in Northamptonshire.  HL17992
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal College of Surgeons' Faculty of Dental Surgery The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.  HL17993
Answered
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 which found that 51 per cent of local authorities subject to an Ofsted and Care Quality Commission special educational needs and disabilities inspection in 2017 had to produce a written statement of action.  HL17994
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they are conducting into extended producer responsibility to assist in the reduction of pollution by plastics and to encourage the use of recyclable and bio-degradable packaging.  HL17995
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to prevent the export of waste products from the UK.  HL17996
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they intend to offer to (1) producers, (2) wholesalers, and (3) retailers, to reduce the amount of packaging in the economy, in particular non-reusable plastic packaging.  HL17997
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the amendment of the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes in June 2019 to include a list of plastic products; and what plans they have to review that amendment's effect annually.  HL17998
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission research into the capacity of the world's deserts to accommodate toxic wastes and non-recyclable plastics.  HL17999
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British women and children, formerly associated with militant Islamist groups, returned to the UK from the Syria–Turkey frontier in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL18000
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 1 August (HL17256), what assessment they have made of the advice from the Environment Agency to Hillingdon Council in 2008 that pollution was flowing south west from the New Years Green Landfill towards the site of planned HS2 piling works.  HL18001
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have sought from HS2 Ltd about the impacts on their plans of the confirmation by the London Borough of Hillingdon in 2011 that New Years Green Bourne was a Significant Pollution Pathway under paragraphs 3(a) and 3(c) of the Contaminated Land (England) Regulations 2006, with the underground pollution… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of greenhouse gases the UK produced from incineration including through waste to energy incinerators in 2016.  HL18003
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of legal protections for ancient yew trees.  HL18004
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consult (1) members of the public, (2) civil society organisations, and (3) local authorities, on options for increasing legal protections for ancient yew trees.  HL18005
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to recognise ancient yew trees as part of the UK’s national heritage.  HL18006
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.  HL18007
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether pilots, or other tests and trials, of the proposed Environmental Land Management Schemes have taken place; and if so, when they will publish the results.  HL18008
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 June (HL16327), following the withdrawal of the Hong Kong extradition bill and in view of the protests in Hong Kong, what steps they are taking to ensure that the Sino-British Joint Declaration, ratified by the governments of China and the United Kingdom in 1984 and register… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when the planned Thameslink service from Maidstone East to central London and on to Cambridge is due to commence; and how frequently that service will run.  HL18010
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the repeated delays in the introduction of the Thameslink service from Maidstone East to central London and on to Cambridge.  HL18011
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost of the Brexit negotiations since the result of the EU referendum in 2016.  HL18012
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated total cost of the 40 hospital building projects announced on 29 September.  HL18013
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who were born in the UK were subject to forced removal from the UK in (1) 2012, (2) 2015, (3) 2016, (4) 2017, and (5) 2018.  HL18014
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Syrian people, under the age of 18, immigrated to the UK in each of the last five years.  HL18015
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Home Office decisions on asylum applications have been overturned on appeal in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2015, (4) 2016, (5) 2017, and (6) 2018.  HL18016
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they allow representatives from the country of origin of asylum seekers to take part in interviews relating to their asylum application.  HL18017
Tabled
Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Supreme Court justices receive financial support from the EU; and if so, how many.  HL18018
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to make the duty-free import of eggs conditional upon animal welfare requirements.  HL18019
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.  HL18020
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to identify the cause of the gender pay gap.  HL18021
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to combat sadfishing.  HL18022
Answered
Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 1 October (HL Deb, col 1624) that there is now "a year’s worth of evidence, which shows that more people are being supported earlier" and that "this is having a clear impact on the prevention of homelessness", whether they will place a copy of that evidence in the Library… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 1 October (HL Deb, col 1624), what plans they have to conduct a review into the effectiveness of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.  HL18024
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Future Combat Air System Technology Initiative will develop carrier-borne variants; and what assessment they have made of the importance of carrier-borne variants to achieving the aim of delivering a Next Generation Combat Air System capable of operating in the 2040+ environment.  HL18025
Answered
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