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Questions for Written Answer for 28 October 2019

Tabled on 24 October 2019 and due for answer by 7 November 2019.

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of white phosphorus against the Kurds by the government of Turkey.  HL381
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to consulting other NATO members about expelling Turkey for reportedly committing war crimes.  HL382
Answered
Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 22 October (HL21, previously HL18069), what is the new policy relating to threats to and intimidation of interpreters in theatre in Afghanistan; and how it differs from the previous policy.  HL383
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how, and (2) which, goods and agricultural products will be treated differently (a) in, and (b) from, Northern Ireland as a result of Northern Ireland (i) remaining in the EU Single Market, and (ii) implementing EU Customs protocols, as outlined in the latest EU Withdrawal Agreement.  HL384
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they undertook in regard to Northern Ireland's interests before finalising the latest the EU Withdrawal Agreement.  HL385
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement in June that the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) will come into force from 1 January 2020 and that there will be five eligible low-carbon technology types for the proposed SEG Tariff, namely solar photovoltaic, wind, micro combined heat and power, and hydro and anaerobic digestion, whether eligible… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government when they (1) received, and (2) will publish, the report by Sir Adrian Smith and Prof. Graeme Reid Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation.  HL387
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many 50p coins were minted to mark the exit of the UK from the EU on (1) 29 March, and (2) 31 October; what was the cost of those operations; and what has been done with the coins so minted.  HL388
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Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the tobacco industry operating in the UK is covered by the EU Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste and its subsequent revisions; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of that Directive on addressing smoking-related litter.  HL389
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Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the inclusion of the UK tobacco industry in any extended producer-responsibility regime to address smoking related litter.  HL390
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether surveyors are returning zero valuations on properties in high-rise buildings by citing the Government's Advice Note 14 Advice on external wall systems that do not incorporate Aluminium Composite Material, published on 18 December 2018; and what steps they intend to take in res… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with industry representatives about leaseholders in high-rise buildings being unable to sell their properties due to blanket zero valuations by surveyors citing the Government's Advice Note 14 Advice on external wall systems that do not incorporate Aluminium Composite Material, published… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to providing mortgage lenders with instruction that would prevent, and end, leaseholders in high-rise buildings being unable to sell their properties due to blanket zero valuations by surveyors citing the Government's Advice Note 14 Advice on external wall systems that do not incorpo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to retain a consultant-led Accident & Emergency service throughout the day at Cheltenham General Hospital; and if so, for how long.  HL394
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include the option of retaining a consultant-led Accident & Emergency department at Cheltenham General Hospital in their forthcoming consultation.  HL395
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the option of removing Accident & Emergency consultants from Cheltenham General Hospital during the day will be included as part of their forthcoming consultation.  HL396
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and (2) Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, about the consultant-led Accident & Emergency service at Cheltenham General Hospital; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL397
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what factors led to their consideration of removing the consultant-led Accident & Emergency service at Cheltenham General Hospital.  HL398
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reinstate a 24-hours a day, seven days a week consultant-led Accident & Emergency at Cheltenham General Hospital; and if so, when.  HL399
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent online and digital fraud.  HL400
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to prevent fake advertisements and fake news funded from unknown sources seeking to undermine parliamentary elections.  HL401
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require think tanks based in the UK to be transparent about their funding sources.  HL402
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the one per cent interest rate rise on the Public Works Loan Board 50-year new maturity loan.  HL403
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the political and social situation in Zimbabwe.  HL404
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the political and social situation in Liberia.  HL405
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government how many families have been living in temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.  HL406
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been living in temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.  HL407
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which families living in temporary accommodation are experiencing isolation; and what steps they intend to take to mitigate such isolation.  HL408
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The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming national bus strategy will include provision to make buses affordable for families in temporary accommodation.  HL409
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) establish an independent review into the Financial Conduct Authority's supervision of Woodford Investment Management and Link Financial Solutions, and (2) review the protections in place for investors in open-ended funds in circumstances similar to those managed by Woodford.  HL410
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the advert placed in Le Monde on 23 February entitled Brexit—31st October cost.  HL411
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many adverts they have placed in newspapers in EU27 countries alerting businesses to Brexit on 31 October; and what was the total cost of those adverts.  HL412
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those who have been held in immigration detention centres for more than 28 days in each of the last four years were granted (1) refugee status, and (2) the right to remain, in the UK.  HL413
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Global Tuberculosis Report 2019, published on 17 October; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that their recent investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria improves global access to new treatments for drug-resistant Tuberculosis.  HL414
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of secondary schools that have removed pupils from the school roll prior to public examinations.  HL415
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last three years, (1) what was the total cost of clinical negligence cases to the NHS, (2) how many cases were resolved prior to going to court, (3) how many cases went to court; and (4) what was the percentage of those cases which were won by the NHS.  HL416
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the financial implications for the NHS of the level of damages payments issued to resolve clinical negligence claims before legal proceedings.  HL417
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Lord Trefgarne to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what are the criteria taken into account by the Lord Speaker when he is considering whether or not to accept a Private Notice Question.  HL418
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government to which UK–Russia cooperative activities in (1) Moscow, and (2) other regions of the Russian Federation, they have provided funding for over the past year.  HL419
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the outcomes of the UK–Kazakhstan Inter-Governmental Commission meeting, held in London on 24 October.  HL420
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government under what conditions they would anticipate a rapprochement of diplomatic relations with the government of Russia.  HL421
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report Gypsy and Traveller sites: the revised planning definition's impact on assessing accommodation needs, published on 13 September.  HL422
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