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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: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January (HL Deb, cols 130–2), what assessment they have made of (1) continuing attacks on unarmed civilians in Sudan, (2) the regime’s recent use of live ammunition and tear gas fired at patients and medical staff in a hospital, (3) the proportionality of the regime’s response to protests, and (4) the role of the Sudanese military in the response to the protests.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January (HL Deb, cols 130–2), what assessment they have made of reports that Russian mercenaries were filmed participating in protests in Sudan supporting the Khartoum regime.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January (HL Deb, cols 130–2), when they last discussed with the International Criminal Court the outstanding charges of genocide and crimes against humanity brought against the President of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir; and what assessment they have made of the constitutional changes which he is seeking to end presidential term limits.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January (HL Deb, cols 130–2), what security co-operation currently exists between the UK and the government of Sudan.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January (HL Deb, cols 130–2), what assessment they have made of the international response to the call of the governments of the United States, Norway, Canada and the UK for Sudan to implement political reforms; and what plans they have, if any, to raise the current violence in Sudan at the UN Security Council.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 January (HL Deb, cols 130–2), what assessment they have made of the consequences of violence in Sudan for bilateral relations between the UK and Sudan; and whether the next proposed meeting of the UK–Sudan Strategic Dialogue will still take place.
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Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the debate on the Kindertransport Commemoration on 26 November 2018 (HL Deb, col 529), what estimate they have made of the cost to local authorities of supporting asylum seekers and refugees housed by providers such as G4S and Jomast.
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Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many child and adolescent mental health in-patient beds there were in (1) Greater Manchester, (2) Lancashire, (3) Cheshire, and (4) Derbyshire in each of the last ten years.
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Asked by Lord Bradshaw
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that additional rolling stock will be available by the time the new East Midlands rail franchise is let in August.
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Asked by Lord Garnier
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their report Security Industry Authority: triennial review 2016 to 2017, published on 7 June 2018, when they intend to introduce the regulation and licensing of private investigators.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be an opportunity for post-legislative scrutiny of the effects of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish an independent inquiry and review of the Prevent Scheme in relation to violent and non-violent extremism; and if so, when.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Buscombe on 14 January (HL12638) and the Minister of State for Employment on 10 February 2015 (HC223651), why they no longer record information on domestic violence easements centrally.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister of State for Employment on 8 January (HC Deb, col 181), what is meant by “testing a non-mandatory approach” in regard to the pilot of managed migration to Universal Credit.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Sudan.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the President of the United States' statement on Twitter on 13 January that the United States "will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about its economic policy towards Turkey.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Russia plans to establish a strategic military base in Zimbabwe; and what estimate they have made of which African countries (1) have Russian military bases, and (2) have made agreements with the government of Russia to establish such bases, on their soil.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the political situation in the North African Maghreb, and (2) the impact of further instability in that region on UK interests, in particular the impact on migration, counter-terrorism, energy security, and security in the Mediterranean.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Department for International Development
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in assisting the rebuilding of Raqqa; and what role they are playing in those rebuilding efforts, particularly in regard to de-mining and counter-improvised explosive device efforts.
Asked on: 16 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the ceasefire brokered by the UN on 18 December 2018 in and around Hudaydah in Yemen continues to be adhered to by all sides.
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