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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: 14 December 2017
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers from overseas have been awarded qualified teacher status in the UK in each of the last three years, broken down by country.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
HM Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with international counterparts on the smuggling of illegal tobacco across the EU and into the UK.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place for members of the armed forces who present with learning difficulties.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how often they meet their counterparts in (1) Northern Ireland, and (2) Wales, to discuss the examination arrangements for (a) GCSEs, and (b) A Levels.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expand health service capacity in areas of expected high population growth.
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Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of their financial support to the Free Syrian Police, what assessment they have made of the use of funds provided to the armed Syrian opposition; whether those funds are supporting the administration of areas controlled by extremist groups including Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham and Ahrar Ash Sham; and if so, whether they will suspend all such financial support.
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Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 23 October (HL1710), which 16 Syrian councils have received funds; whether any of those councils are in areas controlled by extremist groups including Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham and Ahrar Ash Sham; what assessment they have made of whether those funds might be exploited by such groups; and whether they intend to suspend all such financial support.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the prospects for further ceasefires in Syria; and whether they consider local ceasefires to be as important as wider UN initiatives.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent further deaths from communicable diseases in Eastern Ghouta; and whether they intend to facilitate evacuation, if necessary by air, for acute medical diseases.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have so far been allocated funds from the Pothole Action Fund.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help local authorities detect procurement bid rigging in contracts for which they are responsible.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many drone drops outside prisons have been intercepted by the authorities in the last two years.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timescale for the reopening of the Oxford–Cambridge rail link.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many high voltage direct current interconnectors are in place between the UK and other countries.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to assist local authorities to deter fly-tipping.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many scholarships and fellowships have been awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in each year since 2010; for which courses; and in which locations.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new homes have been built in Ebbsfleet since the creation of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new jobs have been created in Ebbsfleet since the creation of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the Valuation Tribunal for England there are; and how many cases that Tribunal has heard in each year since 2010.
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to eliminate fuel poverty.
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