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Questions for Written Answer for 6 February 2020

Tabled on 5 February 2020 and due for answer by 19 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much UK aid has been provided to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in each of the past 10 years; how many Department for International Development employees work exclusively on the Democratic Republic of the Congo; what that aid has been used for; and what assessment they have made of the effect such aid has had on pre… 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 consideration is given to national debt levels, and resourcing of such debt, when developing UK aid and foreign policy for African countries.  HL1343
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) on 3 February (HL Deb, col 1663), what is their timetable for COP26 negotiations.  HL1344
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect the COP26 venue to operate as one unit without internal security checks or other barriers for all its parts.  HL1345
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the First Minister of Scotland about COP26.  HL1346
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister has convened the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Change; and when it will next meet.  HL1347
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision for rail freight is contained in Network Rail’s Transport and Works Act order application for East West Rail, approved on 5 February.  HL1348
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 February (HL551), whether the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline takes into account the Government's net carbon emissions target for 2050 and its effects on heavy road haulage.  HL1349
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 3 February (HL547) and in the light of their target of zero net emissions by 2050, whether they plan to cease the practice of counting the loss of fuel duty, including VAT, as a disbenefit to the transfer of heavy freight from road haulage to an electric railway.  HL1350
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current assessment of the structure, roles and purpose of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.  HL1351
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update their assessment of the structure, roles and purpose of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, published on 20 October 2015.  HL1352
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning to adopt the Social Metrics Commission's measurement of poverty across all departments following the Department for Work and Pensions' commitment in May 2019 to develop experimental statistics using that Commission's measurement; and whether they have any further information on this issue.  HL1353
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce child poverty levels.  HL1354
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Rwanda following the publication of the report by Human Rights Watch "As long as we live on the streets, they will beat us": Rwanda's abusive detention of children, published on 27 January, which claims that Rwandan authorities are formalising their abusive arrests an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children looked after by local authorities in England and Wales were permanently placed with relatives or connected people resident outside the UK in each of the past five years.  HL1356
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Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries outside the UK local authorities in England and Wales permanently placed looked-after children with relatives or connected people in each of the last five years.  HL1357
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Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty's Government under which type of court order local authorities in England and Wales place looked-after children in countries outside the UK.  HL1358
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of data protection legislation in respect of Clinical Commissioning Groups asking to see patients' personal health data when reviewing the use of liothyronine for the purposes of cost cutting.  HL1359
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 January (HL690), how much of the £120.3 million paid or allocated in 2018 and 2019 for the benefit of refugees and migrants, including detainees, in Libya, has so far been spent; and who is holding any unspent balances.  HL1360
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consult the governments of Oman and Pakistan, together with Chatham House and the American Council on Foreign Relations and similar institutions, on the best ways to promote dialogue and detente in the Middle East and specifically around and across the Persian-Arabian Gulf.  HL1361
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work towards a Council of Europe démarche regarding the issue of prisoners, both convicted and untried, in Egypt.  HL1362
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, together with international partners, to help to ensure a stable security environment in Ethiopia ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for August and to support the democratic process in Ethiopia.  HL1363
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Palestinian Authority following President Mahmoud Abbas’ rejection of the government of the United States' plan for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and his announcement of the cutting of ties, including security ties, with the United States and Israel… 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 have on the security situation in the Central African Republic following recent violence in the east of the country; and how they are supporting the peace deal signed in February 2019 in order to create a stable security environment ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for Dece… 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 have on the current humanitarian situation in Idlib province.  HL1366
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are working to help to reach an agreement on a UN Security Council resolution on the use of UN assessed contributions to co-finance African Union peace support operations.  HL1367
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what final budget has been agreed for the cost of hosting the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in November 2020.  HL1368
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Services Committee intends to publish a report on the trial of the revised Bishop’s Bar services which started in October 2019; and if so, when.  HL1369
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the food offered in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar prior to October 2019, particularly the customised items prepared by the chef, complied with the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive’s Approved Code of Practice and Guidance Safe work in confined spaces, published in 2014.  HL1370
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what estimate he has made of the number of cases of reported food poisoning as a result of food consumed from the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar in each year from 2009 to October 2019.  HL1371
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration the Services Committee (1) has given, and (2) plans to give, to the re-introduction of hot toasted sandwiches in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar.  HL1372
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to ensure that plated salad is served in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar.  HL1373
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to revert to the pre-October 2019 House of Lords Bishop’s Bar food service, in particular the provision of customisable salads and sandwiches.  HL1374
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 29 January (HL528), what was the proportion of successful candidates to the Civil Service Fast Stream with science-related degrees who graduated from (1) Oxford, (2) Cambridge, (3) Russell Group universities, and (4) all other higher education establishments.  HL1375
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 January (HL412), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what provisions any such legislation will include to protect the rights of railway managers dealing with strike action.  HL1376
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 February (HL646), how many madrasas in the UK are teaching for less than 18 hours per week; and how they assess whether extremist ideology is being taught in them.  HL1377
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they gave to the provision of financial help to those on low incomes when introducing the 2015 rules following their consultation Reform of the Regulatory System to Control Small Sewage Discharges from Septic Tanks and Small Sewage Treatment Plants in England.  HL1378
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they gave to providing financial help to householders when introducing the 2015 rules following their consultation on Reform of the Regulatory System to Control Small Sewage Discharges from Septic Tanks and Small Sewage Treatment Plants in England where the discharge facilities were situated within a Site of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they currently hold about the number of people on low incomes who are affected by the 2015 rules following their consultation on Reform of the Regulatory System to Control Small Sewage Discharges from Septic Tanks and Small Sewage Treatment Plants in England.  HL1380
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a study of the effectiveness of legislation in force in (1) France, and (2) Germany, to protect consumers from online harms.  HL1381
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop and launch a national helpline which is open 24 hours every day to support those affected by prescribed drug dependence; and whether such a service will be developed with the input of relevant charities and patient groups.  HL1382
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold centrally on Personal Independent Payment appeal waiting times.  HL1383
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Lord Storey to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the House of Lords Administration has replaced the employment of housekeepers with the use of contract cleaners; and if so, how much they estimate will be saved as a result of such a policy; and what will be (1) the hours, (2) the holiday entitlement, and (3) the sickness benefits, of those staff employed as contract cleaners.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to de-criminalise non-payment of the BBC licence fee.  HL1385
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reform taxation for video streaming services.  HL1386
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount of long-term funding for the NHS.  HL1387
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to encourage greater diversity on executive level boards.  HL1388
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban children from using their mobile phones during lesson time.  HL1389
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of NHS trusts' ability to manage increased patient risk this winter.  HL1390
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to hospitals to help them manage any increases in activity and workforce shortages over the winter period.  HL1391
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the demand for ambulance services over the winter period.  HL1392
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Lord Whitby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Prime Minister's trade envoy programme in respect of its role in promoting the UK's trade and investment opportunities.  HL1393
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