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Questions for Written Answer for 24 February 2020

Tabled on 13 February 2020 and due for answer by 27 February 2020.

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the full cost of training a regular army recruit undertaking Phase one basic training, including (1) staff, (2) accommodation, and (3) logistics, costs; and how long that training takes.  HL1629
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average total number of (1) civilian, and (2) military, staff working for an army training regiment; and how many recruits such a regiment can train at any one time.  HL1630
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the World Health Organisation about including the 18 cases of coronavirus on Taiwan with the 40,000 in China; and whether they are concerned that this misrepresents the true position in Taiwan.  HL1631
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the World Health Organisation about sharing its information on coronavirus with the government of Taiwan separately from the information that that organisation has shared with the government of China.  HL1632
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the World Health Organisation about the WHO's statement that the government of China had been open with information about coronavirus.  HL1633
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that their announcements on the number of cases of coronavirus will disaggregate the figures for Taiwan from those of China.  HL1634
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the voluntary sector about how they might assist with the roll-out of the alcohol, abstinence and monitoring requirement across England and Wales.  HL1635
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the implementation of the Ivory Act 2018 is a priority.  HL1636
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ivory Act 2018 will commence upon the conclusion of the ongoing judicial proceedings.  HL1637
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Government infrastructure spending was spent in the North of England between 2015 and 2020; and what is their target for the proportion that will be spent in the North of England between 2020 and 2025.  HL1638
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include a station in Bradford town centre as part of the proposed high speed railway line between Manchester and Leeds.  HL1639
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that a preferred route, or alternative routes, for the proposed high-speed railway line between Leeds and Manchester will be published for consultation.  HL1640
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for the (1) number, and (2) percentage, of container loads and miles that will be moved from road to rail (a) within the next five years, and (b) on the opening of stage 1 of HS2.  HL1641
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are reviewing the scope of the TransPennine Route upgrade; if so, what are the terms of the review; and when they expect to publish their findings.  HL1642
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 12 February (HL1259), what is the (1) average, and (2) expected, time for a railway re-opening scheme to progress through the (a) rail network enhancement pipeline (RNEP) and (b) Governance of Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) schemes; whether the RNEP and GRIP schemes will… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the regulation of the accounting profession.  HL1644
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 16 January (HL Deb, col 861), on how many occasions UK personnel embedded in partner forces have been asked to engage in "unagreed operations" in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, and (3) 2018.  HL1645
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 16 January (HL Deb, col 861), on how many occasions UK personnel embedded in partner forces were given permission for "unagreed operations" in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, and (3) 2018.  HL1646
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence was informed of the operation to target Abdul Reza Shahlai in Yemen on 3 January before the failed strike took place; and if so, whether it provided any material support to that action.  HL1647
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 January (HL142), when they were first notified that the government of the United States had made a decision to use lethal force against General Soleimani.  HL1648
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 January (HL Deb, col 258) and the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 January (HL523), whether the military operation on 3 January which killed General Soleimani met the test of imminence for the purposes of self-defence in international law.  HL1649
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to place further rail services under the control of Transport for London.  HL1650
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to place the functions of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner under the control of the West Midlands Metro Mayor.  HL1651
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to stop overcrowding as a result of tourism in National Parks in England.  HL1652
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy aim in England for (1) unitary, and (2) two-tier, authorities.  HL1653 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring all blue light services under the remit of Police and Crime Commissioners.  HL1654 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending tram services from Birmingham to Coventry.  HL1655
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many bypass schemes in England are awaiting funding approval.  HL1656
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the air cadets to the UK.  HL1657
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Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty's Government what action the Department of International Development is taking to (1) protect girls from trafficking and exploitation in crises, and (2) provide support for survivors of trafficking.  HL1658
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Northern Ireland will operate in a different time zone to the rest of the UK for half of the year after December 2020.  HL1659
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the risks posed by coronavirus.  HL1660
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to investigate and address tax evasion.  HL1661
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the receipts from stamp duty land tax on residential properties sold for over £1 million in each year from 2013–14 to 2018–19.  HL1662
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to launch their consultation on strengthening the powers of the Small Business Commissioner.  HL1663
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government when full responsibility for the Prompt Payment Code will be moved to the Small Business Commissioner.  HL1664
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of businesses who have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code have their standard payment terms listed on the Prompt Payment Code website.  HL1665
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which businesses have been removed from the Prompt Payment Code due to non-compliance.  HL1666
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the amount owed to UK SMEs as a result of late payment.  HL1667
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by Pay.UK, published in November 2019, showing that the amount owed to small businesses in late payments increased from £13 billion in 2018 to £23.4 billion in 2019.  HL1668
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) report by the Institute of Accountants in England and Wales into the insolvency of Comet Group and the losses sustained by HMRC, published on 31 January, and (2) implications, if any, for the (a) collapse of Monarch Airline, and (b) request for governmental financial support from Flybe and its im… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Penn to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the results of their consultation Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases, which closed on 27 August 2019; whether they intend to publish any provisional findings of the panel appointed to conduct the consultation; and if so, when.  HL1670
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Baroness Penn to ask Her Majesty's Government what further consideration they have given to the recommendation of the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (HL Paper 378, session 2017–19), published on 14 June 2019, to extend the range of evidence accepted for the automatic prohibition of cross-examination by perpetrators of dome… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Penn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the further actions they committed to in their response to the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill have been completed; and if they have not been completed, whether those actions will be completed in time to be reflected in the forthcoming budget.  HL1672
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Baroness Penn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the application of VAT to tampons at the end of the transition period of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and if the application of VAT is to be discontinued, what plans they have to ensure that support to projects currently funded by the Tampon Tax Fund continues.  HL1673
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 February (HL Deb, col 2066), which organisations have been asked to contribute to their review of the safety of general aviation; and whether that includes the Air Charter Association.  HL1674
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 February (HL Deb, col 2066), whether they are considering the rules around cost sharing as part of their review of the safety of general aviation.  HL1675
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in the development of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to encourage the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles.  HL1676
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that railway franchise holders improve mobile phone signal coverage on trains.  HL1677
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology they use to monitor and track the human rights situation in Bahrain.  HL1678
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when they undertook their most recent assessment of the human rights situation in Bahrain; and whether the situation has (1) improved, or (2) deteriorated, since their previous assessment.  HL1679
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to track the effectiveness of courses in improving human rights improvements provided in Bahrain as part of the Integrated Activity Fund.  HL1680
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many images have been uploaded onto the Police National Database since 2017.  HL1681
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many images have been deleted from the Police National Database since 2017.  HL1682
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total number of images stored on the Police National Database.  HL1683
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the transformative investments to the A1 north of Newcastle proposed by the Prime Minister in his statement on Transport Infrastructure on 11 February; and when they will be implemented.  HL1684
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the bicentenary of the opening of George Stephenson's railway between Hetton Colliery and the River Wear in 2022.  HL1685
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds from central Government are available currently to local authorities in relation to (1) the integrated supported living model of adult care, and (2) Housing Benefit.  HL1686
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of current legislation relating to fly tipping in (1) urban, and (2) rural, areas.  HL1687
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the number of prosecutions for fly tipping by local authorities in each of the last five years; and what has been the success rate of any such prosecutions.  HL1688
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Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement that some railway lines closed in 1963 will be reopened, (1) how much track mileage is to be re-opened for passenger traffic on lines presently in place or used only for freight; (2) how much track mileage is to be re-opened for passenger traffic where track has been removed; and (3) how many stati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for Cambridge and Oxford colleges which award Junior Research Fellowships qualifying as funding bodies under the terms of the global talent visa scheme.  HL1690 [I]
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include measures to promote water sustainability and re-use in building regulations for the construction of new properties.  HL1691 [I]
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Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 July 2019 (HL17122), what measures they are considering to promote the take up of foreign language courses available to Government ministers.  HL1692
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how they define their Global Britain policy concept.  HL1693
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments are working on their Global Britain policy.  HL1694
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the Security, Defence and Foreign Policy review; when they intend to start the consultation process; and which stakeholders will be involved.  HL1695
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect the Security, Defence and Foreign Policy review to be completed in 2020.  HL1696
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they have allocated to their Defending Democracy Programme; which department is leading the programme; and which stakeholders they are engaging.  HL1697
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the BBC’s World Service as an example of the UK's soft power; and what consideration they have given to providing future direct Government funding of the World Service.  HL1698
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