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Asked on: 24 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Pilot Schemes
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Buscombe on 23 July (HL Deb, cols 680–691), what plans they have to ensure that Parliament will debate the report of the evaluation of the pilot to move existing welfare claimants to Universal Credit before regulations are laid concerning the full roll-out of managed migration; and how long that pilot is scheduled to last.
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Tigers: Hunting
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban the importation of tiger trophies to the UK.
Asked on: 24 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Hunting
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the importation of big-game trophies to the UK; and if they have any such plans, when they intend to publish their proposals to implement such a ban.
Asked on: 18 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Trade: St Helena
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of leaving the EU with (1) no-deal, and (2) an agreed deal, on the tariffs levied and price competitiveness of products produced in St Helena.
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Asked by Lord Moynihan
Asked on: 18 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sports: Climate Change
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement the principles of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Declaration and Framework; and what measures they intend to take in conjunction with UK Sport, Sport England and the UK governing bodies of sport to deliver the objectives set out in that Declaration.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Universal Credit payments begin within a week of a person registering for that benefit.
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Surveillance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that British investors hold shares in Chinese surveillance companies accused of contributing to human rights abuses.
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Surveillance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that UK investors hold shares totalling £800 million in companies that supply CCTV and facial-recognition technology used to track Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Ethnic Groups
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of China on the treatment and living conditions of the Uighur people in Szechuan province; and how they intend to resume their national dialogue on human rights.
Asked on: 11 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ministers: Languages
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what language training they provide to ministers with international portfolios.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 10 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Fraud
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent fraudulent applications for Universal Credit, in particular for loans, other than issuing warnings about keeping personal details secret.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 10 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Fraud
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent bona fide applicants for Universal Credit suffer penalties, if fraudulent applications are made in respect of them.
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Asked by Lord Berkeley
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Department for Transport
Passenger Ships: Standards
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Marine and Coastguard Agency’s Consultation on the Proposed Revised Technical Requirements and Associated Impact Assessment Resulting from the Review of Standards for Older UK Passenger Ships, published on 6 November 2018, what are the reasons behind the proposed departure from the 60/40 lifeboat carrying capacity.
 
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Asked by Lord Hain
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Cabinet Office
Economic Situation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) children’s centres, (2) Sure Start centres, (3) libraries, (4) Citizens Advice Bureaux, and (5) care homes have closed in England since 2010.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Pendry
Asked on: 07 February 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Football: Clubs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to local communities of local football clubs; whether they intend to provide funding to such clubs; and what discussions, if any, they have had, or intend to have, with the Football Association and others about the provision of such funding.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 07 February 2019
The Senior Deputy Speaker
House of Lords: Disability
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the present arrangements in the Chamber and Committee Rooms meet the needs of those with hearing or visual impairment.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 07 January 2019
Leader of the House of Lords
Trade Bill
Lords
To ask the Leader of the House when she will table the committee stage of the Trade Bill in House of Lords Business.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked by Lord Stunell
Asked on: 18 December 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Building Regulations and Fire Safety Independent Review
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Dame Judith Hackett to speed up the start of the next phase of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
 
Withdrawn
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Asked on: 11 December 2018
Department for Education
Universities: Freedom of Expression
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of section 43 of the Education (No. 2) Act 1986 in upholding freedom of speech on university campuses.
 
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Asked by Lord Lexden
Asked on: 28 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Civil Partnerships
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will carry out a consultation on the planned reforms to civil partnerships announced in September; and if so, when.
 
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