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Questions for Written Answer for 15 December 2017

Tabled on 14 December 2017 and due for answer by 2 January 2018.

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the ability of NHS doctors to provide the most clinically appropriate treatment to patients is being constrained by rules imposed by the General Medical Council, which are interpreted by doctors to limit them to using drugs within the scope of EU marketing authorisations and therefore… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost to Network Rail of a bridge strike by a truck; how many instances of bridge strikes have been recorded in each of the past five years; and whether they encourage Network Rail to claim from the drivers of the trucks involved (1) a reimbursement of repair costs, (2) Schedule 8 payments to train operators, and (3)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to press the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to install sprinklers in the neighbouring blocks to Grenfell Tower as quickly as possible; and what steps they will take if no such sprinklers are installed.  HL4184
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding is allocated to adult eating disorder services in the NHS; and how much of that allocated funding has reached front-line services in each of the past five years.  HL4185
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are failing patients (HC 634), published on 6 December, what is their assessment of the conclusion of that report that funding for the eating disorder services in the case of Miss B was “woefully… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the conclusions of the report of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are failing patients (HC 634), published on 6 December, whether they have any plans to increase funding to eating disorder services in the NHS.  HL4187
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the conclusions of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are failing patients (HC 634), published on 6 December, whether they have any plans to give adult eating disorder services parity of esteem with child and adolescent eating disorder services… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the conclusions of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are failing patients (HC 634), published on 6 December, what assessment they have made of the recommendations set out in that report; and what discussions they have held with the General Medi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners convicted of murder were held in an open prison in each of the last five years.  HL4190
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers from overseas have been awarded qualified teacher status in the UK in each of the last three years, broken down by country.  HL4191
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with international counterparts on the smuggling of illegal tobacco across the EU and into the UK.  HL4192
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place for members of the armed forces who present with learning difficulties.  HL4193
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how often they meet their counterparts in (1) Northern Ireland, and (2) Wales, to discuss the examination arrangements for (a) GCSEs, and (b) A Levels.  HL4194
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expand health service capacity in areas of expected high population growth.  HL4195
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of their financial support to the Free Syrian Police, what assessment they have made of the use of funds provided to the armed Syrian opposition; whether those funds are supporting the administration of areas controlled by extremist groups including Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham and Ahrar Ash Sham; and if so, whether t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 23 October (HL1710), which 16 Syrian councils have received funds; whether any of those councils are in areas controlled by extremist groups including Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham and Ahrar Ash Sham; what assessment they have made of whether those funds might be exploited by such groups; and whet… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the prospects for further ceasefires in Syria; and whether they consider local ceasefires to be as important as wider UN initiatives.  HL4198
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent further deaths from communicable diseases in Eastern Ghouta; and whether they intend to facilitate evacuation, if necessary by air, for acute medical diseases.  HL4199
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have so far been allocated funds from the Pothole Action Fund.  HL4200
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help local authorities detect procurement bid rigging in contracts for which they are responsible.  HL4201
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many drone drops outside prisons have been intercepted by the authorities in the last two years.  HL4202
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timescale for the reopening of the Oxford–Cambridge rail link.  HL4203
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many high voltage direct current interconnectors are in place between the UK and other countries.  HL4204
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to assist local authorities to deter fly-tipping.  HL4205
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many scholarships and fellowships have been awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in each year since 2010; for which courses; and in which locations.  HL4206
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new homes have been built in Ebbsfleet since the creation of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.  HL4207 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new jobs have been created in Ebbsfleet since the creation of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.  HL4208 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the Valuation Tribunal for England there are; and how many cases that Tribunal has heard in each year since 2010.  HL4209 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to eliminate fuel poverty.  HL4210
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action the Department for Communities and Local Government plans to take regarding the result of its last staff survey that just one in five employees thought the department managed change well.  HL4211
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Court of Justice of the European Union will continue to have jurisdiction in the UK after Brexit in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation.  HL4212
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have held with the parties in Northern Ireland on whether Northern Ireland will be subject to the General Data Protection Regulation after Brexit.  HL4213
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the status in the UK after Brexit of previous decisions by the Court of Justice of the European Union, such as the Judgement of 6 October 2015 in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner.  HL4214
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what they are doing to ensure that pension rights for women are equal to those for men, with particular reference to those women born in the 1950s and affected by the changes to the state pension under the Pensions Act 1995 and Pensions Act 2011.  HL4215
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government following the comments by the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU on the Andrew Marr Show on 10 December that the Brussels undertaking was "more of a statement of intent than (it was) a legally enforceable thing", whether those comments represent their official policy.  HL4216
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the analysis by the Trade Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Trade Implications of Brexit for Developing Countries.  HL4217
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of the potential impact of the application of most favoured nation tariffs on developing Commonwealth countries.  HL4218
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the intra-country trade in the EU that originates in developing Commonwealth countries and first enters the EU via the UK.  HL4219
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in talks with the EU to address any negative consequences of Brexit for developing Commonwealth countries.  HL4220
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to reassure developing Commonwealth countries about measures taken to reduce the impact of Brexit on them.  HL4221
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the size of any increase in trade with Commonwealth countries in the event that the UK leaves the EU.  HL4222
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been brought to the UK from Northern France and other parts of Europe under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2017.  HL4223
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 December (HLWS325), what role Police and Crime Commissioners are expected to play in relation to their new approach to the threat of economic crime.  HL4224
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 December (HLWS328), whether Police and Crime Commissioners were consulted as part of the Home Office review of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013; and if so, what contribution they made to that review.  HL4225
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 December (HL3775), which police forces in England and Wales took part in the week of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre.  HL4226
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