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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 March (HL14551), how many HS2 trains and their destinations an hour per direction are planned to use the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre when (1) only Phase 1 is operational, and (2) both Phases 1 and 2A are operational; and what are the expected dates that Phase 1 and Phase 2 will become operational.
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Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai of the logistical needs of (1) Malawi, (2) Mozambique, and (3) Zimbabwe; and in respect of each, what has been their response.
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Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international relief agencies in order to coordinate assistance to the region affected by Cyclone Idai.
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Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the deployment of the British Armed Forces to provide engineering and logistical advice and support to the region affected by Cyclone Idai; and whether they have received any requests for such assistance.
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Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Home Office refused asylum applications because of (1) quotations used by applicants from the Bible which “are inconsistent with your [the applicant’s] claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion...”; and (2) a candidate “affirmed in your Asylum Interview Record that Jesus is your saviour, but then claimed He would not be able to save you from the Iranian regime. It is therefore considered that you have no conviction in your faith and your belief in Jesus is half-hearted”.
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Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that officials assessing asylum applications have sufficient theological information to interrogate claims made by those seeking refuge from persecution on account of their faith.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the sample size used to inform the design of the benefit cap policy.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rising tensions between Rwanda and Uganda; and what steps they have taken to reduce tensions.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Belgium to ascertain whether any of the interest accrued on frozen Libyan assets held in Belgium has been sent back to individuals or state institutions in Libya.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Belgium about the disposal of frozen Libyan assets held in that country.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what training Approved Mental Capacity Professionals will receive in supporting people with communication needs.
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Asked by Lord Goodlad
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure parity of conditions of service between employees of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Guidance and criteria for proposers bidding for capital funding to support the establishment of a new voluntary aided school, published in December 2018, what evidence they had of improving the diversity within the governing body of a school supporting greater inclusion and integration in, and between, communities.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to Banking Competition Remedies Limited in connection with its awards to banks in general, and Metro Bank in particular.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering asking, or have asked, Banking Competition Remedies Limited to reconsider the allocation of part of the RBS State aid: alternative remedies package to Metro Bank, in the light of subsequent announcements by Metro Bank of a short fall in equity capital, truncated growth in branch openings and short comings in financial control and governance oversight.
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Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Treasury
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they intend to take as a result of the recent concerns raised by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority in relation to Metro Bank and, in particular, that the bank may have provided inaccurate statements to investors.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU legislative proposals the UK has voted against at the Council of Ministers since 2009; and how many of those proposals were withdrawn as a result.
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Asked by Lord Rooker
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Gardiner of Kimble to Lord Cunningham of Felling on 19 March (HL Deb, col 1365), how that response is consistent with (1) their recent announcement on farming tariffs, and (2) the operation of Council Regulation (EC) No 5/2001 of 19 December 2000 amending Regulation (EEC) No 1907/90 on certain marketing standards for eggs.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions for hare coursing there were in the UK in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, (3) 2015, (4) 2016, (5) 2017, and (6) 2018.
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police reports were made for hare coursing in England and Wales in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, (3) 2015, (4) 2016, (5) 2017, and (6) 2018.
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