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Questions for Written Answer for 31 October 2017

Tabled on 30 October 2017 and due for answer by 13 November 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what account they took of patient safety and the findings of recent Care Quality Commission reports that Marie Stopes International clinics had been in serious breach of safety guidelines, when deciding to extend the scheme under which free NHS abortions are made available to women from Northern Ireland to include the provisi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Bridges of Headley on 8 February 2016 (HLWS502), whether the policy announced in relation to the lobbying operations of charities applies to tax monies paid to charities in return for commissioned services.  HL2660
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether young people who were formerly on the edge of care are included in the provisions of the Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for claimants aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017; if so, why; and what is their estimate of the number of such persons who are so included.  HL2661
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Commission about its representatives meeting UK Parliamentarians who are proposing different Brexit policies from Her Majesty's Government.  HL2662
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures they have on the number of British Jihadis who have returned to the UK, and of those (1) how many were actively engaged in terrorist activity or fighting with, or on behalf of, Islamic State, (2) how many have been charged with terrorist or other criminal offences relating to their activities supporting IS… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions need to be met before a returned ISIL-supporting terrorist may be provided with a council house or accommodation.  HL2664
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of imported food by (1) value, and (2) weight, is not able to be grown or produced in the UK.  HL2665
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of fast-tracking the conviction and sentencing of fly-tipping offenders, in order to enable them to be required to remove the waste, dispose of it legally, and repair any damage they have caused.  HL2666
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take following their review into the role and remit of the Grocery Code Adjudicator published on 19 July.  HL2667
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce heavier fines for those convicted of fly-tipping, including seizure of vehicles.  HL2668
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Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any change in the number of arrests made by police officers in England and Wales in recent years.  HL2669
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Lord Darling of Roulanish to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Home Secretary on 27 July, when the Migration Advisory Committee will complete its detailed assessment of the role of EU nationals in the UK economy and society.  HL2670
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people below the age of 26 took their own lives in each of the last ten years.  HL2671
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in full-time education took their own lives in each of the last ten years.  HL2672
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the BBC World Service received in government subsidy in each of the last ten years.  HL2673
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the operational budget for the British Council in each of the last ten years.  HL2674
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Baroness Golding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the level of insurance premium tax.  HL2675
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Baroness Golding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether insurance premiums levels have deterred people from taking out insurance on their homes.  HL2676
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Baroness Golding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how insurance premiums have affected how businesses have determined their investment plans.  HL2677
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial effect resulting from the Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for claimants aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 on youth employment figures.  HL2678
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many approvals have been given to financial models that allow wholly owned subsidiaries of NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts providing services to the NHS Trust or Foundation Trust that owns them to be established in order to claim VAT refunds.  HL2679
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to re-locate civil servants from London to (1) Birmingham, (2) the West Midlands, and (3) the Midlands as defined in the Midlands Engine Strategy.  HL2680
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants employed by HM Government had their primary place of work in (1) England, broken down by region, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each year since 2010.  HL2681
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Mel Stride MP on 12 September (HC8140), why HMRC does not hold information on VAT revenues from NHS bodies at a sufficient level of detail that it would enable them to calculate how much revenue is lost as a result of NHS organisations setting up subsidiary companies with the purpose of redu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government by what methods they make it generally known that Universal Credit applicants can ask for 50 per cent advances, or other forms of emergency assistance, when faced with serious cash problems.  HL2683
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the Feeding Birkenhead project; if so, what lessons they have learnt about preventing destitution; and what steps they are taking to apply those lessons.  HL2684
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Trussell Trust about food and fuel poverty in England and Wales.  HL2685
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees figures showing that Lebanon is the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide, what priority they give to providing refugee aid to Lebanon.  HL2686
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what means they are employing to support and make effective the newly agreed Palestinian Government of National Unity.  HL2687
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, what was the (1) shortest, (2), median, and (3) longest, delay in days in paying Universal Credit, in each of the last four quarters of the financial year for which figures are available; whether those figures are based on all Universal Credit payments or payments to a representative group of applicants; and if the latter, what was the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what data are collected on the number of people killed and injured by road users who are breaking the law; and who collects those data.  HL2689
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent actions they have taken to help secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from detention in Iran.  HL2690
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent actions they have taken to help secure the release of Kamal Foroughi from detention in Iran.  HL2691
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the authorities in the Maldives not to resume use of the death penalty.  HL2692
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount that marine aggregates contribute to the sand and gravel requirements of England and Wales.  HL2693
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the strength of environmental considerations when considering the further development of coastal mineral extraction.  HL2694
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount of recycled products used in aggregates produced in the UK.  HL2695
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage departments and non-departmental bodies to engage with, and support, the Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse; and what progress has been made to date.  HL2696
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support action in the workplace to combat domestic abuse.  HL2697
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be represented at the Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse conference on 29 November.  HL2698
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Matthew Kidd, the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus, was acting on ministerial instructions when he publicly stated that recognition of the TRNC would be “dangerous”; whether they have repudiated recognition of the identity of Turkish Cypriots; and whether they intend to take any action, including… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for revising the Enterprise Investment Scheme; and what assessment they have made of the economic impact of any future reductions in support available through that scheme.  HL2700 [I]
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in (1) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and (2) the Department for International Trade, were responsible for small business policy in each year since 2010, broken down by grade.  HL2701 [I]
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 October (HL1856), how long after the planned launch date of 1 October they expect the Small Business Commissioner complaints scheme to launch; and what marketing activity they are carrying out to ensure that small businesses are aware that complaints dating back to April… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions were made against employers for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage for internship roles in each year since 2010; and what were the details of those prosecutions.  HL2703 [I]
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each year since 2010, how many complaints were referred to HMRC from (1) ACAS, (2) Citizens Advice, and (3) individuals, relating to workers being unpaid or paid less than the National Minimum Wage for internship roles; how many of those complaints were investigated by HMRC; and how many resulted in a prosecution against an emplo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the details of their awareness-raising campaign to promote compliance with National Minimum Wage legislation as it relates to internships; what assessment they have made of the impact of HMRC's Promote programme on reducing the number of unpaid internships; and what other action they are taking to reduce the number of unpai… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether ministers or officials have met with, or made representations to, Airline Coordination Limited in connection with (1) Monarch Airlines, and (2) Greybull Capital.  HL2706
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the details of the agreement they reached with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL), and Greybull Capital to cover the cost of repatriating the stranded UK passengers of Monarch Airlines; whether they have made any commitment to put in place similar arrangements in the event that another UK air… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the matter of making claims for a contribution towards the cost of repatriating to the UK passengers of Monarch Airlines, they have (1) established the identity of the owners of Monarch Airlines, and (2) obtained confirmation of their willingness to contribute; and whether those owners include (a) Greybull Capital, and (b) Pe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have engaged with the directors of Petrol Jersey to establish whether that company will reimburse or contribute towards the cost of repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines to the UK.  HL2709
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total cost to the taxpayer of repatriating to the UK passengers of Monarch Airlines; and who were the top ten recipients.  HL2710
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to pursue the assets of Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAE) in obtaining a contribution to public funds to cover the cost of repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines to the UK; and whether they plan to establish whether (1) MAE is still owned by Monarch Airlines or Greybull Capital, and (2) whether all or part of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of reports that drug-related deaths are increasing in the areas of England where cuts to drug treatment budgets have been among the greatest, whether they intend to establish a national inquiry and action plan to tackle this issue in order to reduce the number of deaths.  HL2712
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of problem gambling among vulnerable groups, including (1) those with mental health issues, (2) those with substance abuse addictions, and (3) the homeless.  HL2713
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to regulate the whole of the high-cost credit sector.  HL2714
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to regulate the rent-to-own credit sector.  HL2715
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to expand the scope of products that credit unions can choose to provide to their members.  HL2716
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review Government funding provided to credit unions.  HL2717
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change Government funding to credit unions from grant funding to repayable long-term investment capital.  HL2718
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 18 September (HL1398), whether they have plans to review the corporate governance of UK-registered companies operating outside the UK, including through subsidiaries and other connected persons.  HL2719
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest.  HL2720
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recognise the condition Aphantasia; and, if so, what support is offered to sufferers.  HL2721
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of increased trade opportunities with Israel following the UK’s exit from the EU.  HL2722
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what status they give to the political wing of Hamas; and what plans they have for dialogue with the newly formed unity government in Gaza.  HL2723
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been provided to Gaza (1) through the Palestinian Authority, (2) directly to the government of Gaza, and (3) through the UN Relief and Works Agency, in each year since 2013–14.  HL2724
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the action necessary to reverse the process of de-development in Gaza.  HL2725
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what projection they have made of the percentage of people in Gaza who will need humanitarian aid in 2018; and how that aid will be delivered.  HL2726
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Government Ministers have applied to visit Gaza since 2014; and how many Ministers have been granted access.  HL2727
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently serving indeterminate prison sentences in the UK (except Scotland); and how many of those have now served longer than the maximum sentence for the offence for which they were convicted.  HL2728
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