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Questions for Written Answer for 23 January 2020

Tabled on 22 January 2020 and due for answer by 5 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of children working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; what measures they are taking to assess the dangers to children working in such mines; and what action they plan to take to help eliminate child labour and promote safe working conditions in those mines.  HL6… 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 the families of children working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are seeking compensation for forced labour, unjust enrichment, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, wages promised but not paid, and the loss of assets, educat… 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 plans they have to impose sanctions and use UK aid to help combat child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and whether they plan to require UK companies sourcing cobalt to establish an independent verification system that would ensure that their supply chains are free from exploitation, unsaf… 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 representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the (1) killing of Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram, and (2) bringing to justice those responsible for his death.  HL667
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the killing of 321 human rights defenders in 2018; and what plans they have to undertake a strategic review of how human rights defenders can be given more (1) support, and (2) protection.  HL668
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that information and advice services for families, kinship carers and special guardians of children at risk or involved in the care system in England can continue uninterrupted, following the reported delay in the procurement of this service.  HL669
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what new deadlines the Department for Education has set to (1) evaluate tender bids, (2) hold clarification meetings, and (3) announce the preferred bidder of 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 syst… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what budget provision they have made for the Horizon Research Programme beyond 2020.  HL671
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what budget provision they have made for the Erasmus Plus international student exchange programme beyond 2020.  HL672
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the National Counter Terrorism Policing Network included Critical Mass on their list of Left Wing and Associated Single Issues organisations in June 2019.  HL673
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the National Counter Terrorism Policing Network included Greenpeace in their 'Signs and Symbols' document, published in June 2019.  HL674
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional action is being taken to alert customers of hotels with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding which do not comply with building regulation requirements of the ACM cladding on any such hotel.  HL675
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 13 January (HL292), when the removal and replacement of Aluminium Composite Material cladding will be completed.  HL676
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use software licensing audits to investigate the practice of software vendors imposing unfair licence conditions on customers.  HL677
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned any report considering the characteristics of people who commit group based sexual offences; whether they will publish any such report; and if so, when.  HL678
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential damage to the environment as a result of the three crop rule leading farmers to cultivate drenched farmland and thereby damage soil structures.  HL679
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the weather conditions experienced by farmers this planting season, what plans they have to suspend the three crop rule.  HL680
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accept early Force Majeure claims as a prevention mechanism to ensure that soil structure is not damaged as a result of farmers trying to adhere to the three crop rule.  HL681
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent any negative effect on the income of cereal and livestock farmers as a result of the wet weather.  HL682
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a national bus strategy; and if so, when any such strategy will be published.  HL683
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the legal responsibilities of a named GP.  HL684
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) impact, and (2) role, of named GPs since 2015.  HL685
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is available to (1) GP practices, and (2) individuals, on how named GPs should interact with their patients.  HL686
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what rights patients have to see their named GP.  HL687
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what rights authorised family members have to meet a dependent's named GP regarding care in protracted or complicated cases.  HL688
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of named GPs in England have seen the patients they are accountable for who are aged (1) 75 years or older, (2) 18 to 74 years old, and (3) under 18 years old.  HL689
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of conditions in detention centres in or near Tripoli, in particular in terms of (1) food, (2) water, and (3) hygiene; and what representations they have made to the government of Libya to improve conditions in such detention centres.  HL690
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) effectiveness, and (2) accuracy, of Energy Performance Certificates as applied to domestic dwellings.  HL691
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to require all new-build properties to be built to high energy efficiency standards of a minimum of Energy Performance Certificate C.  HL692
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deal with the containers of plastic waste returning to the UK from Malaysia; and how they intend to police any further offshore waste contracts.  HL693
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the of the speed of recovery in the communities affected by the November 2019 floods.  HL694
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote the role and value of community pharmacy services.  HL695
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments made on ITV's This Morning programme on 17 January about the role of pharmacists.  HL696
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have (1) taken, and (2) are taking, to introduce a digital tax; and what representations they have received on the matter from the government of the United States.  HL697
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to (1) adopt the EU’s Work-life Balance Directive, (2) make paternity leave a day one right, (3) increase paternity pay, and (4) introduce eight weeks of paid parental leave as part of each parent’s current unpaid 18-week entitlement.  HL698
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Fawcett Society Sex and Power 2020, published on 13 January; and what steps they are taking to address the reported inequality in senior jobs held in the UK by women and minority groups.  HL699
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to address the ethnicity pay gap; and if so, when such legislation will be introduced.  HL700
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances passports are (1) cancelled electronically, or (2) seized the police, for persons (a) given custodial sentences in prison, (b) given suspended services in prison, (c) sentenced to community service, (d) on probation, (e) on bail, or (f) remanded in custody.  HL701
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for asylum (1) were received, (2) were granted, (3) were refused, and (4) resulted in deportation, in each of the last ten years.  HL702
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual cost to public funds of (1) adult asylum applicants, and (2) unaccompanied children seeking asylum.  HL703
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to prevent harm to birds and other wildlife from drones.  HL704
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a requirement for those purchasing drones to be informed of the risk drones pose to nesting birds and their feeding grounds.  HL705
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current state of the UK housing market, and (2) how that market may be affected by Brexit.  HL706
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce new tax incentives in their next budget to support the UK housing market.  HL707
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce new non-tax incentives after Brexit to support the UK housing market.  HL708
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform (1) tax relating to the housing market, and (2) stamp duty, following Brexit.  HL709
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the regional disparities in small business lending, as reported in The Times on 21 January.  HL710
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Manzoor on 18 October 2018 (HL Deb, col 562), whether they intend to publish the findings of the working group set up on 3 September 2018 to examine the characteristics of the perpetrators of child sexual exploitation and abuse; and if not why not.  HL711
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring forward the statutory regulations to address unrestricted access for business from Northern Ireland exporting goods to elsewhere in the UK.  HL712
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what parliamentary procedure will apply to the forthcoming statutory regulations relating to unrestricted access for businesses from Northern Ireland exporting goods to elsewhere in the UK.  HL713
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Lord Robertson of Port Ellen to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which, ministers they intend to send to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, due to be held in Stockholm from 19 to 20 February.  HL714
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Lord Robertson of Port Ellen to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deliver on the road safety aspects of the UN Global Sustainability Goals, as outlined in the 2017 UN report Road Safety: Consideration in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, published in 2017.  HL715
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact of the closure of the Professional and Career Development Loans scheme on those from low-income households seeking to qualify as solicitors through the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, due to be introduced in 2021.  HL716
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that aspiring solicitors from low-income households have access to the funds necessary to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, alongside any associated preparation or training courses.  HL717
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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 community care available for dementia patients.  HL718
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Sutton Trust Elites in the UK: Pulling Away?, published on 22 January; and what action, if any, they plan to take in response.  HL719
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce fines for social media companies who do not actively seek to remove (1) suicide. and (2) self-harm, related posts.  HL720
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Instagram about reports that its algorithms cause people with mental illnesses to self-harm.  HL721
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to decrease the cost to the NHS of clinical negligence claims.  HL722
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the longest waiting time for Personal Independence Payments tribunals for claimants in West Yorkshire.  HL723
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of India's revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India.  HL724
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 January (HL Deb, col 916) that the situation in Kashmir “needs to be resolved bilaterally”, what assessment they have made of the possibility of mediating between the governments of India and Kashmir in order to implement the recommendations made in the report by the Offic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government how many GPs have been in practice for each year since 2010.  HL726
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 21 January (HL187), what criteria they use to assess what constitutes a “legitimate criticism” of a religion when investigating any incident that has been reported by someone who has perceived it to “be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s religion or pe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review the definition used by the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chiefs’ Council to identify religiously motivated incidents or crimes, in particular regard to the relevance of section 29J of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.  HL728
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation in this Parliament relating to education; and when they expect any such legislation to be introduced.  HL729
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with Peterborough Council prior to that authority's decision to plan to open the first fully religiously selective Government-funded faith school since 2010.  HL730
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult with interested parties prior to the publication this year of the national strategy for disabled people outlined in the Queen's Speech.  HL731
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