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Questions for Written Answer for 13 November 2017

Tabled on 7 November 2017 and due for answer by 21 November 2017.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for the percentage of mandatory reconsideration requests to be refused; what key performance indicators the Department for Work and Pensions has set for (1) Atos, and (2) Capita, in relation to that target; and what contractual penalties will apply to any failure to meet that target.  HL2975
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to ensure that workers earning below £11,500 a year who are automatically enrolled into Net Pay Schemes are able to obtain the tax relief they are due; if so, how; and if not, whether they intend to introduce alternative measures to ensure that either (1) the employer, or (2) the pension provider, compensat… 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 answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 7 November and Lord Ashton of Hyde on 6 November (HL Deb, col 1594), what steps they are taking under the Suicide Act 1961 to prosecute those responsible for internet sites that incite, aid or abet the promotion of suicide.  HL2977
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 7 November and Lord Ashton of Hyde on 6 November (HL Deb, col 1594), what assessment they have made of the presence of sites that promote suicide on the internet, in the light of research published by the University of Manchester in May 2016 which found that 22 per cent of su… 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 answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 7 November and Lord Ashton of Hyde on 6 November (HL Deb, col 1594), what assessment they have made of a study published in the British Medical Journal in April 2008 which found that websites providing information about suicide were more likely to be encouraging the act of su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review Serco's involvement, whether or not involving a contract, in the provision of prison, probation and other public services, in the light of reports concerning the content of the Paradise Papers.  HL2980
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for a regular ferry service between St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly and the mainland; and what discussions have been held between ministers and ferry operators regarding the continuation of that service.  HL2981
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion of, prison service establishments have a library with facilities to use and exchange books.  HL2982
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Financial Inclusion Commission, Credit where it’s due: Overcoming the barriers to mainstream credit with data, with respect to how new sources of data, including rental payment data, may help individuals access credit via mainstream and low-cost lenders.  HL2983
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Institute for Fiscal Studies report, Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017–18 to 2021–22, what steps they will take to prevent the projected increase in the level of absolute child poverty.  HL2984
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of buildings owned or managed by service-providers, as defined by section 29(1) of the Equality Act 2010, that are not accessible to wheelchair users.  HL2985
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of (1) LGBT people, (2) women, and (3) persons of colour, who have been refused service by service-providers contrary to section 29 of the Equality Act 2010, in each year since the introduction of that Act.  HL2986
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Jolly on 21 November 2014 (Hl Deb, col 664) that, if “a service-provider fails or refuses to make a reasonable adjustment, the disabled person could take their custom elsewhere … [or] bring a case of alleged disability discrimination before the civil courts”, how many cases have been brought in the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 November (HL2663), of the 850 UK linked individuals of national security concern who travelled to engage with the Syrian conflict, what estimate they have made of the number who were affiliated with Daesh; and how many of those who have returned have been sent for d… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 November (HL2663), how many individuals who took part in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have been charged with terrorist or other criminal offences relating to their activities in Syria, following their return to the UK; and if that figure cannot be published, why… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government in their guidance to local authorities about the setting up of Low Emission Zones, what emphasis is given to reducing pollution per passenger kilometre so that low emission buses are not unreasonably targeted.  HL2990
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 30 October (HL Deb, col 1160), when they anticipate that the Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health will be published; and what plans they have to ensure that that Green Paper assesses differences in mental health treatment resulting from geographical locati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the report of the Commission on Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Care.  HL2992
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve NHS patient access to the latest innovative cost-effective medicines for multiple sclerosis.  HL2993
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) advances in treatments for multiple sclerosis for NHS patients, including the recently approved first short course oral treatment, cladribine tablets; and (2) the extent to which new treatments will help to reduce burdens on NHS services.  HL2994
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of agency pilots who consistently work for only one airline which holds a UK operating licence, who are (1) self-employed, and (2) employed, for tax purposes.  HL2995
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HMRC has conducted, or is conducting, a review or inquiry into the practice of any airline which holds a UK operating licence that is supplied with pilots who are either agency workers or self-employed, but who only work for that airline.  HL2996
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government why National Museums charge fees to reproduce images of historic paintings, prints and drawings in their collections; whether they have received legal advice relating to the copyright issues applying to such reproductions; and if so, what that advice was.  HL2997
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Commons Creative Licences by each National Museum; what proportion of those Licences permit amendments to be made to them; and whether they intend to review their use.  HL2998
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to achieve a reduction in the amount of open countryside covered by bracken.  HL2999
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the proportion of open countryside in England that was covered by bracken in (1) 1987, (2) 1997, (3) 2007, and (4) 2017; and what assessment they have made of the reasons for any changes in that coverage.  HL3000
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of certain online gambling providers contacting infrequent users via email in order to advise them to return to the service or risk having their accounts frozen and winnings removed; and what assessment they have made of the likely effect of that practice on gambling addiction.  HL3001
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, independently of any input from the main providers of social media, to educate young people on (1) the potential dangers of social media, and (2) the appropriate and potentially socially beneficial use of social media.  HL3002
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential effects of involving social media providers in educating children on the use of social media.  HL3003
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children and young people who view disturbing or hate-filled material online, or otherwise digitally, are encouraged to report such material to parents, teachers or other responsible adults.  HL3004
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 30 October (HL Deb, col 1155), who will sit on the parks action group; and how frequently it intends to meet.  HL3005
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage tree planting in areas that are prone to recurrent flooding.  HL3006
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution made by woodland creation and hedgerow planting to sustainable farming.  HL3007
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they provide to farmers and food growers on protecting water quality and the management of soil and nutrients.  HL3008
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the class Q permitted development rights, which allow agricultural buildings to be converted to dwellings.  HL3009
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of unauthorised fishing that takes place in British waters.  HL3010
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to prevent unauthorised fishing in British waters.  HL3011
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their projection of the number of house renters there will be in London in the next 10 years.  HL3012 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of park bye-laws; and whether they consider that there is a case for reform.  HL3013 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount of household waste that ended up in landfill in each year since 1997 for which records are held.  HL3014 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the local government schemes to manage food waste and reduce the amount that goes into landfill.  HL3015 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government which places in the UK have had the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide exceedance of agreed EU limits in each year since 1997 for which records are held; and how many times the World Health Organisation's guideline for PM 2.5 has been exceeded.  HL3016 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of career advice and work experience services provided to young people by local authorities.  HL3017 [I]
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce legislation to devolve policy on Air Passenger Duty to the Welsh Assembly, in order to facilitate further development of long-haul passenger flights from Cardiff Airport; and if not, why not.  HL3018
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Lord Lisvane to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 3 November (HL2523), when the assessment of sea-based patrol capability is expected to be completed.  HL3019
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy that the principle of the Responsibility to Protect, adopted in the 2005 UN World Summit Outcome Document, should be applied to the conflict in Yemen; and if not, why not.  HL3020
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government on the basis of what information the Foreign Secretary told the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on 1 November that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "simply teaching journalism".  HL3021
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recapture of Raqqa on 20 October, what plans they have to assist in the stabilisation of that region through inclusive governance and reconstruction.  HL3022
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have supported proposals in the UN Security Council to give the Group of Five Sahel Joint Force a UN peacekeeping mandate and funding.  HL3023
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Royal College of Psychiatrists workforce census 2017, which reported a rise in the number of vacant or unfilled psychiatrist consultant posts across the UK to 9 per cent, what steps they are taking to address that rise and to ensure that patient waiting times do not increase.  HL3024
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Wildlife Fund's proposal for a new protected area for waters off East Antarctica, following this year's breeding failure in the colony of Adelie penguins in East Antarctic.  HL3025
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to eliminate Himalayan balsam; and what consideration they have given to introducing environmental schemes to reimburse landowners and farmers for its removal.  HL3026
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 2 November (HL2355), what are the internationally understood definitions of (1) "suspected adverse event", and (2)"‘serious adverse event", following the administration of a drug.  HL3027
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 2 November (HL2355), what are the latest figures for (1) suspected adverse events, and (2) serious adverse events, relating to (a) Gardasil, and (b) Cevarix, since those vaccines were introduced; and how many of those who reported serious adverse events remain incapacitated.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any train operating companies or train leasing companies using offshore companies or structures, including captive insurance vehicles, to minimise the amount of tax paid to HMRC; and if not, whether they have any plans to seek such information.  HL3029
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to update regulations for taxis and private hire vehicles.  HL3030
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the committee established by the Department for Transport to examine regulations for taxis and private hire vehicles has concluded its work; and who the members of that committee are.  HL3031
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers a local authority has to limit the total number of private hire vehicles and taxis licensed to operate in its area.  HL3032
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the financial cost to society of (1) alcohol misuse, (2) obesity, and (3) viral hepatitis.  HL3033
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the loss to the Exchequer resulting from the removal of the Alcohol Duty Escalator.  HL3034
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from county councils and local government organisations regarding increases in children re-entering the county council care systems; and what is the impact of those increases on individual county councils 2017–18 forecast spend.  HL3035
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Essex County Council regarding the projected costs and other implications of children re-entering the care system.  HL3036
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to provide quality assurance for students studying degree courses at a private college whose degrees are validated by a university.  HL3037
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last three years the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has (1) raised concerns, and (2) taken action, regarding private colleges and providers of degrees.  HL3038
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to ensure that students from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend private colleges receive the best quality of education and support.  HL3039
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure the legitimacy and integrity of student enrolment processes at private colleges.  HL3040
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government when Grafton College of Management Sciences in London was last inspected; and whether that inspection raised any issues or concerns.  HL3041
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken in response to the report by the Children's Commissioner of March 2013, They Go the Extra Mile: Reducing inequality in school exclusions, in particular with regard to recommendations 2, 4 and 10.  HL3042
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they give to state-funded schools about excluding pupils for reasons other than those connected to behaviour.  HL3043
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of state-funded schools that had cohorts that were at least 20 per cent smaller in the January of year 11 than they had been at the start of year 7, in each of the past five academic years.  HL3044
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they take when Ofsted determines that pupils have been "off-rolled" by a state-funded school in an attempt to maximise their results and league table rankings.  HL3045
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they take to track pupils after they have been "off-rolled" by state-funded schools.  HL3046
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a school.  HL3047
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether departments other than the Ministry of Defence are involved in assessing bids to build the three new solid support ships; how they intend to compare overseas and UK bids; and whether, in doing so, they plan to take into account UK requirements, in particular those relating to (1) the development of high tech skills, (2)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Treasury is involved in the invitations to tender to build the three new solid support ships, in particular relating to the costs; and, in assessing the bids, what account will be taken of the impact on UK tax revenues of an overseas company being awarded the contract.  HL3049
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a Brexit impact study on the Welsh economy; and if so, when.  HL3050
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review regulations concerning the use of glyphosate products as weed killers, in the light of evidence presented to the United States Federal Court relating to its safety.  HL3051
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they give to state-maintained schools in England concerning the need to strip asbestos from school buildings.  HL3052
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