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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: 13 December 2018
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, why, admission to the UK was given to radical clerics who have praised Mumtaz Qadri for killing Salmaan Taseer, the former Governor of the Punjab; and what assessment they have made of the comments of Haras Rafiq, Chief Executive of the Quilliam Foundation, that advocates of murder should not be given public platforms in the UK.
Asked on: 13 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iran about the reported arrest of over 100 Christians in Iran.
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Paediatrics: Pathology
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on (1) the recruitment of paediatric pathologists in Northern Ireland, and (2) steps being taken to enable post mortems of infants to be conducted in Northern Ireland.
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Home Office
Antisemitism: EU Countries
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights report on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU; and what action they intend to take in response.
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
China: Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the preliminary findings of the Independent Tribunal Into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners Of Conscience in China on allegations of forced organ harvesting from prisoners in China.
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Bottles
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many plastic bottles they estimate are used in the UK each year; what proportion of these plastic bottles is recyclable; and whether cans and glass bottles do more harm to the environment than plastic bottles.
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastics: Packaging
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has a lower carbon footprint than other forms of alternative packaging; why there is only one site in the UK able to recycle PET for use in food grade products; and what assessment they have made of the absence of such facilities on the amount of waste exported for recycling.
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Pakistan: Chevening Scholarships Programme
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 December (HL11765), whether they intend to ask the Chevening Secretariat to make an analysis of the number of members of Pakistani minorities who have been awarded Chevening Scholarships in each of the last five years.
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the imprisonment of three Kachin activists in Burma for six months for peaceful protest and calling for humanitarian assistance for civilians trapped in the conflict in northern Burma.
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Cuba: Religious Freedom
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the sufficiency of protections for freedom of religion or belief in Cuba, and (2) the proposal to remove the right to freedom of conscience from Cuba's constitution; and whether they intend to raise such issues with the government of Cuba.
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Mesothelioma: Compensation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether the number of civil compensation awards in mesothelioma cases have increased, and (2) whether such awards provide funds for diverse treatments that are not available on the NHS; and whether they intend to review the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to ensure that it provides a similar level of awards and treatment options.
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Home Office
Refugees: Middle East
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Christian refugees are reluctant to enter refugee camps in the Middle East run by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); if so, why; what steps they have taken to persuade the UNHCR and its partners to intensify their outreach to groups that might otherwise be reluctant to register in the UNHCR-run camps; when Home Office officials last had discussions with the UNHCR about its outreach to such groups; and what was the outcome of those discussions.
Asked on: 04 December 2018
Department for International Development
Pakistan: Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 27 November (HL11513), how they (1) monitor, and (2) evaluate the success of programmes they fund in Pakistan; and what methods they use to check that aid provided is used for its intended purpose.
Asked on: 04 December 2018
Department for International Development
South Sudan: Armed Conflict
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate to have (1) fled the conflict in South Sudan, (2) been internally displaced in that country because of the conflict, and (3) died because of the conflict.
Asked on: 04 December 2018
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of official development assistance is distributed through faith-based organisations.
Asked on: 04 December 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Mesothelioma: Compensation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase tariff payments from the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in line with the Consumer Price Index; if so, when; and whether they intend to conduct a review of that Scheme.
Asked on: 04 December 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Mesothelioma: Compensation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount claimants to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme receive compared to those with mesothelioma who successfully pursued civil claims; whether the difference in those amounts has increased in the past three years; and whether they will publish details of the average pay-out variations between the Scheme and civil claims.
Asked on: 03 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iraq: Islamic State
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL11345), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely what assessment they have made of the finding of the report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Unearthing Atrocities: Mass Graves in territory formerly controlled by ISIL, published on 6 November, that from the beginning of 2014 until the end of 2017 ISIS committed atrocities resulting in approximately 30,000 civilian deaths and 55,150 injured persons.
Asked on: 03 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iraq: Islamic State
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL11346), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely what assessment they have made of the finding of the report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Unearthing Atrocities: Mass Graves in territory formerly controlled by ISIL, published on 6 November, that ISIS left 202 mass graves containing thousands of bodies.
Asked on: 03 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iraq: Islamic State
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL11347), whether they will now answer the question asked, namely what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about the finding of the report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Unearthing Atrocities: Mass Graves in territory formerly controlled by ISIL, published on 6 November, that that the Mass Graves Directorate has an insufficient number of experts to meet current needs.
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