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Questions for Written Answer for 17 October 2019

Tabled on 16 October 2019 and due for answer by 30 October 2019.

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 October 2018 (HL10805), whether their review of language capability and skills throughout the Department for International Development's resourcing and employee lifecycles has been completed; whether they intend to publish that review; and if so, where.  HL140
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of vehicles used to convey Cabinet, and other ministers, are all-electric.  HL184
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Translators Without Borders The Language Lesson: What we’ve learned about communicating with Rohingya Refugees, published in November 2018, that international aid workers have over-estimated the number of people who understand Rakhine and Burmese which has exacerbated t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to drop their targets for the uptake of modern foreign languages as part of the English Baccalaureate; and if so, why.  HL142
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Agriculture Flat Rate Scheme is applied equally across the UK; and if not, why not.  HL143
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Shields and Sons Partnerships v HMRC [2017] C262-16 that found that HMRC cannot exclude farming businesses from the Agriculture Flat Rate Scheme; and what estimate they have made of the number of farms in Northern Ireland which (1) were, and (2)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in regard to the Shields & Sons Partnership v HMRC [2017] C262-16 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union.  HL145
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Baroness Golding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the funding of MRI treatment of essential tremor following the recommendation by NICE for its use.  HL146
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Chambers of Commerce about their members' business with Burmese military-owned companies.  HL147
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to their statistics and reports on the English Indices of Deprivation 2019, published on 26 September.  HL148
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the interests of children of European citizens who are resident in the UK in the event of Brexit taking place (1) with, and (2) without, a deal.  HL149
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 November 2016 (HL Deb, col 1532), what assessment they have made of the current state of the footpath network in England; and whether its condition has improved or worsened since that answer.  HL150
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 November 2016 (HL Deb, col 1532), what was the outcome of their discussions with the chief executive of the Ramblers.  HL151
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve and extend the footpath network since the publication of their Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in 2017 on 21 April 2017.  HL152
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why organisations that received Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) support through the UK Responsible Authority are not covered by the funding guarantee announced on 12 September in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and what consideration has been given to making alternative funding available to charities at ris… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to determine whether an applicant for section 4 asylum support should be considered particularly vulnerable; what is the target timescale for an asylum seeker who is deemed to be vulnerable to receive that support under Home Office guidelines; and what was the average time taken for a payment to b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that British citizenship is granted to stateless persons who fulfil the conditions of paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 to the British Nationality Act 1981 but who may be unable to obtain sufficient evidence of that.  HL155
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the fee for a child or young person to register as a British citizen on their fulfilment of the UK’s obligations under Article 1 of the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.  HL156
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in responding to the request of ex-Hong Kong servicemen for British citizenship for service to the Crown, following their meeting with the Home Office on 30 November 2018 and their supply, in early 2019, of the information requested by the Home Office.  HL157
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they will make in response to the report by Ofsted Exploring moving to home education in secondary school, published on 15 October, regarding secondary school children who move from school to home education.  HL158
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance, if any, they intend to offer to the Video Standards Council on the age-rating system for video games.  HL159
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that children are able to attend school wearing the correct uniform.  HL160
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions they intend to apply to those academies who fail to file their accounts on time.  HL161
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the number of children who gamble.  HL162
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to roll out a home-schooling program with regular checks and tests.  HL163
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to establish mandatory annual health screenings.  HL164
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of uncertainty regarding Brexit on the UK science industry.  HL165
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to prevent criminals exploiting a no-deal Brexit.  HL166
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on 10 October which banned the publication of any details regarding certain detainees’ cases and therefore prevents Addameer the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association from expressing concern for the well-being and health of those detainees.  HL167
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of, and access to, urgent treatment for breast cancer by women in Gaza.  HL168
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take in more Syrian refugees if President Erdogan ejects them from Turkey.  HL169
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the causes and consequences of the Irish famine are part of the current curriculum in English schools; and if not, whether they intend to add this to the curriculum.  HL170
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports that the Israeli military have fired live rounds at farmers on their land in Gaza away from the buffer zone.  HL171
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports that the Palestinian archaeological sites in Sebastia, within area B of the West Bank are being invaded by Israeli soldiers and settlers and that associated buildings close by are being threatened with demolition.  HL172
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Lord Watson of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Royal Society that British science has lost approximately €500 million in EU funding as a result of uncertainty around Brexit.  HL173
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