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Questions for Written Answer for 19 December 2017

Tabled on 18 December 2017 and due for answer by 4 January 2018.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance of all higher education providers with their duties under the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 in regard to disabled students.  HL4258
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which there is consistency between the school system and the apprenticeship awarding bodies, in terms of support given to disabled students.  HL4259
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make changes to Department for Work and Pensions rules that impact on the ability of refugees to claim jobseeker's allowance and simultaneously access full-time English language lessons.  HL4260
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual level of exports to the EU from the UK in each of the last three years, broken down into (1) temperature controlled, (2) unitised, and (3) bulk; what were the comparative imports from the EU into the UK; and what assessment they have made of the costs and benefits of possible higher tariffs between the EU and the UK… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 12 December (HL3815), whether they have any plans to raise the performance threshold for local authorities to determine planning applications within the statutory timescale (1) above the 60 per cent threshold for major applications, and (2) above the 70 per cent threshold for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provisions of the Commonwealth Vulnerability Index as additional criteria to determine the classification of developing countries for the purpose of meeting needs (1) in the aftermath of natural disasters, and (2) generally.  HL4263
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consider the funding and provision of holiday programmes that would provide free meals and activities for children who would otherwise not have access to such arrangements.  HL4264
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of membership of the Energy Union after Brexit.  HL4265
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure regulatory alignment in the energy market after Brexit.  HL4266
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Attorney General is expected to rule on the Albert Hall case referred to him by the Charity Commission in September.  HL4267
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the conclusion of the joint Royal College of General Practitioner’s and Medical Schools Council report, Destination GP, that additional funding for GP student placements is required to encourage more medical students to become GPs.  HL4268
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of levels of funding for GP student placements.  HL4269
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase levels of funding for GP student placements.  HL4270
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about Palestinian refugees who are in Iraq; whether they can estimate the number of Palestinians still in Syria; and whether all such refugees are receiving UK and international relief and development funds.  HL4271
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that safe accommodation is available throughout the UK for women and children escaping domestic violence; and what steps they are taking to prevent the closure of existing refuges.  HL4272
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the call for peace made by the 14th International Conference on the EU, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds, on 7 December; and if so, what new steps they will take.  HL4273
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their analysis of the plight of the displaced people at Rakban, on the frontiers of Syria, Iraq and Jordan; what is their best estimate of the population there; and whether they intend to convene a meeting of all concerned parties to make possible access for urgent supplies and to assess longer-term needs.  HL4274
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the WHO and UNICEF have access to eastern Ghouta in Syria; and whether they will call for the prompt evacuation of urgent medical cases.  HL4275
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place to monitor nuclear, biological and chemical weapons risks, and to advance the reduction of such risks.  HL4276
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote international nuclear, bacteriological and chemical disarmament.  HL4277
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve access to release on temporary licence.  HL4278
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that overcrowding does not restrict prisoners' access to chaplaincy services; and whether they intend to include such access in future performance measures.  HL4279
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to guarantee the continued provision of quality assured chaplaincy services to every prison in England and Wales by continuing the guidelines Faith and Pastoral Care for Prisoners (PSI 05/2016) and including those guidelines in any future prison policy frameworks.  HL4280
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement a systematic and quality assured communications gateway to enable prison staff to work with families to reduce self-harm and suicide.  HL4281
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce performance measures on family contact covering every stage of a prisoner's sentence.  HL4282
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the concentration of the auditing profession; and whether any such concentration is eroding confidence in audits.  HL4283
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for publishing dot plots to enhance understanding of Bank of England interest rate expectations.  HL4284
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the extent to which profits and director bonuses at house builders Persimmon and Berkeley benefited from the Help to Buy equity loan scheme in 2015; and whether they have considered introducing a windfall profits tax on those benefits.  HL4285
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increasing misuse of fentanyl; and whether they intend to introduce evidence-based key performance indicators for harm reduction initiatives in order to prioritise and support those initiatives.  HL4286
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Cadbury Report (1992), Greenbury Report (1995) and their successors as models for any future reports concerning corporate governance in universities.  HL4287
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, whether they intend to encourage universities to follow the example of Central St Martin's London in refunding students for failure to provide adequate tuition in their courses.  HL4288
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the area of England that is likely to be covered by trees and woodland in 2020; and how this compares with (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.  HL4289
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit in order to determine how well GPs are supported in recognising the symptoms of pancreatic cancer.  HL4290
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that children between the age of 10 and 19 require hip replacements due to obesity; and what steps they will take to support local government bodies to improve public health in this regard.  HL4291
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that no benefit claimants are left destitute over Christmas and the New Year.  HL4292
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the death of Ibraheem Abu Thuraya.  HL4293
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action will they take to protect the right of Palestinian Bedouin children to education following reports of demolitions of schools in the West Bank, including one at Abu Nawar on 13 December.  HL4294
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support and encourage free speech in Israel and Palestine following reports of intimidation and public order offences committed by far-right groups in that country.  HL4295
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the right to education for Palestinian children in Hebron.  HL4296
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the report by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs highlighting that “many Palestinians throughout the West Bank are at risk of forcible transfer due to a coercive environment generated by Israeli policies and practices".  HL4297
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 December (HL3639), what representations they are making to the Palestinian Authority concerning prospects for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing people with visas to leave.  HL4298
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