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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what internal guidance, if any, was issued by Departments to give effect to the policy of creating a hostile environment for illegal migrants in the United Kingdom; and what evidence formed the basis of that policy.
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Asked by Lord Bowness
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost to the UK in hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
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Asked by Lord Bowness
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of security and policing for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
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Asked by Lord Bowness
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether private contractors provided personnel to augment the number of Metropolitan Police Service officers policing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting; and if so, how much was paid for those services.
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Asked by Lord Bowness
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, after the UK leaves the EU, UK citizens entering a Schengen country on a 90 day visa will, after their return to the UK upon its expiry, have to wait a further three months before they are able to enter another Schengen country without becoming an illegal migrant in that country; and if so, what action they propose to avoid that outcome.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce the reduced stake for category B2 gaming machines, known as fixed odds betting terminals.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the key responses to the gambling consultation which was launched on 31 October 2017.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to increase the provision of services for gambling addiction, in particular in connection with mental health services.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the lifting in 2014 of the Schengen visa requirement for visitors from Peru and of the introduction by Peru in 2016 of biometric passports which comply with international security and control standards, whether the forthcoming Home Office review of visa requirements will restore the pre-1996 visa exemption for visitors to the UK from Peru.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of benefits to the UK from Israeli advances in medicine, science and technology.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ensure full transparency of local authority funding allocations so that councils can see why their funding allocations are what they are, as they seek to set new funding baselines as part of the local authority Fair Funding Review.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) annual budget, and (2) spend, for section 7A public health monies for the years (a) 2014–15, (b) 2015–16, and (c) 2016–17; and what is the budget and projected spend for 2017–18.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of undelivered contracted units of dental activity in NHS dental contracts in England in each year from 2012–13 to 2016–17.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Ministry of Defence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that the Royal Navy has the capability to launch cruise missiles from surface ships.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds allocated to the Northern Ireland Executive for specific purposes, outwith the Block Grant, remained unspent at the end of the financial year 2017–18.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 16 April, whether they will now answer the question asked, namely whether in response to the representations made to them, they, or somebody acting on their behalf, has given a written or verbal undertaking to Sinn Fein not to include a statute of limitations in the forthcoming consultation into legacy issues in Northern Ireland.
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue guidance to the Financial Conduct Authority when it takes over responsibility for the regulation of claims management companies from the Ministry of Justice.
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government from when a national data opt-out expressed directly to NHS Digital will apply to data shared for secondary uses by a GP practice and be visible to GP practices.
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which stakeholders were asked, prior to 16 April, to comment on the content of a draft of any letter to patients for the national data opt-out programme.
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK not remaining part of the European Medicines Agency after Brexit on (1) the safety of new drugs, and (2) the safety of drugs targeted at rare diseases.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the governance and collapse of Carillion will be considered by the Financial Reporting Council as part of their review of the UK Corporate Governance Code; and when that review will be published.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of Carillion’s claim in its 2016 Annual Report that in the event of extreme downside scenarios the Company “will be able to continue in operation” for a three year period, whether they plan to take steps to improve the accuracy of annual reporting and accountability for inaccurate company reporting.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the framework for the regulation of corporate advisory firms undertaking board performance evaluations; and what assesment they have made of the effectiveness of that regulation.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of Carillion’s claim in its 2016 Annual Report that the Board and Committee performance evaluation conducted by Linstock Limited “confirmed that the Board, each of its Committees and the Directors continue to be highly effective”, whether they plan to take steps to improve (1) the effectiveness and accountability of board performance evaluations and (2) regulation of firms undertaking those evaluations.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans to improve the availability of working capital to businesses in financial distress; and what assessment have they made of debtor-in-possession financing models such as those available in the United States.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any UK companies or customers have been affected by data breaches or malware attacks linked to hacking group Fin7.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiations to secure contributions to the cost of repatriating stranded passengers of Monarch airlines from related parties of the airline, including Greybull Capital.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the conclusion of the report of the National Audit Office Investigation into the Department for Transport’s decision to cancel three rail electrification projects, published on 29 March, that the main reason for the cancellation of rail electrification projects was affordability.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their analysis of responses to proposals for a diesel scrappage scheme, following the consultation period which ended in November 2017.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in the last three months the new GWR Intercity Express Trains which operate on the Paddington to Cardiff and Swansea route (1) have been cancelled because of technical problems, and (2) have run in reduced five carriage formation; and what are each of those figures as a percentage of the total number of trains due to run.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in the last three months have GWR services between Paddington to Cardiff and Swansea been cancelled for lack of train crew; and what are each of those figures as a percentage of the total number of trains due to run.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Transport Police are able to access additional funding to pay for a portion of the costs of policing transport for big events such as football matches, when local police services are able to claim such funding.
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Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Operational Delivery Networks have made against the Hepatitis C 2020 Impact Targets set out in the World Health Organisation’s Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016–21 and Appendix 1 of the Hepatitis C in England 2017 report.
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the increase in February of the standard allowance for asylum seekers from £36.95 a week to £37.75 a week is sufficient to meet living costs.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies, bodies or individuals were given contracts to deliver any part of the technical assistance programme for Bahrain in the 2017–18 financial year.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who have had a general anaesthetic for dental extraction had been (1) registered with, and (2) treated by, a dentist in the previous two years.
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Asked by Lord Vinson
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 19 March (HL6520), why they have not estimated the number of tax residency self-certification forms that have been completed or will be completed annually in future; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which a full regulatory impact assessment can be prepared without such estimates.
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Asked by Lord Vinson
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 28 March (HL6178), given that litigation costs are a minor proportion of legal fees, what plans they have, if any, to begin collecting data on the uniformity of hourly rates charged throughout the legal profession.
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Asked by Lord Vinson
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report from the Competition and Markets Authority Legal services market study published in December 2016, what plans they have, if any, to ask the Competition and Markets Authority to suggest to law firms that they should publish their hourly rates online.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Middle East: Genocide
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the view expressed by the then Prime Minister in 2016, speaking about events in Syria and northern Iraq, that “there is a very strong case here for saying that it is genocide, and I hope that it will be portrayed and spoken of as such”, what assessment they have made of the extent to which actions taken in those areas constitute genocide.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Crimes against Humanity: Prosecutions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for ensuring that the perpetrators of crimes such as gross violations of human rights, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity face the prospect of being held to account, and that any final settlement does not include amnesties, in order to deter future genocides and crimes against humanity.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sudan: Chemical Weapons
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds they decided to take no action against Sudan following Amnesty International’s report of the use of chemical weapons in Jebel Marra.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants: Private Rented Housing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many checks by private landlords have been carried out on private tenants under the terms of the Housing and Planning Act 2016; and how many of those checks have led to immigration enforcement action being taken by the immigration authorities.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Home Office
Private Rented Housing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to private landlords completing checks on potential tenants under the terms of the Housing and Planning Act 2016; and what measures are in place to ensure that landlord checks are not used to harass tenants.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Females
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of women in England who are accessing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Females
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to tackle the late diagnosis of women infected with HIV in England.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Females
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to increase access to HIV prevention interventions for women in England.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Home Office
Madeleine McCann
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 December 2017 (HL4308), whether any request was made by the Metropolitan Police Service to extend the funding for Operation Grange beyond the end of March 2018; and if so, by how much, and over what period.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Cabinet Office
Suicide: Males
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many men under the age of 45 died as a result of suicide in each of the last ten years for which figures are available.
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Company Accounts
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) used the solicitor Richard Fleck to prepare the FRC’s guidance on true and fair view in 2011 and to instruct counsel; in appointing Richard Fleck, what account was taken of his having been (1) previously a practice partner at Herbert Smith advising KPMG and PwC on matters including auditor liability, and (2) a member of the FRC Board or predecessor body board since 1986; and whether that board membership was in compliance with the FRC’s own criteria for independence of nine years.
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