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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: 18 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Pensions Regulator will require trustees of net pay pension schemes to make provision for low earners to save in a relief at source scheme and do not enrol workers who would have to pay 25 per cent extra for their pensions.
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Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds they opted to automatically enrol low earners into a net pay pension scheme which forces them to pay 25 per cent more for their pension than they would do in a relief at source scheme.
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Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect low earners from losing out on tax relief in automatic pension enrolment.
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Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for ensuring that employers do not use net pay pension schemes for staff who earn below the personal tax thresholds.
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Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require employers and pension providers to report on errors in contributions paid; what penalties can be imposed if the wrong contributions are paid for workers in automatic enrolment; and what measures they plan to take to monitor the accuracy of pension contributions.
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Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions, if any, they have drawn from the discrepancy in turn-out between the Anglophone and Francophone regions of Cameroon in the presidential elections on 7 October.
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Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of the presidential election held in Cameroon on 7 October.
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Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average food budget per prisoner per day in prisons in England and Wales.
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Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison officers have been sent on detached duty to fill staffing gaps in other prisons in the last 12 months.
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Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department of Health and Social Care has spent on (1) drug, and (2) alcohol, treatment in prisons in England and Wales in the 2017/18 financial year.
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the appointment of Drusilla Sharpling to the Janner strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse with the requirement of impartiality as set out in section 9 of the Inquiries Act 2005.
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the issue of landlords acquiring bed and breakfast accommodation to circumvent the houses in multiple occupation licensing legislation has been drawn to the attention of ministers; and, if so, whether ministers will act to amend the applicable rules.
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information local authorities have provided to them on the number of prosecutions brought against private landlords for the letting of illegal housing provision in sheds and other buildings in private gardens.
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Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Respecting communities in International Development: language and cultural understanding, published in June, in particular its finding that the lack of attention to language by the Department for International Development and others can frustrate the success and sustainability of development programmes.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 18 October 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 13 July (HL9107), what was the cost of running the hereditary by-elections following (1) Lord Bridges ceasing to be a member of the House, (2) the death of Lord Lyell, (3) the retirement of Lord Walpole, (4) the retirement of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, and (5) the retirement of Lord Glentoran; and in each case which organisation administered the election.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 18 October 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 30 July (HL9783), what criteria were included in the invitation to tender for providing services to administer future hereditary by-elections.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 18 October 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 30 July (HL9783), what was the closing date for the responses to the invitation to tender for providing services to administer future hereditary by-elections.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 18 October 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 30 July (HL9783), where was the invitation to tender for providing services to administer future hereditary by-elections advertised.
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Asked by Lord Grocott
Asked on: 18 October 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 30 July (HL9783), which organisations responded to the invitation to tender for providing services to administer future hereditary by-elections.
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Asked by Lord Hain
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds Miss Teresa Fay Harris was refused entry to the UK at London Heathrow airport on 4 September, despite previous visits to the UK and her past immigration history.
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