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Questions for Written Answer for 13 February 2020

Tabled on 12 February 2020 and due for answer by 26 February 2020.
Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 4 June 2019 (HL15826) and following the inception of the Raptor Persecution Priority Group, how that group will measure its success; and how many prosecutions have been mounted for the unlawful killing of hen harriers.  HL1552
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government why only 206 new prison places have so far been created to help meet their 2016 commitment to produce 10,000 new places.  HL1553
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL830), when they intend to announce whether charge points for electric vehicles will be installed in all newly built homes.  HL1554
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial incentives they are considering for those purchasing low emission vehicles.  HL1555
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government, given the “real danger that hostile actors use online disinformation to undermine” the UK’s “democratic values and principles” outlined in their Online Harms White Paper, published in April 2019, what steps they plan to take to empower the proposed independent regulator to require online platforms to take down such material that may b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government how many thefts of aircraft (1) engines, and (2) avionics, have been reported to police over the last five years.  HL1557
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the sale of stolen aircraft parts.  HL1558
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government how many occurrences of denied access to controlled airspace have been reported using form FCS1521 in the last 12 months.  HL1559
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the steps it is taking to increase the number of rapid charging points for electric vehicles in Wales.  HL1560
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total NHS budget is spent on child and adolescent mental health services.  HL1561
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of referrals of children from school-based teams are referred for treatment through child and adolescent mental health services; and what is the average waiting time between referral and treatment.  HL1562
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what reasons are given for the rejection of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services from school-based teams.  HL1563
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any evidence of deterioration in the mental health of those referred to child and adolescent mental health services in the period between initial assessment at the point of referral and treatment; and how they assess any such deterioration.  HL1564
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to the children on waiting lists for treatment by child and adolescent mental health services, and to the parents of such children.  HL1565
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of mental health trailblazer areas; and whether they plan to roll out the scheme more widely.  HL1566
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1193), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many people have been killed on smart motorways to date.  HL1567
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1194), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, which minister or official made the decision to build smart motorways in the UK; and when that decision was made.  HL1568
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1195), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what plans they have to reintroduce the use of hard shoulders on such motorways while the safety of smart motorways is assessed, following reports of safety concerns and the deaths of drivers us… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1196), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what advice they have received from the police about the safety of smart motorways.  HL1570
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1197), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, 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.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 February (HL1198), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they made of the safety of smart motorways, or similar schemes, operating in other countries before introducing them in the UK.  HL1572
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government for each government department, (1) what was the target for the amount of land to be released for housing in the past ten years; (2) how much land has been disposed of for this purpose and what are the estimated numbers of housing units to be provided; (3) how many of those houses were for (a) affordable housing, and (b) social housing;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of sanctions or other actions that may be applied in relation to landlords, employers and providers of services who, before the end of the implementation period, discriminate against UK-resident citizens of the EU who have not yet been granted settled status or pre-settled status.  HL1574
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the options that will be available to UK-resident citizens of the EU who possess settled status or pre-settled status, when a landlord, employer or provider of a service is unable or unwilling to check their status information on line.  HL1575
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they will make available to (1) landlords, (2) employers, and (3) providers of services, who need to check the status of persons claiming to possess settled status or pre-settled status and are not able to access that information online.  HL1576
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the IT system for settled status applications so that it accept applications from people over the age of 100.  HL1577
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 11 February (HL Deb, col 2148), which funding streams in their control are available towards the renovation, refurbishment and re-use of empty Victorian mills and similar structures in the Pennine area of the North of England.  HL1578
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that their commitment for all health and care organisations to be compliant with the national data opt-out policy by 2020 will be met following the closure of the National Data Opt Out programme.  HL1579
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research in the British Medical Journal, Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England, published on 22 January.  HL1580
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report T3 Prescribing Survey Report, published on 7 February; and in particular the reported failure by Clinical Commissioning Groups to follow NHS England’s Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee’s revised Guidance–Prescribing of Liothyronine, published in July 2019.  HL1581
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research conducted by Which? into the effectiveness of carbon monoxide alarms, published in June 2018.  HL1582
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 14 January (HL222), why the Public Weather Service Customer Group's targets each year for the accuracy of forecasts do not include rainfall.  HL1583
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list (1) the involvement of overseas companies in UK-based fishing companies, and (2) the percentage of overseas involvement in all the quotas and total allowable catch allocations applied to the UK under the Common Fisheries Policy.  HL1584
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of airlines operating in the UK which serve peanuts to passengers and of the risk that poses to passengers with peanut allergies.  HL1585
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of munitions dumped in Beaufort’s Dyke in the Irish Sea.  HL1586
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the removal of NHS bursaries on the number of people studying podiatry in England.  HL1587
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how much NHS England has spent on treating musculoskeletal disorders in each year since 2000.  HL1588
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how much NHS England has spent on diabetic foot ulceration and amputations in each year since 2000.  HL1589
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of podiatrists in the NHS and in private practice to prevent conditions deteriorating and increasing longer term treatment costs for the NHS.  HL1590
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 February (HL802), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what discussions they have had with British Overseas Territories about the access to citizenship by children of fathers from such territories who were not married to the children… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they expect to provide details of their resolutions in regard to the access to citizenship of children of unmarried British Overseas Territories citizen fathers.  HL1592
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the financial package to the Northern Ireland Executive.  HL1593
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.  HL1594
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what EU customs declarations will be undertaken in Northern Ireland on goods from mainland UK after December 2020.  HL1595
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what lifestyle changes they recommend to slow the progress of dementia.  HL1596
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the results of the general election held in the Republic of Ireland on 8 February; and in particular, of any impact of those results on Northern Ireland's relationship with the rest of the UK.  HL1597
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any ongoing existence of the IRA Army Council.  HL1598
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of medical supplies following the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus and the closure of manufacturing facilities in China; and what contingencies they have in place in the event of any shortages of supplies.  HL1599 [I]
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that sexual health services are able to meet current demand.  HL1600
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) is the purpose, and (2) are the objectives, of the national sexual health and reproductive health strategy.  HL1601
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reintroduce the mandatory 48 hour access guideline for sexual health services in England.  HL1602
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The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds have been earmarked for the completion of the full-fibre network in the UK; and when they expect to deliver a nationwide full-fibre network.  HL1603
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The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any earmarked funds for the delivery of a full-fibre network for the UK include specified funding for the delivery of the full-fibre network in Scotland; and what funds have been allocated for this purpose in the current year.  HL1604
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to securing a permanent equivalence agreement with the EU for financial services, and to other positions if this is not achieved.  HL1605
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, intend to investigate the nickel market on the London Metal Exchange for (1) possible market manipulation, or (2) failure to comply with market disclosure requirements.  HL1606
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British Business Bank lent through peer-to-peer lending platforms in each of the last two financial years; and whether the British Business Bank continues to provide loans to new borrowers through peer-to-peer platforms or whether loans are now confined to supporting previous borrowers sourced through peer-to-peer platforms.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the engineering feasibility of building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, and (2) the estimated costs and sources of funding for such a project.  HL1608
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about women and equalities issues.  HL1609
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the new human rights and equalities powers as provided by the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.  HL1610
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when the new powers of the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission as provided for in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 will commence.  HL1611
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resources of the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether they intend to make additional resources available to the those Commissions to undertake their functions under the new powers provided by the European Union (Withd… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government who was deported on to Jamaica Tuesday 11 February; and for what offences any such individual had been convicted.  HL1613
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Welsh Government, (2) the Isle of Anglesey County Council, and (3) any other organisations, about the future of (a) Irish Sea crossings, and (b) access to the EU, from the port of Holyhead.  HL1614
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are planning to put in place to meet any increase in the number of immigrants to the UK as a result of proposed changes to the salary threshold for skilled migrant workers.  HL1615
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Court of Appeal’s instruction on 10 February to the Home Office not to remove anyone scheduled to be deported to Jamaica from two detention centres on 11 February unless the Home Office was satisfied that those scheduled for deportation had access to a functioning non-O2 Sim card on or before 3 February, on… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of public understanding of changes to immigration rules and how they may be affected by any such changes.  HL1617
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 10 February (HL474), who is conducting the research on the impact of marketing and advertising on children, young people and other vulnerable people; and when that research will be published.  HL1618
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure that UK-based artificial intelligence start-ups are not acquired by dominant market players.  HL1619
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure that the acquisition of smaller companies by Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Google is transparent.  HL1620
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the number of their grants to Ofcom, following the announcement that it will have increased regulatory responsibilities.  HL1621
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus has had on the technology market.  HL1622
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Viscount Thurso to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of greenhouse gas emissions from (1) aircraft taking off and landing within the UK, and (2) aircraft taking off in the UK bound for overseas destinations.  HL1623
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Viscount Thurso to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the likely increase in electric vehicles on UK roads between (1) 2020 and 2025, and (2) 2025 and 2030.  HL1624
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of a single standard class rail ticket from London to Birmingham when HS2 opens.  HL1625
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of compensation under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 were paid to workers employed in (1) slate quarrying and slate mining, (2) coal mining, (3) the textile industries, (4) the pottery industries, and (5) other industries, in the last year for which figures are available; and how many, if any, of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of money paid by way of compensation under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 in (1) 1990–99, (2) 2000–09, and (3) 2010–19.  HL1627
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government, under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979, how many new applications for compensation were made in the last year for which figures are available; what was the corresponding number of payments that were made; and what was the total cost of those payments.  HL1628
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