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Questions for Written Answer for 23 November 2017

Tabled on 22 November 2017 and due for answer by 6 December 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following Saudi Arabia's commitment not to use cluster munitions in Yemen, whether they intend to re-offer to remove and destroy Royal Saudi Air Force stocks of UK-made BL-755 weaponry.  HL3469
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that attacks which violate international humanitarian law are continuing in Yemen.  HL3470
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the ongoing sale of weapons to nations which have been shown to have used UK-manufactured weapons for the purpose of illegal attacks or other human rights abuses.  HL3471
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development's South Sudan peace process; whether they intend to propose any new diplomatic approach to ending the conflict; and what steps the international community has taken to involve a broad section of civil society, including (1) faith groups, (2) youn… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty's Government which body will be appointed as the Independent Verification Body, in accordance with section 25 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.  HL3473
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Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty's Government what approach they will take to deliver better regulation during the current Parliament.  HL3474
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many adverse reports they have received on the management of custodial institutions by (1) G4S, (2) Sodexo, and (3) other private providers, since 2010.  HL3475
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much have (1) G4S, (2) Sodexo, and (3) other private providers, been paid since 2010 in relation to the management of custodial services.  HL3476
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to local authorities of the new requirement to comply with a social care providers scheme linked to payments for sleep-in care; and whether the new burdens doctrine will apply to such costs.  HL3477
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, which (1) organisations, and (2) individuals, they consulted prior to making that statement; and whether those consultations took place with organ… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, what assessment they have made of the impact of the extension of that support on the process of devolution to Northern Ireland.  HL3479
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, whether their policy on abortion is (1) neutral, (2) in support, or (3) against.  HL3480
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Small Business Commissioner is able to intervene where service suppliers demand payment in less than 30 days from the date of the invoice.  HL3481 [I]
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government for how long buildings and workshops with planning permission for light industrial use must be (1) in existence, and (2) used for such purposes, before they may be converted for residential use.  HL3482 [I]
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to issue planning authorities with guidance on whether applications for permission to construct light industrial buildings or workshops should be considered in the light of the possibility of a later application for change of use to residential purposes.  HL3483 [I]
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendation, made by the Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability (Session 2015–16), to ensure that no taxi driver or private hire vehicle driver is licensed without having undertaken disability equality training; and whether they have any plans to introduce statutory guid… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that shared space schemes address the needs of disabled people; and whether they intend to commit, in the Department for Transport Accessibility Action Plan, to update the 2011 Local Transport Note, as recommended by the Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability (Session 2015–16).  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan, in the Department for Transport Accessibility Action Plan, to confirm timescales for the publication of the Accessible Information Requirement regulations associated with the Bus Services Act 2017.  HL3486
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the desired outcomes set out in the Department for Transport Accessibility Action Plan will be achieved within the timescales set out in the document.  HL3487
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the updated version of the Department for Transport Accessibility Action Plan addresses the recommendations of the Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability (Session 2015–16) regarding audio-visual announcements on buses.  HL3488
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to update the Memorandum of Understanding with the devolved administrations, published in October 2013, in order to take account of relevant issues affecting devolution which have arisen in the last four years.  HL3489
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish regular reports of the meetings of the UK Governance Group established in June 2015 to lead work on constitutional and devolution issues.  HL3490
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government how often the UK Governance Group has met in 2017.  HL3491
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the undertaking given in paragraph 20 of the October 2013 Memorandum of Understanding that they would “involve the devolved administrations as fully as possible in discussions about the formulation of the UK’s policy position on all EU and international issues which touch on devolved matters”, whether they plan t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Governance Group has taken a view on which legislative powers currently vested in the EU should be transferred to Wales or Scotland on departure from the EU.  HL3493
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 November (HL3104), on what grounds they are withholding reconstruction aid from the Jazira and Kobane cantons of northern Syria pending a comprehensive political transition, given that they have been freed from Daesh and that schools, hospitals and private homes have suffered damage.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, whether through Commonwealth channels or otherwise, they have had regarding the achievement of humane improvements in the current treatment of refugees and asylum applicants seeking to enter Australia.  HL3495
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, and (2) the EU, intend to review their decisions to classify the Kurdistan People’s Party as a terrorist organisation, following the decision of the Belgian Court of Appeal on 14 September that that organisation is a party to an armed conflict.  HL3496
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Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement made by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 November (HL Deb, col 46), what actions they are taking within the UN to ensure that action is taken to allow the immediate provision of supplies to Yemen; what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding ending their blockade of Yemen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian assistance they are giving to support those suffering from starvation in the Kasai region of Congo.  HL3498
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis National Outcomes Database ceased to exist; and why the data included in that database is no longer collected.  HL3499
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to place a copy of the systematic review of serious adverse reactions following HPV vaccines, commissioned by the World Health Organisation, in the Library of the House.  HL3500
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether parental consent was obtained by school attendance officers before parents were sent letters by researchers for the study entitled Unidentified Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis is a major cause of school absence: surveillance outcomes from school-based clinics, published by the British Medical Journal in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has undertaken any evaluation of glucose monitors used by people living with diabetes; if so, whether such monitors are approved for use; and what assessment they have made of the decision taken by some Clinical Commissioning Groups not to prescribe such monitors t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, what is their estimate of the number of women who will travel from Northern Ireland to England to seek an abortion in the current and each of the next three… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by the Care Quality Commission, published in December 2016, that several clinics operated by Mari… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by the Care Quality Commission, published in January, that the Merseyside Clinic operated by the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, whether women receiving such support will be required to attend an abortion clinic achieving a particular rating by the Care Quality Commission; and if so, w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, including support with travel costs for those meeting financial hardship criteria, whether that support will include the costs of accommodation.  HL3507
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 October (HLWS190) announcing further support for women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion in England, including support with travel costs for those meeting financial hardship criteria, what those criteria will be.  HL3508
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Lord Northbrook to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve political relations with the government of Canada.  HL3509
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Lord Northbrook to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the sale of HMS Ocean, in the light of that ship's role in providing support to the Overseas Territories hit by hurricanes this summer.  HL3510
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Lord Northbrook to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future involvement of the UK in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the government of Canada and the EU.  HL3511
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Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 November (HL2758), whether they have any evidence of public concern caused by Operation Conifer, which was undertaken by Wiltshire Police.  HL3512
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Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the adult education budget in England in 2016–17 was allocated to 16–24 year olds (1) in total, (2) for those on first full Level 2 courses, and (3) for those on first full Level 3 courses.  HL3513
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Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the resource accounting budgeting charge in England for (1) fee-loans for part-time higher education undergraduate students, (2) loans for adult learners at Level 3, (3) loans for adult learners at Levels 4 and 5, and (4) future maintenance loans for part-time higher education undergraduate students.  HL3514
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support the participation of Taiwan in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  HL3515
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