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Questions for Written Answer for 13 December 2017

Tabled on 12 December 2017 and due for answer by 28 December 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last conducted a review of registered charities that perform state commissioned services; and whether that review covered (1) value for money, (2) executive pay, and (3) lobbying operations.  HL4065
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last conducted a review of the remuneration of chief executives and senior managers of registered charities.  HL4066
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about levels of remuneration for chief executives and senior managers of registered charities.  HL4067
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take in response to the International Criminal Court's proposal to refer Jordan to the UN Security Council for its failure to arrest Sudan's indicted President Omar al-Bashir when he attended an Arab League summit in Jordan in March.  HL4068
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government, since the State Opening of Parliament in 2010, how many (1) orders, and (2) regulations, have been made to commence either sections or complete Acts (a) less than 12 months, (b) between 12 and 24 months, (c) between 24 and 36 months, and (d) more than 36 months, after Royal Assent.  HL4069
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will maintain or increase financial support for community-based, women-centred services as part of efforts to reduce the female prison population; and whether they will meet with representatives of those women's centres that requested a meeting in a joint letter to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Youth Justic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what structural assessments have been commissioned for the Bletchley Flyover; and what assessment they have made of the impact on freight services of constructing a passenger station on that flyover.  HL4071
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision for rail freight is planned for the Western Section of the East West Rail project.  HL4072
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the personal liability of the board members of the Kings College Hospital Foundation Trust for their financial management of the Trust following that Trust having been put into special measures.  HL4073
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the qualified accountants who have served on the Kings College Hospital Foundation Trust over the last five years.  HL4074
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) business, (2) industrial, and (3) public, sectors top the national statistics for productivity; and what percentage each one is of the whole.  HL4075
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries in the G20 (1) include, and (2) do not include, the number of unemployed in their calculations of productivity.  HL4076
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to establish a new national NHS hospital charity to receive donations for supporting NHS hospitals.  HL4077
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the NHS policy of not providing patients with the cost of their hospital operations and treatments; and what assessment they have made of whether providing such information might encourage patients to make voluntary charitable contributions towards hospital costs.  HL4078
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide facilities for those in receipt of (1) the Winter Fuel Allowance, and (2) the Christmas bonus, to convert such payments into charitable donations to NHS hospital charities.  HL4079
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide facilities for citizens to bequest charitable donations to NHS hospital charities.  HL4080
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support work to assist highly vulnerable people with dementia living in rural areas; and what assessment they have made of such work, including that of the Rural Dementia Friendly Task and Finish Group.  HL4081
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support efforts by local authorities and community groups to tackle issues experienced by people with dementia and their carers in rural areas, such as isolation, lack of transport, and lack of broadband.  HL4082
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Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty's Government what legislative quotas have existed for women on UK boards since 2010.  HL4083
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Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty's Government what legal autonomous operation of aircraft is allowed during which a remotely piloted aircraft is operated without pilot intervention in the management of the flight.  HL4084
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process for determining an individual’s sentence following conviction by the courts.  HL4085
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they monitor and analyse sentences issued for the same or similar offences in order to identify any disparities.  HL4086
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is issued to (1) judges, and (2) magistrates, relating to the length of time that should occur between conviction by the courts and the issuing of a final sentence.  HL4087
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of press freedom and freedom of expression in Bangladesh, following reports of enforced disappearances of journalists and supporters of opposition parties in Bangladesh.  HL4088
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Bangladesh to ensure that the elections due to be held in Bangladesh in 2018 are free and fair, following the boycott of previous elections in that country by opposition parties.  HL4089
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government why international funds are provided for reconstruction in devastated cities, such as Mosul, in Iraq, but not for those in Syria.  HL4090
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a rising number of gender-motivated murders in Turkey, and of related gender violence, including child abuse; and whether they intend to make representations to the government of Turkey concerning its response to such violence.  HL4091
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Lord Inglewood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have ruled out including stops in Cumbria for the proposed HS2 rail line.  HL4092
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Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the legal costs (1) incurred to date, and (2) likely to be incurred, in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry; and how much of those costs will be met by the public purse.  HL4093
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Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided to local authorities to provide (1) temporary, and (2) permanent, accommodation for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire; and whether that support is expected to meet all the additional costs.  HL4094
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that a mother who has left a domestic violence situation has access to child benefit for any children living with her in cases where the father was previously the child benefit recipient.  HL4095
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 23 November (HL Deb, col 344), on what evidence the reference to "people whose families have for generations not had work in their lives" was based; and how many such families were identified by that evidence.  HL4096
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the cumulative impact assessment of tax, social security and public spending changes between 2010 and 2017 published in November by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  HL4097
Answered
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Resolution Foundation Unequal Results; and whether they intend to review the treatment of top incomes in measurements of inequality.  HL4098
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government how much is owed to social care workers for sleeping-in payments for the provision of statutory care that was commissioned by (1) government agencies, and (2) local authorities; and from what funds it is anticipated that those payments will be paid.  HL4099
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government when Ministers were notified that social care workers had been paid below the minimum wage for statutory sleeping-in care; when that information was passed on to Government agencies, including the NHS and local authorities; why social care providers were not notified earlier; and what steps they are taking to ensure such underpayme… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they (1) received from HMRC, and (2) gave to local authorities, on sleeping-in payments over the last ten years.  HL4101
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the impact on charities and other voluntary organisations providing social care of new advice on the statutory provision of sleeping-in payments.  HL4102
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation was undertaken with (1) local authorities, (2) rail user groups, and (3) passengers, prior to the announcement that, from 20 May 2018, no fast East Midlands Train services arriving to St Pancras station between 7am and 10am on weekdays will call at Bedford or Luton, and that no fast trains leaving St Pancras betw… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why fast East Midlands Trains services between Bedford and Luton and St Pancras will cease during rush hours from May 2018; and what assessment they have made of the impact of those changes on the number of people using the railways.  HL4104
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Train Operating Companies are obliged to provide accurate timetables 12 weeks in advance which take account of planned infrastructure works over holiday periods; and what (1) redress, and (2) compensation, is available to passengers who bought tickets prior to the announcement of timetable changes.  HL4105
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, what was (1) the total provision made by NHS Resolution, and its predecessor bodies, against claims for clinical negligence, and (2) the total amount paid out in the settlement of claims for clinical negligence, broken down by legal costs and awards to claimants.  HL4106
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent rises in NHS Resolution's provision against claims for clinical negligence; what provision against claims for clinical negligence will be needed in each of the next three financial years; and what action they are taking to reduce the level of such provision.  HL4107
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are (1) in place, and (2) planned, for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to determine whether obligations under the International Maritime Organisation’s 2017 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species are being met by vi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what training requirements are mandated for ships’ crews and port operatives to ensure compliance with the International Maritime Organisation’s 2017 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.  HL4109
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to maintain a central register of ballast water discharge data, as undertaken in the United States by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre.  HL4110
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a national autism and education strategy.  HL4111
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make local authorities commissioners of services for children on the autistic spectrum.  HL4112
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that schools are equipped to support pupils with autism to thrive.  HL4113
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools in England accept pupils with autism.  HL4114
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers in England have received training on educating children and young people with autism.  HL4115
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all teachers are trained in understanding and educating children and young people with autism.  HL4116
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received, if any, concerning the detention by the Israeli Defence Force of the son, Abdal Khaliq, and friends of Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer and activist; what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the fate of those detainees; and whether they will seek assurances from the govern… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Fairhead on 14 November (HL2772), whether they have had discussions with the governments of (1) Saudi Arabia, (2) United Arab Emirates, and (3) Bahrain, about the specific individual breaches of human rights identified by the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar; and what assessment they hav… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 27 November (HL3645 and HL3646), what guidance is provided to NHS doctors to assist them in determining whether access to medical records would be likely to cause serious harm to the physical or mental health or condition of the data subject, or any other person.  HL4119
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 27 November (HL3647), what guidance is available to patients on the most appropriate body to submit complaints to regarding denial of access to medical records; whether doctors are obliged to provide access to medical records if a complaint is upheld; and whether they have any plans… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the influence of advice from medical defence organisations on doctors’ decisions regarding access to medical records.  HL4121
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 8 December (HL3602), whether they will place a copy of the Hunting Act 2004 Investigators Manual in the Library of the House.  HL4122
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 8 December (HL3602), whether local Police and Crime Commissioners have any role to play in the enforcement of the Hunting Act 2004; and if so, what is that role.  HL4123
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss the possible re-establishment of the Russo–British Trade and Investment Council during the forthcoming visit of the Foreign Secretary to Moscow.  HL4124
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to appoint a Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Russia.  HL4125
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 November (HL3468) and 12 December (HL3864), what were the differences in the eligibility criteria for (1) former Heads of Service, and (2) honorary five-star officers, for the award of Long Service and Good Conduct Medals on 29 July 2014.  HL4126
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