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Questions for Written Answer for 2 November 2017

Tabled on 1 November 2017 and due for answer by 15 November 2017.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have determined the level of funding available to existing training providers from non-levy apprenticeship funds; whether there is a cap on such funding for individual training providers; if so, how that cap is determined; whether (1) the level of funding available, and (2) the cap, have been changed from previously announced… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding reports of recent air strikes conducted by Israeli authorities, leading to the deaths of seven Palestinians; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood of such actions leading to an escalation of tensions in the region.  HL2774
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospect for improvements in Israeli–Palestinian relations as a result of the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.  HL2775
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the need for tunnels to be used in the Gaza area to provide food and medicine to the people of Gaza.  HL2776
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 20 March (HL Deb, col 39) that there were some areas that they might want to give further consideration to, such as violence against women, in using the definition in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 in the Digital Economy Act 2017, why the issue of definitions… 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 Key Principle 1 of their Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, published on 11 October, that standards of behaviour online should match those offline, and the proposal that there should be a common framework for media standards, what steps they are taking to ensure that equivalent definitions of prohibited ma… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have committed to date to assist the UK Overseas Territories damaged by hurricane Irma.  HL2779
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of mental health crisis care units on reducing pressure on accident and emergency departments.  HL2780
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of people with (1) learning difficulties, and (2) other disabilities, taking part in apprenticeships.  HL2781
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were apprehended when illegally entering the UK via Northern Ireland's land border with the Republic of Ireland in each of the last two years.  HL2782
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific information schools are legally required to collect regarding pupils.  HL2783
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how much, if any, of the £1.9 billion investment in cyber security announced on 1 November 2016, has been designated for allocation towards policing in Northern Ireland.  HL2784
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people currently in prison are (1) citizens of other EU member states, and (2) non-EU citizens.  HL2785
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what categories of crime have (1) increased, and (2) decreased, on (a) railways, and (b) buses, in each year since 2014.  HL2786
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Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any recent reductions in the total number of personnel employed by (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the Army, and (3) the Royal Air Force, have been matched by a corresponding reduction in Government funding provided to that service; and if so, whether any such funding has been reallocated to another branch of the Armed Forces.  HL2787 [… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty's Government what payments were made from the Department for International Development (DfID) to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17, to reimburse the MoD for any costs incurred when fulfilling any DfID-related tasks or roles, or any other humanitarian operations.  HL2788 [I]
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the assessment of the new dental contract prototypes.  HL2789
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what were (1) the total contracted Units of Dental Activity, and (2) the average value of a contracted Unit of Dental Activity per capita, in England in each year since the current dental contract was introduced in 2006.  HL2790
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what were (1) the total contracted Units of Dental Activity, and (2) the average value of a contracted Unit of Dental Activity per capita, in each region in England in each year since the current dental contract was introduced in 2006.  HL2791
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters who had worked with the British armed forces have to date been relocated in the UK under the ex gratia redundancy scheme; how many such cases are currently in the pipeline awaiting relocation; and what percentage of those eligible for the redundancy scheme have to date applied for relocation to the UK. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Dunlop to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to launch a public consultation concerning the institutions proposed by the Stormont House Agreement to address the legacy issues of Northern Ireland's past.  HL2793
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Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the failure rate of biometric passport gates at UK airports; and what was the total amount of delay resulting from such failures in 2016–17.  HL2794
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the total cost of the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House, including secretarial and administrative support, printing, and other associated costs; and under which head or heads of expenditure those costs will appear.  HL2795
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Lord Hughes of Woodside to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 30 October (HL Deb, col 1152), whether they will publish the tariff of fees paid to pharmacists for providing vaccinations in retail and community settings.  HL2796
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are proposing to take to reduce the number of suicides on the rail network.  HL2797
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of health and safety legislation that is currently in force.  HL2798
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of procurement policies on improving health and safety at work.  HL2799
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposed changes to the ATM network, and of the potential for such changes to limit access to free ATMs in some poorer communities.  HL2800
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the regulations governing Houses in Multiple Occupation.  HL2801 [I]
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.  HL2802
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent announcement that he intends to return Saudi Arabia to a path of "moderate Islam".  HL2803
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between (1) reports that Saudi Arabia funds organisations that promote a Salafist Wahhabist ideology, and (2) the growth of violent extremism.  HL2804
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mark, in 2018, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  HL2805
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they have given to addressing freedom of religion or belief across the Commonwealth at next year’s Commonwealth Summit; and what funding, if any, has been allocated by the Cabinet Office’s Commonwealth Secretariat to deliver a programme of events around that issue in the run-up to the Summit.  HL2806
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in 2018 to document levels of government restrictions and societal hostility towards religious freedom across the Commonwealth.  HL2807
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable British exporters to conform with wooden packing requirements under ISPM15 following the UK's departure from the EU.  HL2808
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to maintain the state aid regime following the UK’s departure from the EU; and if so, how.  HL2809
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hepatitis C patients were treated using the new anti-viral drugs by NHS England in the year 2016–17; and what proportion remain free of the virus post-treatment.  HL2810
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of treatment with anti-viral drugs for each hepatitis C patient treated by NHS England in 2016–17.  HL2811
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hepatitis C patients NHS England intend to treat using the new anti-viral drugs in 2017–18.  HL2812
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients diagnosed with hepatitis C remain to be treated with new anti-viral drugs; and when NHS England expect them all to have received such treatment.  HL2813
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire regarding (1) the investigation by Wiltshire Police into the allegations brought against Sir Edward Heath, and (2) the extent to which the Commissioner carried out his statutory responsibilities.  HL2814
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 November, what is the basis for their assessment that terrorists are “flooding” back into the United Kingdom; and what plans they have to prevent this from continuing.  HL2815
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total annual revenue from taxation of motor vehicles; and what proportion of this is currently hypothecated for the Highways Agency.  HL2816
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought a contribution from Vantage Guernsey, an associate of Greybull Capital, towards the cost to the taxpayer of repatriating to the UK passengers of Monarch Airlines.  HL2817
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support UNESCO’s work in discovering what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate a digitally-mediated society; and what actions they plan to take in the UK to explore and fund effective adult literacy policies and programmes which leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.  HL2818
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of how many adults in the UK lack basic digital skills, and of that number, how many are functionally illiterate; and what plans they have to ensure that such people do not end up marginalised.  HL2819
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their commitment made in July to provide £1.3 billion to expand mental health services, whether any of those funds will be used to support people with behavioural problems as well as those with psychiatric problems.  HL2820
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any government departments and agencies have ongoing inquiries in respect of the 23 June 2016 referendum; and if so, which.  HL2821
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the transfer of Nabeel Rajab from the Ministry of Interior Hospital to Jau Prison; whether that government has indicated to them why the transfer took place; and what assessment they have made of his treatment.  HL2822
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they last raised concerns with the government of Bahrain over the case of Nabeel Rajab.  HL2823
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people held in immigration detention (1) self-harmed, and (2) tried to commit suicide, in the years (a) 2015, (b) 2016, and (c) 2017, to date.  HL2824
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have set an upper limit for the annual salary of CEOs of multi-academy trusts; and if so, what.  HL2825
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how the monies paid to trustees of multi-academy trusts are monitored.  HL2826
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the limit per bet on fixed-odds betting terminals.  HL2827
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the number of children who self-harm as a result of over-exposure to the internet.  HL2828
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to increase access to positions in elite professional sectors by young people who attend maintained schools.  HL2829
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 October (HL Deb, col 616), what steps they are taking to record hate crimes against people with learning difficulties and autism separately from crimes against people with other disabilities.  HL2830
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the social care needs of working-age disabled adults distinct from the care needs of people over the age of 65.  HL2831
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans for the posthumous award of the Military Cross to Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, killed on 25 March 1918 during the last German offensive of the First World War.  HL2832
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific provision is available from their resources, and local government resources, for children of school age adopted from abroad but at school in England; and in which respects that provision differs from the provision for adopted children who were born in the UK.  HL2833
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of non-white officers, including Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, to the regular British army in the First world War.  HL2834
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK, as a major stakeholder in the European Investment Bank, will take part in discussions in December about the Bank giving greater support to the European Defence Fund (EDF); and whether they expect the UK to benefit from the setting up of a single European Defence Market with the EDF deciding on apportionment of c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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