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Questions for Written Answer for 15 January 2020

Tabled on 14 January 2020 and due for answer by 28 January 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that Jagjit Kaye was kidnapped and forced to convert from Sikhism to Islam, and (2) the Pakistan Centre for Social Justice's findings that there have been 160 cases of forced conversion since 2013 in Pakistan; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Pakis… 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 impact of India's Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 on the (1) persecution, and (2) displacement, of the six minority religious groups that were not given the eligibility to apply for citizenship in India under that Act.  HL374
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the (1) impact of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 on religious minorities in India, (2) amendment or repeal of that Act, and (3) obligations under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to protect freedom of religion or belief.  HL375
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support manufacturing in the North East of England.  HL376
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 October 2019 (HL181), how many of the police reported football-related racist incidents have led to people being charged; and what range of penalties was applied.  HL377
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding, if any, the Department for Health and Social Care has provided to the Tavistock Clinic so that they can undertake gender reassignment of children.  HL378
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding, if any, the Department of Health and Social Care provides to the charity Mermaids UK.  HL379
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of all contracts they had with the health provider Healthcare at Home in the last financial year.  HL380
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what complaints, if any, they have received about late deliveries by the healthcare provider Healthcare at Home.  HL381
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that failings by police and children’s services in Greater Manchester resulted in victims of sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation being denied justice, what discussions they have had with the National Crime Agency about such reports; and what action they intend to take as a result.  HL382
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that clinicians at the Tavistock Centre have been too quick to give children and young people gender reassignment treatment; and what action they intend to take as a result.  HL383
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Law Commission review into hate crime to be completed.  HL384
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given, if any, to the extension of legislation combating hatred to give specific protection to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.  HL385
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission a review of the importance of access to public libraries in all parts of England, including consideration of the relationship between library access and (1) income, and (2) social class.  HL386
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with mental illness presented to Accident and Emergency departments in each of the last five years.  HL387 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with mental illness were admitted into hospital following attendance at Accident and Emergency departments in each of the last five years.  HL388 [I]
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 25 April 2019 (HL15227), what progress they have made in considering whether current legislation and associated guidance are effective for protecting sunbed users.  HL389
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Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 25 April 2019 (HL15227), what timetable they have set for reviewing sunbed legislation and associated guidance.  HL390
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the full analysis of their consultation Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland's Past, first published on 11 May 2018.  HL391
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the involvement of Russia in the internal affairs of Libya.  HL392
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making on plans to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.  HL393
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its decision to allow Israeli citizens to register land deeds in Area C of the West Bank; and what assessment they have made of that decision.  HL394
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vote in the Israeli Security Cabinet on 29 December 2019 to withhold $43 million of tax funds from the Palestinian Authority, based on claims that the money has been used to promote violence.  HL395
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of assaults on Palestinian growers, thefts of olives and vandalism of olive trees and farm equipment in 2019.  HL396
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in response to the publication of data by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the demolition of structures and displacement in Area C of the West Bank in 2019, including the finding that 507 persons have been displaced and 394 structures have been demolished.  HL397
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported attacks by Israeli police on Muslim worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on 7 January.  HL398
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that necessary aid access to Syria is maintained, including by alternative routes, following the UN Security Council Decision of 10 January only to re-authorise two of the four crossing-points from Turkey to Syria for a period of six months rather than 12.  HL399
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HM Probation Service.  HL400
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the entitlement to one week’s leave for unpaid carers included in the Queen's Speech December 2019: background briefing notes, published on 19 December 2019, refers to paid or unpaid leave.  HL401
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the evaluation of the benefit cap undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  HL402
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 18 February 2019 (HL13524), when they plan to publish the revised version of the F10 prescription form, featuring a tick box for Universal Credit claimants who meet the criteria for free NHS prescriptions.  HL403
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following withdrawal from the EU, individuals will be able to initiate legal proceedings, independent of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission or the Equality Commission, if there is an alleged diminution of rights, safeguards or equality of opportunity as set out in the Belfast Agreement; and, if so, ho… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether legal aid will be available for individuals seeking to initiate legal proceedings based on an alleged diminution of rights, safeguards or equality of opportunity, as set out in the Belfast Agreement.  HL405
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether companies registered in Northern Ireland can continue to tender for EU Commission contracts during the implementation period.  HL406
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police forces employ integrated street triage for mental health services; what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of such provision; and whether they plan to encourage more police forces to employ this practice.  HL407
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2019; and of those, how many were received in the House of Lords.  HL408
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL62), what estimate they have made of the cost to the economy of the South Western Railway strikes which began on 2 December 2019.  HL409
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL62), what assessment they have made of the impact of the South Western Railway strikes that began on 2 December 2019 on (1) schools, and (2) hospitals, in areas served by that franchise.  HL410
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of light pollution in the UK; whether light pollution in the UK is decreasing; and if so, at what rate.  HL411
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 January (HL63), when they intend to introduce legislation to guarantee that, in times of strike action on rail, a pre-agreed minimum level of train service is provided; and what provisions such legislation will include to protect the rights of railway managers.  HL412
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many child refugees came to the UK to join family members in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, and (4) 2018.  HL413
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they collect about conditions in refugee camps outside the UK; and what assessment they have made of those conditions.  HL414
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that more than 10,000 unaccompanied children have used dangerous means to enter the UK over the past decade; and what steps they are taking to provide safe routes for such children.  HL415
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards their commitment to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.  HL416
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many offers of accommodation by local authorities for refugees have been (1) made, and (2) accepted.  HL417
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are not continuing the EU policy of assisting child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.  HL418
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what role they envisage for the voluntary and community sector in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL419
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal has not been completed; and when they expect that deal to be finalised.  HL420
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the waiting times at the border at all UK airports that use ePassport gates; what is the difference in waiting times, broken down by each airport; and what comparison they have made of the difference in the waiting times, broken down by each airport, before the ePassport gates were installed and now.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the technical efficacy of ePassport gates at UK airports; and what percentage of all ePassport gate readings result in a failed face reading.  HL422
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on ePassport gates at UK airports over the last four years.  HL423
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the University of Portsmouth to waive the requirement for students to have taken the International English Language Test.  HL424
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make an assessment of the Oakervee Report on HS2.  HL425
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the financial impact of not proceeding with HS2.  HL426
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in introducing a register for children not in school.  HL427
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the Football Association to combat racism in football.  HL428
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of remarks by senior officials in the United States that adopting Huawei technology in the UK's 5G network presents a security risk.  HL429
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assessment they have conducted of the proposed adoption of Huawei technology for the UK's 5G network infrastructure.  HL430
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since Operation Augusta was launched in 2003 to ensure that child sexual abuse allegations are properly investigated.  HL431
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the Palestinian economy of Palestinian tax revenues being withheld by Israel.  HL432
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, and intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports that it is not allowing parents to accompany their children and babies who need to leave Gaza for medical treatment in the West Bank.  HL433
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to highlight and address how best to (1) prevent unsafe abortion, and (2) make safe abortion accessible for all, as part of their commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born babies and children in the developing world.  HL434
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Official Development Assistance was allocated to sexual and reproductive health and rights in (1) 2017–18, and (2) 2018–19.  HL435
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that clinics in London are offering surgery to "restore" women's virginity.  HL436
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite the President of Uzbekistan to visit the UK; and if so, what (1) dates, and (2) topics for discussion, are being considered.  HL437
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the position of the UK's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in regard to the suspension of the Russian delegation.  HL438
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