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Questions for Written Answer for 23 October 2019

Tabled on 22 October 2019 and due for answer by 5 November 2019.

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Baroness Williams of Trafford to Baroness Kennedy of Cradley's oral question on 22 October, what plans they have to establish, as points of contact for minority women who are at risk of exploitation, specific individuals who are familiar with the cultural practices of minority ethnic groups.  HL267
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Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of current police officers are from BAME backgrounds; and what assessment they have made of how familiar police officers are with the cultural practices of the communities they are policing.  HL268
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that 13-year old Mohammed Hamid Mohammed, admitted to Tal Tamir Hospital following the bombing of Ras-al Ain by Turkey, is a victim of white phosphorus; and whether they intend to refer any such use of white phosphorus to the International Criminal Court to seek justice for the report… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what budget has been allocated to the office of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief for each of the next three years.  HL270
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any international initiative to send independent observers to monitor the local district council elections in Hong Kong due to be held on 24 November; and what assessment they have made of the basis on which those elections are being held.  HL271
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) membership, (2) purpose, and (3) timescale for the work, of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hong Kong Task Force.  HL272
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations contained in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rights of the Rohingya's report A New Shape of Catastrophe: two years on from the 2017 Rohingya Crisis, published on 10 September.  HL273
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use Magnitsky powers to target those responsible for reported crimes against humanity in Myanmar; and what mechanisms they are establishing, if any, to bring to justice those responsible for crimes against humanity and potential genocide.  HL274
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Baroness Bertin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the £434 million funding gap for disabled children's social care identified in the research published by the Disabled Children's Partnership; and what plans they have to establish a disabled children's fund to improve early intervention services such as short breaks for disabled children.  HL275
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Lord Borwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress NHS England has made to commission MR-guided focused ultrasound for patients with essential tremor.  HL276
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to protect the (1) water level, and (2) quality, of chalk streams and rivers.  HL277
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in order to secure the (1) water level, and (2) quality, of chalk streams, what plans they have to prevent HS2 from using water to tunnel through the Chilterns.  HL278
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of unpicked fruit on UK farms due to a lack of labour; and what plans they have to ensure that there is enough labour to pick winter vegetables on UK farms.  HL279
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council that the Council will not pay for the repairs to Hammersmith Bridge, whether they intend to contribute to the cost of the repairs; and what discussions they intend to have with (1) Transport for London, and (2) Hammersmith and Fulham Council, about those… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Corston to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police stations have closed in each county in England and Wales since 2010.  HL281
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish separately a list of (1) all meetings between all health ministers and the private health care provider, Babylon, and (2) social and other events organised by Babylon attended by one or more health ministers.  HL282
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the road network between East Lancashire and Yorkshire, in particular of congestion at the Colne end of the M65; and what steps they are taking if any to improve road connections in East Lancashire and to reduce congestion at Colne.  HL283 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for passengers to be compensated for journeys made on Pacer trains which are still in service on the Northern franchise after the start of 2020.  HL284
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the passenger usage statistics for each station on the East Lancashire line between Blackburn and Colne, for each of the last five years.  HL285
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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.  HL286 [I]
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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 those sections in each area which are not yet open.  HL287 [I]
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Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK tobacco industry’s contribution to tackling smoking related litter; and whether that contribution meets their stated goal of getting that industry to play a greater role in addressing such litter.  HL288
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Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of cleaning up smoking related litter in England during the last year.  HL289
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Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with individual UK tobacco companies about smoking related litter in the last three years.  HL290
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Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any funding from the UK tobacco industry as part of their national litter campaign.  HL291
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government where the Centre of Excellence for Human Security, as announced on 4 April, will be based.  HL292
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Centre of Excellence for Human Security, as announced on 4 April, has been allocated funding.  HL293
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how the courses delivered by the Centre of Excellence for Human Security will be accredited.  HL294
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about licensing the polypill in the absence of applications by pharmaceutical companies.  HL295
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the supervised tooth brushing programme, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery in its report The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.  HL296
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the soft drinks industry levy to include sugary dairy drinks, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery's report The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.  HL297
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage all schools to become sugar free, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery's report The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.  HL298
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a new NHS dental contract focused on prevention, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery's report The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.  HL299
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include oral health in pre-registration training for all public health professionals, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery's report The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.  HL300
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported detention of (1) Adnan Ghaith, (2) Shadi Mutawar, and (3) Yasser Darwish; and what responses they have received.  HL301
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Israel about its reasons for the reported denial of access to the Ein Hanya natural spring near Al-Walaja, within the municipal boundary of Jerusalem.  HL302
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to call on the government of Turkey to compensate the (1) next of kin of civilians killed or seriously wounded, and (2) local authorities for damage to civil infrastructure, in particular water facilities and grain storage, as a result of the recent incursion by Turkey into Syria.  HL303
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Turkey about ensuring that its auxiliary militias comply fully with current, and any future, ceasefires in Syria.  HL304
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received about reports of torture, murder, kidnapping, ransoming of civilians, and sexual enslavement of women, by the Turkish forces and allied militias in the Afrin Canton of Syria; and what is their response to any such evidence.  HL305
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Netherlands about the reasons why that government cancelled its funding for the White Helmets and the Free Syria Police in 2018; and whether they will publish the outcomes of any such discussions.  HL306
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to attract recruits into early years provision.  HL307
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what the turnover of staff in early years provision has been in each of the last five years in England, Wales and Scotland.  HL308
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons can be learned from the recruitment of teachers and social workers for the recruitment of staff to early years provision.  HL309
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote access to, and services provided by, rural post offices; and whether they will provide an update on the status of the Post Office Card Account.  HL310
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since the joint statement by the UK High Commissioner, the United States Ambassador, and the EU Ambassador, to Guyana, published on 19 September, calling on the President of Guyana “to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s constitution”; and what plans they have to support su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the costs resulting from private finance initiative road maintenance contracts agreed by Highways England; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the level of service provided by those agreements.  HL312
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the details of all private finance initiative contracts that were agreed by Highways England, including the (1) costs, (2) scope, and (3) length of time that they will run.  HL313
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial position of the South Western Railway franchise; and how much they have received in premium payments from that operator since the start of the franchise.  HL314
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration detainees were held for more than 28 days in each of the last four years.  HL315
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the longest time in days an individual has been detained for immigration reasons (1) among current detainees, and (2) in the last four years.  HL316
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those released from immigration detention in the last four years (1) are still in the UK, and (2) have been returned to their country of origin.  HL317
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the labelling of meat from the non-stun slaughter of animals.  HL318
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Lord Storey to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether catering and retail staff members of the House of Lords receive the full amount of any "tip" given to them when paid by debit card.  HL319
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what support is provided for children and young people with visual impairment in (1) early years settings, and (2) schools.  HL320
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Joint Understanding between the Department for Education and the Independent Schools Council is supporting the raising of educational standards in state schools.  HL321
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to sanction intelligence gathering and surveillance of Members of Parliament.  HL322
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the regulatory requirements needed for the introduction of so-called "flying taxis".  HL323
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make it mandatory for schools to have a library.  HL324
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the educational impact on children of not having access to a school library.  HL325
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of the drying of peatlands in the UK.  HL326
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Myanmar about ensuring justice and the voluntary and safe return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.  HL327
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any trading (1) sanctions, and (2) conditions, have been imposed on (a) Myanmar; and if so, what.  HL328
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) support, and (2) funding, they provide to the Better Work programme in Bangladesh to improve working conditions in the garment industry in that country; and which businesses that programme supports.  HL329
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) support, and (2) funding, they provide to the Mothers@Work initiative in Bangladesh to promote maternity rights and good working conditions for women in the garment industry in that country; and which businesses that programme supports  HL330
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to prioritise marginalised people and communities in regard to sexual and reproductive health and rights; and what plans they have to discuss this matter at the 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development.  HL331
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of tracker and similar funds lending the shares of beneficial owners for shorting; what regulations are in place to ensure that such funds make share owners sufficiently aware that shares may be lent in this way; whether such funds must seek the permission of beneficial owners before lendi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of beneficial owners with shares invested in tracker and similar funds that are not fully cognisant that their shares are being lent for shorting; and what steps they intend to take in response to any such estimate.  HL333
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