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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) environmental impact assessments, (2) child rights impact assessments, (3) regulatory impact assessments, and (4) equality impact assessments, have been conducted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in each of the last two financial years; and of those, how many have resulted in published assessments.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) environmental impact assessments, (2) child rights impact assessments, (3) regulatory impact assessments, and (4) equality impact assessments, have been conducted by the Home Office in each of the last two financial years; and of those, how many have resulted in published assessments.
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Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what enquiries they have made into reports that immigration detainees whose coach caught fire as it took them to a deportation flight were handcuffed by escort staff before they were permitted to disembark.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each government department, from July to December 2017, on how many occasions the Scrutiny Reserve Resolution was overridden in (1) the House of Lords, and (2) the House of Commons; and in respect of how many documents an override occurred in (a) both Houses, (b) the House of Lords, and (c) the House of Commons.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reason, and by whose advice, the overriding true and fair view requirement of sections 226(2) and 227(3) was taken out of the Companies Act 1985 on the implementation of International Accounting Standards; why this was then reinstated as section 393 of the Companies Act 2006, and by whose advice; when section 393 of the Companies Act 2006 come into effect; and for what years that requirement was absent.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 February (HL5518), how each director of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) was informed that the FRC was a public body; how they were informed, and how this was documented; whether they will place in the Library of the House letters of appointment for each director at the date of each appointment, rather than the recent general letter of appointment dated 30 January; and whether they will set out how a public body can operate as a public body if the public has not been informed that it is a public body.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 20 February (HL5467), whether the Financial Reporting Council changed the wording after my question (HL4627) was tabled on 11 January; and why the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 1 February (HL5095) referred to a position with future effect, not the past and present position.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 12 February (HL5280), what were the circumstances that led to the UK voluntarily adopting International Accounting Standards (IAS) for separate, company-only, accounts by invoking the option under Article 5 of the IAS Regulation 2001; and whether, prior to the UK invoking that option, the Financial Reporting Council or Department for Trade and Industry had anticipated the difficulties that this option would create for the use of separate accounts for capital maintenance purposes.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) first became aware of any problems with International Accounting Standards for the capital adequacy of particular banks; by what means the FRC found out about such problems; which banks any such problems applied to; and how the FRC responded to any identified problems.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 12 February (HL5214), on which issues does the Financial Reporting Council now accept the position set out by Mr Bompas QC; and in particular whether section 831 of the Companies Act 2006 is one such issue.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the UK is not a party to the Joint Investigation Team considering the downing of MH17 given the number of victims who were UK citizens.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current investigation into the downing of MH17 and the establishment of a tribunal in the Netherlands.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ascertain the wishes of the people of Northern Ireland on (1) the current political impasse over the restoration of a Northern Ireland Executive, and (2) the implications of leaving the European Union; and whether those issues will be discussed through the establishment of a Civic Forum, as provided for under the Good Friday Agreement.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following their grant to Tunisia, they plan to provide support, either in the form of funding or professional help, to assist with (1) upholding the rule of law, (2) ensuring the independence of the judiciary, (3) due process in criminal investigations and the prosecution of suspects, and (4) the establishment of land registers and adequate title to properties, in post-conflict and developing states.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to freeze the UK assets of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his close associates, until such time as the Saint Sylvestre Agreement is implemented.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to assess the impact of the UK leaving the EU on existing and possible future twinning arrangements between towns and villages.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reintroduce a 24-hour Accident and Emergency service at Cheltenham General Hospital.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the introduction of a regular air service to St Helena.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the collapse of Carillion may have on the numbers of engineering apprenticeships.
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the number of farm accidents.
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