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Questions for Written Answer for 1 October 2019

Tabled on 30 September 2019 and due for answer by 14 October 2019.

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurance, if any, they have received that medication brought from new sources other than the EU will meet the same standards as present.  HL17886
Answered
Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of the additional 20,000 police officers announced by the Prime Minister that will be (1) women, and (2) Muslim women.  HL17887
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Koreans are working in Senegal in contravention of UN sanctions imposed on North Korea; and whether they intend to raise such reports with UN officials.  HL17888
Answered
Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 27 September (HL17569), whether the financial obligations the UK will have to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit will include an appropriate contribution towards the pension liabilities to existing and forthcoming EU pensions for staff and members of the various EU institutions.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is being made for the future of music education hubs; and when plans for the (1) future funding of, and (2) a long-term strategy for, such hubs will be published.  HL17890 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase annual funding for music education hubs to £100 million.  HL17891 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether future funding for music education hubs will take account of inflation as well as changes to teachers' pay and pension contributions.  HL17892 [I]
Answered
Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to review the English Baccalaureate following the recommendations from two former Ofsted Chief Inspectors that it should be discontinued.  HL17893 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the one per cent increase in the local authority Public Health Grant, announced in the Spending Round 2019, published on 4 September, on sexual health services.  HL17894
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and intend to have, with local authorities about ensuring PrEP is routinely commissioned as part of HIV prevention services.  HL17895
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 September (HL17707), whether the number of staff of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency conducting roadside mechanical spot checks on lorries was reduced between 2016 and 2019.  HL17896
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 September (HL17590), whether the 2019–20 local government finance settlement was higher than the 2018–19 settlement.  HL17897
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to undertake work to reduce road traffic noise along major roads.  HL17898
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Agility Trains West account for delays incurred by their trains using the miles per casualty measure.  HL17899
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused to footpaths and bridleways in the Lake District National Park; and what measures are available to park authorities to remedy such damage.  HL17900
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the contractual requirements between East Midlands Railway and the Department for Transport for the operational performance of that line; and who is responsible for measuring that performance.  HL17901
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend legislation so that the voluntary sector, including the Scout Association, is required to accept decisions of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), so that individuals given clearance by the DBS cannot be barred without a hearing by organisations in that sector.  HL17902
Tabled
Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government when Ministers last met the Scout Association; and which subjects were discussed.  HL17903
Answered
Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend employment legislation to give volunteers in voluntary organisations the same protection rights as those available to paid employees.  HL17904
Answered
Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to establish an Ombudsman, in partnership with the voluntary sector, to investigate matters of concern raised by volunteers into the operation of individual voluntary organisations, including provisions for mediation where disputes are unresolved.  HL17905
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the ability of refugees and people seeking asylum to reunite with family members in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17906
Tabled
Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU frontier workers working and paying tax and National Insurance in the UK will be entitled to NHS treatment.  HL17907
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on victims of identity fraud in particular any adverse credit rating changes and the subsequent impact of such changes on mortgage payments and relationships with credit companies.  HL17908
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review the Cabinet Office's Human Resources policies and procedures relating to the employment of special advisors.  HL17909
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage NHS employers to introduce flexibility in recruitment procedures for doctors so that junior doctors on training programmes abroad, including the diploma in tropical medicine, do not have to fly back for interviews during their period abroad.  HL17910
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether junior doctors who are on training programmes abroad and have been invited to interview by the NHS can submit their portfolios electronically and conduct interviews by Skype.  HL17911
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to make it a criminal offence to park on pavements.  HL17912
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to recommend an independent person to mediate between the government of Eritrea and the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim authorities, whose health centres and schools there have recently been seized.  HL17913
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether plans they have, if any, to encourage other African states to receive refugees and migrants from Libya, for assessment, repatriation and resettlement, following the recent decision by Rwanda do so.  HL17914
Tabled
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties of relocating the displaced people still in the Rukban camp, near the frontier of Syria and Jordan; what discussions they have had on that subject; and with whom.  HL17915
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of India about those people in Assam liable to become stateless as a result of the recent update to the National Register of Citizens; and whether they plan to recommend that it is a matter in which the Commonwealth could mediate.  HL17916
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the 1.3 million ton increase in the incineration of waste in 2017 compared to 2016, as outlined in the Environment Agency's Waste management in England data summaries for those years; and whether they will provide a breakdown of the sources of that waste.  HL17917
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made against the environmental objective to attain good water quality standards at the Ickenham stream by 2027 of (1) the removal of trees, (2) gas pipe diversion, (3) tunnelling, and (4) construction of a concrete curtain, by HS2 Ltd.  HL17918
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the projected sea level rise around the site of the new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant; and how this assessment varies from projections in 2009.  HL17919
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their projections of sea level rises around the UK coast have been updated to reflect the findings of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, approved on 24 September.  HL17920
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what differences exist between the projections of sea level rises by (1) the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and (2) the Met Office; and what assessment they have made of the reasons for any such differences.  HL17921
Answered
Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on foster carers of their plans to extend the new IR35 rules to the private sector from April 2020.  HL17922
Answered
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the ability of refugees and people seeking asylum to reunite with family members in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL17923
Tabled
The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in local authority care were placed in supported accommodation while under the age of 16 in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, (3) 2017–18, and (4) 2018–19.  HL17924
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people in local authority care were placed in supported accommodation at the age of 16 or 17 in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, (3) 2017–18, and (4) 2018–19.  HL17925
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care leavers were placed in supported accommodation at the age of 16 or 17 in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, (3) 2017–18, and (4) 2018–19.  HL17926
Answered
Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government who represents the UK at the Universal Postal Union; which organisation any such representative is part of; and what steps, if any, they intend to take in regard to the current level of charges for postal packets from China to the UK.  HL17927
Answered
Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have (1) applied to join, and (2) joined, Her Majesty's Armed Forces in each of the last 12 months.  HL17928
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) investigate delays in, and (2) take action to speed activity in, and (3) ensure lenders are properly informed about, secondary market sales in peer-to-peer lending.  HL17929
Answered
Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the taxpayer of repatriating customers of Thomas Cook to the UK; and what are the significant factors which are likely to determine whether that estimate is an (1) over, or (2) under, estimate.  HL17930
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government which least developed countries are currently in receipt of UK aid funding to be used specifically to address the effects of climate change.  HL17931
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government which least developed countries (1) experiencing, and (2) likely to experience, rising (a) ocean levels, and (b) temperatures, are receiving, or due to receive, UK aid funding to be used specifically for the effects of climate change.  HL17932
Answered
The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to initiate, or support, a new debt relief scheme designed to assist the least developed countries affected by climate change.  HL17933
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the constitutional and political implications of the Supreme Court ruling that the Government's decision to advise Her Majesty The Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful, and therefore the subsequent prorogation was void and of no effect.  HL17934
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce penalties for UK companies that do not achieve the 2050 targets set out in the Paris Agreement.  HL17935
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in England.  HL17936
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to increase the uptake of childhood vaccination, and (2) make childhood vaccination mandatory.  HL17937
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a plan listing their proposed reforms for adult social care and timings for legislation to implement any such reforms; and if so, when.  HL17938
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their recent order for five Type 31e frigates will increase the number of frigates in the Royal Navy.  HL17939
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of an accidental outbreak of hostilities in the Gulf region; and what plans they have to make military enhancements to UK forces in that region in response to any such risk.  HL17940
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the pupil premium to post-16 education.  HL17941
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a long-term plan to support adult education, retraining and lifelong learning.  HL17942
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy on the (1) provision, and (2) uptake, of lower-level apprenticeship qualifications; and what steps they are taking to address any issues identified with the (a) provision, and (b) uptake, of such qualifications.  HL17943
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