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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: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the EU Emissions Trading System.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System if the UK were to exit the EU Emissions Trading System before the end of phase 3 of the system in 2020.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to avoid penalties for non-compliance being levied against UK operators in the event that the UK exits the EU Emissions Trading System before the end of phase 3 of the system in 2020.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide UK operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System with certainty on the future of the UK’s participation in the System, both for the remainder of the current phase and the upcoming phase 4, as well as on domestic carbon pricing and carbon trading policy.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of increases in the number of rough sleepers and people placed in temporary accommodation, they plan to assess the impact of reforms to the welfare system on homelessness, and, in addition, the effect of such reforms on the extent of food and fuel poverty.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Homelessness
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assess the effectiveness of local homelessness strategies and monitor their progress in reducing homelessness.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Pesticides
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of glyphosate and neonicotinoids in crop production.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Food: Labelling
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Red Tractor scheme.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Eggs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UK eggs not produced within the Red Lion scheme.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Pumpkins
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of pumpkins produced in England.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sky Lanterns
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to deal with the hazard posed by sky lanterns.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fly-tipping
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of legislation to protect the countryside from fly-tipping.
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Asked by Lord Laird
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what was the cost of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in Great Britain in each of the last four years; (2) what is the budget for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme subsidy payments for the next six years; (3) why a cap was introduced in 2016; and (4) at what cost level it is pegged.
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Asked by Lord Laird
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Livestock: Animal Welfare
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the food welfare standards for hens and sows reared in Brazil, Thailand, Canada and the United States; and (2) whether future tariffs on imported poultry and pork products from those countries could be linked to higher animal welfare standards.
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Leader of the House of Lords
Human Rights Joint Select Committee
Lords
To ask the Leader of the House what are the reasons for the delay in establishing the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.
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Asked by Lord Lexden
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Home Office
Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 October (HL1670), whether they have plans to ensure improvements to police training in order to improve the manner in which allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated.
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Asked by Lord Lexden
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Home Office
Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 October (HL1668), whether they have made representations to the Metropolitan Police and the Wiltshire Constabulary about public disquiet regarding the handling of well-publicised allegations of child sexual abuse; and if so, what replies have been received.
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Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department of Health
Drugs: Side Effects
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to ensure that adverse reactions to drugs and vaccines are reported and acknowledged, and that appropriate medical treatment is subsequently provided to the individuals concerned.
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Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department of Health
Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the families of children believed to have suffered serious adverse reactions to human papilloma virus vaccinations are treated with the same levels of dignity and respect accorded to families whose children have other medical conditions.
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Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Triclocarbon and Triclosan
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to encourage manufacturers of over-the-counter consumer goods such as soaps, toothpastes, and cosmetics to eliminate triclosan and triclocarbon from their products.
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