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Questions for Written Answer for 20 February 2019

Tabled on 19 February 2019 and due for answer by 5 March 2019.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the recommendations made in the report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care, and Transport Committees Improving air quality, published on 7 March 2018, to ensure that they align (1) climate change schemes,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to freeze the company car tax benefit in kind rates at the 2020/21 level after 2021.  HL13820
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure the pensions industry routinely checks for auto-enrolment contribution data errors; and what reporting they require from (1) pension providers, (2) employers, and (3) payroll operators to verify the accuracy of contributions.  HL13821
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) employers, and (2) individuals have received demands for repayment of double tax relief resulting from errors in administration of pension contributions.  HL13822
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many families with children were receiving Bereavement Benefit or Bereavement Support Payments in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, and (3) 2017–18; and how many such families are estimated to receive payments in (a) 2018–19, and (b) 2019–20.  HL13823
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the numbers of GPs who have left the NHS pension scheme aged between (1) 50 and 55, and (2) 55 and 59, years old in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, and (d) 2018.  HL13824
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Pakistan to secure the safe passage of Asia Bibi from that country.  HL13825
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about (1) the harassment of the British citizen, Yousra Elbagir, after reporting for Channel Four News about protests in Sudan, and (2) the jailing of Sudanese journalists.  HL13826
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Ambassador of Sudan about the reports of human rights violations, including killings, torture, rape and imprisonment of women and children involved in countrywide protests against the government of Sudan in that country.  HL13827
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked the United Nations–African Union Mission to halt its withdrawal of peacekeepers from Sudan and the handing over of its camps to the government of Sudan until the current situation in Sudan has been reassessed; and if not, why not.  HL13828
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they made of the number of people involved in the nationwide protests in Sudan; what assessment they have made of the scale of the current protests compared to the protests in that country in 1964 and 1985; and whether they plan to meet the Sudanese alliance of opposition groups to discuss their "Declaration For… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to (1) reappoint a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights violations in Sudan, and (2) establish an independent international committee to investigate the actions of the government of Sudan against its own people.  HL13830
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £1.75 million allocated to the Controlling Migration Fund has been distributed to local authorities to help refugees find permanent housing.  HL13831
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have received funding from the Controlling Migration Fund to help refugees find permanent housing.  HL13832
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provide for permanent housing for refugees after the 28 day move-on period from Government-supported accommodation has ended.  HL13833
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has had with the Home Office about extending the 28 day move-on period after refugee status has been granted.  HL13834
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers were included in their most recent rough sleeping statistics.  HL13835
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many homeless people and rough sleepers were (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016, (e) 2017, and (f) 2018.  HL13836
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter concerning the impact of Brexit on people and places in poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shelter, Trussell Trust, Child Poverty Action Group, Action for Children, National Children’s Bureau, Poverty Alliance, Turn2us, Barnardo's, and ATD Fourth World dated 15 February; and what plans… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support lone-parent families living in poverty; and in particular, to tackle (1) high housing costs, (2) low-paid work, and (3) cuts to benefits and tax credits.  HL13838
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that every primary and secondary school is equipped with an adequate school library.  HL13839
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of empty homes in England; and what steps they intend to take to reduce the number of such empty homes.  HL13840
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 2 August 2018 (HL9831), when they expect the Breathing Space debt scheme to be fully established.  HL13841
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to provide to the Libraries Taskforce, now that Arts Council England has assumed responsibility for its work, and given that its current funding arrangements will end in March 2020.  HL13842
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual saving to HMRC of requiring VAT registered businesses to maintain their VAT records and to submit their VAT returns via Making Tax Digital; and what is their estimate of the incremental cost to the totality of VAT registered businesses of compliance with this requirement.  HL13843
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government when the results of the consultation announced in Childhood obesity: a plan for action chapter 2, published in June 2018, on the introduction of a watershed for TV advertising of High in Fat, Salt or Sugar (HFSS) products and similar protection for children viewing adverts for HFSS products online will be published.  HL1384… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of food per prisoner, per day, in prisons in England and Wales.  HL13845
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of a meal provided in a hospital in England to (1) patients, and (2) staff.  HL13846
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospitals in England provide a cooked meal to staff during the night shift.  HL13847
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government how much vending machines providers pay for the right to be situated in hospital lobbies in England.  HL13848
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of hospitals in England which have (1) food outlets, and (2) vending machine providers, which sell junk food; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such food being sold on (a) patient, and (b) staff health.  HL13849
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they allow individuals to leave their premium bonds to beneficiaries in their wills; and if not, why not.  HL13850
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether pulse fishing techniques are being used within the 6–12 mile zone of UK waters.  HL13851
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Sugg on 22 November 2018 (HLWS1070), whether rural authorities (1) were invited to respond to, and (2) responded to the Cycling and Walking Investment Scheme: Safety Review Call for Evidence.  HL13852
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, what plans there are for the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement to boost intra-Commonwealth trade; what are the expected outcomes of such plans; and when such outcomes are expected to be delivered.  HL13853
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, when the conclusions of the scoping missions to Eswatini, Tonga and Zambia will be published.  HL13854
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, what aspects of economic development in Sierra Leone and Malawi have received technical support; and what was the result of any such support.  HL13855
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018 and the launch of the SheTrades Commonwealth programme in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, how many of the 2,300 women entrepreneurs that registered and 518 companies that attended capacity building events have subsequently initiated or expanded their internationa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure police and frontline staff are (1) aware of, and (2) trained in dealing with the practice of breast ironing in the UK.  HL13857
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to local authority children's services, childcare providers and schools on how to detect and prevent breast ironing; and if so, when such guidance will be issued.  HL13858
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation that will make the practice of breast ironing a stand-alone criminal offence; and if so, when they will introduce such legislation.  HL13859
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of breast ironing in the UK.  HL13860
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Metrics Commission A new measure for poverty for the UK, published in September 2018, what steps they are taking to ensure working parents with more than two children and who are claiming Universal Credit are not being pushed further into poverty due to the cost of childcare.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Fink to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for Universal Credit Split Payments in the last 12 months were (1) made, and (2) declined.  HL13862
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use technology to create more effective community sentencing orders; and if so, how.  HL13863
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow more prisoners to be released on temporary licence.  HL13864
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the speech by the Secretary of State for Justice on 18 February Beyond prison, redefining punishment, when they intend to bring forward their plan to remove six month custodial sentences.  HL13865
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Charity Commission is required to make public the advice and guidance it gives to charities where it has determined that the charity has been in breach of (1) charitable, and (2) Charity Commission guidance.  HL13866
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of whether the Charity Commission can use the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to refuse to disclose to a complainant the regulatory advice given to a charity under section 15 of the Charities Act 2011, following investigation of that complaint.  HL13867
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 February (HL13171), what was the outcome of their discussions with Turkish officials in mid-January about the prison conditions of Abdullah Öcalan.  HL13868
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Combined Cadet Force Royal Air Force cadets (1) applied to attend, and (2) were allocated places at Easter and summer camps to be held at Royal Air Force stations in 2019.  HL13869
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Civil Aviation Authority on creating a process to downgrade the classifications of controlled airspace within the UK.  HL13870
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the age of the youngest child to be excluded from school in England.  HL13871
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children, broken down by age, were excluded from school in the last complete academic year.  HL13872
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The Earl of Lytton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 12 February (218387), what are the measures and reforms which have led to the cuts to business rates in England that are worth more than £13 billion over the next five years; and what are the anticipated amounts attributable to each such measure and refor… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many online gambling businesses were registered in total in the UK in each year between 2010 and 2018; and of those, how many were newly registered in each of those years.  HL13874
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Honda’s decision to close its factory in Swindon on the wider supply chain in the UK car industry.  HL13875
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK will remain competitive in the tourism sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL13876
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that UK small businesses may need to be represented by an agent to trade with the EU Single Market after Brexit.  HL13877
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help increase diversity and ethnic minority representation in the UK banking sector.  HL13878
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 February (HL13266), how they measure whether Israeli authorities are deploying security measures appropriately and legitimately; what assessment they have made of whether the actions of Israeli forces at the Al Khader stadium was an appropriate and legitimate response; an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 January (HL12818), how many Palestinians, including farmers and fishermen, living in Gaza have been (1) injured, and (2) killed in the buffer zone in the last five years; what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of those who are injured and killed of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of the annexation of the West Bank by Israel.  HL13881
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to raise the use of the Responsibility to Protect in order to end the siege in Gaza and to protect Gaza’s civilians at the next UN Security Council; and if not, why not.  HL13882
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the National Autistic Society Beyond Transforming Care: What needs to change?, published in December 2018, what steps they are taking to reduce the 24 per cent increase in autistic people without an accompanying learning disability placed in mental health hospitals.  HL13883
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help release autistic people identified as not needing inpatient care from mental health hospitals.  HL13884
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lower the number of autistic people in mental health hospitals who have been in inpatient care for five years or more; and if so, how.  HL13885
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase understanding of the autistic spectrum among the health and care services; and if so, how.  HL13886
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to advise and support families attempting to secure the discharge of autistic relatives from mental health hospitals.  HL13887
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the unit price of each of the three Type 26 frigates presently on order.  HL13888
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether in discussions with the EU on the Future Combat Air System the EU indicated any intention to produce a carrier capable variant.  HL13889
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Ofsted's new criteria make their assessment of the role of the creative arts in the curriculum essential to educational establishments receiving a "good" report.  HL13890
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