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Questions for Written Answer for 22 January 2020

Tabled on 21 January 2020 and due for answer by 4 February 2020.

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Type 45 destroyers are (1) at sea, and (2) technically fit to go to sea with 24 hours notice.  HL597
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress, if any, they have made on establishing the membership, methodology and timescale of the review into the funding of special needs education for children in England.  HL598
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the (1) number of charging points, and (2) supply of electricity, are sufficient to support any increase in the number of electric vehicles in the UK.  HL599
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to implement the recommendations of the Tailored Review of the British Council, published on 12 March 2019; and how the British Council will be involved in any such implementation.  HL600
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the export of plastic waste.  HL601
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what goals they have set for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, due to be held in Glasgow in November 2020.  HL602
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote (1) racial, and (2) religious, integration in schools.  HL603
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has, alongside the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.  HL604
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so how, they intend to ensure that UK consumers will continue to have the same benefits in respect of roaming charges as they currently enjoy under EU legislation after Brexit; and whether they intend to legislate to ensure that UK mobile services providers give the same protection to UK citizens as EU citizens in the EU… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to negotiate terms to provide for (1) the mutual recognition of driving licences, (2) participation in the European Health Insurance Card, and (3) mutual recognition of disability parking cards, as part of a free trade agreement with (a) the EU, or (b) each member state.  HL606
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the law currently in place to resolve cross border disputes in family law matters and the resolution of cross border disputes between customers in the UK and suppliers in other EU countries remains in place after the UK leaves the EU.  HL607
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times OFWAT has fined Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into rivers; and what penalties were imposed on each occasion.  HL608
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Equality Act 2010 to give the same rights to owners of emotional support animals as those who own certified assistance animals.  HL609
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) year-on-year fall in the number of apprenticeships started by young people, and (2) the effectiveness of the Apprenticeship Levy.  HL610
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many soldiers have been recruited to the Army Reserves since January 2019.  HL611
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government which Parliamentary constituencies have no further or higher education establishments within their boundaries.  HL612
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people with epilepsy they have supported into employment since October 2016.  HL613
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many offenders were transferred from prisons in England and Wales to prisons in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.  HL614
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of The Rugby League Dividend report, published by the Rugby Football League on 22 August 2019, on the economic and social impact of rugby league in disadvantaged communities and the role of sport in promoting social mobility.  HL615
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Israel, and (2) the United States, in relation to proposals by the US that the Golan Heights should be annexed by Israel.  HL616
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact, if any, on the budget of the MoD there has been as a result of the variation in the cost of the F-35 Lightning aircraft.  HL617
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any difficulties in the supply of spare parts for the F-35 Lightning aircraft  HL618
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the report into the issuing in error of export licences for arms or military equipment to Saudi Arabia in breach of their undertaking given to the High Court on 20 June 2019.  HL619
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current (1) nominal, and (2) actual, strength of the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.  HL620
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and in particular any provisions relating to the change of name by sexual offenders.  HL621
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of custody suites that were available in each borough in London for use by the Metropolitan Police in each year since 2010.  HL622
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they will require of disability of persons standing as Police and Crime Commissioners who have disability-related expenses which are not to be included under rules governing candidate spending limits in their proposed secondary legislation.  HL623
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association’s analysis showing that local buses are travelling almost 150 million fewer miles than they were 10 years ago; and whether following that analysis they will use the 2020 Budget to fully fund the England national concessionary travel scheme.  HL624
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Lord Empey to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker when the members' attendance feature will be restored to the parliamentary intranet site.  HL625
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with local authorities in Greater London about the licensing of properties to be used as short-term holiday lets; and what were the outcomes of any such discussions.  HL626
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of short-term holiday lets on the availability of housing for those who wish to live in London.  HL627
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with Transport for London about (1) pollution levels on the London Underground, (2) the comparative pollution level between London Underground, other undergrounds, and at street level in other urban areas, (3) measures to reduce air pollution on the London Underground system, and (4) an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that hazard data is publicly available and visible, in particular, data on (1) coastal erosion, (2) wind strength, (3) flood risks, and (4) the impact on the delivery of emergency services.  HL629
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to provide towards (1) the prevention of coastal erosion, and (2) new housing and infrastructure in inland areas as a result of any such erosion.  HL630
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, if any, in improving the management of higher ground areas in the UK where a natural event, farming and forest management can modify flood run-offs towards lower ground areas.  HL631
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for reducing carbon emissions from shipping in UK waters; and what actions, if any, they plan to take to reduce carbon emissions from shipping globally.  HL632
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibility NHS Property Services and NHS organisations have to ensure that NHS buildings which are of special architectural or historical interest, are considered for listing through an application to Historic England.  HL633
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether either NHS Property Services or the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust considered applying for a listing through an application to Historic England in respect of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital before selling the building for commercial development.  HL634
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions NHS Property Services and the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have had with the local community about the future use of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital.  HL635
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to issue guidance to NHS Property Services and NHS organisations to encourage the listing of NHS buildings of special architectural or historical interest through an application to Historic England.  HL636
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits that may accrue to the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from the sale of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital to a commercial developer.  HL637
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children, in addition to those admitted under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, (1) have arrived in the UK since the passage of that Act from (a) Europe, and (b) outside of Europe; and (2) how many were received by (i) hospitals, (ii) local authorities, (iii) their own families, and (iv) other carers.  HL638
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of China regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.  HL639
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministers or officials will be attending the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos.  HL640
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to help them diversify from sugar production.  HL641
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Equatorial Guinea concerning the detention of Joaquin Elo Ayeto.  HL642
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Rwanda concerning the detention of Jackie Umuhoza.  HL643
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Yemen regarding gender inequality in that country.  HL644
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to recognise EU driving licences in the UK after Brexit; and whether they plan to seek recognition of UK driving licences by the EU.  HL645
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 16 January (HL157), whether they assess what is being taught in madrasas in the UK; if so, how; and what plans they have to introduce inspections for such schools.  HL646
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights situation in Bahrain since 2017; and whether that situation has (1) improved, or (2) deteriorated.  HL647
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to uphold the EU's moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in public places after Brexit.  HL648
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce temperature screening at airports for the coronavirus following the government of China’s confirmation that the virus can be transmitted from person to person.  HL649
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce an artificial intelligence ethical regulatory framework after the UK leaves the EU.  HL650
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of The Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2018/19, published on 21 January.  HL651
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure the routine commissioning of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.  HL652
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards implementing the routine commissioning of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis by April 2020.  HL653
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that individuals are able to access Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis even before routine commissioning starts.  HL654
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether pre-registration physiotherapy students (1) already studying, and (2) due to start a course, will qualify for maintenance grants of £5,000 and, where eligible, for further grants of up to £3,000 from 2020.  HL655
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether pre-registration physiotherapy students participating on (1) BSc, and (2) MSc, courses will qualify for maintenance grants of £5,000 and, where eligible, for further grants of up to £3,000 from 2020.  HL656
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be a limit on the number of pre-registration physiotherapy students able to qualify for maintenance grants of £5,000 and, where eligible, for further grants of up to £3,000 from 2020.  HL657
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to government of Israel about the reported imprisonment and torture of (1) Mays Abu Gosh, and (2) Samir Arbid, in Israeli custody.  HL658
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) use of, and (2) amount of land covered by, military firing zones in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the eviction and criminalisation of long standing residents who live in those areas.  HL659
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer patients with incurable cancers fast-track access to clinical trials of the T-cell cancer therapy, recently discovered by Cardiff University.  HL660
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) registered nurses, (2) registered nursing associates, and (3) registered midwives, joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in 2018-2019.  HL661
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) registered nurses, (2) registered midwives, left the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in 2018–19.  HL662
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) registered nurses, (2) registered nursing associates, and (3) registered midwives, who were previously residents of other EU countries, joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register in 2018–19.  HL663
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