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Questions for Written Answer for 29 January 2020

Tabled on 28 January 2020 and due for answer by 11 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports of the arrest of a 15 year old girl outside the British consulate in Hong Kong, what plans they have to publish the legal advice which informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's conclusion that the arrest occurred on land which has no special status under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much development aid has been given to Nigeria in each of the last ten years.  HL831
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the UK's development aid to Nigeria is used to (1) promote community cohesion, (2) protect those at risk of attack by jihadists, and (3) bring to justice those responsible for any atrocities and crimes against humanity.  HL832
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the abduction of Leah Sharibu, what assessment they have made of reports of her enslavement, forced conversion and pregnancy; what actions they have taken to secure her release; and what response they received from the government of Nigeria when they raised her situation with them.  HL833
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for negotiating the association agreement with the Horizon Europe research programme for the 2021–27 period; and when they expect that final details of the agreement will be published.  HL834
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the UK's annual contribution to the Horizon 2020 research programme from 2013 onwards; and what they estimate it will be for each year until 2027.  HL835
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban the practice of “milling” as part of the selection process for the Parachute Regiment.  HL836
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support measures to address international deforestation.  HL837
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that their climate change targets are met.  HL838
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage the take up of electric cars.  HL839
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their definition of Islamophobia.  HL840
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific steps they are taking to ensure that students living in blocks with aluminium composite material cladding which does not comply with safety regulations are aware of the dangers of such cladding.  HL841
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to consult on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL842
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into the River Thames or its tributaries in the last five years for which figures are available; and in what instances a penalty was imposed as a result of any such prosecution.  HL843
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the value of (a) history, (b) politics, and (c) modern languages qualifications in the workforce of the future; and (2) the value of having studied such subjects for improved (a) international relations, and (b) intercultural understanding.  HL844
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Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have undertaken with (1) central clearing parties, (2) asset managers, (3) investment banks, and (4) insurance firms, about regulations for future market access to the EU; whether they intend to undertake a public consultation on future EU market access for financial services; and if so, when.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of planning legislation to allow for the assessment of (1) the potential increase of mobility scooter use, and (2) any increase in risk to users of mobility scooters and others arising out of that increase, due to the building of care properties.  HL846
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of current fire regulations in protecting residents of both public and private care homes, particularly taking into account the prevalence of (1) reduced mobility, and (2) dementia, of such residents.  HL847
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a statutory maximum height for care homes to enable reasonable escape provisions in the event of fires, particularly taking into account the prevalence of (1) reduced mobility, and (2) dementia, of such residents.  HL848
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the paper circulated by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Medicine and Supply Team to the NHS in November 2019 detailing the extent and range of drug shortages in the NHS.  HL849
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in updating their School Food Standards to reduce sugar consumption, as set out in their childhood obesity plan for action, published in June 2018.  HL850
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of misinformation and disinformation on the last General Election; and what plans they have to mitigate any risks to the UK’s electoral system arising from such misinformation and disinformation.  HL851
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what reply they received from the government of Egypt when the British Ambassador in Cairo raised concerns about the imprisonment of Essam and Gehad el Haddad.  HL852
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of fees paid to certifiers to grant wood burning stove manufacturers exemptions from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993.  HL853
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what controls a local authority can impose on a wood burning stove that has been granted an exemption from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993  HL854
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many installed wood burning stoves have been granted exemptions from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993.  HL855
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pollution and smoke complaints it has not been possible to enforce due to the polluter having purchased an exception from the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993.  HL856
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure cross-border rail routes benefit from the Government's investment in HS2.  HL857
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that HS2 will reach and serve Crewe.  HL858
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the benefits of HS2 to the Crewe-Chester-Holyhead rail route; and when such potential benefits will be realised.  HL859
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance the teaching of foreign languages in England.  HL860
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered nurses there are in England.  HL861
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered mental health nurses there are in England.  HL862
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) President Biya, and (2) the government of Cameroon, about that government's participation in the talks on the future of Cameroon proposed by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.  HL863
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential health benefits of an active lifestyle; what plans they have to invest in sports and leisure infrastructure; and what steps they are taking to ensure that people benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.  HL864 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when the review into safety on Smart Motorways is expected to be completed; and when they intend to publish the findings of that review.  HL865
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to a reduction of maximum permitted speeds on Smart Motorways either (1) pending the outcome of their review on Smart Motorways or (2) as part of any plans to improve the safety of such motorways.  HL866
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the length of trains used for cross country routes; and if so, when they expect such trains to be introduced.  HL867
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many electric vehicle charging points have been installed at car parks operated by Network Rail; where those charging points have been installed; and what is Network Rail’s programme for future installation of such points.  HL868
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their planned timetable for the introduction of legislation to regulate the use of electric scooters and other similar vehicles.  HL869
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments made by Michel Barnier when he spoke at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, Queen's University Belfast, on Monday 27 January about access for goods, products and services from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.  HL870
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's statement on 20 December 2019 (HC Deb, col 146) that "now is the moment, as we leave the European Union, to reunite the country", what steps they are taking in order to do so.  HL871
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated cost of any Government-sponsored celebrations about the UK's departure from the EU on 31 January.  HL872
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost of the destruction of the coins minted to commemorate the UK's withdrawal from the EU which stated the incorrect exit day.  HL873
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that British students can continue to participate in the Erasmus Plus programme.  HL874
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide for a referendum in Northern Ireland on the reunification of Ireland.  HL875
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to implement the recommendation of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales for there to be government inspections of the police’s use of facial recognition technology.  HL876
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what International English Language Testing System level the Home Office requires overseas students attain in order for them to be granted student visas.  HL877
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK universities are permitted to use alternatives to the International English Language Testing System as means to assess the English language proficiency of potential overseas students.  HL878
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to quarantine British citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China.  HL879
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Resilience burnout and coping mechanisms in UK doctors: a cross-sectional study, published in the British Medical Journal on 27 January.  HL880
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Huawei's limited role in the UK's 5G network does not present a security risk.  HL881
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that drugs used by the NHS which have been developed by companies based in Israel have not been tested on Palestinian prisoners or schoolchildren.  HL882
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure at constant prices of the Better Care Fund for each financial year since its inception; what is the expected expenditure of that Fund in the current year; and what is the forecast expenditure for financial year 2020/21.  HL883
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned any independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Better Care Fund in (1) improving the discharge of patients from acute hospitals and (2) reducing pressure on local authority adult social care budgets.  HL884
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the proportion of patients in acute hospital wards in England that are there inappropriately because of the absence of adult social care services; what the annual cost of such patients is to the NHS; and what plans they have to reduce such proportions and costs.  HL885
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average daily cost of a bed in (1) an acute hospital ward; (2) a nursing home; and (3) a residential care home, in England in the latest financial year for which information is available.  HL886
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts were handed back to local authorities in England in the financial years (1) 2017/18, (2) 2018/19, and (3) 2019/20 by (a) nursing homes, (b) residential care homes, and (c) domiciliary care organisations; and which local authorities were involved.  HL887
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stabilise the funding of the adult social care sector in England in order to enable the agreement of a long-term funding plan for that sector.  HL888
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