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Questions for Written Answer for 24 January 2019

Tabled on 23 January 2019 and due for answer by 6 February 2019.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revise the state pension age arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are adversely affected by (1) the Pensions Act 1995, and (2) the Pensions Act 2011.  HL13046
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are adversely affected by the change of the state pension age introduced in (1) the Pensions Act 1995, and (2) the Pensions Act 2011.  HL13047
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women born in the 1950s and who retired between the age of 60 and the revised state pension age are in receipt of Universal Credit.  HL13048
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for Work and Pensions' Independent Case Examiner’s Office has closed its review of complaints regarding the changes in women's state pension age.  HL13049
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the budget for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office global review into the persecution of Christians; what is the timeframe for agreeing the terms of reference for that review; and whether it will be possible for external experts and organisations to comment on these terms before they are finalised.  HL13050
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage departments, including the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development, to make freedom of religion or belief literacy training available for their staff; and whether they will produce strategies which show how they aim to promote freedom of religion or belief.  HL13051
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in developing a database which tracks freedom of religion or belief violations and other data about religious or belief minorities.  HL13052
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to encourage Heads of Mission and Department for International Development country heads to develop country-specific strategies and programmes to protect Christians and advance the right to freedom of religion or belief.  HL13053
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, enacted by the United States Congress, and in particular of provision regarding the negotiation of the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes as a core national security interest and moral responsibility; and whether they have… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Callanan on 22 January (HL12635 and HL12636), how they will prioritise the remaining bills they consider need to be enacted before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March; and whether they will list them in that priority order.  HL13055
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of electric vehicle charging points at motorway service stations being unreliable; and what steps they intend to take (1) to ensure wide availability of EU standard combined charging system points, and (2) to encourage all suppliers to provide charging points which all types of electric vehicle… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government which local authority licensing committees in England do not require the applicant for (1) a black cab licence, and (2) a private hire licence, to undertake the Knowledge test.  HL13057
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU citizens who have already paid the £65 fee to apply for settled status will receive a full refund.  HL13058
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many days the full half-hourly weekday train service between Leeds and London, in both directions, ran before the pre-planned cancellations were introduced on 13 August 2018.  HL13059
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 21 January (HL1626), what factors are included in coming to the conclusion that a serious casualty involving a heavy goods vehicle costs £180,000.  HL13060
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make water market structures within the English retail water market more accessible for smaller business customers.  HL13061
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment OFWAT has made of whether the water market is working effectively for new entrants and small business customers.  HL13062
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-native invasive species outbreaks have been identified in each year since 2014; what steps have been taken to eradicate such species; and at what cost.  HL13063
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the way in which the Environment Agency responds to water abstraction applications, with particular regard to businesses in East Anglia.  HL13064
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service on 24 January 2018 (123402), what plans they have, if any, to amend the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 and the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 to equalise the support given to the widows of police officers.  HL13065
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce further Law Commission bills; and if so, when.  HL13066
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to authorising the removal of cataracts under local anaesthetic for Jonathan, the giant tortoise living in the grounds of the residence of the Governor of St Helena; and what assessment they have made of the impact that carrying out such an operation would have on (1) the island’s wider gia… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 January (HL Deb, col 453), when the details of their consultation exercise on civil partnerships will be announced.  HL13068
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Barran on 20 December 2018 (HL Deb, col 1996), when they will provide a full explanation of the reasons behind their decision not to establish an inquiry into the seven outstanding allegations against Sir Edward Heath left open at the end of Operation Conifer.  HL13069
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government how often the current Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has met those members of the House of Lords who are based in Northern Ireland as a group; and if she has not met them, whether there is a reason for this.  HL13070
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about the ongoing political and economic situation in that country.  HL13071
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce proposals to support economic renewal in Zimbabwe that are conditional on reforms in that country to (1) end political intimidation and violence, (2) guarantee a fair playing field for all political parties, (3) ensure the rule of law, (4) provide for the independence of the judiciary, and (5) require the secur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent drones from interfering with equestrian events, including national hunt racing and flat racing.  HL13073 [I]
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will agree to a transition period for veterinary graduates from other EU member states to continue to be registered to practise in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.  HL13074
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 January (HL12620), what is the definition of vulnerability in relation to the National Data Analytics Solution project; and how many people on any database used by that project are deemed to be vulnerable.  HL13075
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals' data are included on the databases that are used by the National Data Analytics Solution project; and of those, how many have been found guilty of committing a crime.  HL13076
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require consent from individuals whose data are held on any database that is used as part of the National Data Analytics Solution project for their data to be held.  HL13077
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when, and how, the evaluation of the National Data Analytics Solutions project will be made public.  HL13078
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invite the President of Angola to visit the UK in order to discuss his stated wish to have his country join the Commonwealth.  HL13079
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sony’s recent decision to move their European headquarters to the Netherlands from London; and what plans, if any, they have to encourage Japanese companies to trade in the UK after Brexit.  HL13080
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to UK security and counter-terrorism operations regarding uncertainty over shared data and intelligence with the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL13081
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with businesses based in other European countries to minimise disruption to supply chains in the event of a disorderly Brexit.  HL13082
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS provides post-natal examinations of mothers and babies.  HL13083
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for ensuring that women have post-natal examinations to detect any birth injury which may have gone unnoticed at delivery.  HL13084
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 January (HL12583), what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by the World Health Organisation Monthly Report December 2017: Health Access for Referral Patients from the Gaza Strip, published on 7 February 2018, that more than 13,000 Palestinians were allowed… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 January (HL12583), what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority about (1) its responsibility to pay for the medical care of patients from Gaza treated in Israel, and (2) the limitations it has placed on exit permits for patients from Gaza to receive medical treatmen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority about any rewards they make to families of Palestinians involved in acts of terror against Israeli civilians.  HL13087
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review, and (2) update, the NICE guidelines for the management of (a) Crohn’s disease, and (b) ulcerative colitis.  HL13088
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government how many gastroenterology specialist nurses were employed by the NHS in each of the past five years.  HL13089
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government when initial findings are anticipated from the gastroenterology Getting It Right First Time workstream; and whether that workstream will make recommendations about inflammatory bowel disease services.  HL13090
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