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Questions for Written Answer for 28 November 2017

Tabled on 27 November 2017 and due for answer by 11 December 2017.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Council for England as Accounting Officer has a duty to intervene in cases of serious abuse of funding on the part of universities.  HL3591
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of the duty of the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England to safeguard the efficient use of public funds, what assessment they have made of the value for money of salaries paid to vice-chancellors.  HL3592
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England has raised with (1) Ministers, and (2) the Permanent Secretaries, at (a) the Department for Education, and (b) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, any concerns about poor value for money in public spending caused by excessive salaries… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote the "competitive HRC membership elections" for the United Nations Human Rights Council they called for in the joint concluding statement of the 35th Session of the UNHRC in June.  HL3594
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will check, and address, any delay or obstruction by the authorities in Misrata of the transfer to Sirte and Benghazi of UK de-mining equipment.  HL3595
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what legal or treaty obligations they retain in respect of First Nation peoples in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  HL3596
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government when was the last time they raised through the Commonwealth the problems facing First Nation peoples.  HL3597
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government when was the last time they raised through the United Nations the problems facing First Nation peoples.  HL3598
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the release of figures by the Department for Education on 23 November showing that the number of people starting apprenticeships has dropped by 59 per cent in the last year, what assessment they have made of the reasons for that decrease; and how they plan to reverse that trend.  HL3599
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the findings released by the European Commission on 30 October showing that industry and consumer confidence in the Eurozone economies is at its highest level for 17 years, and (2) prospects for growth in the those economies; and what comparative assessment they have made of (a) confidence in the econo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the Director-General of the CBI on the impact of Brexit on investment and jobs in the UK that progress must be made on the Brexit negotiations or “a trickle of lost opportunities could become a flood”.  HL3601
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the activities of (1) those taking part in organised hunts, and (2) those opposed to such hunting, remain within the law.  HL3602
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission a review into the consistency of regional commissioning of services families with children in need of palliative care.  HL3603
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recent deal signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing the return to Myanmar of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, what representations they are making to the government of Myanmar encouraging it to guarantee the safety and political and social rights of those returnees.  HL3604
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide support to the new government of Kenya to develop its state institutions.  HL3605
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings by the charity Together for Short Lives in its report Commissioning children’s palliative care in England: 2017 edition that (1) only 35 per cent of clinical commissioning groups are implementing HM Government’s guidance set out in Our Commitment to You for End of Life Care, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make at the next meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe during consideration of the non-payments by the Russian Federation to the former majority shareholders of Yukos of the 1.9 billion euros awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.  HL3607
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Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of Russia's annual payment to the Council of Europe, what discussions they have had with Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General, regarding the possibility of Russia's withdrawal from the Council of Europe.  HL3608
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government when the approval process for proposals for a grant for 2017–18 to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan under section 64 of the of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 will be completed.  HL3609
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any plans to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan for England will contain provisions for future year funding to cover the full length of the Plan from 2017 to 2022.  HL3610
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each year between 2007 and 2016, how many people were granted leave to remain following (1) 10 years of legal residence as set out in paragraph 276B(i)(a) of the Immigration Rules, and (2) 20 years illegal residence in the UK as set out in paragraph 277ADE(1)(iii) of the Immigration Rules.  HL3611
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government which statutory instruments in force relating to the responsibilities of the Home Office are derived wholly, or in part, from EU legislation.  HL3612
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of maintaining regulatory alignment with the EU following the UK’s withdrawal and any time-limited transitional period.  HL3613
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of different models for a future trading relationship with the EU if the UK pursues a policy of regulatory divergence following withdrawal and during any time-limited transitional period.  HL3614
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain protections derived from EU regulations relating to social, consumer and employment rights, and environmental protections, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  HL3615
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the Welsh Government’s document, Brexit and Devolution, sent to them in June; and whether they will publish that response.  HL3616
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the call in the report by the House of Lords Justice Sub-Committee of the Select Committee on the EU Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses? (7th Report, Session 2016–17, HL Paper 134) for them to publish a coherent plan for addressing the post-Brexit application of the so-c… 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 what assessment they have made of the performance of the NHS Litigation Authority.  HL3618
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the NHS Litigation Authority acknowledges fault in a timely manner.  HL3619
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that lessons learned through cases handled by the NHS Litigation Authority are passed on to the NHS rapidly to prevent future errors.  HL3620
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of clinical cases brought against the NHS and managed by the NHS Litigation Authority in each of the past ten years resulted in (1) a finding of liability by the courts, (2) a finding by the courts that there was no liability, (3) a settlement outside court alongside an admission of liability, (4) a settlemen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government which sections of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 explicitly recognise animals as sentient beings; and what assessment they have made of the operation of the provisions of that Act on (1) farm animals, (2) wild animals, and (3) laboratory animals.  HL3622
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish independent pay review bodies to determine the remuneration of all local authority workers, to avoid possible conflicts of interest between worker and political representatives.  HL3623
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport advised local authorities of the 2013 EU criteria for applicants to be the European City of Culture 2023.  HL3624
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether individuals who have been granted indefinite leave to remain are obliged to apply for British citizenship; if so, why; and if not, what information such individuals are given by the UK Border Agency in this regard upon arrival in the UK.  HL3625
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any change in the terms on which indefinite leave to remain in the UK is (1) granted, and (2) applied to those who were previously granted such leave, in the past year.  HL3626
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government how many single-earner married couples there are in each local authority area in the UK, broken down as a percentage of the total number of married couples for each area.  HL3627
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to provide additional funding for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services post 2020.  HL3628
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to communicate across the private and public sectors lessons learnt from the Total Transport project.  HL3629
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provided under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan for England published in 2011; and to which organisations.  HL3630
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 to support implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan for England published in July.  HL3631
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 November (HL3241), how the proportion of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots employed at the Cyprus Sovereign Base areas in 2017 compares with the proportion of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the 2011 censuses; and what assessment they have made of how they have fulfilled their o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 November (HL3241), why the number of Greek Cypriots employed in the Eastern Sovereign Base Area in Grades 7–8 rose from 65 in 2016 to 165 in 2017 and why there was no rise in the number of Turkish Cypriots employed in these grades in the same period.  HL3633
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Ross Fund has been (1) allocated, and (2) disbursed.  HL3634
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent in each year through the Ross Fund since it was set up.  HL3635
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government which projects have been funded by the Ross Fund since it was set up.  HL3636
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation they have made of the Higher Education Degree Datacheck facility system.  HL3637
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Lord Suri to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office intends to establish a fund for programmes supporting freedom of religion or belief.  HL3638
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the administration in Gaza concerning prospects for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing people with visas to leave.  HL3639
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the detention of a nine year old boy during raids in the occupied West Bank in November.  HL3640
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking with their international partners to support and encourage free speech in Israel, following reports of intimidation and public order offences committed by far-right groups in that country.  HL3641
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that the Israeli military have issued orders demarcating areas where three Palestinian herding communities are located, resulting in 419 people being at heightened risk of forcible transfer. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of a blockage by the Israeli military of roads connecting southern Hebron to the rest of the West Bank, placing residents at risk of forcible transfer.  HL3643
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to means test Disability Living Allowance.  HL3644
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS patients can require (1) their GP, or (2) another NHS doctor to (a) show them their medical records, and (b) provide a copy of such records in whole or in part, digitally or otherwise.  HL3645
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government under what legal provision an NHS doctor can deny an NHS patient access to their medical records.  HL3646
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an NHS doctor denying an NHS patient access to their medical records would be grounds for disciplinary action by their professional body, employer or contracting authority.  HL3647
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