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Questions for Written Answer for 30 November 2017

Tabled on 29 November 2017 and due for answer by 13 December 2017.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers and the Higher Education Funding Council for England plan to investigate the decision-making process at the University of Bath which led to an "exit package" being paid to the Vice-Chancellor; what was the total value of that package; and whether they consider this was consistent with the proper and efficient use of pub… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received from Stagecoach Group and Virgin Rail Group, or their subsidiaries, prior to the publication of their Command Paper Connecting people: a strategic vision for rail (Cm 9519) on 29 November concerning the East Coast franchise; and whether they will publish those representations, including notes of meeting… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend NHS England's new Starting Well: A Smile4Life Initiative beyond the 13 areas in which it is initially being delivered.  HL3685
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to use any of the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to fund preventative oral health programmes.  HL3686
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to limit the availability of high sugar products (1) in supermarket price promotions, and (2) at the point of sale.  HL3687
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the next Child Dental Health Survey.  HL3688
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the next Adult Dental Health Survey.  HL3689
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 November (HL Deb, col 1928), how many of the proposed new garden cities, towns and villages will be located in the Oxford-Cambridge corridor.  HL3690
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to (1) devise, and (2) introduce, a qualification in agriculture at (a) GCSE, and (b) A-Level.  HL3691
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the law relating to public rights of way that go through (1) private homes and gardens, and (2) working farmyards, in relation to cases in which privacy, safety or security is an issue.  HL3692
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make any changes to the size and location of the Royal Marine garrisons in Plymouth.  HL3693
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contributions of (1) HMS Albion, and (2) HMS Bulwark, to the UK’s overall amphibious capability; and whether they intend to decommission either vessel.  HL3694
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 7 November (HL2748), when they will publish the results of their review of planning law in relation to basement developments; and what action they propose to take.  HL3695
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make (1) environmental organisations, and (2) tree and woodland owners, aware of the need to remove ivy to protect the crowns of trees.  HL3696
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.  HL3697
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Northern Ireland Executive is restored as soon as possible.  HL3698
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland in tackling terrorism in Northern Ireland.  HL3699
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between morale and overstretched resources in the armed services; and what steps they intend to take to remedy this situation.  HL3700
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Sugg on 31 October (HL Deb, col 1360) on future railway investment, what steps they intend to take to improve rail services in West Cumbria and on the Newcastle to Carlisle line.  HL3701
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Sugg on 31 October (HL Deb, col 1360) on railway investment, what assessment they have made of the cost-effectiveness and impact on reliability of investments in signalling on the West Coast Mainline.  HL3702
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take any action to reduce the number of children in the care of local authorities in London being placed in foster homes in Kent; and if so, what.  HL3703
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Lord Lisvane to ask Her Majesty's Government whether funding will be made available to prevent Post Office closures and to maintain the network at its present size.  HL3704
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Lord Lisvane to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 15 November (HL3019) regarding the ongoing assessment of the UK's sea-based patrol capability, what assumptions have been made in relation to the total sea area that will need to be patrolled.  HL3705
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the current scoping mission to assess the UK's future involvement in the Sahel, including potential support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, will be completed; and whether its conclusions will be made public.  HL3706
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government of how many reports of alleged violations of international humanitarian law by actors in the conflict in the Yemen they are aware; how many credible allegations of such violations are currently being investigated; and what criteria are used to assess whether an allegation is credible.  HL3707
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Ofcom report Children and Parents: media use and attitudes, what steps they intend to take to address the issue of underage social media use.  HL3708
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of British troops participating in the Train and Equip programme for moderate Syrian opposition troops to the stability of Syria.  HL3709
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve relations with Zimbabwe since President Mnangagwa took office.  HL3710
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the number of unfilled posts in the US State Department on relations between the UK and US governments.  HL3711
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether capping the limestone quarry at Brofiscin has prevented non-biodegradable PCBs and other toxic materials from leaching into the underlying aquifer affecting water supplies in England.  HL3712
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether or not the water supplies for Birmingham contain residues of non-biodegradable PCBs and other toxins as a result of leaching from Brofiscin quarry.  HL3713
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total costs of treating lipodystrophy in each of the last five years for which figures are available.  HL3714
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to agree the Church Supplemental Agreement.  HL3715
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of removing the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions on pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds who seek a place in a Catholic school.  HL3716
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions on the ethnic diversity of Catholic schools.  HL3717
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the regional demand from parents for places in Catholic schools; and how the removal of the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions will meet that demand.  HL3718
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions on the ability of the Catholic Church to open new schools.  HL3719
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the submissions received through their consultation, Schools that work for everyone.  HL3720
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were registered as unemployed in each Welsh local authority in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2005, (4) 2010, and (5) 2015.  HL3721
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of vehicles entering the UK mainland from the Republic of Ireland whose eventual destination is elsewhere in the EU.  HL3722
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on ferry services in the Irish Sea.  HL3723
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which ten local authorities in Wales had (1) the lowest number, (2) the lowest percentage, (3) the highest number, and (4) the highest percentage, of individuals in receipt of social security payments, in the last year for which figures are available.  HL3724
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about (1) the house arrest, and (2) deteriorations in health, of Sheikh Isa Qassim since May.  HL3725
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Bahrain about Sheikh Isa Qassim’s access to medical care since 26 November 2017, with particular regard to interference with his medical care by the police.  HL3726
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to advise those with concerns about treatment of persons in detention in Bahrain to report those incidents to that country’s Ombudsman Office, the Ombudsman of the Ministry of Interior, and the Special Investigations Unit, given those bodies alleged role in the convictions of (1) Hajer Mansoor Hassan, (2) Saye… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the trial in Bahrain of Sayed Nizar Alwadaei which resulted in an additional three-year prison sentence on 29 November; and whether representatives of the UK Government attended his trial.  HL3728
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Bahrain over the police blockade of the village of Diraz since June 2016.  HL3729
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Embassy of Bahrain in the UK's involvement in actions against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei since October 2016.  HL3730
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the publication by the Office for National Statistics of the Statistical bulletin: Domestic abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2017 on 23 November, which states that more than one third of the victims of domestic violence in that period were men, they will clarify the statement by Baroness Willi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to UK citizens resulting from their decision to ban flights between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh.  HL3732
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the financial saving to the public purse of children and young people being home educated.  HL3733
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy in relation to smoking on reality TV shows, particularly in regard to the risk that smoking amongst young people might be glamourised.  HL3734
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government why the same school admission criteria for children adopted in the UK do not apply to those adopted from overseas.  HL3735
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether teachers with qualified teacher status (1) can, or (2) will, lose that status if they teach in an unregistered school.  HL3736
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government upon which departmental budget the costs of UK aid given to persons and institutions damaged in the recent hurricanes and storms in the Caribbean and South-Western United States has been allocated.  HL3737
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost to the UK of aid given in connection with the recent hurricanes and storms in the Caribbean and South-Western United States.  HL3738
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any part of the costs of aid given in connection with the recent hurricanes and storms in the Caribbean and South-Western United States has come from the budget of the Ministry of Defence.  HL3739
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to follow the United States and designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation.  HL3740
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Scotland and the Republic of Ireland having legal humanist marriages on the case for such recognition in England and Wales.  HL3741
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that there are now more humanist marriages in Scotland than Church of Scotland marriages, what assessment they have made of the impact of extending legal recognition to humanist marriage on the number of people getting married overall.  HL3742
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many legally recognised religious marriages were performed in England and Wales in 2014 by (1) Christian denominations other than the Church in Wales or Catholic Church, broken down by denominations, and (2) non-Christian groups, broken down into individual groups.  HL3743
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied minors have been transferred through the National Transfer Scheme to date, broken down by receiving local authority.  HL3744
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have agreed to take part in the National Transfer Scheme for unaccompanied minors.  HL3745
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied minors are currently waiting to be transferred through the National Transfer Scheme.  HL3746
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time between the request for transfer of an unaccompanied minor under the National Transfer Scheme and the new local authority receiving that child.  HL3747
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the UK Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan, and (2) any other member of Embassy staff, attended meetings of the 13th EU–Central Asia Ministerial Meeting in Samarkand in November; and if so, what was the outcome of those meetings.  HL3748
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a request from the government of Uzbekistan to support Uzbekistan’s economic policy by contributing to a tax reform programme through an appropriate professional development programme; if so, what was their response; and from which source of funding such support would be met.  HL3749
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what education and training on the culture of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities is provided to social workers who assess children for care or adoption.  HL3750
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