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Questions for Written Answer for 1 November 2017

Tabled on 31 October 2017 and due for answer by 14 November 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Pakistan following the lynching in April of Mashal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, for allegedly publishing blasphemous content online and expressing liberal and secular views; if so, what response they have received; and whether they have ma… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the commitment made by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 20 March (HL Deb, col 40) to consider the definition of prohibited material in the Government’s Internet Security Strategy Green Paper, and the reference by the Minister of State for Digital Policy on 26 April (HC Deb, col 1126) to such definitions as unfinished b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Government's Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, published on 11 October,  addresses the issue of the anonymity of internet users.  HL2765
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Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that NHS Trusts have been advised to charge residents of Channel Islands 150 per cent of the cost of specialist treatments received at English hospitals.  HL2757
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of residential basement excavations on the quality of life of those living in the neighbourhood.  HL2748
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Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many signal failures there have been on the West Coast Main Line in 2017 to date.  HL2749
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Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many academies have been established in the North West of England in each of the last two years to date.  HL2750
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 October (HL1818), what were the outcomes of their conversations with the government of Saudi Arabia on human rights.  HL2760
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps to reduce the adult prison population, using methods similar to those which have successfully reduced the number of youths in custody.  HL2743
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 26 October (HL Deb, col 978), what action they will take to ensure that the £156 million unused borrowing capacity for social housing is taken up and spent.  HL2744
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 26 October (HL Deb, col 978), what proposals they have for ensuring that the £3.6 billion of local authority housing revenue account headroom is used to achieve the building of more affordable homes.  HL2745
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had a face to face conversation with representatives of the government of Bahrain about human rights issues; what conclusions they drew from that conversation; whether they raised the cases of (1) Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, (2) Nabeel Rajat, (3) Mahmood Marzooq, and (4) Hajar Mansoor Hasan; and if so, with what result.  HL2746
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to legislate to criminalise the visiting of China to receive organ transplants.  HL2747
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 30 October (HL2090), whether their intention is that farm products will continue to move without restriction between the UK and the remaining EU–27 after the UK's exit.  HL2741
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their commitment made in response to a Freedom of Information request by Seema Malhotra in October 2017 to release information in an organised and efficient manner on the scope and terms of reference of their sectoral economic analyses of the impact of leaving the EU, when they intend to release that information.  HL275… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they claimed in EEA medical costs from the Republic of Ireland under (1) Article 93, (2) Article 94, and (3) Article 95, during activity period 2016–17.  HL2766
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps' (1) support for terrorism and involvement in terrorist attacks in the region and around the world, and (2) role in domestic arrests of human rights activists and arrests of dual citizens.  HL2732
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps' involvement in (1) Iran's ballistic missile programme, and (2) possible nuclear and missile co-operation with North Korea.  HL2733
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they asked Greybull Capital, or any other secured creditor of Monarch Airlines, to subordinate their security to grant precedence to HM Government in respect of costs incurred by the taxpayer in repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines.  HL2729
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government why the report of the Insolvency Service into the collapse of the retailer Comet has not been published; and whether they will reconsider that decision, in the light of the collapse of Monarch Airlines and the role of Greybull Capital as an investor in both companies.  HL2730
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 23 October (HL1773), whether they have any plans to establish an independent regulator to oversee the standards of housing owned and let by charities such as the National Trust.  HL2762
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients have had surgical mesh implants since the introduction of the procedure; and how many (1) women, and (2) men, have suffered complications following that treatment.  HL2734
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to include serving military personnel in the awarding of the British Empire Medal.  HL2735
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to guarantee the rights of disabled rail passengers following the UK's exit from the EU.  HL2752
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of UK-registered railway undertakings to obtain European single safety certificates following the UK's exit from the EU.  HL2753
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's exit from the EU on the availability of EU funds for rail infrastructure projects in the UK; and whether this will affect any specific rail projects.  HL2754
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to maintain equivalence with standard EU driving test requirements following the UK's exit from the EU.  HL2755
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to keep UK vehicle standards in line with EU vehicle standards after the UK has left the EU.  HL2756
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the mutual recognition of driving licences with EU member states following the UK's exit from the EU.  HL2761
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the trial in Bahrain of (1) Hajer Mansoor Hassan and Sayed Nizar Alwadaei who were sentenced to three years in prison, and (2) Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor who was sentenced to six weeks in prison, on 30 October.  HL2731
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) contact they have had with, and (2) support they have given to, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, in response to concerns raised by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and five UN Special Rapporteurs that the detention, unfair trial and alleged torture of Hajer Mansoor Hassan, Sayed Nizar Alwadaei, and Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor in Ba… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations or individuals are entitled to establish an inquiry into the conduct of a Police Authority's investigation.  HL2758
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the repeated demolitions of the Bedouin village of Al Araqib.  HL2737
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the remarks by Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi, that Israeli plans to incorporate West Bank settlement blocs around Jerusalem into the city “could kill hopes for an independent Palestinian state".  HL2738
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports that plans will shortly be approved for 500 Israeli settlement units in the Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood and 200 in neighbouring Ramot.  HL2739
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following that government’s pledge to provide $230 million for West Bank roads and infrastructure development.  HL2740
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) the Palestinian authority, concerning the need to provide radiotherapy equipment in Gaza.  HL2742
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence and credibility of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar.  HL2767
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations from the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar about human rights violations committed by those Gulf states who have imposed a blockade on Qatar since June; and if so, what discussions they have had with the Committee, or with the government of Qatar, regarding those reported violations. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have committed human rights violations in respect of Qatari citizens living or working in their countries, and in respect of their own citizens living or working in Qatar.  HL2769
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that citizens of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates can be imprisoned or fined for expressing sympathy for Qatar.  HL2770
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any British citizens with connections to Qatar have been subject to violations of their human rights since the blockade of Qatar.  HL2771
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of reported human rights violations by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for the UK's trading relationships with those countries.  HL2772
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their current review of defence options, they will review whether or not the Vanguard class submarine replacement programme should be dealt with outside the defence budget.  HL2751
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