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Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs: Misuse
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to convene an advisory panel to develop substance misuse guidance, focused specifically on older adults; and what lessons they have learned from the Welsh Government regarding the benefits of such a panel.
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Asked by Lord Eames
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the failure of the political parties in Northern Ireland to reach an agreement on the restoration of a devolved administration, what assessment they have made of the introduction of direct rule for Northern Ireland.
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Asked by Lord Eames
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government at what point in the discussions in Northern Ireland on the restoration of a devolved administration they will introduce direct rule from Westminster.
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Asked by Lord Eames
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a victim for the purpose of legacy issues arising out of the Northern Ireland Troubles.
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Asked by Lord Eames
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the introduction of an amnesty for crimes committed during the Northern Ireland Troubles.
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Asked by Lord Eames
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Borders: Northern Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future significance of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland if the UK leaves the EU customs union.
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Asked by Lord Freyberg
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Museums and Galleries
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to government-sponsored galleries regarding the disclosure of information on the operation and activities of any private commercial entities run by these galleries.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Cabinet Office
Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek the consent of Her Majesty the Queen for a full decant of both Houses of Parliament.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for International Development
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of (1) the living and health conditions of the 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, especially children; (2) the level of international cooperation in efforts to assist those refugees; and (3) the preparations to mitigate the impact on those refugees of the approaching monsoon.
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Asked by Lord Kinnock
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: China
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (1) the number, and (2) the potential value, of commercial deals concluded between UK companies and Chinese concerns in the course of the Prime Minister’s recent trade promotion visit to China that were the subject of (a) definitive commitments by the government of China, and (b) memoranda of understanding or similar non-binding declarations of intention.
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Asked by Lord Kinnock
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: China
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what impediments, if any, to conducting trade with China were identified in the course of the Prime Minister’s recent trade promotion visit to China as being caused by the UK’s current membership of the EU.
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Asked by Lord Lexden
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Education
Private Education: Radicalism
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to subject those independent schools that are outside the ambit of the Independent Schools Council to more stringent and frequent inspection in order to counter teaching of extremist views.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hong Kong: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister discussed concerns over freedom and human rights in Hong Kong during her meeting with President Xi Jinping on 1 February.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Turkey: Syria
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in Afrin.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in formulating a new nationwide clean air plan that reduces emissions from all sources.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tunisia: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have offered to the coalition government in Tunisia to help implement the new constitution and to ensure that Tunisia’s transition to democracy continues.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: Islamic State
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Islamic State groups and adherents are fuelling instability in Gaza.
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Afghanistan: Islamic State
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent number of attacks carried out by Islamic State in Kabul; and what is the impact of those attacks on their overall strategy for Afghanistan.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Cabinet Office
Carillion
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 1 February (HL5031), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely who were the Crown Representatives named for Carillion; what was their period of service; and what was their previous relevant experience.
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Asked by Lord Naseby
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospital Beds
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of NHS hospital beds on 31 March in (1) 1992, (2) 1997, (3) 2002, (4) 2007, (5) 2012, and (6) 2017.
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