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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 June (HL15952), on what basis pedestrian access has now been restored; whether there was a revised security assessment conducted; and if so, what new evidence came to light in any such assessment to inform the change to the pedestrian access.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 June (HL15952), what (1) qualifications are held, and (2) training was undertaken, by those involved in the decision to alter pedestrian access around the works.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their justification for backing a scheme to ask students (1) how often they should change their sheets, and (2) how to cook a meal; and whether they have an official policy on the frequency with which sheets should be changed; and if so, what it is.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total amount spent on tourism by local authorities in each region of England in 2016–17; and whether they will provide a breakdown of any such estimate by local authority area.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the rate of youth and educational travel to become more competitive with global rates.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of youth travel in growing the UK tourism industry.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what return they expect to make on their investment in the #MyMicrogap domestic campaign led by VisitEngland and Airbnb.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the customer experience of long-distance railway journeys for tourists; and what plans they have, if any, to improve that experience.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the return amount from the grant-in-aid investments in (1) VisitBritian, and (2) VisitEngland, by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in each of the last two years.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the guidance issued on 3 April to all local authorities and health and social care trusts in regard to the EU Settlement Scheme and looked-after children and care leavers; and whether it is mandatory for local authorities to follow that guidance.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence was collected on the children who were non-UK European nationals accommodated under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, their family situations and possible vulnerabilities, before drafting the guidance on EU Settlement Scheme and looked-after children and care leavers issued on 3 April.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to evaluate the impact of the funding of support and its provision to vulnerable groups, including analysis of what future work is needed to ensure that vulnerable groups are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme after funding ends in March 2020.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are giving a guarantee to EU citizens who are resident in the UK that the proposals for settled status and pre-settled status will apply whether or not there is a negotiated deal for the UK leaving the EU; and whether they are guaranteeing that settled status will last for life once granted.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the number of EU citizens who (1) are resident in the UK, (2) will have applied for settled status by the end of 2020, and (3) will still be living in the UK by the end of 2020 without having made an application for settled status.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they plan to have in place to apply to EU citizens who are resident in the UK at the end of 2020 who will have (1) applied for settled status but not been granted either that status or pre-settled-status, and (2) not made an application by that date.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 17 July (HL16983), what are the job descriptions of each Trade Envoy; whether any assessment has been made of their effectiveness in relation to the terms of their appointment; and whether those envoys are accountable to (1) the Prime Minister, (2) the Secretary of State for International Trade, (3) the Foreign Secretary, or (4) another Cabinet minister.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 17 July (HL16983), whether the Trade Envoys are answerable to Parliament either (1) directly, (2) via a minister, or (3) not at all.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 17 July (HL16983), what has been the total cost of the Trade Envoy system since 2012 including staffing support and travel costs.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons were learnt as a result of the loss of English elm trees as a result of Dutch elm disease; and whether those lessons are being applied to ash dieback.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to develop a strain of English elm which is resistant to Dutch elm disease; and what success they have had.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, was the policy for planting new trees after the losses caused by Dutch elm disease.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Young of Cookham on 15 July (HL16842 and HL16843), whether they will now answer the questions put.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Financial Conduct Authority have monitored rates of return projected by peer-to-peer lenders over the last two years; and whether such returns were assessed as to the (1) reasonableness of the projection, and (2) business record and experience of those managing the lending platform.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) letter as part of the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 24 June (HL16212), whether the FCA was (1) informed, or (2) otherwise aware, that investors via Lendy Limited were creditors to a peer-to-peer platform; and whether such information could have been determined from the accounts of Lendy Limited.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many inpatient beds are available to the NHS for eating disorder patients in (1) England, (2) the North of England, (3) the Midlands and East of England, (4) London, and (5) the South of England; and, for each of those categories, how many are available for (a) children and young people, and (b) adults.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to launch the consultation on care leave for employees who are also providing unpaid care for ill or disabled family members or friends.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the cancellation of the High Commissioner to Mauritius' annual party to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's official birthday on reaching a settlement on the issues arising from the UN General Assembly resolution 73/295 Advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 of 22 May which demanded that the UK "withdraw its colonial administration from the Chagos Archipelago unconditionally within a period of no more than six months from adoption of the present resolution."
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who authorised the cancellation of the High Commissioner to Mauritius' annual party to mark Her Majesty the Queen's official birthday on 4 June; and why that party was cancelled.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what percentage of, Personal Independence Payment Appeals have been successful in West Yorkshire in the last 24 months.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that people in West Yorkshire have waited over 100 weeks for their Personal Independence Payment appeal hearings; and, if there is such a backlog, why.
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Asked by Lord Sheikh
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are they taking alongside international partners to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Asked by Lord Sheikh
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress have they made in promoting sustainable fishing in developing countries.
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Asked by Lord Sheikh
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to the developing countries which are most vulnerable to water scarcity.
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Asked by Lord Sheikh
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will put in place to aid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
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Asked by Lord Sheikh
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UN report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, published on 15 July, which suggests an increase in food insecurity in the developing world.
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Asked by Lord Sheikh
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current humanitarian situation in Eritrea.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the joint All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report by the APPG for Africa, the APPG for Diaspora, Development and Migration and the APPG for Malawi Visa problems for African visitors to the UK, published on 16 July, in particular its findings in regard to the level of refusals of short-term visitor visa applications from Africa.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the present total cost of HS2.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the UK’s future 5G infrastructure against cyberattacks.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK was represented at the EU28 meeting on cyber security standards on 25 June.
Asked on: 22 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement a national infrastructure strategy to increase business growth after Brexit.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 July (HL16851) that continuing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank makes the two-state solution more difficult to achieve, when they intend to recognise Palestine as an independent state.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of collective punishment by the government of Israel, and in particular, the impact of that policy on the level of fuel poverty in Gaza.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Prime Minister of Israel that the government of Israel will never dismantle any settlements in the West Bank.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported (1) destruction of crops, and (2) long-term damage to farmland, in Gaza caused by the use of herbicides by Israel.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is any difference between the treatment of Palestinians and Israelis who have committed a crime by Israeli authorities.
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Asked on: 22 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the demolition of homes and buildings in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Wadi Hummus; and what assessment they have made of any future implications of any such demolition for other properties in Palestinian Authority areas.
Asked on: 19 July 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government for each Government department, from January to June, on how many occasions the Scrutiny Reserve Resolution was overridden in (1) the House of Lords, and (2) the House of Commons; and in respect of how many documents an override occurred in (a) both Houses, (b) the House of Lords, and (c) the House of Commons.
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Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 19 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 July (HL16789), what assessment they have made of reports that attacks on unarmed Syrian barges occurred; and whether any British Armed Forces personnel participated in the chain of command involved in authorising and executing any such attacks.
Asked on: 19 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to make progress on the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement to demilitarise the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, in order to enable the start of lasting peace talks.
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