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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 Aberdare
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide advice and support to schools in order to minimise the burden on those schools of providing good-quality careers advice.
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Asked by Lord Aberdare
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to encourage more organisations that pay the apprenticeship levy to use the funds thereby available to them to offer apprenticeships themselves.
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Asked by Lord Aberdare
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the falling number of apprenticeship starts, according to the latest published statistics; and what action they plan to take to remedy this.
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Asked by Lord Aberdare
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made towards meeting their target of three million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020; and what further action, if any, they plan to take to achieve that target.
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Asked by Lord Aberdare
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they envisage that the funding committed for careers leaders in their new careers strategy will be allocated to schools; what schools will be able to use that funding for; and whether schools will be (1) expected, and (2) permitted, to take on new hires for these roles.
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Asked by Lord Ahmed
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider reinstating touchdown-only flights from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the UK.
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from the Burma Human Rights Network of the discovery of mass graves of Rohingya in Inn Din village, Southern Maungdaw Township, and of BBC Burma reports that witnesses in Kanyin Tan village, southern Maungdaw Township, who reported that 28 bodies of Rohingya civilians had been discovered in a local cemetery.
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the authorities in Burma concerning the arrest of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo along with five villagers from Inn Din village whom they had interviewed.
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in securing full access to the Burmese districts of Rathedaung and southern Maungdaw to enable the UN fact-finding mission to assess reports from the Burma Human Rights Network of significant and lethal human rights violations.
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when Ministers first met with representatives of Carillion to discuss the implications of that company's financial position.
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they commissioned impact assessments of the failure of Carillion; and if so, at what stage.
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they most recently agreed a contract with Carillion; what contracts have been agreed in the last 12 months; and what are the details of those contracts.
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what quantity of fish and fish products was (1) imported from, and (2) exported to, (a) the EU, and (b) elsewhere, in 2016; and what tonnages of quotas have been sold by the UK fishing industry to fishermen based in other EU member states to allow them to fish within UK waters.
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Asked by Lord Birt
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to respond to the global scientific information contained in the television programme Blue Planet II by initiating immediate and effective global action to safeguard the wildlife and habitats of the world's oceans.
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Asked on: 16 January 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 January (HL4538), whether they will now answer the specific questions asked, namely (1) whether they have made any assessment of the finding of the report by Quilliam, Group Based Child Sexual Exploitation – Dissecting Grooming Gangs, published in December 2017, that 84 per cent of child sexual exploitation offenders who operate in gangs or groups are Asian, most of whom are men “of Pakistani (Muslim) origin”, (2) what is their estimate of that percentage, and (3) if different, on what statistics and records they have based their estimate; and if they will not answer those questions, why not.
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Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will put policies and procedures in place to ensure that female patients who want to be treated by female NHS staff are not treated by males who have self defined as female; and if so, what are those policies and procedures.
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Asked on: 16 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to set out the criteria, and tests they undertake, by which Parole Board psychologists and psychiatrists determine that a sex offender is fit for release.
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Asked on: 16 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, with respect to the advice of Parole Board psychologists and psychiatrists relating to a sex offender being considered for release, what level of risk of offending is considered suitable for release.
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Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which medicines and foods that are readily available over the counter, or in shops, can be prescribed by GPs, and whether they intend to ban all such prescriptions.
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Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average waiting time at A&E departments in each hospital in Greater Manchester in each of the last five years.
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