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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: 23 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the rape, torture, and murder by stoning of a retired Christian schoolteacher, Suzan Der Kirkour in Syria; whether they are seeking to confirm reports about who was responsible; and what assessment they have made of the statement by church leaders that “attacks against Christians, mainly women and girls, are frequent here now.”
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) action they take, and (2) sanctions are available, to ensure that local authorities meet their responsibility for the public inspection of financial records under section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the proposal to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies may have on business rescue support in the UK from April 2020.
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that their proposal to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies will have on the UK’s ranking in the World Bank’s annual "Doing Business" report.
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why HM Treasury has decided to not introduce a cap on the age of tax debts which will be eligible for secondary preferential status in insolvencies from April 2020; and what assessment they have made of the impact of this decision on the costs of insolvency procedures and business lending.
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why HM Treasury has decided that existing lending will not be exempted from their policy of making HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies; and what assessment they have made of the impact of this decision on the continued availability of existing business lending.
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the upcoming deadline for forming South Sudan’s Transitional Government, what steps they are taking to encourage the parties and regional powers in that region to (1) unify security forces, and 2) clarify, with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Dr Riek Machar’s freedom to travel back to South Sudan.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Health and Safety Executive will revisit its current work place exposure limits for formaldehyde.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of occupational exposure limits and maximum exposure limits for formaldehyde in the UK being higher than those of France, Germany and several other European member states.
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Asked by Lord Dholakia
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 10 and 11 year olds received a youth caution or criminal conviction in each of the past five years; and what proportion of those children were in care at the time of the caution or criminal conviction.
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Asked by Lord Dholakia
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children aged between 10 and 14 years old were held in youth custody in each month in the last five years.
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Asked by Lord Dholakia
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 10 and 11 year olds received a custodial sentence in each of the past 10 years.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to review the affordability of major tourist attractions for children from lower income families.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of live music venues to music tourism in the UK.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprenticeships were created in the tourism sector in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2016–17, and (3) 2017–18.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Home Office's strategy for ensuring that the families of EU national offenders and EU nationals in the probation system are able to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce the appointment of the next Commissioner for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 18 July (HL16984), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what assessment they have made of the comparative costs of directly elected mayoral systems and traditional systems of local government administration.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU nationals are currently, or at the latest date for which information is available, held in immigration detention.
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Asked on: 23 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, or intend to take, to ensure that EU nationals granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme but who fail to apply for settled status and become illegal residents are not placed in immigration detention.
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