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Questions for Written Answer for 21 January 2020

Tabled on 20 January 2020 and due for answer by 3 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the burning down of three churches in Bout, in Sudan’s Blue Nile State; and what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about upholding and safeguarding the rights of minorities to follow their chosen beliefs, as enshrined in Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Decl… 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 reports that dozens of Syrian Islamist mercenaries loyal to Turkey have recently travelled to Libya and Algeria, and that some have then successfully entered Europe.  HL535
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the readiness of schools to implement the statutory teaching of Relationships and Sex Education from September 2020.  HL536
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the £6 million committed expenditure on Relationships and Sex Education in 2019–20.  HL537
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government how their forthcoming Relationships Education implementation guide will (1) clarify the importance of Relationships and Sex Education within Relationships Education, and (2) support schools to develop inclusive practice in this regard.  HL538
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing a mandatory phase-out of horticultural peat as part of their forthcoming England Peat Strategy; and when they intend to publish that strategy.  HL539
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to including the historic environment in the scope of future Environmental Improvement Plans.  HL540
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to fund the provision of independent advice for farmers in any new agricultural support schemes.  HL541
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to comply with International Maritime Organisation protocols that require ships to purify their ballast water to prevent the arrival of invasive species, including (1) Chinese mitten crabs, (2) Portuguese oysters, and (3) zebra mussels, in ships’ ballast tanks.  HL542
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that (1) the precise spot rate, and (2) the commission charged, are identified for all consumer foreign currency transactions at the moment of the transaction post-Brexit.  HL543
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to classify hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity as aggravated offences.  HL544
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reform the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to define hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity as aggravated offences.  HL545
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all protected characteristics from hate crime are treated equally under sentencing laws.  HL546
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given new policy guidance to the National Infrastructure Commission following the Government's decision to implement a target for net-zero emissions by 2050.  HL547
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a Scotland to the West Country Sleeper service to improve inter-regional connectivity.  HL548
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether current forecasts for rail freight potential take account of the need to reduce heavy lorry mileage by 2050.  HL549
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic and environmental benefits of an electrified rail-freight network between (1) major ports and inland terminals, and (2) major quarries and city centre terminals, in order to reduce (a) pollution and congestion on the trunk road network, and (b) mileage by heavy lorries.  HL550
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) current, and (2) future, haulage capacity of freight locomotives; and whether they include any such estimate in plans for the future development of the rail network.  HL551
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people aged between 16 and 19 years old were not in education, employment or training in each quarter of 2018.  HL552
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to build closer social and economic ties between the UK and other Commonwealth countries, in particular Canada, Australia and New Zealand, after Brexit.  HL553
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific offences are categorised as a hate crime; and what are the criteria for such categorisation.  HL554
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the (1) flash frequency, and (2) brightness, of bicycle lights is regulated; if so, how it is enforced; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such lights' frequency and brightness on people with photosensitive epilepsy.  HL555
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the support that is available to people with photosensitive epilepsy.  HL556
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the activities of members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, in particular the Quds Force; and what plans they have to proscribe members of its leadership as terrorist entities.  HL557
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to categorise possible state sponsors of terrorism.  HL558
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of British nationals and diplomatic representatives in Iran.  HL559
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Local Government Association, and (2) local authorities, about the forthcoming Tourism Zones.  HL560
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of allowing local authorities to introduce a discretionary Tourism Levy to raise funds for local services.  HL561
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 6 August 2019 (HL17643), how much new funding they provided in 2019 for new measures to prevent the transmission of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  HL562
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to take to ensure the safety of smart motorways.  HL563
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Education expects to award the contract for "an information and advice service for families including kinship carers of children at risk or involved in the care system” which was intended to start on 1 April 2020.  HL564
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what length of time they consider reasonable for contractors providing specialist information and advisory services to prepare for service delivery following the award of a contract.  HL565
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government why a decision was taken to delay the tender process for the contract for "an information and advice service for families including kinship carers of children at risk or involved in the care system” to share Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) information with all bidders when the Invitation… 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 measures the Department for Education are taking to ensure that information and advice services for families, including kinship carers of children at risk or involved in the care system, are provided without interruption over the next six months.  HL567
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 July 2019 (HL Deb, col 232), what advice they received from the Regulatory Policy Committee concerning the costs and benefits of introducing a 10p plastic bag charge; and when they intend to publish their proposals on the introduction of a 10p plastic bag charge.  HL568
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether funding for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is consistent with funding for similar institutions based in London.  HL569
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the remit of the Office for Students so that it can make direct grants to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire commensurate with (1) the level of similar institutions in London, and (2) its national status.  HL570
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any potential conflicts of interest in grant decisions by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, including for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  HL571
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to undertake, and report on, an investigation into the government of Russia's alleged (1) use of poisoning and assassination, (2) media manipulation, (3) abuse of Interpol procedures, and (4) efforts to undermine international law and institutions in ways that are harmful to UK security.  HL572
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what statutory help, if any, they have provided to Emmaus communities in England and Wales over the last 10 years.  HL573
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of Habitat for Humanity in the UK and abroad; and what consideration they have given to using (1) self-build volunteer work, (2) revolving funds, and (3) interest-free mortgages, in parts of England and Wales where there are urgent housing needs.  HL574
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that Gibraltar is considering joining the EU Schengen area, what assessment they have made of the (1) advantages, and (2) disadvantages, of such a move for (a) Gibraltar, and (b) the UK.  HL575
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any (1) advantages, and (2) disadvantages, that are likely to be experienced by each of the Overseas Territories after the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL576
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the anticipated impact on the Falkland Islands fishing industry when the UK leaves the EU.  HL577
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the military Mark 4 Chinook helicopters that are currently held in store.  HL578
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 28 October 2019 (HL48), whether the decision to classify the default rate of loans made by the British Business Bank via peer-to-peer platforms as commercially sensitive information was to protect (1) the British Business Bank, or (2) the identify of borrowers; and if it was… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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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 (HL67), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of the case for ensuring that flood proofing is included in the designs for new domestic and commercial buildings.  HL580
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of cutting Air Passenger Duty from all domestic flights.  HL581
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether deferred Air Passenger Duty relief is congruent with state aid and competition rules.  HL582
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what role, if any, they have in removing a Lord Lieutenant or Deputy Lord Lieutenant from office.  HL583
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to relocate the House of Lords to York.  HL584
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount of secure accommodation in England for children with severe behavioural problems.  HL585
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban the export of plastic waste.  HL586
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce further legislation to ban companies from profiting from other digital companies’ scam advertising or misleading investments.  HL587
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to change the annual indexing of park home pitch fees from the Retail Price Index to the Consumer Price Index.  HL588
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinian child prisoners were relocated to a prison in Israel without the presence of adult representatives on 13 January, in contravention of international law.  HL589
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about that government designating the killing of a Palestinian woman as an act of terrorism perpetrated by Israeli settlers but not allowing that woman's family the compensation that is paid to victims of terrorism.  HL590
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that unarmed men leaving Gaza through gaps in the separation fence to seek work in Israel have been shot at with live and rubber ammunition.  HL591
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that a Palestinian political prisoner who was released after an 18 year sentence from Negev Detention Camp on 14 January was immediately re-interned without charge or trial.  HL592
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinian fruit and vegetable stalls and their contents have been destroyed by Israeli forces and that stall holders were threatened not to return.  HL593
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about ensuring that the reported perpetrator of a hit and run incident that injured a Palestinian girl on 14 January is brought to justice swiftly.  HL594
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the difference in carbon footprint of using a ship versus aircraft for travel to and from the Isles of Scilly.  HL595
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the implications for the Isles of Scilly of no longer having a ferry.  HL596
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