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Questions for Written Answer for 9 January 2020

Tabled on 8 January 2020 and due for answer by 22 January 2020.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate making a trade agreement with Japan.  HL190
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the impact of business rates on the viability of the UK retail sector.  HL191
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the UK naval presence in the Strait of Hormuz.  HL192
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enhance protection of UK service personnel currently based in Iraq.  HL193
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the arrest of medics treating protestors injured in the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong, what assessment they have made of the implications for international (1) humanitarian norms, and (2) human rights law, of any such detentions.  HL194
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 January (HL2), when they expect to complete their considerations of the implications of the High Court ruling of 19 December; and how they will (1) consult on, and (2)  publicise, next steps which they intend to take.  HL195
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 January (HL6) about implementation of the Truro Review that “some of the recommendations will take longer to implement and many will require an ongoing effort to embed into the working practices of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other departments”, which… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the nine-year prison sentence given in China to Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church, the removal of his political rights for three years, and the confiscation of his personal assets.  HL197
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the trial of Pastor Wang Yi met standards of impartiality for a fair trial; whether they intend to raise his case with the government of China; and what assessment they have made of the suppression of the open practice of religious beliefs.  HL198
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the prosecution of Daesh fighters by the Iraqi courts, and (2) the state of due process in Iraq.  HL199
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the remuneration of vice-chancellors of universities is at an appropriate level.  HL200
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote freedom of speech on campuses at universities.  HL201
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat hate crime at universities.  HL202
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of train cancellations between Leeds and London in both directions in 2019.  HL203
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of weekday journeys for which Hitachi provided the required number of units to operate the scheduled train service between Lincoln and London since they were introduced on 21 October 2019, compared to the total number of scheduled journeys.  HL204
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of weekday journeys completed by LNER with the required number of Hitachi coaches to operate services compared to the total number of scheduled weekday journeys.  HL205
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland during the 2019 General Election.  HL206
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take following the claims by a whistle-blower of the inefficiency of the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland during the 2019 General Election.  HL207
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget of the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland for the last three years for which figures are available.  HL208
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Thomas Cook historical archives will be (1) preserved, and (2) made accessible.  HL209
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the NHS to meet its target of referring patients for treatment for cancer within 62 days.  HL210
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the criteria by which the NHS assesses the merits of clinical negligence claims prior to litigation.  HL211
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of litigated clinical negligence claims involving the NHS which result in damages being paid to the claimant.  HL212
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of NHS Resolution in its case assessment and its possible use of speculative denials.  HL213
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of NHS Resolution of paying fees for legal services regardless of outcome.  HL214
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions are placed on the disbursement of funds through affordable housing grants from Homes England.  HL215
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what rates of (1) deaths, and (2) injuries, are recorded on roads, per capita, broken down by (a) region, (b) speed limit, and (c) mode of transport.  HL216
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the incidence of road deaths and injuries.  HL217
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of (1) temporary, and (2) emergency, accommodation in England and Wales.  HL218
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with local authorities in England and Wales about (1) the availability, and (2) the funding, of (a) temporary, and (b) emergency, accommodation.  HL219
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to devolve powers to (1) the Mayor of London, and (2) elected mayors in England and Wales.  HL220
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of defence spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (1) currently spent by members of NATO, and (2) spent by each member of NATO at the time of the 2014 Wales NATO summit.  HL221
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor the accuracy of weather forecasts issued by the Meteorological Office; and whether the accuracy of forecasts has (1) increased, (2) decreased, or (3) remained the same during the last five years.  HL222
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Whirlpool’s washing machine recall, how the Office for Product Safety and Standards will contact affected Whirlpool customers to ensure that the company is handling its recall effectively.  HL223
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Whirlpool’s washing machine recall, whether the recall was enforced by the Office for Product Safety and Standards or whether it was undertaken voluntarily by Whirlpool.  HL224
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 April 2018 (HL6553), what is the current status of the investigation of the Independent Office for Police Conduct into 33 police officers in connection with cases of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.  HL225
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the illegal shipment of plastic waste from the UK to Malaysia, following the decision by the government of China to ban any international plastic waste being processed within mainland China.  HL226
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards reducing the production of unnecessary plastic and encouraging the development of alternatives to plastic.  HL227
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UNESCO World Heritage sites located in the UK.  HL228
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how they protect the integrity of UNESCO World Heritage sites located in the UK.  HL229
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers and responsibilities Historic England have towards UNESCO World Heritage sites located in England.  HL230
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of schools in England identified by Ofsted as "stuck", having underperformed for the last 13 years.  HL231
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce tougher advertising legislation for celebrities who do not clearly state that their social media posts include branded items which are part of an advertising partnership.  HL232
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reform the leasehold sector.  HL233
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the incentives for firms to comply with paying the National Minimum Wage.  HL234
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suggestions in the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences Transforming health through innovation: integrating the NHS and academia, published on 8 January, that NHS breakthroughs have been put at risk.  HL235
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether social media platforms are adequately monitored for harmful and illegal content.  HL236
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reduce the environmental impact of NHS prescribed pharmaceuticals.  HL237
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds, and on whose authority, the National Savings and Investments Agency makes a decision to dishonour a cheque.  HL238
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct an investigation into possible interference by foreign governments in the December 2019 General Election.  HL239
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel intends to demolish the Palestinian wholesale market in the centre of Hebron in order to build housing to accommodate Israeli settlers.  HL240
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Palestinian homes that have been demolished in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to build housing for settlements; and whether that number has increased in the last two years.  HL241
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless people sleeping rough in the Greater London area during the recent Christmas period; and of those, how many they estimate to be ex-service personnel.  HL242
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they (1) sought, and (2) received, from Advent International in regard to the acquisition of Cobham plc, that Cobham plc would not be stripped of its assets.  HL243
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