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Asked on: 12 December 2017
Department for International Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to appoint a Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Russia.
Asked on: 12 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 November (HL3468) and 12 December (HL3864), what were the differences in the eligibility criteria for (1) former Heads of Service, and (2) honorary five-star officers, for the award of Long Service and Good Conduct Medals on 29 July 2014.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for International Development
Syria: Adam Smith International
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Department for International Development aid has been channelled through Adam Smith International in Syria to consultants outside Syria; and what assessment they have made of reports by BBC Panorama and The Times that those sums have been used to resource jihadists and Al Nusra, or have been lost through corruption.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for International Development
Syria: Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Department for International Development aid has been made directly available to support religious minorities and victims of genocide in Syria in each of the last five years.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Asim Omer
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 October (HL2092), what further representations they have made to the government of Sudan about the case of Asim Omer, following the ruling of the Khartoum Court of Appeals of 5 December to uphold the death sentence against him.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
North Korea: Refugees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December (HL3335), whether they were aware that a four-year-old child was among the ten North Korean refugees awaiting repatriation by China to North Korea.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
North Korea: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 December (HL3335), whether they accept the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry that (1) North Korea is a state "without parallel", (2) more than 100,000 people are in gulags, and (3) repatriation of refugees invariably results in them being sent to gulags.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
North Korea: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they accept the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1) that North Koreans who are deemed to be opponents of the State are routinely sent to gulags, become slave labour, are subjected to forced abortions, torture and execution, and (2) that repatriation of refugees invariably results in them being sent to gulags.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek to enshrine anti-corruption provisions in all post-Brexit trade agreements.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 11 December 2017
HM Treasury
Customs: Republic of Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the proposals in the Joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK's orderly withdrawal from the EU, the customs arrangements will be the same for goods and services transported in either direction between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (1) across the Irish land border, (2) by sea, (3) by air, and (4) electronically.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 11 December 2017
HM Treasury
Customs: Republic of Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the proposals in the Joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK's orderly withdrawal from the EU, the customs arrangements will be the same for goods transported in either direction between the Republic of Ireland and the UK (1) directly between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, and (2) via Northern Ireland.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 11 December 2017
HM Treasury
Bitcoin
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the increasing trade in Bitcoin, and of the case for greater regulation of the trade of Bitcoin.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 11 December 2017
HM Treasury
Bitcoin
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the advice provided by the financial advice market in relation to Bitcoin; and in the light of that assessment, whether any changes to regulatory or legal framework for financial advice are required.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Immigration: Law
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Law Commission in their work on the simplification of immigration legislation; and when it is envisaged that that project will be completed.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Home Office
UK Border Force
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (1) the budget, (2) the complement of full time equivalent staff that the budget of the Border Force was designed to support; what was the average number of full time equivalent staff in post for each of the financial years from 2012–13 to 2016–17; and what are the corresponding projections for the financial years 2017–18 and 2018–19.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Waste Disposal
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the amount of plastic waste being collected by local authorities is sufficient to prevent that waste degrading the environment; and which government agencies are (1) monitoring the current situation, and (2) planning for the future, in this regard.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Waste Management
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Department for International Development programmes for development assistance must include measures to limit the global spread of plastic waste and other waste that degrades the environment.
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Department for Education
Science: Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that school science practical classes are funded to a level sufficient to (1) stimulate school pupils, and (2) meet the requirements set by the examination boards.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Turkey: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey following the exclusion of international observers from the trial held inside a maximum security prison in Ankara on 6 and 7 December of Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yűksekdağ, joint leaders of the HDP opposition party.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 11 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Kosovo: International Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will contribute to the trust fund proposed by the UN Secretary-General on 26 May for community-based assistance projects in Kosovo.
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