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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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