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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: 18 January 2018
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures and checks are in place to ensure that payments made by the Department for International Development cannot be used for terrorism purposes; and whether any payments have been (1) withdrawn, (2) refused, and (3) prohibited, since the beginning of 2015 on grounds connected with actual, suspected or potential terrorism.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Video Conferencing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement procedures to ensure that children and other vulnerable defendants are not subject to video hearings in any situation in which pleas are discussed or entered, or evidence adduced.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Video Conferencing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ask the Judicial College to develop guidance for judges, magistrates and magistrates’ legal advisers about when video hearings should be used for vulnerable defendants; and what reasonable adjustments should be made if a video hearing is used, including the use of intermediaries.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Video Conferencing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to consider proposals for a methodological assessment of the impact of video hearings on justice outcomes, including appeals.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
HM Treasury
Public Private Partnerships
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the recent report by the National Audit Office and the collapse of Carillion, they plan to produce new guidance on the circumstances under which PF2 contracts should be used in future.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Home Office
Banks: Fraud
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is full cooperation between banks in the investigation of fraud.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Home Office
Bank Services: Fraud
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that victims of bank account fraud are compensated.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ivory: Sales
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that the proposed UK ban on historically sculpted ivory sales will (1) deter poachers in Africa, and (2) reduce the demand for sculpted ivory in Asia, India or the Middle East.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ivory: Sales
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the potential loss of value that will be experienced by UK owners of legitimately acquired sculpted ivory as a result of the proposed ban on the sale of such items; and what plans they have to compensate the owners of such items for any loss of value which they experience.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Freedom of Information: Scotland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the procedures being followed by civil servants in Scotland for maintaining records of meetings with ministers which may be subject to freedom of information requests.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
House of Lords: Staff
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many staff were employed in each of the following services of the House of Lords in 2010 (1) the Library, (2) Catering and Retail Services, and (3) all other offices and departments of the House Administration; what was the cost in each case; and what are the equivalent figures for 2017.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Scottish government’s proposals to ban plastic stemmed cotton buds; and whether they plan to consider similar proposals for England.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Recycling
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Annex 1 of the Communication from the European Commission, A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, published on 16 January, to what extent they plan to participate in (1) the list of future EU measures to implement the Strategy, (2) the list of measures recommended to national authorities and industry, and (3) the Pledging Campaign.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for International Development
UNRWA: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of refugees who will be affected by the decision of the government of the United States to withdraw funding for the UN Relief Works Agency; and what specific services and aid they expect will be affected.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for International Development
UNRWA: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are proposing to other UN Relief Works Agency donors to meet the shortfall in funding for the agency in the light of the decision of the government of the United States to reduce its support.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Prescription Drugs: Misuse
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the study by James Davies et al Long term Benzodiazepine and Z-drugs use in the UK: A survey of general practice, published in the British Journal of General Practice vol. 67 (662) in May 2017, which found that more than a quarter of a million people in the UK are likely to be taking highly dependency forming hypnotic medication far beyond the recommended timescales.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the Heritage Lottery Fund contributing to the cost of Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Education
Nurses: Training
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any evidence that difficulties in recruiting UK nationals as nurses reflect changes in the UK's higher education system in recent years.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Admissions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of emergency admissions to hospitals in England are for pre-existing conditions that could have been treated by a primary, community, or social care unit.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Admissions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost per day of preventable emergency admissions to hospitals in England for adults with pre-existing health conditions.
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