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Asked on: 06 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of applicants for support under section 4(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, in the last year for which records are held, were asked to provide further information to support their request, broken down by the reason further information was required.
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Television: Licensing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in guaranteeing free TV licences for over-75s.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Home Office
Drugs: Decriminalisation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review their policy on illegal drugs, following the decriminalisation of such drugs in many jurisdictions including parts of North and South America.
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that children are not detained for immigration reasons.
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been detained in immigration detention for longer than 28 days since January 2018.
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who have been detained in immigration detention at any point since January 2018 were subsequently deported.
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Asked by Lord Rogan
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Art Works
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who made the decision to put a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen back on display at Stormont House; who was consulted before that decision was taken; on what date that decision was taken; and whether any additional images reflecting the work of the Northern Ireland Office were also put on display at the same location at that time.
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Asked by Lord Rogan
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Art Works
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used to decide which images reflecting the work of the Northern Ireland Office are put on display at Stormont House; and whether different criteria are used to decide which images are displayed at 1 Horse Guards Road, London.
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Leader of the House of Lords
Non-domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill (HL)
Lords
To ask the Leader of the House when they intend to proceed with the Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill [HL]; and whether they will lay a carry-over motion for that bill before the end of the current session.
Asked on: 05 September 2019
Women and Equalities
Public Sector: Equality
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the workings of the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Asked on: 04 September 2019
Home Office
Asylum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Refugee and the No Accommodation Network Missing the Safety Net, published on 4 September, in particular the finding that the Home Office is frequently failing to provide vulnerable people, including pregnant women, with the asylum support to which they are entitled.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 04 September 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Borders: Northern Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Interim and Final Reports, published by Prosperity UK on 24 June and 18 July, on future arrangements for the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, in particular for preserving the integrity of the Belfast Agreement and for avoiding the need for backstop procedures.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for International Development
Sudan: Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional aid, if any, they have allocated for Sudan following the signing of the peace deal on 17 August; and what conditions they have placed on any (1) current, and (2) future, aid to Sudan.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for International Development
Sudan: Press Freedom
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support a free press in Sudan through the introduction of journalism training programmes.
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Asked by Lord Balfe
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU Staff: Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to withhold any part of the money negotiated as part of the withdrawal agreement to cover the pension liabilities of present and former staff and office holders of the EU institutions in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Women and Equalities
Private Rented Housing: Social Security Benefits
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken research on the equalities impact of potential discrimination by lettings agents which exclusively prevents applications for private lettings from people who are in receipt of benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions.
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Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Fees and Charges
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the costs of an application (1) for limited leave to remain, and (2) to extend limited leave to remain, are calculated; by how much the costs of such applications have increased in percentage terms since 2015; and why those costs have increased.
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Asked by Lord Blunkett
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Leader of the House of Lords
Ministers: Correspondence
Lords
To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the protocol governing the timeliness and appropriateness of ministerial responses to communications from parliamentarians.
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Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for International Development
Sudan: Humanitarian Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the South Kordofan and Blue Nile Coordination Unit's Humanitarian Update, August 2019.
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Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for International Development
UNRWA
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is in line with their objective to make the UK international aid process transparent and accountable; and what discussions they have had with UNRWA about transparency and accountability.
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Asked on: 03 September 2019
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Parliamentary Estate: Sanitation
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether appropriate disposal bins are provided in the male toilets on the Parliamentary Estate for the disposal of stoma and other continence and personal care products.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Police Advisory Board
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will nominate representatives of the Police Superintendents' Association to the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; and if not, why not.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Police Advisory Board
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; what is the remit of that Board; and how that board is constituted.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Borders: Northern Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the EU on technical alternatives to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Business: Northern Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support Northern Ireland's business community.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence and recommendations in the report by Let Us Learn! 'Normality is a luxury’: how 'limited leave to remain' is blighting young lives?, published in July.
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Home Office
Right of Abode: British National (Overseas)
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent calls to restore the right of abode in the UK to holders of British National (Overseas) passports living in Hong Kong; and what action, if any, they intend to take as a result.
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Department for Transport
Passenger Ships: Standards
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Marine and Coastguard Agency’s Consultation on the Proposed Revised Technical Requirements and Associated Impact Assessment Resulting from the Review of Standards for Older UK Passenger Ships, published on 6 November 2018, what are the reasons behind the proposed departure from the 60/40 lifeboat carrying capacity.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Hain
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Cabinet Office
Economic Situation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) children’s centres, (2) Sure Start centres, (3) libraries, (4) Citizens Advice Bureaux, and (5) care homes have closed in England since 2010.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Pendry
Asked on: 07 February 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Football: Clubs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to local communities of local football clubs; whether they intend to provide funding to such clubs; and what discussions, if any, they have had, or intend to have, with the Football Association and others about the provision of such funding.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 07 February 2019
The Senior Deputy Speaker
House of Lords: Disability
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the present arrangements in the Chamber and Committee Rooms meet the needs of those with hearing or visual impairment.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 07 January 2019
Leader of the House of Lords
Trade Bill
Lords
To ask the Leader of the House when she will table the committee stage of the Trade Bill in House of Lords Business.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Stunell
Asked on: 18 December 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Building Regulations and Fire Safety Independent Review
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Dame Judith Hackett to speed up the start of the next phase of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 11 December 2018
Department for Education
Universities: Freedom of Expression
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of section 43 of the Education (No. 2) Act 1986 in upholding freedom of speech on university campuses.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Lexden
Asked on: 28 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Civil Partnerships
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will carry out a consultation on the planned reforms to civil partnerships announced in September; and if so, when.
 
Withdrawn
Asked on: 12 November 2018
Department for Energy and Climate Change
Electric Vehicles
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the additional electricity capacity needed to meet their target for diesel and petrol engine vehicles to be phased out by 2040; whether they will publish any such estimates; and what plans they have to ensure any additional electricity demand is met.
 
Withdrawn
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Department for Energy and Climate Change
Energy: Conservation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they are providing to encourage home owners to retrofit energy saving installations in their homes to lower carbon emissions.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 23 July 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
British Nationals Abroad
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether current Brexit negotiations will necessitate some UK citizens who do not reside in the UK, without property in the UK but in the European Union, to relocate to the UK after Brexit; and if so, whether they have plans to recompense those citizens.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 28 June 2018
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children have been admitted to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.
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Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 26 June 2018
Home Office
Police: Codes of Practice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what, under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code C 2018, is the definition of (1) a mental health condition, and (2) a mental disorder.
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Asked by Lord Pendry
Asked on: 25 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services: Finance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 19 June 2018
Ministry of Justice
Terrorism
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Department for Transport
High Speed Two: Directors
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Cabinet Office
Public Sector: Conduct
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Palestinians: Self-determination of States
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
Q
Asked on: 15 May 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Schools
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
Q
Asked on: 31 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Russia: Diplomatic Service
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government [This question has been withdrawn].
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 12 July 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Callanan on 10 July (HL Deb, col 1076), whether the re–evaluation of the HS2 scheme includes consideration of (1) reducing the scope of Phase 1, (2) the design speed, (3) the overall cost, (4) alternative designs such as proposed by petitioners at Wendover, (5) construction time, and (6) environmental damage; when the re–evaluation will be completed; and whether the conclusions will be published.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 10 July 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which agencies failed to report statistics on road casualties to the Department for Transport in time for the scheduled publication of Reported Road Casualties for October to March 2017; and what reasons were given by those agencies for their failure to report on time.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 10 July 2017
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to proceed with plans for Crossrail 2; and if so, what is their timescale for future development.
 
Withdrawn
Asked on: 06 July 2017
Department for Education
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the analysis in the report of the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the public cost of student loans that, for each £1 loaned to cover costs of tuition and maintenance, the long-term cost to the Treasury is 43.3p.
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