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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of warnings by the Burma Human Rights Network about plans announced on 16 January by the governments’ of Burma and Bangladesh to repatriate the Rohingya refugees who fled from Burma.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of whether the Rohingya refugees who may be returned to Burma from Bangladesh will be subject to refoulement to camps where they may be held indefinitely.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to UN agencies and Rohingya representatives before and after refoulement plans to return the Rohinga refugees from Burma to Bangladesh were agreed.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for International Development
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to plans to return the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Burma, (1) how many refugees they estimate will be affected; (2) when the plans will be implemented; and (3) what assessment have they made of the legality of these arrangements under international law governing the protection of refugees.
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Carillion: Insolvency
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to refer Carillion’s tendering activities and the connected actions of relevant officers of the company over the past three years to the Serious Fraud Office for inquiry.
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Department for International Development cannot be used for terrorism purposes; and whether any payments have been (1) withdrawn, (2) refused, and (3) prohibited, since the beginning of 2015 on grounds connected with actual, suspected or potential terrorism.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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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services: Per Capita Costs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost per day per adult of providing social care in England.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Education
Free Schools
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the contract for the grant to run a Support Service to the Free Schools Programme (1) when bids were invited, (2) where this was advertised, (3) when was the closing date for bids, and (4) what was the process for awarding the contract.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK's overseas development assistance can be spent by departments other than the Department for International Development according to the rules and regulations of the OECD.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK overseas development assistance was not spent by the Department for International Development in the following years (1) 2013–14, (2) 2014–15, (3) 2015–16, and (4) 2016–17.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the UK's overseas development assistance to reduce poverty is spent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Department for Education
Apprentices: Travellers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 15 January (HL Deb, col 432), how many young people from gypsy and traveller families have taken up apprenticeships in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of those people have accessed support provided for those with learning disabilities.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Magistrates: Training
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what training, if any, magistrates receive on the culture and ethnicity of gypsies and travellers.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Criminal Proceedings: Travellers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Keen of Elie on 19 December 2017 (HLWS365), who are the members of the Race and Ethnicity Board of Senior Officials; and how they plan for the Board to take account of discrimination against gypsy, traveller and Roma people.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Planning
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the specific responsibilities and accountabilities of the architectural adviser appointed, in March 2017, to assist the Government Chief Planner; and what key objectives are contained in the current work plan of the adviser.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Planning
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific responsibilities have been given to the civil servant, formerly employed by Design Council CABE, who has been appointed to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in order to assist the Chief Planner in improving design and place quality.
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Asked on: 18 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Planning
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have published a job description for the Built Environment Adviser that they are in the process of appointing; and how many people will be employed in the team of the Adviser.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries are currently designated as Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative Champions alongside the UK; and which minister is the designated champion in each country.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings have been held by representatives of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative Champion countries in 2017; what were the objectives of such meetings; what topics were discussed; and what was the outcome of those discussions.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Commonwealth Secretariat to ensure that preventing sexual violence in conflict and combatting sexual gender-based violence are discussed both at the Commonwealth Forums and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April; and what was the outcome of those discussions.
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Carillion
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 20 March 2015 (HLWS406), Prompt Payment – Implementing the Duty on Large Companies to Report on Payment Practices and Policies, whether payment practices and policies were incorporated into public sector contracts, including those relating to HS2, Network Rail and the passenger train operating companies, between (1) government departments and agencies and Carillion, and (2) Carillion and its sub-contractors; whether government departments and agencies monitored any divergence from those practices and policies; if so, which; and what payment terms, expressed in days, were incorporated into those contracts, broken down by sector or major contract.
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Carillion
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 20 March 2015 (HLWS406), Prompt Payment – Implementing the Duty on Large Companies to Report on Payment Practices and Policies, whether Carillion, in respect of its public sector contracts, reported on (1) standard payment terms, including any changes to these in the last reporting period; (2) the average time taken to pay; (3) the proportion of invoices paid beyond agreed terms; (4) the proportion of invoices paid (a) in 30 days or less, (b) between 31 and 60 days, and (c) beyond 60 days; (5) the amount of late payment interest owed and paid; (6) whether financial incentives were required to join or remain on supplier lists; and (7) membership of a Payment Code, as recommended in that Written Statement; and whether they will place a copy of Carillion’s responses to each of those metrics over the last three years in the Library of the House.
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Asked on: 17 January 2018
Attorney General
Prosecutions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 16 January (HL4533), in cases where there is no evidence at all against an accused, whether the CPS intends to drop the wording recommended by Sir Richard Henriques that "the case failed to meet the evidential test", and to change the Code accordingly.
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Asked on: 17 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Social Media: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the settlement of a claim against Facebook in the High Court in Belfast concerning nude photos of a girl aged 14 placed on the Facebook website, whether they intend to assist people under 18 to pursue claims for similar abuses against social media companies.
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Asked on: 17 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Parole Board
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what processes they use to review the performance of Parole Board psychologists; what actions they take to follow up instances of poor decision-making, judgment or performance; and whether they intend to conduct a study to assess the appropriateness of recommendations by Parole Board psychologists that sex offenders should be released in the light of whether those offenders subsequently re-offend.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take further action to encourage NHS users to accept greater responsibility for their health.
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Asked on: 17 January 2018
HM Treasury
Bank Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether retail banks are conducting sufficient checks on the credentials of people seeking to open an account.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Agency Nurses
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 10 January (HL Deb, col 182), how many of the 10,000 extra nurses on wards are agency nurses.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Nurses
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 10 January (HL Deb, col 182), how many of the 10,000 extra nurses on wards are qualified, registered nurses.
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, (2) Laos, (3) the Philippines, (4) Russia, and (5) Vietnam, regarding the announcement on 16 January that Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate Rohingya people; and what was the outcome of those discussions.
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Asked on: 17 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Standards
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce a national minimum space standard for housing, especially in the private rented sector.
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