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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: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the execution of Hevrin Khalaf, the secretary-general of the Future Syria Party, constitutes a war crime.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the claim by the Syrian Democratic Forces that nine executions of civilians have been carried out since the invasion of Syria by Turkey.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with the government of the United States their condemnation of the executions of Syrian civilians by Turkish-allied Syria groups; and what plans they have to seek a referral of Turkey to the International Criminal Court.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the names of combatants fighting alongside Turkish forces in north-east Syria who are known to have affiliations with ISIS or other terrorist organisations.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the plight of religious or political minorities at risk from genocidaires in north-east Syria; and what action they are taking in accordance with the requirements of the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide to protect them and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in establishing international judicial mechanisms to bring those responsible for genocide in Syria and Iraq to justice.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund a UK-wide replacement for the Erasmus+ scheme if the UK cannot associate with the next programme in 2021–27.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to guarantee funding for student exchanges for the 2020/21 academic year to bring it in line with the funding that would have been provided by the Erasmus+ scheme.
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Asked by Lord Birt
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bulgaria about the behaviour of spectators present at the Bulgaria vs England football match on 14 October.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to finance rate relief for local authorities in relation to the provision of public lavatories in the present Parliamentary session.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making to enable those adults whose first language is not English to learn the language to a reasonable standard; and what resources they have committed to such provision in the last 12 months.
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Asked by Lord Caine
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote to the people of Northern Ireland the benefits of Northern Ireland forming part of the UK.
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Asked by Lord Caine
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefits to Northern Ireland of being a part of the UK.
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Asked by Lord Caine
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether promoting the benefits to Northern Ireland of being part of the UK is one of the core functions of the Northern Ireland Office.
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Asked by Lord Caine
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to strengthen Northern Ireland's place within the UK.
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Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the accuracy of the report on the internal ethics of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, produced in 2018, and (2) the suspension of aid by Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands to that Agency; and what steps they are taking in the light of the allegations of nepotism, bullying and corruption in that Agency.
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Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency has published data to the International Aid Transparency Index in order to inform their review of that Agency’s performance.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to launch the new national strategy for English Language learning announced this autumn; and whether that strategy will include an assessment of the efficacy of English for Speakers of Other Languages as an English language learning programme.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the funds pledged to the Integration Areas Programme in the September spending round will be used for the provision of childcare services for English for Speakers of Other Languages participants.
Asked on: 15 October 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the funds pledged for the Integration Areas Programme will be used for English for Speakers of Other Languages provision.
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