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Questions for Written Answer for 5 February 2020

Tabled on 4 February 2020 and due for answer by 18 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) attacks on Christian Rohingya refugee families by other refugees in Bangladesh, in particular reports of such attacks in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp on 27 January; and (2) what steps they are taking to ensure the safety of refugees around the world who are from religious minority groups. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any consultancies were used to help deliver the UK–Africa Investment Summit 2020; and if so, why.  HL1300
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much UK aid has been spent via the European Development Fund (EDF) in Africa in each of the past ten years; how much will be spent via the EDF in the next financial year; whether the spending priorities for the EDF will be reassessed; who will determine any such future priorities; and on what basis.  HL1301
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they publish, and make available, the document detailing a strategy for Africa approved by the National Security Council in 2018.  HL1302
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what are the total number of FCO and DfID staff employed in UK embassies and High Commissions in Africa; (2) which countries have no UK permanent ambassador or High Commissioner; and (3) whether there are plans to establish permanent missions in any such countries.  HL1303
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Bangladesh and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to ensure the safety of non-Muslim refugees in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, and in particular, the Kutupalong Camp.  HL1304
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are considering to ensure that there is sufficient professional indemnity cover for those advising the construction industry on fire consultancy and building safety.  HL1305
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of how much property values for individual properties in high rise blocks have been affected following initial risk assessments in the light of action taken as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire; and what steps they planning to take to protect home owners.  HL1306
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are carrying forward work on the Race Disparity Audit.  HL1307
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they supporting work to combat racism at football grounds (1) with the English Football League, and (2) more generally.  HL1308
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are planning to take in relation to the ruling of the International Court of Justice Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar), issued on 23 January.  HL1309
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure children are taught how climate change can be combatted.  HL1310
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage 'self-build' housing.  HL1311
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many railway vehicles which do not comply with the “Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specifications for Inter-operability” remained in service after the deadline for their withdrawal expired on 1 January 2020.  HL1312
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess any non-compliance with the Persons with Reduced Mobility, Technical Specifications for Inter-operability after 1 January 2020; and whether any such assessment will (1) include the effect of late orders of new vehicles and modifications to existing vehicles, and (2) the management of the cascade programme… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 29 January (HL608), what powers exist to curtail housing developments in the Thames Valley until sufficient capacity for treating sewage has been developed by Thames Water.  HL1314
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their plans to improve East-West rail links, whether the Liverpool to Norwich service will split at Nottingham; if so, why; and what assessment they have made of this decision, in terms of both costs and revenue.  HL1315
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 February (HLWS83), whether "short-term business trips to supply services" will apply to (1) the creative industries, and (2) IT services.  HL1316
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are seeking to negotiate with the EU a visa-waiving treaty for UK workers in the creative industries, resident in the UK, seeking to market their services in the EU.  HL1317
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 February (HLWS83), whether the "measures to minimise barriers to the cross-border supply of services and investment" will include provisions for the free onward movement of (1) personnel, and (2) equipment, between EU countries.  HL1318
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to formally respond to the report by the Information Commissioner's Office ICO investigation into the how the police use facial recognition technology in public places, published on 31 October.  HL1319
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a statutory, and binding, code of practice for the use of live facial recognition technology, as recommended by the Information Commissioner.  HL1320
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the decline in uptake of vaccinations.  HL1321
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have collected to show the effectiveness of actions, taken since 2016, to improve the uptake of vaccinations of children.  HL1322
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children aged five who have not had both doses of the MMR vaccination.  HL1323
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study from the University of Cambridge The costs of switching to low global-warming potential inhalers. An economic and carbon footprint analysis of NHS prescription data in England, published on 30 October 2019, which found that switching to more environmentally friendly asthma inhalers… 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 whether they are satisfied that the Kingston NHS Foundation Trust is able to maintain permanently a minimum number of 797 car parking spaces for patients, visitors and staff, in line with planning obligations, as a result of the sale of a plot of hospital land to residential developers.  HL1325
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action the Kingston NHS Foundation Trust is taking to ensure the re-provision of 75 permanent, as opposed to temporary, parking spaces for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff to replace those lost as a result of the sale of a plot of hospital land.  HL1326
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental damage caused by spillages from combined sewer overflows releasing raw sewage into rivers; and what plans they have to prevent such spillages.  HL1327
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many inspection visits HMRC made to money service businesses registered with them in each of the calendar quarters from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019; and (2) how many of any such visits per quarter led to (a) de-registration, (b) disciplinary action or (c) closure of the business.  HL1328
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last assessed the risk that money service businesses were involved in the finance of crime and terrorism; what conclusions they reached as a result of any such assessment; and what action they took, if any, to tighten inspection and supervision of such businesses.  HL1329
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the last three years HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority met to discuss co-ordination of their regulatory supervision of money service businesses; and how many occasions during that period those bodies conducted joint inspections of registered businesses.  HL1330
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for the regulatory interface between HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of money service businesses; and what measures are in place to ensure that individual businesses do not fall between the supervision of either body.  HL1331
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, are monitoring the use by fund managers of forward equity subscription commitments to leverage the gearing of open-end fund portfolios, and what assessment they have made as to whether such fund managers are correctly reporting the existence of such commitments to potential and actual… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of NHS staff provided fraudulent qualifications between 2017 and 2019.  HL1333
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of staff working in Government departments provided fraudulent qualifications between 2014 and 2019.  HL1334
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the Metropolitan Police’s recent trial of automated facial recognition technology, including preparatory work, and encompassing equipment and manpower costs; and how many staff were required for a typical deployment during the trial, broken down by role.  HL1335
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, during the recent Metropolitan Police trial of automated facial recognition technology, how many individuals on the system’s watchlist were correctly identified; how many alerts resulted in (1) an arrest, and (2) a subsequent conviction; and for which offences.  HL1336
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they taking to reduce the thawing of permafrost in the Arctic.  HL1337
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to promote diversity in the UK gaming industry.  HL1338
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about that government's obligations under international law to be responsible financially for the land and people in territory it occupies.  HL1339
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Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any copy of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2020 provided to the Government for official purposes has been given to the Conservative Party in order to support party fundraising.  HL1340
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 3 February (HL187), whether it is possible that a hearsay remark, if construed by a bystander as offensive, could be reported as a hate crime and the perpetrator interviewed by the police as a result; and if so, what steps they intend to take to protect freedom of speech.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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