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Questions for Written Answer for 3 February 2020

Tabled on 30 January 2020 and due for answer by 13 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 22 November 2016 (HL3075), how many human embryos were deliberately destroyed in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many human embryos were transferred to uteri in order to establish pregnancies; and what are the cumulative figures for bo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the potential impact on (1) higher education institutions, and (2) access to higher education, of the proposals of the report Independent panel report: post-18 review of education and funding, published on 30 May 2019, to remove funding for foundation year courses.  HL1174
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposals of the report Independent panel report: post-18 review of education and funding, published on 30 May 2019, to remove funding for foundation year courses, what plans they to ensure a range of entry routes to degree-level study remain available.  HL1175
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to meet with relevant stakeholders following the report by the Sutton Trust Mobility Manifesto 2019, published on 7 November 2019, to discuss the issues raised in that report.  HL1176
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals to establish a scheme of contextualised university offers to assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds; and what plans, if any, they have to support such a scheme.  HL1177
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss the implementation of a system of post-qualification admissions to UK universities.  HL1178
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the feasibility studies for the Ashington-Blyth-Tyne trainline in Northumberland and the Fleetwood trainline in Lancashire will be completed.  HL1179
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 28 January (HL444), how much money each member of the Royal family received from the Duchy of Lancaster in the last financial year; whether any such money was for Royal or private purposes; and whether any such funds are tax deductible.  HL1180
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 28 January (HL443), how much of funding provided by the Sovereign Grant was spent on official trips by helicopter between royal residences.  HL1181
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any travel costs for the Royal family funded by the Duchy of Cornwall can be claimed as an allowable business expense.  HL1182
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 21 January (HL288), what advice they have given to the Royal Household about the relative environmental impact of chartering planes for long distance flights when scheduled services are available for the same, or similar, routes.  HL1183
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of the fact that the Duchy of Cornwall operates in the private sector, how much (1) capital gains, and (2) corporation, tax has been paid by the Duchy in each of the past five years.  HL1184
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has had, in each of the last 18 months, with (1) Deloitte, (2) EY, (3) KPMG, and (4) PwC.  HL1185
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of inequality of access to drug and alcohol services for offenders across the UK; and what steps they are taking to address any such inequalities.  HL1186
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction of NHS-operated drug and alcohol services on the training of psychiatrists; and what steps they are taking to address any shortfall in addiction-specialised psychiatrists.  HL1187
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for protecting, or increasing, current levels of investment in drug and alcohol services.  HL1188
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 January (HL Deb, col 1043), what instructions they have given Public Health England about monitoring and assessing the efficacy of minimum unit pricing in Scotland; and when will Public Health England be reporting any such findings.  HL1189
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the findings of the report by NHS Health Scotland Evaluating the impacts of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on the alcoholic drinks industry in Scotland, published on 2 October 2019, what plans they have to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England.  HL1190
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on alcohol consumption from the changes in duty policy since 2012.  HL1191
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Lord Carey of Clifton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the proportion of Christians accepted under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme.  HL1192
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been killed on smart motorways to date.  HL1193
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government which minister or official made the decision to build smart motorways in the UK; and when that decision was made.  HL1194
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports of safety concerns and the deaths of drivers using smart motorways, what plans they have to reintroduce the use of hard shoulders on such motorways while the safety of smart motorways is assessed.  HL1195
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from the police about the safety of smart motorways.  HL1196
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many miles of smart motorways have been created to date; what has been the total cost of that work; how many miles of such motorways are planned; and what is the estimated cost of such work.  HL1197
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the safety of smart motorways, or similar schemes, operating in other countries before introducing them in the UK.  HL1198
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL306), whether they have asked Portia Management Services to end its business relationship with the Myanmar military.  HL1199
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many people aged (a) 75–84, (b) 85–94, and (c) 95 and over, will be affected by the removal of the Adult Dependency Increase on 6 April; (2) how much money will those affected lose; and (3) what provisions are being put in place to help those affected.  HL1200
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government when recipients of the Adult Dependency Increase (ADI) were notified of the removal of the ADI on 6 April; and how was such notice communicated.  HL1201
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they will save by ending the provision of the Adult Dependency Increase on 6 April; and what estimate they have made, if any, of the costs of tapering off such provision.  HL1202
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average clearance time for Attendance Allowance claims, based on the most recent data available, in each of the last five years for (1) all claims, and (2) special rules claims made for terminal illnesses with a DS1500 form.  HL1203
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Attendance Allowance claims were successful, based on the most recent data available, in each of the last five years.  HL1204
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to regional theatres in England.  HL1205
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to women’s football.  HL1206
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to non-league football  HL1207
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of staff employed by Premiership or Championship football clubs that are paid less than the living wage.  HL1208
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to increase the opportunities for children to play cricket in schools.  HL1209
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many Mayoral Combined Authorities have introduced bus franchising, and (2) how many other authorities have applied to the Secretary of State for Transport for the powers to introduce bus franchising, since the introduction of the Bus Services Act 2017.  HL1210
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals released under police investigation are still under investigation (1) one month, (2) three months, (3) six months, (4) twelve months, and (5) over twelve months, since their release in each police force in England and Wales.  HL1211
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals arrested in England and Wales in possession of illegal substances were charged with possession with intent to supply, as opposed to the lesser offence of possession, in each year since 2010.  HL1212
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were (1) killed, or (2) seriously injured, due to accidents in the agriculture sector in each year since 2000.  HL1213
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the sale of machetes and large knives with serrated or other edges that do not already come under the existing classification of zombie knives.  HL1214
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of class A drugs seized in the UK for each year since 2010.  HL1215
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of class B drugs seized in the UK in each year since 2010.  HL1216
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 January (HL527), what plans they have to increase the number of those with science and engineering graduate-equivalent qualifications who enter the Civil Service Fast Stream.  HL1217
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January (HLWS69) which stated that "Wherever you live, you deserve a railway that widens your children’s horizon, gives you access to highly skilled, highly paid jobs, and provides a viable green alternative to getting in your car", how many people in England they estim… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January, when was the cross-industry North West Recovery Task Force established; who are the members of that task force; and when they expect it to "deliver recommendations on how best to boost capacity and performance in the short, medium and longer term".  HL1219
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January, whether the North West Recovery Task Force will "deliver recommendations on how best to boost capacity and performance in the short, medium and longer term" throughout the Northern Rail franchise area.  HL1220
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January, whether the plan by Robin Gisby and Richard George to make sure the Government leaves "no stone unturned in improving this franchise for passengers" will be published and made public.  HL1221
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January (HLWS69), what, if any, payments or compensation from public funds will be made to Northern Rail arising from, or following, it being taken into public ownership on 1 March; and what, if any, payments or compensation will be paid by the current operators of Nort… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January (HLWS69), what is the estimated (1) cost, and (2) savings, to public funds arising from, and following, Northern Rail being taken into public ownership on 1 March.  HL1223
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements for interoperability will be put in place for the use of Huawei equipment in the 5G network and any related systems.  HL1224
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to address the reported levels of dissatisfaction with democracy in the UK.  HL1225
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide homes to homeless people in the UK.  HL1226
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have commissioned on the benefits of establishing additional social housing units to (1) the economy, (2) crime levels, and (3) regional inequality.  HL1227
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to build 300,000 affordable homes a year.  HL1228
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make pension dashboards interoperable with Open Banking, including the processes for customer authentication.  HL1229 [I]
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their recent consultation Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments, the Home Office took note of the Government's Consultations Principles Guidance 2018; and whether the Home Office intends to review its consultation in order to ensure that the views of Gypsies and Travellers can be reflected.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took to ensure that their consultation Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments was available in a form which it accessible to people with limited educational attainments.  HL1231
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Home Office did not include an Equality Impact Assessment in their recent consultation Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments; and what plans they have to conduct such an assessment.  HL1232
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) registered nurses, and (2) registered midwives, left the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in 2018–19 to return to other EU or non-EU countries.  HL1233
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) registered nurses, (2) registered nursing associates, and (3) registered midwives, are on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register (a) in total, and (b) whose initial registration was in another European Union country.  HL1234
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the review by Dame Mary Ney into college financial monitoring, commissioned in August 2019.  HL1235
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