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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 Berkeley
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to review the National Policy Statement (NPS) for Waste Water, published on 9 February 2013, in the light of the statement in that NPS that it was expected that the Secretary of State would review the NPS approximately every five years.
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Asked by Lord Bird
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prioritise preventative policy-making in their poverty and early intervention programmes.
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Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to make provision for the introduction of national or local standards to regulate the re-homing of dogs which could pose a risk to their new owners.
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Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to make provision for the introduction of national or local standards to oblige dog re-homing centres to make owners aware of any previous history of attacks on humans or other dogs by any dog being considered for re-homing.
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Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that the UN Population Fund’s requirement for $2.996 million to provide sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services in Greece, as set out on page 66 of the UNHCR Regional Refugee and Migration Response Plan for Europe January to December 2017, is met; and how much they will contribute towards meeting this requirement.
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Asked by Lord Watts
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of reoffending rates for (1) ex-prisoners who have undertaken enterprise courses, and (2) those who have not.
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Asked by Lord Watts
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 10 January (HL Deb, col 1856), what steps they are taking to enable more private, local authority and charity investment in social enterprises which support or employ ex-prisoners.
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Asked by Lord Wills
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government for each year since the passing of the Mesothelioma Act 2014 (1) how much was raised through the provision in the Act to impose a levy on employers' insurers to provide compensation to sufferers from mesothelioma, (2) how much of that sum was paid out in compensation to sufferers from mesothelioma, and (3) what happened to any difference between the sum raised through the levy and the amount paid out in compensation.
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Asked by Lord Wills
Asked on: 24 February 2017
HM Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 20 February (HL5284), what assessment they have made of the impact of HM Revenue and Customs enforcement actions in relation to money laundering.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether a new International Organisation for Migration dedicated centre, in or near Tripoli, Libya, would help to identify genuine refugees and encourage other migrants to return home.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the £30 million of aid for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean region, announced by the Prime Minister on 3 February, will be divided between the International Organization for Migration, the UNHCR, and other groups.
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Asked by Lord Laird
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have received compensation following a period of detention at Guantanamo Bay; and how much has been paid out in total.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been lent by the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to local authorities for the acquisition of commercial real estate for investment purposes, from 2011 to 2016 inclusive; and how the PWLB is monitoring the risk from such investments.
Asked on: 24 February 2017
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 1 February (HL 4961), whether he will give an instruction for the unblocking of the Religion of Peace website on the Parliamentary Estate; and if not, why not.
Asked on: 24 February 2017
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the average cost to the British taxpayer, including salary and expenses but excluding building maintenance costs, of a member of the House of Lords.
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost to the British taxpayer, including salary and expenses but excluding building maintenance costs, of a UK Member of the European Parliament.
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Asked by Lord Rennard
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for public consultation on the labelling of low alcohol, alcohol-free, non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised drinks as part of the Food Information Regulations 2014.
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Asked by Lord Rennard
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the new guidelines to update the Food Information Regulations 2014 are reflective of modern manufacturing processes, provide consumers with the information they need to make informed decisions, and eliminate confusion for retailers.
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Asked by Lord Rennard
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider simplifying the Food Information Regulations 2014 to allow UK producers to label their 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume or lower products alcohol-free in line with other countries.
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Asked by Lord Rennard
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the sale of more low-alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks in licensed venues; and what assessment they have made of the potential health benefits of such a policy.
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