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Questions for Written Answer for 27 February 2020

Tabled on 26 February 2020 and due for answer by 11 March 2020.

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the European Conservatives Group of members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to invite members of the Alternative für Deutschland group to join its parliamentary grouping.  HL1909
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 19 February (HL1348), whether they intend to require that the line is (1) designed to accommodate rail freight, (2) to be electrified, and (3) to be provided with suitable rail freight terminal facilities to serve the freight logisitics facilities along the route of the lin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest cost estimate for Crossrail 2; and what proportion of its revenue is expected to come from passengers using HS2 at Euston.  HL1911
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Prime Minister on 11 February with reference to HS2 that they will "take proper control of what is happening at Euston which…has been a shambles" (HC Deb, col 729) and comments in the Oakervee Review of HS2, published on 11 February, that the existing planned construction of the approach in the form of a t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government who within the government will be principally responsible for delivering the Integrated Rail Plan described in the Terms of reference for an integrated rail plan for the north and midlands, published on 21 February; and whether, in "working with HS2", they will take into account the recommendations of the Oakervee Review of HS2, publis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist the Food and Agricultural Organisation's support to the areas in East Africa affected by locust swarms and breeding, in particular, assistance with early warning forecasts and alerts on the timings, scale and location of such swarm invasions and breeding.  HL1914
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests for assistance to support aerial spraying and other control activities to counter the locust swarms affecting East Africa from the affected nations; and how they have responded to any such requests.  HL1915
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia on (1) food security and agricultural livelihoods in the affected areas, and (2) their own programmes in (a) those countries, and (b) the region generally.  HL1916
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the additional £2.5 million investment made available to CrossCountry trains will result in more seats on services on the routes between the north east and north west, and the south coast and west of England via Birmingham; and when any such improvements will be in place.  HL1917
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparative risks posed to the public by (1) a limited amount of extension of third-rail electrification for which a commercial case exists, and (2) continuing with the existing alternative arrangements of using diesel trains or carrying heavy freight traffic by road.  HL1918
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to sanction further extensions to the electrified network in the near future to ensure a continued workload for the skilled labour involved in present railway electrification schemes.  HL1919
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 25 February (HL1519), whether they plan to initiate a further upgrade of power supply to cater for any increase in the demand for rail freight or passenger services.  HL1920
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 18 February (HL1314), whether local councils in their capacity as local planning authorities making decisions can refuse a planning application on the basis that the water and sewage company has not provided a system of waste water that satisfies the Environment Agenc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness D'Souza to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what percentage of total House of Lords hospitality venue bookings were for the Home Room in the last year for which figures are available.  HL1922
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Baroness D'Souza to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to appoint a specific individual or group to lead on international action to prevent any geopolitical and humanitarian crisis in Idlib.  HL1923
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Baroness D'Souza to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the case of Ms Gocke Tuyluoglu, the former director of the Open Society Foundation in Turkey; and what support, if any, they have offered her since her first arrest.  HL1924
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds they have made available for research into, and trials of, new antibiotics.  HL1925
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the challenges facing homeowners of properties that require an EWS1 Certificate in getting a surveyor's report within a reasonable time; and what steps they intend to take to alleviate delays in obtaining these certificates.  HL1926
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 25 February (HL1520), whether they intend to provide funding to the Northern Ireland Executive to enable it to sustain the Historical Inquiries Unit after its first five years of operation; and if so, at what level.  HL1927
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate the construction of the new Type 31 class of frigates for the Royal Navy, given the increasing workload being created by the situation in the Gulf and the imminent deployment of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.  HL1928
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in finding an export market for the new Type 31 class of frigate.  HL1929
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new Type 31 class of frigate will be fitted with an anti-ship missile system.  HL1930
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take following the evidence stocktake on the safety of smart motorways.  HL1931
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 24 February (HL1472), why they have no current plans to review Part Three of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.  HL1932
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Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty's Government how many engagements the Prime Minister has undertaken in his capacity as Minister for the Union since the December 2019 general election.  HL1933
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments of countries that require religious affiliation to be stated on identity cards or other official documents about such a requirement.  HL1934
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether existing and new freeports will be required to maintain the rules and precautions on plant and animal hygiene that now apply in all other ports; and if not, why not.  HL1935
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to increase the funding available for family support and preventative services.  HL1936
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Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, along with the governments of France and Germany, are drawing up any plans, as permitted under US and EU sanctions, to increase supplies of humanitarian goods, including equipment and medicines, to Iran in order to assist that country to combat Wuhan coronavirus.  HL1937 [I]
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to announce the appointment of a new Governor of Gibraltar.  HL1938
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government why the last Governor of Gibraltar, General Davis, retired from his role before a new Governor had been appointed.  HL1939
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts they have made during their chairmanship of the Commonwealth Heads of Government to ensure that the history of the Commonwealth is taught in UK schools.  HL1940
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been allocated to fund independent guardians for trafficked children in the current, and each of the last three, financial years; and how much they intend to allocate for such purposes in 2020–21.  HL1941
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of human trafficking who receive a positive conclusive grounds decision have (1) had the recovery needs assessment, and (2) been granted additional support; what is the average length of time assigned to victims under the recovery needs assessment; and how many of those who have been granted additional support… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of human trafficking in England and Wales with a positive conclusive grounds decision received discretionary leave to remain in 2018–19, and on what grounds.  HL1943
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of human trafficking with a positive (1) reasonable, and (2) conclusive, grounds decision are currently held in immigration detention.  HL1944
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incorporate EU Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims into UK law.  HL1945
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) non-EEA, and (2) non-UK national, victims of trafficking with a positive conclusive grounds decision have received support following a recovery needs assessment.  HL1946
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark UN International Women’s Day on 8 March.  HL1947
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much firms in construction supply chains have lost in unpaid retentions since they announced the review of the retention system in October 2015, subsequently published in October 2017.  HL1948
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional charging points are planned for installation on UK motorways by the end of 2020.  HL1949
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to synchronise any increased demand on the UK electricity supply in line with the growth of electric vehicle usage and the availability of charging points.  HL1950
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what the estimated increased impact from electric vehicles on the UK power grid system is likely to be by 2035; and what factors were considered in making that assessment.  HL1951
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they plan to take to inform consumers about the comparative carbon footprint generated by different electric vehicles in their production.  HL1952
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a standardised formula for assessing vehicular carbon footprint to ensure a reliable comparative assessment system that has public confidence.  HL1953
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact, if any, the introduction of electric vehicles has had on sales of new cars; and how they intend to encourage additional demand for electric vehicles through the provision of incentives.  HL1954
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what scrutiny they are undertaking of planning applications affecting ancient woodland and veteran trees.  HL1955
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a standardised UK-wide Tree Preservation Order mapping system and data set for local authorities; and if not, whether they have plans to establish one.  HL1956
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authority planners have access to a UK-wide database to identify land available for tree planting and natural regeneration; and how long that land is available for.  HL1957
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Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Health Organization's decision to welcome the government of India's decision to ban e-cigarettes; and what plans they have to implement a similar ban in the UK.  HL1958
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Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage they pay of the costs of the World Health Organization's secretariat for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  HL1959
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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 NHS hospital beds available in England.  HL1960
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to test all pupils returning to the UK from school trips in northern Italy for Wuhan coronavirus.  HL1961
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the security services are granted access to encrypted messages in exceptional circumstances.  HL1962
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest further in flood defences.  HL1963
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ensure that all apartment blocks with combustible cladding have such cladding removed; and if so, by when.  HL1964
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for introducing legislation to permit the legal ownership of personal data.  HL1965
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to those who wish to retrain but do not meet the stated criteria for the national retraining scheme.  HL1966
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government when the national retraining scheme will be rolled out across England.  HL1967
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people participated in the initial pilot rollout of the national retraining scheme.  HL1968
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Lord Wallace of Tankerness to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the report of Lord Dunlop's review into UK Government Union capability.  HL1969
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers in England and Wales of the rank of Assistant Chief Constable, or equivalent, are university graduates.  HL1970
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers in England and Wales of the rank of Assistant Chief Constable, or equivalent, and above are BAME.  HL1971
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers in England and Wales are currently serving on secondment abroad.  HL1972
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Chief Constables, or equivalent, in England and Wales served in another force in a chief officer rank before being appointed to their present post.  HL1973
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Chief Constables, or equivalent, in England and Wales were promoted to that post from the post of Deputy Chief Constable, or equivalent, in the same force.  HL1974
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they give to women's basketball.  HL1975
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been extradited to the United States under the UK–US extradition treaty of 2003.  HL1976
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people extradited to the United States under the UK–US extradition treaty of 2003 were accused of (1) offences related to terrorism, and (2) finance-related charges, including wire fraud.  HL1977
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of those extradited under the UK–US extradition treaty of 2003 entered a plea bargain in the US judicial system.  HL1978
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many payments under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 were made during each of the last three years in response to applications relating to persons who had been employed in the slate quarrying industry; and what was the total payment to this group in each of those years.  HL1979
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