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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 Freyberg
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the level of identity verification required to sign up to Universal Credit is adequate; what reviews, if any, they have undertaken to ensure that online applications do not require a higher standard of identity assurance than is applied elsewhere; and how they are trying to clear the current backlog of face-to-face interview appointments.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial arrangements the Careers and Enterprise Company have made for the expansion of Enterprise Adviser Networks.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who work for UK museums and galleries that are public bodies who are on the payroll and taxed at source but inaccurately described as freelance, following the Supreme Court ruling in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to those UK museums and galleries that are public bodies regarding the employment status of workers who have been employed for 10 years or more.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 19 July 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether on the day on which the result of a hereditary peers by-election is due to be announced in the Chamber notice can be given on the House of Lords annunciator.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 19 July 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether notice can be given on the Order Paper of the announcement of any hereditary peers by-election.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 10 July (HL8980, HL8981, HL8982 and HL8983), what action they are taking to ensure that NHS England makes clear to Clinical Commissioning Groups that the national guidelines on access for patients to Liothyronine (T3) are expected to be fully followed.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 4 July (HL8854), why the minutes of the meeting of the Regional Optimisation Committee South held in May 2018 in relation to the discussion on Liothyronine (T3) have yet to be published.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 4 July (HL8857), whether patient groups were consulted in relation to the discussions on Liothyronine (T3) at the meetings of the Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee held in January and May 2018.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to recognise World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day annually on 11 July.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the poor broadband speeds in some areas of the UK's conurbations, cities, and towns.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the arts in revitalising seaside towns.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable children to play a musical instrument at school.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extra steps to be taken to support the live music industry.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by the University of Central Lancashire, Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate, published in April; whether they have consulted with their Chief Scientist in forming that assessment; and whether, following that study, they intend to reconsider the efficacy of current flame retardants.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that all flame retardants are safe (1) in normal use, (2) during fires, and (3) at the end of life when they are disposed of.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why products labelled flame resistant do not contain details of the chemicals used in them.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whom the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consults for advice about the health and environmental effects of flame retardants; and whether that Department will make its final policy decisions about flame retardants available for scrutiny.
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is taking to promote innovation and market uptake of flame-resistant chemical-free materials such as mixtures of wool and cotton.
Asked on: 19 July 2018
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their calculation of what the cumulative cost of debt interest would be by 2045/46 if they only balanced the current budget.
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