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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: 14 January 2016
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority can confirm that a stated aim of the proposed research to perform genome editing in human embryos by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute has been to better understand why miscarriages occur in some pregnancies; if so, whether they can disclose which specific assay the researchers concerned have proposed using to determine whether embryos subjected to gene editing might be either able or unable to implant in a womb; and if not, why not.
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has made to the Department of Health in the light of recently published claims that about 800 babies have already been fathered by a 41-year old man in the UK who has been an unlicensed sperm donor for 16 years.
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Asked by Lord Birt
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of buses, taxis, and other public transport road vehicles are wholly electrically powered.
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Asked by Lord Birt
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of vehicles operated by central Government, or the wider public sector, are wholly electrically powered.
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Asked by Lord Birt
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 November 2015 (HL3832), what assessment they have made of Eurostat's figures for comparative police numbers in EU countries; whether they accept that police numbers in England and Wales per head of population are at 64 percent of the average of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain; and whether they consider police numbers in England and Wales to be at an appropriate level.
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many writs of summons were sent to Peers in 2015, and how many were returned undelivered.
Asked on: 14 January 2016
The Lord Chairman of Committees
Lords
To ask the Chairman of Committees how many Peers have taken the Oath of Allegiance in the current Session.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for preventing destitution, in particular as it affects some migrants and asylum applicants.
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for pharmacists who support general practitioners and Accident and Emergency departments to be trained as healthcare professionals, rather than solely as scientists.
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Asked by Lord Mawson
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of the rail network in England and Wales that has a reliable wireless internet signal.
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Asked by Lord Mawson
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the wireless internet signal on the train network, in particular between London and Sheffield.
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Asked by Lord Mawson
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect on UK businesses, and (2) the cost to the UK economy, of inadequate internet connections on trains.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations are in place to prevent schools installing vending machines on their premises which allow children to buy sugary drinks.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations are in place to ensure that school dinners are of the highest nutritional value possible.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Wales Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether North Wales is to be included in the Northern Powerhouse.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the requirements for a city which decides to return from a mayoral form of governance to a Leader of the Council model, when the decision to have a mayor was made by the council itself and not through a referendum.
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Asked on: 14 January 2016
Department of Health
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Childhood Obesity Strategy.
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Asked on: 14 January 2016
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current procedures for processing official documents of homeless people wishing to return to their country of origin, and whether they have plans to improve those procedures.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Ministry of Defence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of reserve force recruitment was achieved in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
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Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 14 January 2016
Ministry of Defence
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of recruits to the reserve forces in the UK for the last three years for which figures are available.
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