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Questions for Written Answer for 7 November 2017

Tabled on 6 November 2017 and due for answer by 20 November 2017.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to allow women who do not claim Child Benefit due to a parent earning above £50,000 and who do not realise they are losing out on their State Pension accrual, to reclaim the lost National Insurance credits for past years; and if not, why not.  HL2877
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been spent in each of the last 12 months on the process of administering Personal Independence Payment (1) mandatory reconsiderations, and (2) tribunals, in (a) England, (b) Scotland, and (c) Wales.  HL2878
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the performance measures in (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, for the percentage of Personal Independence Payment mandatory reconsiderations which are to be upheld.  HL2879
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of women who are not claiming Child Benefit due to a parent earning above £50,000 and who do not receive the credit for National Insurance State Pension each year.  HL2880
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government why women who have lost National Insurance State Pension accruals as a result of failing to claim Child Benefit due to a parent earning over £50,000, are not permitted to backdate any claim for more than three months.  HL2881
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of the number of women who are in part-time low-paid employment with more than one employer who fail to receive National Insurance credits as a result of each employment falling below the Lower Earnings Threshold.  HL2882
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of China concerning the proposed repatriation to North Korea of a group of ten escapees, including a three year old child, who are being held at Shenyang police station detention centre.  HL2883
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the danger of asbestos in schools; what advice they give to schools and local authorities about its safe removal; and how many deaths of (1) teachers, (2) students, and (3) others, who may have contracted mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases while in school buildings, there… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 26 September (HL1527), whether they intend that the full range of Newcastle magistrates' court proceedings will be conducted at the premises referred to; and if not, why not.  HL2885
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 25 October 2016 (HL 2343), what discussions Royal Parks has had with Transport for London concerning completion of the East West Cycle Superhighway in St James’s Park; and whether the licence for those works imposes any deadline for their completion.  HL2886
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of regulation 5(1) of the Water Industry (Specified Infrastructure Projects) (English Undertakers) Regulations 2013, which provides that “the incumbent undertaker must not undertake a specified infrastructure project”, what assessment they have made of statement in the Thames Water Utilities’ annual report and financial s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consult on the recreation of the Disability Rights Commission with all its previous powers and under the auspices of the DWP.  HL2888
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice or direction they have given to clinical commissioning groups in relation to the reconfiguration of local services, specifically (1) the removal and closure of walk-in centres opened under the reforms set out in the Darzi Review, and (2) the use of apps to replace local services with technology.  HL2889
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 30 October (HL2256), which elements of the infrastructure programme at RAF Marham are (1) behind schedule, (2) on schedule, and (3) ahead of schedule.  HL2890
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 30 October (HL2257), how much is being paid in incentive payments for each specific element of the infrastructure programme at RAF Marham.  HL2891
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of broken and unrepaired laptops in NHS hospitals and clinics; and whether they will take steps to ensure that NHS doctors and other clinicians have uninterrupted access to working laptops so far as is necessary for sound clinical practice.  HL2892
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Henry Jackson Society to create international legal taskforces to gather evidence on the use of sexual violence against women as a tactic of (1) terrorists, and (2) traffickers, as set out in its report Trafficking Terror, published in October.  HL2893
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation to report on the increasing links between terrorist organisations and organised crime, including drug and people trafficking; and what assessment they have made of those links.  HL2894
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Pakistan to encourage it to improve its efforts to eradicate terrorist activity and extremism within Pakistan's borders.  HL2895
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC); how much the EMSC has cost to operate in each year since its inception; and whether they intend to continue to work with, or otherwise support the work of, the EMSC following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  HL2896
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives, if any, they plan to introduce to ensure that, following Brexit, firms continue to develop intellectual property in the UK, including for paediatric products and orphan medicines; and whether, in so doing, they will take into account any recommendations arising out of the European Commission’s current analysis of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government how many funding proposals on freedom of religion or belief have been received by the Cabinet Office’s Commonwealth Summit Unit’s Kickstart programme; how many of those proposals were successful; and what was the value of the successful proposals.  HL2898
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Lord Eatwell to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they treat children who claim to be adopted differently from those who are not adopted in determining immigration cases; and if so, how many instances of such different treatment there have been in the last five years.  HL2899
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Lord Eatwell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 October (HL2021), which member states of the UN have adoption laws that are not recognised as lawful in the UK.  HL2900
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Lord Eatwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what proof of adoption is required for a child adopted in a foreign jurisdiction to be deemed lawfully adopted by the UK authorities.  HL2901
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of asset closures the UK gas market could withstand without affecting energy prices or security of supply.  HL2902
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continuity in operations of UK interconnectors with continental Europe under the current regulatory framework.  HL2903
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether National Museums will review their imaging policies in the light of recent calls to abolish image fees for out of copyright paintings, prints and drawings.  HL2904
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the charging of image fees for academic use by National Museums on their use in academic lectures and publications.  HL2905
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether National Museums will consider providing open access to images of publicly owned, out of copyright paintings, prints, and drawings so that they are free for the public to reproduce; and whether they have held discussions with non-UK museums about such access.  HL2906
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sanction each National Museum's interpretation of image copyright law; and if not, what measures are in place to review whether National Museums are interpreting image copyright law correctly.  HL2907
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government how much income was raised by each National Museum by licensing images of out of copyright works in the last five years.  HL2908
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government how National Museums assess whether the image fees they charge for academic use are reasonable; and what representations they have made to academic communities to evaluate their fees.  HL2909
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Lord Griffiths of Burry Port to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of EU Commission proposal 2016/0284, which lays down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and its potential impacts on the UK.  HL2910
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Lord Griffiths of Burry Port to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the responses of the governments of France and Spain to EU Commission proposal 2016/0284, which outlined why they oppose the initiative based on their belief that it would undermine the principle of the territoriality of copyright.  HL2911
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to realise that part of the Balfour Declaration relating to Palestinians that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine".  HL2912
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of establishing free schools in each of the last five years.  HL2913
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government which academy trusts manage more than five schools; and how many schools are managed by each of those trusts.  HL2914
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to efforts (1) to document allegations of systematic rape and sexual violence carried out against prisoners and detainees in Libya, and (2) to share documented evidence with the International Criminal Court.  HL2915
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Baroness Hollins to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether any independent service is available to those working on the Lords part of the Parliamentary estate who wish to report a sexual assault.  HL2916
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Baroness Hollins to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what protocols and procedures with respect to harassment and bullying are available to those working on the Lords part of the Parliamentary estate, regardless of employment status or political party.  HL2917
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Baroness Hollins to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what support is available to those working on the Lords part of the Parliamentary estate who have reported sexual assault or sexual harassment.  HL2918
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Lord Howell of Guildford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the eligibility of Antigua and Barbuda to receive aid and assistance following the recent hurricane damage.  HL2919
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 8 November 2016 stating that the re-injection of waste and produced waters will not be permitted from shale gas wells in the UK, what steps they are taking to inform the public about the possible risks associated with fracking, including those related to water inject… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authorities concerning the maintenance of mobile library and information service vehicles in rural areas and outlying urban areas; and how those services are integrated with other relevant council and Government services.  HL2921
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of privatised rail services in the past year; and whether they intend to review the case for returning those services to the public sector.  HL2922
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of privatised prison services in the past year; and whether they intend to review the case for returning those services to the public sector.  HL2923
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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), and in the light of guidance from HMRC stating that VAT refunds paid under s 41(3) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 are met from public expenditure rather than VAT revenue, whether refunds paid to the NHS under that section are met out of the NHS spend voted… 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 whether they have any plans to designate a group of health care professionals to be accountable and responsible for the prevention of rickets and its complications.  HL2925
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have undertaken of the steps necessary to protect members of the BAME community from the risk of rickets and its complications.  HL2926
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research published in Endocrine Connections finding (1) that the UK does not provide information to new parents before discharge on the necessity of infant vitamin D supplementation, and (2) that the vitamin D supplementation programme in infants is not monitored.  HL2927
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to develop strategies to implement a rickets prevention policy alongside the existing infection prevention policy of vaccinations, in the light of evidence published in Endocrine Connections demonstrating that the UK has the worst adherence to infant vitamin D supplementation in Europe.  HL2928
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 November (HL Deb, col 1508), of the more than 9,000 children granted asylum or other leave to remain in 2016–2017, how many already had parents in the UK; and where the other children were located immediately before admission to the UK, broken down by country of birth or origin.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government why, in its sectoral impact assessments for leaving the EU, the Department for Exiting the EU has not undertaken an impact assessment of the natural environment; and whether it intends to do so.  HL2930
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will apply the precautionary principle to authorisation of use of pesticides after Brexit.  HL2931
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific research is being undertaken to identify natural alternatives to chemical pesticides; and whether this will be a priority for funding after Brexit.  HL2932
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what bilateral discussions they have conducted with neighbouring countries interested in fishing in UK waters after Brexit; and how Parliament will be advised of progress in such discussions.  HL2933
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 16 October (HL1662), whether they have any plans to gather evidence of the level of food security in the UK in addition to the ONS surveys on spend on food and of people's experience of food security.  HL2934
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the noise level of motorcycles on public roads.  HL2935
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government on which dates in the last five years the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland held briefings about developments and policy in the province; and who attended each of those meetings.  HL2936
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK participates in the US Prism surveillance programme; if so, what role the UK plays; how much that participation costs; and what assessment they have made of that programme.  HL2937
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the proposal by the President of the Family Division that children should be dealt with in new "problem-solving" courts.  HL2938
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 24 October (HL1962), whether they will set a date for the formal conclusion of their talks with the Northern Ireland political parties on the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive.  HL2939
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the finding in the report by Women for Refugee Women, We are still here, published on 1 November, that survivors of sexual and gender-based violence continue to be routinely held in immigration detention in apparent contravention of Home Office policy.  HL2940
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 23 October (HL1902), what kinds of flexible help local authorities are able to target on those in need of urgent help where they have closed local welfare assistance schemes.  HL2941
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 30 October (HL Deb, cols 1156–7), what assessment they have made of the impact of the freeze on working-age benefits on incentivising claimants into work.  HL2942
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government how much UK aid being provided to Iraq in 2017–18 is focussed on supporting the return of displaced individuals to their home communities, if they wish to return; what proportion that represents of the total annual aid provided to Iraq; and what estimate they have made of the relative proportions provided through (1) the E… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they and their international partners are taking to support the return of displaced individuals in Iraq to their home communities, if they wish to return.  HL2944
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the BMJ best practice guidance on chronic fatigue syndrome published in July, whether there are any National Health Service tests available for autoimmune and metabolic dysfunction.  HL2945
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Compliance Team reports to complainants or publishes details of its work in the case of further complaints following investigation and upholding by the ASA of the original complaint; and if not, why not.  HL2946
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 2 November (HL2460), whether they intend to seek binding agreements with Greybull Capital and its associates to contribute towards the cost of repatriating passengers booked on Monarch Airlines; and if so, whether those agreements will be published, and what they intend to offer in retur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK business of the proposal from the EU Commission for a European track and trace for the tobacco market; and what steps they are taking to protect UK interests.  HL2948
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the publication by HMRC on 26 October of the Tobacco tax gap estimates 2016–17, what assessment they have made of the relationship between tobacco duty rises and the number of smokers seeking to purchase non-UK duty paid tobacco.  HL2949
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of a second tobacco duty increase this year on the revenue of HM Treasury.  HL2950
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to designate the Goodwin Sands off the Kent Coast as a Marine Conservation Zone.  HL2951
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Historic England's announcement that it now lists 512 conservation areas in its Heritage at Risk Register.  HL2952
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of sex grooming by organised gangs over the last 12 years; how many girls have suffered such grooming; and in which towns or areas of the UK.  HL2953
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions of members of sex grooming gangs there have been in the last 12 years; and in which towns or areas of the UK.  HL2954
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the police, social workers or other relevant authorities can be prosecuted or otherwise punished for failing to follow up information about sex grooming gangs which has turned out to be accurate.  HL2955
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the fundamental British values as identified by the Prevent strategy, with particular reference to Islamist extremism  HL2956
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for renewals and large-scale maintenance projects on existing rail lines between cities that will eventually be served by HS2; and what is the timescale for those works.  HL2957
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the impact on London Overground services of plans by Abelio Greater Anglia to cease calling at Edmonton Green Station; and whether those plans are in breach of Abelio’s franchise conditions.  HL2958
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to update requirements for MOT inspections to ensure that all diesel cars manufactured since 2009 are tested to ensure that they have a pollution filter when presented for testing.  HL2959
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to bring forward legislation to make it illegal for a garage to remove a pollution filter from a diesel vehicle.  HL2960
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the draft regulations associated with the Bus Services Act 2017.  HL2961
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the detection of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.  HL2962
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 July 2016 (HL1295) and 1 November (HL2214), whether it is still their intention to publish an evaluation of the scheme, given their earlier stated intention to publish that evaluation in 2016; and if so, when that evaluation will be published.  HL2963
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion or belief in Israel.  HL2964
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent alleged breaches of the Status Quo of the Holy Land sites in Jerusalem.  HL2965
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel on the importance of respecting the Status Quo of the Holy Land sites in Jerusalem.  HL2966
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Church Lands Bill which is being considered in the Israeli Knesset.  HL2967
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the Church Lands Bill which is being considered in the Israeli Knesset.  HL2968
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel on the importance of protecting Church property in the Old City of Jerusalem, following the decision in July of the Jerusalem District Court in the Jaffa Gate case.  HL2969
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings have recently taken place between the Secretary of State for International Development and officials of the government of Israel; and whether those meetings were classified as official departmental business.  HL2970
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any representative from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was present at the recent meetings in Israel between the Secretary of State for International Development and officials of the government of Israel.  HL2971
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government which local Criminal Justice Boards in England and Wales are chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area.  HL2972
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce arrangements for automatically warning vehicle owners when their MOT certificates are about to run out.  HL2973
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government which police forces in England and Wales participate in the police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership known as Operation Encompass aimed at supporting children and young people who are exposed to domestic abuse; and when each of those forces began their participation in that scheme.  HL2974
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