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Questions for Written Answer for 7 December 2017

Tabled on 6 December 2017 and due for answer by 20 December 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reconsider the case of Hafizzulah Husseinkhel, an Afghan interpreter who worked as an interpreter for the British Army and is due to be deported from the UK; if so, when; and what assessment they have made of his safety should his deportation go ahead.  HL3919
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December (HL3335), what assessment they have made of the compliance of their decision not to raise the individual cases of the ten North Korean refugees awaiting repatriation by China to North Korea with the UK's treaty obligations to act in cases where it is awar… 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 Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December (HL3335), what assessment they have made of the moral and practical implications of their decision not to intervene to seek safe passage of the ten North Korean refugees awaiting repatriation by China to North Korea to the Republic of Korea or a third cou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the University College London Constitution Unit report Citizens' Assembly on Brexit.  HL3922
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide funding for citizens' assemblies on Brexit to consider the public's views on the nature of the UK's future relationship with the EU; and if not, why not.  HL3923
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Lord Barker of Battle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many trade missions were undertaken by ministers in 2017; and what was the destination of each mission.  HL3924
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Lord Barker of Battle to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries were subject to trade sanctions in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.  HL3925
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Lord Barker of Battle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the sale of the Green Investment Bank; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that the Bank’s Articles of Association are adhered to.  HL3926
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Lord Barker of Battle to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the UK’s total contribution to the Global Fund in 2017; and how the outcome of this contribution will be assessed.  HL3927
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Lord Barker of Battle to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries received funds from the International Climate Fund in 2017.  HL3928
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many convicted sex offenders are (1) in prison, and (2) under supervision in the community; and how many in each of those categories have (a) a learning disability, or (b) autism.  HL3929
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding will be available to local authorities to extend personal adviser support to care leavers aged 21 to 25, as provided for in section 3 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017.  HL3930
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding will be available to local authorities to extend virtual school head support to previously looked after children, as outlined in sections 4 to 7 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017.  HL3931
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Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total spend on malaria was allocated to health system strengthening programmes in each of the last five years.  HL3932
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission research into (1) the experience of Portugal in decriminalising the possession and use for personal consumption of harmful drugs, (2) that country's policy of reducing harm caused by drugs to individuals and families, and (3) the possibility of legitimising the supply of such drugs, by excluding criminal… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to eliminate long waiting periods before refugees needing tuition in English can enter English for Speakers of Other Languages courses; and if funding is an obstacle, whether they will bring this to the attention of the lottery managers.  HL3934
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the online practice of "catfishing"; and whether they intend to make it a criminal offence.  HL3935
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ask the UN to declare East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.  HL3936
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to move the British Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  HL3937
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other Western and African countries to persuade President Kabila to hold presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before 2019.  HL3938
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States' decision to withdraw from the process leading to a UN global compact on migration on its effectiveness in protecting the rights of refugees and migrants.  HL3939
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Prime Minister’s speech in Jordan on 30 November, what action they intend to take to "strengthen [the Government’s] response to Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its proliferation of weapons".  HL3940
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 5 December (HL3500), whether they will 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.  HL3941
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 5 December (HL3532) and 27 November (HL3227), whether they have seen the unclassified order of the US Surgeon General’s Office of the Army Special Command of 13 September 2013; whether there is any difference between the drug of the same name administered to US troops and t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for future advances in social mobility of the finding by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that almost 37 per cent of children will fall below the relative poverty line by 2021.  HL3943
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Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's finding that 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners have fallen into relative poverty since 2012–13; and what assessment they have made of (1) when, and (2) at what level, that trend will peak.  HL3944
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 29 November (HL3286), what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about their legal resources and ability to quickly address issues raised by tenants of the National Trust.  HL3945
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes and in particular of countries suspected of money laundering; and how this differs from the UK approach.  HL3946
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they regularly meet the Roman Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales to discuss public policy issues.  HL3947
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of places available at Catholic schools for Catholic children.  HL3948
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of Muslim children being educated in Catholic faith schools.  HL3949
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the provisions in the Bus Services Act 2017 to allow non-mayoral authorities to access bus franchising powers.  HL3950
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Lord Radice to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made over the last three months to (1) the Iranian Ambassador in London, and (2) the government of Iran, about the reported targeting and harassment of BBC Persian Service journalists and their families.  HL3951
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will monitor the voluntary agreement by lenders not to give automatic credit limit increases to consumers.  HL3952
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that all schools are aware of their responsibility under the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 to allow access into schools to education and training providers in order to talk to pupils in Years 8 to 13 about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships; and when they expect Ofsted to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what system of classification is used by the Video Standards Council Rating Board to rate video games; and how the level of classification is decided.  HL3954
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many video games have been banned on the grounds of (1) child exploitation, and (2) domestic violence, since the Video Standards Council Rating Board was established.  HL3955
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government when (1) Bath Spa, and (2) Bristol Temple Meads, railway stations will be directly served by a high-speed, electrified railway line.  HL3956
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the number, and (2) the cost, of (a) those directly employed by government departments, and (b) those hired as consultants by government departments, to work on matters related to Brexit, has increased since the Brexit referendum; and if so, by how much.  HL3957
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the number, and (2) the cost, of (a) those directly employed by, and (b) those hired as consultants by, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to work on matters related to Brexit, has increased since the Brexit referendum; and if so, by how much.  HL3958
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the number, and (2) the cost, of (a) those directly employed by, and (b) those hired as consultants by, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to work on matters related to Brexit, has increased since the Brexit referendum; and if so, by how much.  HL3959
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the number, and (2) the cost, of (a) those directly employed by, and (b) those hired as consultants by, the Department for International Trade to work on matters related to Brexit, has increased since the Brexit referendum; and if so, by how much.  HL3960
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