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Questions for Written Answer for 22 November 2017

Tabled on 21 November 2017 and due for answer by 5 December 2017.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which any conflict of interest arises in respect of Professor Madeleine Atkins’ role as Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, given her position as a former Vice-Chancellor.  HL3415
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take following the report on governance surrounding senior pay at Bath University by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, published on 20 November, which found that Bath university has “a significant distance to travel” to open its remuneration committee’s work to legitimate scrutiny through enhanc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of increases in Vice-Chancellors’ salaries since the announcement by the Minister of State for Universities and Science on 7 September that they would “unveil a series of new measures designed to curb spiralling vice-chancellors’ pay”.  HL3417
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings the Minister of State for Universities and Science has held with (1) the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and (2) the Office for Students to discuss issues relating to (a) Vice-Chancellors’ pay, and (b) the governance of universities in England; and what was the outcome of those meetings.  HL3418
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report on governance surrounding senior pay at Bath University by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), published on 20 November, whether HEFCE intends to play a role in ensuring that Bath University implements the reforms recommended in that report; and if so, what.  HL3419
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Professor Madeleine Atkins is restricted from taking remunerated employment from, or entering into contracts with, English universities following the expiry of her term as Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England; and if not, whether they intend to seek an undertaking from her that she will not enter in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the language requirements for those taking the theory test as part of their application for a driving licence; whether other language options are available; and if so, at what centres in the UK such tests are available.  HL3421
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of new free schools which would be opened if the 50 per cent cap on faith-based schools were removed; and what discussions they have had with representatives of (1) the Catholic Church, and (2) non-religious interest groups, about the impact of that cap on admissions.  HL3422
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by UN human rights independent experts on 17 November for the government of Cameroon to “ensure a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into all allegations of human rights violations”, killings, and arrests perpetrated since 1 October in the country’s Anglophone regions;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Grenfell Tower fire, what consideration they have given to increasing the scope of the Regulatory Policy Committee so that it can rate impact assessments on the basis of the evidence presented relating to wider societal impacts.  HL3424
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 20 November (HL2981), whether they have received any assurances from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IOSSC) regarding the continuing operation of (1) ferry, and (2) air, services between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland; and if so, what assessment they have made of those ass… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees have been re-settled in Scotland, per council since May 2016, and from which country each of those refugees originated.  HL3426
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Digital on 12 September (HC9406), what roundtable discussions the Secretary of State has had with creators and performers in the arts in the last six months; with whom; whether Brexit was discussed at those roundtables; and what other issues were discussed.  HL3427
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests have been made by police forces to provide victims of modern slavery with support under the UK Protected Persons Service, since the commencement of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  HL3428
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a relationship between the governments of Qatar and Iran and the funding and support for global Islamist terrorism.  HL3429
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of allegations that Qatar is financing terrorism and Islamist extremism, what representations they have made to the government of Qatar to encourage the mending of its relations with neighbouring countries.  HL3430
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the announcement by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and King's Health Partners that they intend to create a new clinical academic facility for cardiovascular and respiratory services, whether they intend to review the proposal from NHS England to close the Royal Brompton and Harefield… 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 assessment they have made of whether tolls could be introduced to fund the expansion and environmental improvement of the strategic road network.  HL3432 [I]
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, in conjunction with local authorities, to improve the environment of roads to a level comparable to that in other EU countries, including the provision of (1) more frequent and cleaner lay-bys for cars and lorries, and (2) better and more extensive sound barriers.  HL3433 [I]
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many social housing starts on site were made in (1) 2008, (2) 2010, (3) 2012, and (4) 2016.  HL3434
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many starts on site were made by Housing Associations in (1) 2010, and (2) 2015.  HL3435
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of apprenticeships being undertaken in the construction industry.  HL3436
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of apprenticeships that were undertaken in the construction industry in 2015.  HL3437
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to enshrine the "polluter pays principle" and the "precautionary principle", as it relates to environmental protection, in British law after the UK leaves the EU; and if so, how.  HL3438
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to enshrine all the provisions of Article 191(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in British law after the UK leaves the EU; and if so, how.  HL3439
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) bilaterally, and (2) internationally, to safeguard the children of the Kasai region of the Congo from dying from starvation; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the funds of the World Food Programme are adequate to support work in that region.  HL3440
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the YMCA and NHS campaign #IAMWHOLE; and what action, if any, they have taken in response to that campaign.  HL3441
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the adequacy of the provisions of (1) the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, and (2) SI 2002/3080 which implemented EC Directive 1999/22/EC.  HL3442 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the adequacy of the provisions of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.  HL3443 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of eyeball tattoos and the adequacy of the provisions of current legislation.  HL3444 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the adequacy of the provisions of the Mobile Homes Act 1983.  HL3445 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the adequacy of the provisions of the Caravan Sites Act 1968.  HL3446 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of the Licensing Committees and the operation of the licensing process in local authorities.  HL3447 [I]
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Freedom of Information requests on the use of immigration detention for pregnant women are responded to within the deadlines specified by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  HL3448
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish regular statistical information on the use of immigration detention for pregnant women, to ensure effective scrutiny of the 72-hour time limit on their detention.  HL3449
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women recorded as pregnant have been held in immigration detention since the Immigration Act 2016 came into force; and of those, how many left detention to be removed from the UK.  HL3450
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 October (HL1909), when they expect to publish the outcome of the review of asylum support; and whether they are consulting external stakeholders as part of that review.  HL3451
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Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty's Government, of those in prison in England and Wales on 25 December 2016, how many were serving sentences of less than a year.  HL3452
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Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners currently in prison in England and Wales are serving sentences of a year or less; and of these, how many prisoners are expected to still be serving their sentence on 25 December.  HL3453
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Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in England and Wales who had been released after serving a prison sentence of less than a year went on to re-offend in each of the last five years.  HL3454
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 13 November (HL2710), when they expect to be able to provide a final figure of the total cost to the taxpayer of repatriating to the UK passengers of Monarch Airlines; in relation to cases where there is no confidentiality clause in place, who the recipients of those repatriation costs w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what equality impact assessments were made before the introduction of each welfare benefits change during the past seven years; and what potential adverse impacts on different groups of people were identified.  HL3456
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what equality impact analyses have been made following the introduction of each welfare benefit change during the past seven years; and what has been the impact on different groups of people, including the elderly, lone parents, disabled people and ethnic minorities.  HL3457
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what equality impact assessments were made before the introduction of each tax change during the past seven years; and what potential adverse impacts on different groups of people were identified.  HL3458
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what equality impact analyses have been made following the introduction of each tax change during the past seven years; and what has been the impact on different groups of people, including the elderly, lone parents, disabled people and ethnic minorities.  HL3459
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Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on their plans for setting up a new Regulator for Social Work.  HL3460
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the whole of (1) the £1.25 billion of Future in Mind Funding announced in the March 2015 Budget, and (2) the £150 million announced in the Autumn Statement 2014, will be released to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services by 2020.  HL3461
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 16 November (HL Deb, col 2187), whether they plan to revert to uprating working age benefits in line with inflation at the end of the current four-year freeze.  HL3462
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, can easily access the online application process for Universal Credit.  HL3463
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, will have the opportunity to make a claim for Universal Credit in person.  HL3464
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific training measures are in place to enable work coaches to advise, assess, and support people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, to make a claim for Universal Credit.  HL3465
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they provide to local authorities for the provision of social care to Universal Credit claimants who have (1) a learning disability, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability.  HL3466
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the consultation on their Green Paper Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives, published in October 2016, what timescale they have established for halving the disability employment gap.  HL3467
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether new Long Service Medals were struck for four star retired officers of the three services who remain on the active list.  HL3468
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