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Questions for Written Answer for 20 January 2020

Tabled on 16 January 2020 and due for answer by 30 January 2020.

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the report of the panel assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases.  HL492
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL105), what discussions they have had with Transport for London about the Well Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice with regards to the closure of Hammersmith Bridge.  HL493
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the growth of drug-resistant sexually transmitted infections.  HL494
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in relation to Metro Mayors in Yorkshire.  HL495
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and intend to have, with the Welsh Government about nuclear power in Wales.  HL496
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of the revenue resources specified in the NHS Funding Bill that will be allocated to mental health services for each year of the settlement.  HL497 [I]
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 11 April 2019 (HL15230), how many agencies employing careworkers are paying the costs of such workers for their travel between clients; and what steps they take to ensure that care agencies pay staff appropriate renumeration for any time spent travelling between appointments… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 9 January (HL Deb, col 302), whether those who hold a licence from the Oil and Gas Authority which allows them to undertake exploratory drilling in relation to shale gas, such as those in East Lancashire, can still apply for (1) drilling licences, and (2) planning permission in rela… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the Transport for the North integrated pay as you go contactless bank card scheme, in particular the withdrawal of the main bus companies in the north from that scheme.  HL500
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the possible changes to the Northern franchise, what consideration, if any, they have given to transferring Leeds to Carlisle services via the Settle and Carlisle line to the Transpennine franchise.  HL501
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to provide state aid to Flybe, what assessment they have made of the case for (1) planning for a possible public take-over of essential regional and short-haul airlines in the event of a collapse of an operating company, on a similar basis to that with London North Eastern Railway on the East Coast main line o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Humphreys to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) part-time, and (2) low paid workers, will no longer be credited with a pensions contribution as a result of the proposed raising of the National Insurance threshold.  HL503
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the introduction of the Buurtzorg nursing model within the NHS.  HL504
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to meet with Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland to discuss the introduction within the NHS of the Buurtzorg nursing model.  HL505
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the test and learn initiatives piloted across the UK using the Buurtzorg nursing model.  HL506
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of bureaucratic processes in social work, in particular (1) management chains, (2) paper work, and (3) culture; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL507
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £9.2 billion funding to invest in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals announced in the Queen's Speech is new money that has not already been allocated.  HL508
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-departmental structures have been put in place to ensure they deliver on their global climate change commitments at the COP26 Summit in 2020.  HL509
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new trees have been planted in the UK in each of the last five years.  HL510
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 15 January (HL Deb, col 707), when the Association of Chief Police Officers Records Office first become aware of the problem with the Police National Computer.  HL511
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 15 January (HL Deb, col 707), when the Home Office was notified of the problems with the Police National Computer.  HL512
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 15 January (HL Deb, col 707), when partner agencies and governments in Europe were first notified of the problem with the Police National Computer.  HL513
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 15 January (HL Deb, col 707), who in the Home Office decided that the historical backlog of criminal record convictions should not be passed on.  HL514
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 15 January (HL Deb, col 707), how much they have spent on trying to fix the glitch on the Police National Computer; and how many people are working on the problem.  HL515
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those placed in detention centres are not held indefinitely; and what plans, if any, they have to restrict detention in immigration centres to 28 days.  HL516
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that churches and voluntary organisations are integrated into the social prescribing component of the NHS Long Term Plan.  HL517
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the decision in December 2019 of the panel of international experts to stand aside from the Independent Police Complaints Council investigation into allegations of police brutality in response to the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, and (2) the implications of that decision on t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more men to donate blood.  HL519
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Both Sides Of The Coin: The Police And National Crime Agency’s Response To Vulnerable People In ‘County Lines’ Drug Offending, published in January, what plans, if any, they have to review the methods by which pay as you go mobil… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan’s interview with France 24 on 12 January, in which he warned of the re-establishment and rise of IS in southern eastern Syria and western Iraq, what assessment they have made of the re-emergence of IS and in particular, those IS fighters who have travelled from Idlib in Syria to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held since October 2019 to discuss the unity and stability of Lebanon in view of the continuing protests and violence throughout that country.  HL522
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani on 3 January and the President of the United States' subsequent statement on Twitter on 13 January that it "doesn’t really matter...because of his horrible past" whether an imminent attack was planned by General Soleimani, what assessment they have made of the case for a revi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Town and Country Planning Association, Planning 2020: Raynsford Review of Planning in England, published in November 2018; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL524
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of references to the replacement by some local authorities of sodium and mercury street lighting with LEDs contained in the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2017, published on 2 March 2018.  HL525
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of wasted energy from light pollution; and what assessment they have made of the impact of light pollution on (1) health, (2) wildlife, and (3) astronomy.  HL526
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people (1) applied, and (2) were accepted on to, the Civil Service Fast Stream, in each of the last three years; and how many of the successful applicants had science and engineering graduate-equivalent qualifications.  HL527
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made on 12 January by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, that the Civil Service needs to recruit more science and engineering graduates.  HL528
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (HL64), how many trees they intend to plant in towns and cities between 2020 and 2025.  HL529
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 January (HL65), how many Tree Preservation Orders there are in England; and whether they expect that number to increase between 2020 and 2025.  HL530
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to work with local government to develop and implement their proposals for English devolution; and if so, how.  HL531 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to bring forward their proposals to reform adult social care and support; and whether they intend to work closely with the Local Government Association to take forward those proposals.  HL532 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Local Government Association, and (2) local government, about the role of councils in the upcoming Festival of Britain.  HL533 [I]
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