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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 by Lord Moonie
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the British Consulate General Los Angeles' office on external consultants during the Golden Globe Awards 2017, Grammy Awards 2017 and Academy Awards 2017; what were the objectives set for such expenditure; and what assessment was made of the performance of external consultants against those objectives.
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Asked by Lord Moonie
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on international intergovernmental co-operation to offset market failures in the development of new antibiotics.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to EU member states regarding the cost of new customs facilities and infrastructure that would be required in the event of a no deal outcome from the Brexit negotiations.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 18 October 2017
HM Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of tax income and public revenue that will be foregone as a result of the failure of Monarch Airlines.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 18 October 2017
HM Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the costs of repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines to the UK will be met, in any part, by HM Treasury; and if so, what assessment they have made of such costs.
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Asked by Lord Palmer
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on business resulting from the implementation, in their current form, of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.
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Asked by Lord Palmer
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to pause implementation of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive in the light of concerns raised by UK business, and in the light of Brexit.
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Asked by Lord Palmer
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which current proposals for implementation of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive, as consulted upon by the European Commission, go beyond the original intent of the Directive; and whether they support the implementation of such measures.
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Asked by Lord Rooker
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to holding a discussion with the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Poland and Germany, and the governments of the United States and Canada, on the difference in rates of neural tube defects in live births in those two groups of countries in order to explore the different policies which may have led to such differences.
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Asked by Lord Rooker
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they measure the effectiveness of advice given to women of child bearing age planning a pregnancy according to (1) socio-economic group, (2) ethnicity, and (3) regional location, and if so, how.
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Asked by Lord Rosser
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their recent response to the consultation on vehicle clocking means that no further action will be taken, or whether it means that consideration is being given to further action in the light of the responses to the consultation; and if it is the latter, whether the outcome of that consideration wil be announced before the end of 2017.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group in relationship to the Sheffield City Council investment deal with that Group.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what risks they highlighted in their due diligence on the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group; and what information about those risks they then passed on to Sheffield City Council in the light of their investment deal with that Group.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports did not work at ePassport gates in airports in the UK in (1) 2014, (2) 2015, and (3) 2016.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments are using facial biometric technology; and for what reasons and purposes.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, if the proposed consultation on the Sheffield City Region deal does not proceed, what alternative steps they will take to proceed with the devolution agreement.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of facial biometric recognition systems currently being used by police forces in the UK.
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Asked by Lord Shipley
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the comprehensive careers strategy announced in the Building the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, published in January.
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Asked by Lord Shipley
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that working people of all ages have easy access to information and guidance on the education and training they can undertake to reskill or upskill.
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Asked on: 18 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding restrictions placed on Palestinian families, including the welding shut of front doors of houses, in the occupied Old City of Hebron.
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