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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: 11 September 2018
Department for Education
Mature Students: Part-time Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of mature students studying part-time for level 4 and level 5 qualifications in England.
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Education
Office for Students
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue regulations to the Office for Students on validation arrangements under either section 51(1)(b)(i) or section 51(1)(b)(ii) of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Transport
Aviation: Drunkenness
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the risk posed to aviation and passenger safety by intoxicated air passengers.
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Home Office
Licensing Laws: Aviation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the Licensing Act 2003 to apply airside at airports.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Psychiatry
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consultant psychiatrists who have assessed or treated patients with mental illnesses remain responsible for those patients when they are moved to other hospitals or discharged; and if so, for how long.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Serbia: Kosovo
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the proposed agreement between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo concerning mutual frontier modifications.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Turkey: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any influence by the government of Turkey over the expulsion from several countries of individuals allegedly linked to the Gulen Movement; whether they intend to make representations to the government of Turkey about any such influence; and whether membership of the Gulen Movement is currently a ground for expulsion from the UK.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding the supply of medicine to the devolved nations in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which pharmaceutical companies, if any, they have been working with to ensure that UK stockpiles of medicines are adequate to cope with a no-deal Brexit.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any health organisations in the UK, other than pharmaceutical companies, are stockpiling medicines in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS organisations, GPs, community pharmacies and other service providers have been asked to stockpile medicine in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if not, why not.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that over-the-counter medicines will be available from local pharmacies and other retail outlets in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Military Intervention
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the report by Human Rights Watch Hiding Behind the Coalition: Failure to Credibly Investigate and Provide Redress for Unlawful Attacks in Yemen, published 24 August, that the Joint Incidents Assessment Team of the Saudi–UAE coalition lacks credibility and fails to provide credible, impartial and transparent investigations into alleged coalition laws-of-war violations; and whether, following that report, they intend to conduct their own investigation into the impact of air strikes and potential violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen.
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Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: War Crimes
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in its report Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014, published 17 August, that it has reasonable grounds to believe that individuals in the government of Yemen and the Saudi–UAE coalition may have conducted attacks in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution that may amount to war crimes.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Mefloquine
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the results of the research into the side effects of malaria chemo-prophylaxis referred to in their second and third six-monthly progress updates to the House of Commons Defence Committee on its report An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel, published on 24 May 2016.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the September 2016 consultation on necessary fire safety changes to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988; and what account they will take of the December 2017 Chemosphere article Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to warn the public (1) about sofas and mattresses that contain the toxic flame-retardant chemical DecaBDE, (2) that these items are unsuitable for recycling; and (3) that they should be disposed of safely.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fire Resistant Materials
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the development of materials and products that meet fire safety requirements without the use of chemical flame retardants.
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Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings they have held or attended since the end of the consultation on the changes to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 in November 2016 to discuss possible proposals; with whom; on what dates, and what, if any, were the outcomes.
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Asked by Lord Pendry
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Department for Education
Mandarin Language: Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative levels of study of Chinese in private and state schools; what steps they are taking to increase the teaching of Chinese in state schools; and what assessment they have made of the importance of developing Chinese language skills to the UK’s trade relationship with China post-Brexit.
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