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Questions for Written Answer for 30 January 2020

Tabled on 29 January 2020 and due for answer by 12 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have entered the UK from Wuhan during the last month; how those people are being tracked; how universities have been involved in assisting students returning from affected areas; whether British citizens now being quarantined on return from affected areas are being treated differently to those who had returned… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to introduce the Renters’ Reform Bill.  HL890
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to ensure that Disabled Facilities Grant is more easily accessible to older tenants in the private rented sector and their landlords.  HL891
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all new homes are built to Lifetime Homes Standards.  HL892
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking and over what period to assist over 60’s living in fuel-poor properties, and to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes.  HL893
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission is unbiased, and perceived to be unbiased.  HL894
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission enjoys broad public support, engagement and input.  HL895
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish (1) proposals, and (2) the terms of reference, for the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission.  HL896
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that International Monetary Fund data shows that the UK is placed 27th out of 28 EU countries for investment as a proportion of GDP between 2000 and 2019.  HL897
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Orders of Merit or Companions of Honour have been awarded in the last 25 years to those resident at the time in (1) London, and (2) Yorkshire.  HL898
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give access to documents held on Commonwealth nations and their independence movements to Commonwealth scholars unable to visit the National Archives without access to funding to meet current charges for copying and postage.  HL899
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to appoint a second adviser on the matter of defining Islamophobia.  HL900
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to involve civil society in the development of successful integration (1) under the five integration areas outlined in the Integration Area Programme, and (2) more generally.  HL901
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the Welsh Government about the future of nuclear power at Trawsfynydd.  HL902
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they support the provision of library services to the blind and partially sighted.  HL903
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote small independent shops.  HL904
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not included the identity of the designated authority in the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill; who the proposed designated authority is for the purposes of that Bill; and what plans they have to include the identity of that authority in that Bill.  HL905
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the designated authority in their proposed changes to extradition in the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill; and whether any such changes will be independent of (1) ministerial, and (2) police, influence.  HL906
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision to designate the National Crime Agency as a designated authority for extradition purposes in the explanatory memorandum for the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill; and what assessment they have made of the case for any such designated authority being one which is independent o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government about the Government's proposed changes to extradition law, and in particular any changes to the role of the judiciary in Scotland; and what were the outcomes of any such discussions.  HL908
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for arrests were made from police in England and Wales to judges in (1) Scotland, and (2) the rest of the United Kingdom, in (a) 2016–17; (b) 2017–18; and (c) 2018–19; and in how many such cases a delay resulted in a failure to arrest.  HL909
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the development of hybrid electric aircraft in the UK.  HL910
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the development of battery-powered electric aircraft in the UK.  HL911
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total annual cost of storing military aircraft awaiting commercial disposal.  HL912
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on plans to develop a West Wales Parkway rail station near Swansea.  HL913
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick not to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism following reports of antisemitic incidents at that University and the call by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to implementing the recommendations of the report by the Museums Association Museums Taskforce: Report and Recommendations, published in March 2018, and in particular encouraging national museums to partner with regional institutions by loaning them national collections.  HL915
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to making the display of food hygiene ratings mandatory in England.  HL916
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what figures they hold on the number of (1) tourism attractions, (2) high street retailers, (3) railway stations, and (4) UK airports, that offer drinking water refill points.  HL917
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, in partnership with relevant businesses, to reduce the use of plastics in hotels.  HL918
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had, if any, with the tourism industry on improving the environmental sustainability of that industry.  HL919
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s ability to introduce online harms legislation if safe harbour provisions form part of any future free trade agreement with the government of the US.  HL920
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with trade representatives from the government of the US in relation to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996.  HL921
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with trade representatives from the government of the US in relation to intermediary liability.  HL922
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Lord Gilbert of Panteg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 5 June 2019 (HL15875), what is the latest timetable for laying the secondary legislation on electoral registers, following the Cabinet Office’s engagement with stakeholders since June 2019.  HL923
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to publish the new immigration rules that will come into effect on 1 January 2021; what arrangements will be made for Parliamentary scrutiny of those rules; and how they intend to seek Parliamentary approval of them.  HL924
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Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty's Government which minister of full Cabinet rank holds ministerial responsibility for the UK constitution.  HL925
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 5 November 2019 (HL460), how they calculate the greenhouse gas emissions from a tonne of domestic waste being processed in an energy from waste incinerator.  HL926
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 5 November 2019 (HL460), what were the equivalent green house gas emissions from incineration in the waste and energy supply sectors in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, and (3) 2019.  HL927
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 5 November 2019 (HL460), what were the greenhouse gas emissions produced per tonne of waste processed in an energy from waste incinerator in (1) 2012, and (2) 2018.  HL928
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance the prospects of hill farmers after Brexit.  HL929
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of hill farmers in England and Wales.  HL930
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any problems concerning the recognition of A-level qualifications by universities in the EU.  HL931
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 28 January (HL402), whether the results of the benefits cap evaluation will be published by the end of April 2020.  HL932
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they first had the opportunity to read the President of the USA's proposal Peace To Prosperity: A Vision To Improve The Lives Of The Palestinian And Israeli People, published on 28 January; and what assessment they have made of the political framework proposals contained therein.  HL933
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in Yemen, following the briefing by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to an emergency session of the UN Security Council on 28 January, in which he warned that the ongoing military escalation "had to end" and that efforts to support de-escalation and conf… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they collect on incidences of misogynistic hate speech against women in public life; what assessment they have made of whether misogynistic hate speech is increasing; and what action they are taking to encourage women to (1) enter, and (2) remain, in public life.  HL935
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposal by Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions and Extrajudicial Killings, and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, on 22 January for a full investigation into the government of Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone, what… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether during his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia on 20 January 2020, the Foreign Secretary raised (1) the alleged involvement of the government of Saudi Arabia in the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone; (2) the use of digital spyware and targeted surveillance more broadly; and (3) any ongoing evaluation of claim… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what statistics they have about the prevalence of e-cigarette use, particularly among young people; what evidence they are collecting to determine whether e-cigarettes and vaping devices are an effective way to stop smoking; and what action they are taking to ensure that there is full awareness of the health risks of using e-… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed Commissioning for Quality and Innovation for urinary tract infections will include any specific references to catheter-associated urinary tract infections.  HL939 [I]
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance to urinary tract infections.  HL940 [I]
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to assist British citizens stranded in Hong Kong as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  HL941
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the DVLA will not refuse tax renewals for those people in Northern Ireland who have not been able to have MOT assessments in Northern Ireland because of any ongoing difficulties in Motor Testing Centres there.  HL942
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they intend to undertake on any secondary legislation regarding access for goods, products and services between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.  HL943
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been any increase in fly-tipping in the last five years; and what consideration they have given to legislative and regulatory reforms to support local authorities and the police in the prevention of such a crime.  HL944
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 January (HL347), when political prisoner Hassan Mushaima was last taken for an appointment with a medical specialist for diabetes in Bahrain.  HL945
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 January (HL348) and following the joint statement by Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy on 8 October 2019 that “Bahrain’s authorities are failing to provide adequate medical care to high-profile prisoners”, (1) how many appointments Dr Abd… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in assessing the welfare of political prisoners in Bahrain, they take into consideration the findings of independent experts, in particular (1) the 18 September 2019 report by UN Special Rapporteurs on the systematic denial of specialised medical treatment of 10 political prisoners; (2) the joint statement on 8 October 2019 by… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 January (HL345), in forming their assessment of the case of Hajer Mansoor, what consideration they have given to the findings of independent experts, in particular: (1) the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention published on 7 January 2019; (2) the open letter… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 January (HL424) and the absence of such a stipulation in the Immigration Rules, how they ensure that these assessments are not open to abuse.  HL949
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement UK Ministers and officials have had in the development of the proposed Erasmus Regulation for 2021–27.  HL950
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Lord Storey to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what progress has been made towards making the House of Lords terrace smoke free.  HL951
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Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of public investments in research and development towards delivering the targets set out in Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health.  HL952
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Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the current standards of cleanliness on UK beaches after Brexit; and, in particular, whether they intend to maintain the standards set out in the EU's Bathing Water and Water Framework Directives.  HL953
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds they have concluded that 14 days is the appropriate timescale for the quarantining of British citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China.  HL954
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban the use of colistin in farming.  HL955
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute of Cancer Research From patient to patient: analysing access to innovative cancer drugs, published on 28 January.  HL956
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to ensure that people with fluctuating and hidden health conditions receive the support they need to (1) find, and (2) stay in, employment.  HL957
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Baroness Walmsley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what steps the House of Lords administration is taking to increase the availability of halal food in its cafeterias.  HL958
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest policy on the Chagos Islands; and what assessment they have made of the UN General Assembly's resolution 73/295 Advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965, of 22 May 2019.  HL959
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