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Questions for Written Answer for 6 November 2017

Tabled on 2 November 2017 and due for answer by 16 November 2017.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 24 October (HL Deb, col 836) referring to the announcement on 30 September by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that HM Government will increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from the current six months’ imprisonment to five years’ imp… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 24 October (HL Deb, col 836) referring to the announcement on 30 September by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that HM Government will increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from the current six months’ imprisonment to five years’ imp… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the study conducted by DisabledGo and the Department for Work and Pensions in 2014, what is their current estimate of the number or proportion of shops with wheelchair access; and whether they intend to conduct a further study.  HL2838
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the total train delays in 2016–17 resulted from incidents over which the railway network and operators had no control; and how much total time delay occurred as a result of such incidents.  HL2839
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Commonwealth countries that retain apostasy laws.  HL2840
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Commonwealth countries that retain some form of blasphemy law.  HL2841
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Commonwealth countries that retain the death penalty.  HL2842
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for protecting freedom of religion or belief across the Commonwealth.  HL2843
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of funds currently allocated under the Magna Carta Fund aim to protect or strengthen freedom of religion or belief across the Commonwealth.  HL2844
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they intend to have with (1) non-governmental organisations, and (2) the private sector, during the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference 2018.  HL2845
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the issue of the illegal trade in ivory will be discussed at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2018.  HL2846
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what further support they intend to offer members of the Elephant Protection Initiative to succeed in protecting their wildlife.  HL2847
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative experts have been deployed to Bangladesh in response to the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people.  HL2848
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken at the UN Security Council regarding the Rohingya people.  HL2849
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma regarding current events in Rakhine state.  HL2850
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Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of promoting the use of community-based sentences as a first option for offences that presently require custodial sentences, in order to ensure that mothers are not separated from their children.  HL2851
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Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have conducted in preparation for their strategy on female offenders to ensure that the criminal justice system creates an environment which promotes the reunification of imprisoned mothers with their children; and what assessment they have made of the impact, both short and long term, of such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 1 November (HL2444), what was the total cost of VAT refunds made in relation to health bodies under the provisions of section 41(3) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994, in each of the financial years since 2010–11.  HL2853
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the forecast made by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in October that child poverty will increase by 4 per cent in southern England, and by 8 per cent in the Midlands, Wales and the North; and whether they intend to take remedial action.  HL2854
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new civil service posts have been created to date to deal with new functions and obligations arising from Brexit; what is the annual cost of those appointments; in which departments those personnel are employed; and what specialist roles are being filled.  HL2855
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total number, and (2) the annual cost, of additional HMRC civil servants who will need to be recruited as a result of the UK leaving the EU if (a) the UK remains in a customs union with the EU, and (2) the UK leaves the EU Customs Union.  HL2856
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU to the House of Lords EU Select Committee on 31 October, what estimate they have made of the annual cost of recruiting 8,000 new civil servants to deal with the changes and obligations that they anticipate will arise because of Brexit; which departments will require th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what technological innovations they have so far developed, or are developing, to deal with new post-Brexit demands for (1) the management of borders with EU Member States, and (2) customs and tariff arrangements with EU Member States.  HL2858
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the government of Iraq to promote reconciliation within civil society in Iraq.  HL2859
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome are offered the choice of taking part in a telephone or Skype consultation when they are too ill to travel; whether this policy applies to all hospitals; and if not, why not.  HL2860
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 1 November (HL2357), why all the symptoms reported for one individual are not correlated and recorded as occurring in that individual in the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency records, instead of being recorded as discrete symptom reports.  HL2861
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK businesses of the implementation of the EU Commission proposals for a track and trace scheme for the tobacco market; and whether they support those proposals.  HL2862
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on HM Treasury revenues of the prohibition on small tobacco packages imposed by the EU Tobacco Products Directive.  HL2863
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask the Leader of the House whether she intends to review the rule under which Members who ask a question for short debate have no right of reply at the end.  HL2864
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Whole Vehicle Type Approval framework and technical directives will apply in the UK following the UK's exit from the EU; and if not, what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK automotive industry.  HL2865
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of customs checks on goods on UK ships travelling (1) from the EU to UK ports, and (2) from the UK to EU ports, following the UK's exit from the EU.  HL2866
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 946–7), whether the internal review being carried out in response to the insolvency of Monarch Airlines will be fed into their wider review and consultation on consumer protection in the aviation industry; and whether the conclusions and proposals of the internal review… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 950), when they expect to publish their description of a linked travel arrangement; and whether Ministers have met with, or intend to meet with (1) online companies including online providers, and (2) consumer organisations, before determining their description of a lin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 950–951), when the regulations associated with the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 will be published.  HL2869
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any bases previously occupied and managed by the hybrid United Nations–African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur in Sudan have been transferred to the control of the Rapid Support Forces militia in the region; and if not, whether there are any plans to do so in the future.  HL2870
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the extent of civilian casualties in the civil war in Yemen; and what response they have made during 2017 to appeals from humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations providing relief in Yemen.  HL2871
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on whether school governors should be paid.  HL2872
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a cap on the amount of money that can be paid to the chief executive of a multi-academy trust.  HL2873
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many current trustees of multi-academy trusts are paid; and whether there is a cap on the amount they can be paid.  HL2874
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference between (1) a multi-academy trust with only one school, and (2) an academy.  HL2875
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government under what authority the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has agreed a definition of racially and religiously aggravated crime that is wider than the legal definition under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and Criminal Justice Act 2003, as indicated in the CPS Public statement on prosecuting racist and religious hate crime published in Aug… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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