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523687
registered interest false more like this
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answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Developing Countries: Health Services more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what form of evidence of incapacity is acceptable for Personal Independence Payments claims when a person suffering from severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, for which there is currently no treatment, has had no contact with any medical professionals or auxiliary practitioners for a considerable length of time. more like this
tabling member printed
The Countess of Mar more like this
uin HL502 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>The Department encourages claimants to provide as much relevant evidence as necessary to support their claim. The “How your disability affects you” form and accompanying guidance sets out the range of information that can help the Department reach a decision. The guidance for Health Professionals also sets out sources of further evidence which could help inform their advice to the Department, this includes family members, carers or anyone else who supports them.</p><p> </p><p>Before claimants are invited for a face-to-face consultation, all of the evidence held is reviewed and if, at that stage, a decision can be made on the paper evidence alone, then claimants will not be required to attend a face-to-face consultation. Alternatively, further evidence that might help inform the Department’s decision on the claim can be requested by the Health Professional.</p><p> </p><p>If the Health Professional cannot provide advice to the Department at this stage, or where there is insufficient or no other suitable sources of evidence on which to make an assessment, claimants will be invited to attend a face-to-face consultation. This gives claimants the opportunity to put across their own views of the impact of their health condition on their everyday lives, ensuring that decisions reflect the best evidence. In some cases we carry out consultations in the claimant’s home.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T13:47:27.48Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T13:47:27.48Z
answering member
4533
label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
tabling member
1861
label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
523691
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Brexit: Gibraltar more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 626), on how many occasions since its inception has the Pensions Regulator used provisions for dawn raids, and how it determines the circumstances in which such provisions should be employed. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL506 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-10more like thismore than 2016-06-10
answer text <p>The Pensions Regulator has a power to request information which it exercises regularly and successfully. This means that it is often not necessary to use the powers under section 73 (inspection) or section 78 (warrants) of the Pensions Act 2004.</p><p> </p><p>Under section 78, a justice of the peace may issue a warrant where there are reasonable grounds for believing that there are -</p><p> </p><ul><li>relevant documents which would be removed, or made inaccessible, from the premises, or hidden, tampered with or destroyed,</li></ul><p>or that</p><ul><li>an offence has been committed, or</li><li>a person will do any act which constitutes a misuse or misappropriation of the assets of an occupational pension scheme or a personal pension scheme.</li></ul><p> </p><p>This power is only used in extreme circumstances, and such cases usually involve suspicions of wider criminal activity. Since 2004, the Regulator has used its powers to either inspect premises or issue a warrant on five occasions.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-10T11:05:52.837Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-10T11:05:52.837Z
answering member
4533
label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
523693
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Community Housing Fund more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 627), whether they have the necessary power to pursue pension contribution payments from companies where the parent company is based in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, or Monaco. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL508 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>Each case will need to be considered on its own merits but the Pensions Regulator can use its anti-avoidance powers against targets that are based abroad. Section 303 of the Pensions Act 2004, governing the service of documents abroad, is intended to operate outside the UK jurisdiction The power to enforce any regulatory action against a non-UK company is likely to require the approval or cooperation of the relevant overseas authorities. By and large, these provisions should be enforceable in other EU and Commonwealth jurisdictions.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator has demonstrated that it is prepared to use its anti-avoidance powers against targets that are based abroad, as was shown in its handling of the cases involving Sea Containers and the Lehman Brothers group and a complex investigation into the Carrington Wire Defined Benefit Pension Scheme resulted in a £8.5m settlement with two Russian companies.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T13:48:07.91Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T13:48:07.91Z
answering member
4533
label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
523718
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading DfT OLR Holdings more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EU proposals and initiatives, of which they are aware, are being delayed for publication until after 23 June, and what are those initiatives. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
uin HL533 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-21more like thismore than 2016-06-21
answer text <p>Decisions on the timing of proposals for EU Laws and Directives are solely the responsibility of the European Commission. The European Parliament publishes details of current legislation under negotiation on its website.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-21T13:33:22.257Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-21T13:33:22.257Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
3153
label Biography information for Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
523708
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Mental Health Services more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the government of Iraq and the regional government of Kurdistan about the protection needs of people likely to be displaced by current, and proposed, offensives against Daesh, in particular women and children. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL523 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>The UK is in regular contact with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional government, and regularly raises with them the protection needs of internally displaced persons arising from the conflict – including the protection needs of girls and women. We continue to urge the Government of Iraq to fulfil its commitments to develop and implement plans to stabilise areas which have been liberated from Daesh by providing the governance, services and security necessary to enable the safe return of people to their homes.</p><p>The UK has committed £79.5 million of humanitarian assistance to Iraq since summer 2014. This includes cash assistance for vulnerable displaced Iraqis, allowing them to prioritise what they need most. Through the UN Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund, we fund a number of projects designed to meet the most urgent needs of displaced Iraqis including emergency healthcare, water and sanitation, and protection services for girls and women. Our partners consider gender related differences in needs when developing all Department for International Development funded projects.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T14:34:45.723Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:34:45.723Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
523681
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Anxiety more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the risk that President Joseph Kabila may attempt to change the constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to remain in power and not hold the elections scheduled for November. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL496 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>The Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is clear: a President may serve two terms of five years. In 2015 President Kabila made a tentative attempt to change the Constitution to enable him to stay on beyond the end of his current, final term of office but was rebuffed by the Congolese Parliament. The risk that he will attempt to do so again remains, but the UK position is clear: we do not believe that constitutions should be amended for the benefit of incumbent leaders. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), has repeatedly urged Foreign Minister Tshibanda to do all in his power to ensure the DRC government enables elections to take place in line with the Constitution.</p><p> </p><p>We remain concerned by the lack of progress towards elections in the DRC. Primary responsibility for organising the elections rests with the government and institutions of the state of the DRC. The UK stands ready to support elections. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for International Development, my Hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (Mr Hurd), announced in March that the UK would make up to £11.4million available to support the election process, provided certain conditions were met. But we have also been clear that individuals responsible for repression and human rights violations in the run-up to the election period will have to face the consequences of their actions.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T14:36:45.397Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:36:45.397Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
523682
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading HIV Infection more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) about reports that uranium from the DRC has been sold to North Korea. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL497 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
answer text As the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), set out in his Written Ministerial Statement of 8 March, which I repeated in the House of Lords the same day [HLWS571], the Government remains deeply concerned by North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and its sustained prioritisation of these programmes over the well-being of its own people. All states are obliged to abide by UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting uranium transfers to North Korea. We would take any credible reports of such transfers from anywhere in the world very seriously. We have not engaged with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on this issue. more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-20T12:41:01.533Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T12:41:01.533Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
523683
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Airguns more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised the recent murder of Khurram Zaki, and his campaign work, with the government of Pakistan. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL498 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>We condemn the murder of Khurram Zaki in Karachi on 7 May. As a journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki campaigned against sectarian violence and religious extremism in Pakistan. His murder is a sad reminder of the hostile climate in which Pakistani campaigners and journalists operate.</p><p> </p><p>Under its National Action Plan, the Government of Pakistan is taking steps to improve security by tackling terrorist and extremist elements. We continue to urge Pakistan to honour in practice all its human rights obligations and uphold the rule of law. During his visit to Pakistan in March, the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), raised the importance we attach to safeguarding the rights of all Pakistan citizens regardless of ethnicity, faith or political views.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T14:34:12.47Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:34:12.47Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
523673
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Hong Kong: Politics and Government more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the property ownership laws that require a Palestinian family that has inhabited a house in Jaffa continually since 1920 to pay the Israeli government 40 per cent of its present value to avoid eviction. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Tonge more like this
uin HL488 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>We have not raised this specific issue with the Israeli authorities.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T14:25:10.207Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:25:10.207Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
200
label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
523674
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Hong Kong: Politics and Government more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other EU member states about the role of international law in conflict prevention. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Tonge more like this
uin HL489 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
answer text <p>International law underpins all of the UK’s work on conflict prevention, as a fundamental part of the rules based international order. As such it is regularly discussed with EU partners both bilaterally and in the EU. In addition, preventing conflicts, in accordance with international law, is a primary objective of the EU's external action, which is discussed regularly with our European partners and the European External Action Service.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
question first answered
less than 2016-06-16T14:35:07.26Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:35:07.26Z
answering member
3474
label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
tabling member
200
label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this