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Questions for Written Answer for 30 October 2019

Tabled on 29 October 2019 and due for answer by 12 November 2019.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Pensions Regulator makes pension schemes regularly reconcile and report on the accuracy of auto-enrolment pensions data.  HL483
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the disqualification of Joshua Wong from being able to stand for election in the District Council elections in Hong Kong; whether they are monitoring those elections for irregularities; whether they intend to challenge any unjust disqualifications and irregularities; and if so, how.  HL484
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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 22 October that in the past six months he has received information from family members living in… 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 provision universities are required to make for students who need to repeat a year or pause their studies due to (1) ill health, (2) having caring responsibilities, and (3) a pregnancy; and to what extent the Department for Education expects universities to make equal provision for such students in cases where the univer… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of African-led efforts to end conflict in Africa, including the Silence the Guns 2020 initiative; and what steps they intend to take to support such efforts.  HL487
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to enhance cooperation between the UN, the EU, and international, regional, and sub-regional institutions, to advance support for peace in (1) the Sahel, (2) the African Great Lakes, and (3) the Horn of Africa.  HL488
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of funding for UN support to African Peace Support Operations.  HL489
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the purchase price of methadone, per unit, paid by the NHS in England in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2015, and (4) 2019.  HL490
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual cost per person of methadone (1) treatment, and (2) supervision.  HL491
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the value for money that the methadone programme in England represents; if so, what was the outcome of any such assessment; and if not, why not.  HL492
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to divert funding currently used for methadone treatment to initiatives to support people to abstain from opiates.  HL493
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop drug and alcohol services over the next 12 months.  HL494
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have allocated to drug and alcohol services in 2019 compared with (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, and (4) 2018.  HL495
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that former Thomas Cook employees who apply for, and are eligible for, Universal Credit begin receiving payments swiftly.  HL496
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Thomas Cook's liquidation on (1) airline food suppliers, and (2) aircraft parts manufacturers.  HL497
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect Thomas Cook's suppliers from the financial impact of that company's collapse.  HL498
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Thomas Cook's liquidation on the landlords of Thomas Cook's high street shops.  HL499
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on business rates revenue, following the closure of Thomas Cook's high street shops.  HL500
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review their repatriation measures for non-ATOL protected passengers, following the collapse of Thomas Cook.  HL501
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of whether the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is following the updated prescribing guidance for liothyronine issued by the South Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee in July; and what action they are taking to ensure the guidance is being followed.  HL502
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what price to the NHS liothyronine would need to fall below in order for the restriction on its prescription to be lifted.  HL503
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.  HL504
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to other products which fail to meet Public Health England’s voluntary sugar reformulation targets.  HL505
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement new restrictions on promotions and advertising for products which are high in salt, sugar and fat.  HL506
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement the commitments relating to children’s oral health contained in the Advancing on health: prevention in the 2020's consultation document, published in July 2019.  HL507
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the objectives of the EU’s Operation Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and what contribution, if any, the UK is making to that operation.  HL508
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the agreed ceasefire in north-east Syria is being respected by all armed groups; and what proposals they have for making it (1) effective, and (2) permanent.  HL509
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 October (HL109), how many repatriations of British citizens or residents now in Syria, in particular in the north-east, have so far been achieved through their case-by-case approach; and whether they are seeking the help of both non-governmental organisations and internation… 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 progress has been made towards meeting the requirement of section 3(21) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, namely that the Secretary of State must, and before 1 December, publish a report on the future welfare mitigation support measures that will be in place after March 2020, unless an Exe… 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 requirements, if any, there are to take people's lived experience into account when developing policy.  HL512
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The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of the £500 million for broadband extension, announced on 28 October, that will be required by each of the nations of the UK; and what contribution could still be required by local authorities.  HL513
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The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £500 million for broadband extension, announced on 28 October, will be ringfenced; and whether beneficiaries of the funding will be required to publicise the source of that funding.  HL514
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence spent on advertising in the last year; and what the principal categories were, broken down by (1) medium, and (2) purpose.  HL515
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Mastiff (all variants), (2) Ridgeback (all variants), (3) Wolfhound (all variants), (4) Husky (all variants), (5) Coyote (all variants), and (6) Warthog (all variants), vehicles they have purchased in total; and what was the total procurement cost of each vehicle type.  HL516
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of each fleet of (1) Mastiff (all variants), (2) Ridgeback (all variants), (3) Wolfhound (all variants), (4) Husky (all variants), (5) Coyote (all variants), and (6) Warthog (all variants) vehicles, including the numbers (a) in forward fleet, (b) in reserve, (c) in storage, (d) that are ready for disposal, and (e) that… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of each type of (1) Mastiff (all variants), (2) Ridgeback (all variants), (3) Wolfhound (all variants), (4) Husky (all variants), (5) Coyote (all variants), and (6) Warthog (all variants), vehicles they have sold; and what monies have been obtained by such sales.  HL518
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government under what rules the Boeing P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the Ministry of Defence has been certified as airworthy; and where certified by a third party, what plans they have to re-certify for airworthiness via the Military Airworthiness Authority.  HL519
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK's F-35 aircraft they have ordered, broken down by (1) lot number, and (2) financial year, since the start of the programme.  HL520
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether agreement has been reached with the Welsh Government on which parts of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill require the Welsh Assembly's consent in accordance with the Sewel Convention.  HL521
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the proposed "Henry VIII" clauses in clause 21 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill; and whether the views of the Welsh Government have been sought on the powers within that Bill to amend the Government of Wales Act 2000 by regulation as opposed to primary legislation.  HL522
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since 24 July Permanent Secretaries or Senior Civil Servants required ministerial direction to act, broken down by Government Department.  HL523
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order since their inception, broken down by nationality; and what are the names of those people.  HL524
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been subject to proceedings under the (1) Criminal Finances Act 2017, and (2) Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, on the grounds of gross human rights abuse or violations, up to the latest date for which figures are available.  HL525
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since the 2017 General Election to prevent (1) Russian, (2) Chinese, and (3) United States, interference in future UK general elections.  HL526
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what oversight UK financial regulators have of the subsidiaries of the five main Russian banks subject to EU Council Regulation 833/2014.  HL527
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government when the public register of beneficial owners of overseas entities will be available for public inspection in the UK.  HL528
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Rooker on 27 June 2017 (HL Deb, cols 399–401), what current investigations, if any, are taking place in relation to the deaths of (1) Scot Young, (2) Boris Berezovsky, (3) Stephen Moss, (4) Badri Patarkatsishvili, (5) Stephen Curtis, (6) Yuri Golubev, (7) Paul Castle, (8) Robert Curtis, (9) Johnny Elichaof… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Rohingya people’s civil and human rights are being upheld in Myanmar.  HL530
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of the Rohingya people’s lives in Bangladesh.  HL531
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of attacks against Chin people in Myanmar.  HL532
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement additional measures to detect people smuggling through UK ports, including the use of X-rays.  HL533
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to ensure that companies publish their action plans for closing the gender pay gap.  HL534
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of introducing a 5p charge for plastic clothes hangers.  HL535
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of 5G airwaves on (1) satellite communication, and (2) the European Space Agency's Copernicus Project.  HL536
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the government of Israel’s Public Security Minister on 11 October that non-Muslims may soon be allowed to worship inside the al-Aqsa Mosque, what assessment they have made of the impact of any such change on the status of religious sites, in particular the al-Aqsa Mosque; and what representations they inte… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of incursions by Israeli settlers, supported by the Israeli army, into Palestinian religious and archaeological sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, including the al-Aqsa Mosque.  HL538
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports of an elderly mosque imam being seriously injured after being hit by seven bullets in Ramla city on 12 October.  HL539
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