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Questions for Written Answer for 29 October 2019

Tabled on 28 October 2019 and due for answer by 11 November 2019.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on (1) motorway advertising, (2) newspaper advertisements, and (3) other public information campaigns, in the past 12 months, about preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.  HL423
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on ferry contracts that were entered into in anticipation of a possible no-deal Brexit in the past 12 months.  HL424
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what preventive measures they have put in place to protect the NHS from running short of essential medicines and medical supplies in preparation for a possible no-deal Brexit on 31 October or any other date; and what estimate they have made of the costs incurred from such measures.  HL425
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS practice nurses in England, after working in NHS GP practices across the country, have been excluded from the NHS pension arrangements available to other NHS staff; what estimate they have made of the pension such nurses would have accrued, on average, had they been able to accrue pensions in the same way as nurses work… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of how many NHS senior medical staff have been asked to pay extra tax as a result of their pension contributions exceeding the Tapered Annual Allowance in the (1) 2016–17, (2) 2017–18, and (3) 2018–19 tax years; and what was the average amount of tax that such staff were asked to pay in each of those years.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) employers, and (2) pension scheme members, have received too much tax relief due to incorrect pension contributions being made as a result of confusion between (a) Relief at Source, and (b) Net Pay, arrangements.  HL428
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of remarks made to the human rights committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 24 October that 11 million people, including 140,000 children in North Korea remain undernourishe… 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 assessment they have made of remarks made by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea on 22 October that (1) North Korea "is violating its human rights obligations due to its failing economic and agricultural policies", and (2) discrimination leads to many… 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 assessment they have made of remarks made by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea on 22 October that (1) North Korea is placing severe and widespread restrictions on basic freedoms, including surveillance and close monitoring of civilians, and (2) many… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are, if any, to add either 'International Relations' or 'Foreign Affairs' to the searchable list of topics on the Lords Digital Chamber, which currently includes: 'Business and Economy', 'Communities, Education and Families', 'Defence', 'Environment', 'Europe', 'Health', 'Home Affairs', 'Science and Tech… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) formally recognise, and (2) protect, the interests of future generations.  HL433
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote hydrogen energy storage.  HL434
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote the (1) production, and (2) use, of electric cars in the UK.  HL435
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the withdrawal of United States forces from north east Syria, whether the Coalition for the Defeat of ISIS’ mission now includes retaining control over the al-Omar oilfield and the prevention of access to that oilfield by Syrian Armed Forces.  HL436
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the al-Omar oilfield in Syria will be controlled by military personnel associated with the Coalition for the Defeat of ISIS or the United States Armed Forces.  HL437
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Armed Forces have, or are intended to have, any involvement in controlling the al-Omar oilfield in Syria.  HL438
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ISIS fighters in Syria have been (1) killed, and (2) captured, in (a) 2018, and (b) 2019, by the Coalition for the Defeat of ISIS.  HL439
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support the nomination by the Republic of South Korea of the nurses Marianne Stoger and Margaritha Pissarek for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.  HL440
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of their expenditure on the (1) child element, and (2) childcare costs element, of Universal Credit.  HL441
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on (1) benefits, and (2) tax credits, related to childcare and other child-related costs, broken down by each payment, in the last year for which figures are available.  HL442
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated loss of revenue to HM Treasury as a result of the sale and distribution, within the UK, of laundered fuel, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.  HL443
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fuel laundering plants have been discovered and decommissioned in (1) Northern Ireland, and (2) Great Britain, in the last three years for which figures are available.  HL444
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness and depth of co-operation with the authorities in the Republic of Ireland in their attempts to disrupt and prevent the illegal laundering and distribution of fuel.  HL445
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions have been brought against those charged with the illegal laundering, distribution and sale of fuel in the UK in the last three years for which figures are available.  HL446
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental damage caused in the UK by the illegal laundering of fuel.  HL447
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government why the maximum funding for a Level 3 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship is set at £3,000 when the maximum funding for Level 3 apprenticeships for veterinary nurses and project control technicians is set at £15,000 and £21,000 respectively.  HL448
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have refunded all of the fees for applications for settled status received before 1 April.  HL449
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) requirements, (2) regulations, and (3) responsibilities, in connection with (a) the decommissioning of onshore fracking wells in particular where an operator is no longer able to carry out the necessary work, (b) monitoring of a well for any leakages or emissions, or other environmental damage foll… 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 proportion of third sector organisations currently receiving funding from the Department for Education have had (1) firm, and (2) indicative, funding allocations for 2020–21.  HL451
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future funding of the Family Rights Group; whether they intend to announce those plans; and if so, when.  HL452
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over its role in enforcing any judgment it makes; what consideration they have given to moving the ASA onto a statutory basis; and what research they have undertaken on the impact of the ASA on consumers, particularly in cases where complai… 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 action can be taken by thyroid patents who in raising concerns about the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) refusal to allow the prescription of liothyronine, were told by that CCG to raise the issue with NHS England only to be told by NHS England to raise the matter with that CCG.  HL454
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the updated prescribing guidance for liothyronine issued by the South Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee in July is followed by all Clinical Commissioning Groups.  HL455
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take in relation to thyroid patients who, having previously had successful treatment on dosages of 20mcg and above of liothyronine, are now facing a restriction on the dosage.  HL456
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what further proof of eligibility for treatment with liothyronine is required for those patients, in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) who are members of the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee, for whom an endocrinologist has confirmed levothyroxine treatment has not been suitable and has recommended they are prescribed… 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 whether Individual Funding Requests are intended to be used for rationing access to NHS treatments, such as liothyronine, where there is a recognised cohort of patients.  HL458
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Individual Funding Requests have been received for treatment with liothyronine since the start of the Low Priority Prescribing Project Programme in 2017.  HL459
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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.  HL460
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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.  HL461
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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.  HL462
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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.  HL463
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 October (HL39), what estimate they have made of the total area, in hectares, of trackside vegetation cleared by Network Rail during the past five years.  HL464
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 October (HL39), what assessment they have made of the impact of clearance of trackside vegetation by Network Rail on the UK’s carbon budget.  HL465
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 October (HL39), whether Network Rail carries out any habitat and carbon offsetting to compensate for the removal of trackside vegetation.  HL466
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how many 50p coins to commemorate Brexit on 31 October have been minted.  HL467
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the impact of regulation on the competitiveness of financial services in the UK.  HL468
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their next economic forecasts in accordance with the Industry Act 1975.  HL469
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure local NHS People Plans include a mental health workforce strategy to reduce vacancy rates, retain staff and create the new roles needed to fulfil their proposals on mental health.  HL470
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to amend the legislation relating to the calculation of child maintenance so that such calculations are based on a parent's gross salary, after tax and National Insurance deductions but before the deduction of pensions contributions.  HL471
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to increase the number of spaces available in pupil referral units.  HL472
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government when the freedom of information request which details how nursery rates are calculated will be published by the Department of Education.  HL473
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made as to whether the humans rights of workers building the stadium for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been violated.  HL474
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to increase the uptake of childhood vaccinations; and when any such plans are likely to be implemented.  HL475
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of violence by Israeli settlers against (1) Palestinians, their farmland and olive groves, and (2) human rights workers supporting Palestinians, in the West Bank.  HL476
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that UN resolutions and sanctions against the government of Israel are enforced.  HL477
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by the UN independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements as a step to potentially end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank; and what steps they intend to take in response to that call.  HL478
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect Palestinian children in the West Bank from violence, including the use of live ammunition by the Israeli army.  HL479
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the number of injuries to unarmed Palestinians caused by live ammunition.  HL480
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction of power supplies to the West Bank and the reported denial by the government of Israel to alternative sources of power on the human rights of those living there; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about increasing power supply to the We… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to UK universities about the risk of (1) hostile state actors, and (2) a reliance on funding from Chinese students and the theft of research and intellectual property from campuses.  HL482
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