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Questions for Written Answer for 11 February 2020

Tabled on 10 February 2020 and due for answer by 24 February 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care (1) homes, and (2) beds, in England, broken down by region, are operated by (a) local authorities, (b) private firms, and (c) charities.  HL1454
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 13 December 2017 (HL3799), what estimate they have made of the number of people aged (1) 50–59, (2) 60–69, (3) 70–79, (4) 80–89, and (5) 90 or over, who own ISAs; and for each age group, what is the monetary value of the average holding.  HL1455
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) total number, and (2) percentage, of pensioners who had an annual income above £50,000 in each of the last three years, broken down by gender.  HL1456
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Shaadi.com, when facilitating relationships and marriages, promotes (1) the caste system, and (2) discrimination against Dalits.  HL1457
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1446), when the postponed Time for Justice: Putting Survivors First conference will take place; and how they intend to prioritise their commitment to support the victims and survivors of sexual violence in conflict in their policies.  HL1458
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage countries in Africa to sign up to the African Continental Free Trade Area.  HL1459
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals in the report by John Deverell for Oxfam A Process for Arms Exports: Fulfilling Criterion 2C of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licencing Criteria, published on 6 February.  HL1460
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that children born out of rape of the victims of Daesh genocide are being left in orphanages; what assistance they offer to such children; and what steps they are taking to combat any stigma or discrimination such children face.  HL1461
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the harassment of BBC Persian staff in London, and (2) reports that such staff's families in Iran have been (a) called in for questioning, (b) had their passports confiscated, and (c) threatened with consequences if their relatives continue to work for the BBC; and what representations th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when universities and students across the EU will receive clarity on which fee regime they will be subject to for the 2021/22 academic year.  HL1463
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce whether students from the EU will be subject to international student fees or continue to be eligible for home fee status for the 2021/22 academic year.  HL1464
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any review of the apprenticeship levy will prioritise the employer-led element of the current system.  HL1465
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future funding of combined authority areas.  HL1466
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote high quality design in the provision of housing.  HL1467
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the creation of metro mayors beyond the existing metro mayors.  HL1468
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to seek an agreement on (1) mutual recognition of driving licences, (2) participation in the European Health Insurance Card, and (3) mutual recognition of disability parking cards, with (a) the EU, or (b) each Member State of the EU on a bilateral basis.  HL1469
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed replacement student exchange scheme to be used in the event that the UK does not participate in Erasmus after 2021 will be open to further education students.  HL1470
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed replacement student exchange scheme to be used in the event that the UK does not participate in Erasmus after 2021 will be open to students from (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.  HL1471
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to undertake a review of Part Three of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012; and if so, when.  HL1472
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prevent Oversight Board, as referenced in the statutory guidance published in accordance with the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, still exists; and if so, (1) what is its current membership, and (2) when it last met.  HL1473
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants were employed by the Department for Exiting the European Union at the time of its winding up on 31 January.  HL1474
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants (1) were offered, (2) have accepted, and (3) have rejected, redundancy as a result of the winding up of the Department for Exiting the European Union on 31 January.  HL1475
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants employed at the Department for Exiting the European Union at its winding up on 31 January have now been deployed to permanent positions in other Government departments.  HL1476
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants have, as a result of the winding up of the Department for Exiting the European Union on 31 January, (1) been offered, (2) accepted, and (3) rejected, offers of other civil service roles with a lower level of overall remuneration.  HL1477
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many contract staff have had their roles terminated as a result of the winding up of the Department for Exiting the European Union on 31 January.  HL1478
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether departmental ministers serving at the Department for Exiting the European Union immediately before its winding up on 31 January have received compensation for the loss of their role; and if so, how much.  HL1479
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Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Norfolk Island (1) was within the geographical boundaries of the Commonwealth of Australia or any State thereof when the power to make laws for Norfolk Island was given to the Commonwealth of Australia in 1914, or (2) has since become within those boundaries.  HL1480
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Derbyshire County Council about its plans to close a number of direct care homes for older people.  HL1481
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the proposal by Derbyshire County Council to close Ladycross Care Home, particularly in respect of the cost of remediation of the home compared to the costs of reparation of other homes which are scheduled to remain open.  HL1482
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the health and well-being of residents as a result of having to leave their care home because of the proposals by Derbyshire County Council to close a number of direct care homes for older people.  HL1483
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to make a grant to Derbyshire County Council to enable it to improve the condition of its direct care homes for older people.  HL1484
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether, on the basis of evidence contained in the submission to the Derbyshire County Council Cabinet on 23 January, suitable alternatives exist for residents to go to if they are forced to leave their care home as a result of the proposals by that Council to close a number of direct care h… 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 plans they have to discuss with Derbyshire County Council its proposals to close Ladycross House direct care home; and whether any such discussion will cover the findings of the condition survey commissioned by that Council into the building and site.  HL1486
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to prohibit Gibraltar from applying to join the EU Schengen open borders area.  HL1487
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of escalating violence and human rights abuses towards Anglophone communities in Cameroon; and what steps they are taking to prevent any continued violence or abuse.  HL1488
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the findings of their investigation into the use of food banks.  HL1489
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the implementation of the decisions taken in London in April 2018 by the Commonwealth Heads of Government.  HL1490
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article by Dr Stuart W G Derbyshire and John C Bockmann Reconsidering fetal pain, published in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Medical Ethics in January; and what steps they are taking as a result of any such assessment.  HL1491
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Baroness Penn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the period of time that victims of domestic abuse who are applying for indefinite leave to remain can claim public funds under the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession.  HL1492
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Baroness Penn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all migrants who have been victims of domestic violence have access to the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession and other support.  HL1493
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the former International Trade Secretary, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, sought advice as to how to manage any perceived conflicts of interest arising from Ayman Asfari’s political donations, before he wrote a letter, whilst International Trade Secretary, to the Bahraini Crown Prince lobbying on behalf of Mr Asfari's company Petrofac. … 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 assessment they have made of reports that data sold by the Department of Health and Social Care is identifiable.  HL1495
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that Coronavirus could be transmitted to the UK on the surface of electronic goods manufactured in China.  HL1496
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to further regulate how social media companies secure information online.  HL1497
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that technology companies are deliberately slowing down old phone models.  HL1498
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported imprisonment of Palestinian children in Israel in conditions that are insanitary and abusive.  HL1499
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report produced by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights which alleges that, between 23 and 29 January, Israel committed 262 violations of international law against Palestinians.  HL1500
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports of harassment, detention and violence towards teachers and pupils by Israeli forces, sometimes accompanied by Israeli settlers.  HL1501
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported beating of a three year old Palestinian child by Israeli settlers in front of Israeli forces in Hebron.  HL1502
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported destruction of a Palestinian water network in the village of Bardala in the Jordan Valley.  HL1503
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported injuries to journalists caused by Israeli forces in Hebron.  HL1504
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 3 February (HL829), what was the peak electricity requirement in 2019; and how much they estimate it will be in 2032.  HL1505
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 3 February (HL829), whether they expect the UK to require less energy in 2032 than at present.  HL1506
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what level of low carbon produced electricity they expect to be required by 2050.  HL1507
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how they expect the requisite level of low carbon electricity will be produced in 2050.  HL1508
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what method produces the greatest quantity of low carbon electricity in the UK at present.  HL1509
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