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Questions for Written Answer for 11 October 2017

Tabled on 10 October 2017 and due for answer by 24 October 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Christian, Yazidi and Shia minorities in Iraq are considered as vulnerable people in terms of UK humanitarian assistance; and if so, how this status is factored into UK aid programming both in Iraq and countries hosting refugees from these communities.  HL1803
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UNHCR’s vulnerability criteria in relation to refugees from Iraq or Syria; and whether they consider that religious identity should be included as a factor in this assessment.  HL1804
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the UNHCR’s management of the relocation of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the UK under various schemes; and, in the light of the use of Official Development Assistance to fund the costs of refugee resettlement, whether they have any plans to make this assessment public.  HL1805
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UNHCR’s consideration of religious identity in their criteria for the referral of refugees from Iraq and Syria for resettlement in the UK under various schemes.  HL1806
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of resettlement programmes for refugees from Iraq and Syria in countries such as Canada and Australia; and whether any lessons can be learned from these programmes in relation to refugees who have experienced religious persecution.  HL1807
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UNHCR’s processes for screening refugees from Syria; and whether these processes are sufficiently robust to prevent Daesh fighters from being selected for resettlement.  HL1808
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 September (HL 1590), whether the OECD's Development Assistance Committee has legally binding rules or only recommendations which no country is obliged to follow.  HL1809
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 20 September, what discussions they have held with the police about the enforcement of the Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways Regulations 1988; and in particular the legal requirements that (1) no power chair or mobility scooter must exceed 4mph whilst driven on a pavement, (2) the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, whether they have made any assessment of the relative risks to human health of (1) horse meat in particular from the EU which has had illegal penicillin treatment, (2) pig meat from the Netherlands and Germany infected with Hepatitis E, (3) eggs from the Netherlands contaminated with fripronil, (4) chicken meat past its use by date… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the urgent need, in the wake of recent hurricanes, to clear trees, make the maximum use of their timber, and to train local communities in those skills, what plans they have to support on a permanent basis organisations like DART International UK which stand ready to carry out this work.  HL1812
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns raised by Public Health England in their report Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV, published in August, what assessment they have made of the impact of fragmented commissioning on the delivery of (1) all methods of contraception, and (2) very long-acting reversible contraceptives.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns raised by Public Health England in their report, Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV, published in August, what steps they are taking to ensure full and open access, regardless of user age or place of residence, to (1) all methods of contraception, and (2) very long-acting reversible co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns raised by Public Health England in their report, Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV, published in August, what steps they are taking to develop clear national guidance on cross-charging between local authorities for contraceptive services.  HL1815
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns raised by Public Health England in their report, Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV, published in August, what steps they are taking to reduce vacancy levels of staff trained to fit very long-acting reversible contraceptives in (1) general practice, and (2) community sexual and reprodu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of reference and timescale for the review of travel vaccinations being undertaken by Public Health England.  HL1817
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the issue of human rights with the government of Saudi Arabia; and if so, what response they have received.  HL1818
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent statements made by the World Meteorological Organization regarding long-term trends in relation to the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones.  HL1819
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the admission of foreign academics to the UK, the provision of evidence in cases where foreign academics are denied entry to the UK, and whether there has been a decline in the numbers of foreign academics visiting the UK.  HL1820
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the loss of EU funding available for cultural and adult education programmes after the UK leaves the EU, whether they are reducing the amount of funds available each year to local communities for the provision of such programmes; and, if so, by how much.  HL1821
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns expressed by the UK scientific community regarding future participation in EU funded research projects, what funds will be made available to UK research teams following Brexit.  HL1822
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of data in VOICES Surveys showing that less than one fifth of respondents felt that patients dying at home had their pain controlled completely, all of the time, during the last two days of life.  HL1823
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Macmillan Cancer Support over the potential withdrawal of the Fentanyl citrate drug for dying cancer patients who need urgent pain relief.  HL1824
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they have had with patients and carers to inform NHS England's proposals to restrict prescribing of fast-acting Fentanyl for cancer patients.  HL1825
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will issue guidance for departments on how to incorporate business appointment rules into staff terms and conditions.  HL1826
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to amend the business appointment rules to make clear that applications can be rejected.  HL1827
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications made in accordance with the business appointment rules have been rejected since 2010.  HL1828
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure access for prisoners to chaplains, to support better links with prisoners' families.  HL1829
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what new initiatives they plan to pursue to support those prisoners with few or no family contacts.  HL1830
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will re-examine the report A Place of Redemption, published by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales in 2004, in the light of the most recent safety in custody statistics.  HL1831
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what use, if any, they have made of powers under (1) Part 7 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, (2) Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996, (3) the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, and (4) the Empty Dwelling Management Orders, to provide permanent re-housing for households unintentionally homeless because of the Grenfell Tower fire.  HL1832
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of those who will be working at HMRC's new building at 3 Arena Central in Birmingham will be able to store their bikes in the building; and whether there are any plans to increase the number of HMRC employees cycling to that workplace, in line with their active travel strategy.  HL1833
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that all new housing in the public sector is safe, of good quality, with immediate access to environmentally attractive space, close to full shopping amenities and public services, and with adequate and accessible public transport.  HL1834
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that all new housing in the public sector is well-designed to avoid stigmatisation.  HL1835
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that, within their 25 year plan for the environment, the ways in which they will protect and enhance the special qualities of the National Parks will be spelt out, in particular their commitment to the principle that those special qualities should take precedence over other conflicting demands for econ… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will support English Nature in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities for designated landscapes.  HL1837
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that all important areas for biodiversity and wildlife, including those within National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are protected and maintained when the UK leaves the EU.  HL1838
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that, in arrangements for strategic planning in the UK, all proposed developments in areas adjacent to National Parks are required to take into account any negative consequences for the special qualities of National Parks, in particular their scenic views.  HL1839
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for citizenship ceremonies was used to fund their delivery of ceremonies in each month since 2010.  HL1840
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for citizenship ceremonies was used to fund other border, immigration, and citizenship services in each month since 2010.  HL1841
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for citizenship ceremonies was not used to fund border, immigration, or citizenship services in each month since 2010.  HL1842
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for citizenship ceremonies was retained by (1) local councils, and (2) the Home Office, in each month since 2010.  HL1843
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made by the Home Office prior to setting the fee for citizenship ceremonies.  HL1844
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of citizenship ceremonies on promoting British values and improving integration.  HL1845
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to persuade Israel to ban arms sales to Myanmar, following the sustained violence against the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar.  HL1846
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the recent conclusions by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that the UK has not done enough to ensure that the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are reflected in UK law and policy.  HL1847
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what if any proposals they have to provide new and expectant mothers with further protections from redundancy; and whether they have any plans to address the use of confidentiality agreements in out of court settlements which prevent women from speaking publicly about their treatment.  HL1848
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost to the UK since 2011 of arming and assisting rebel groups and Kurdish militia in Syria; and whether the UK continues to fund such activity.  HL1849
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of concerns that UK arms sold to Saudi Arabia are being used in the conflict in Yemen, why they keep no records of the casualty rates associated with that conflict.  HL1850
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans in the near future to reopen lines of communication with the regime of President Assad in Syria; and if not why not.  HL1851
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their contingency plan for the delivery of health and social care services in the instance of a flu epidemic.  HL1852
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 14 September (HL1306), what modelling they have carried out to determine the level of private sector investment in reprocessing facilities that will be needed to meet the expected rise in lithium-ion batteries entering the waste stream once sales of petrol and diesel cars h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 July (HL689), and in the light of the requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that "the responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks", whether they amended that Order to allow a person other than the respon… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 12 September (HL1544), what activities they are undertaking as part of their consideration of the impact on SMEs of the recent change in how the Valuation Office Agency assesses single business spaces covering multiple floors; whether they will be seeking evidence from t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the commitment set out in the document Small Business Commissioner: Policy for Secondary Legislation, published in February, that the Small Business Commissioner's complaints scheme will formally begin on 1 October, whether small businesses may now submit complaints; and through what process they can do so.  HL1856
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 29 June (HL53), stating that the Payment Practices Reporting online service will be available for users to begin reporting their payment practices from October, whether that online service has yet been launched and advertised; and out of the estimated 15,200 businesses in sc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU-level regulatory bodies they anticipate will require the establishment of a new UK-level body as a result of the UK's departure from the EU and the conversion of EU law into UK law; and by what date they plan to have those bodies established.  HL1858
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses have been found to be avoiding business rates through fraudulent use of mandatory business rates reliefs in each of the past five financial years; and what is their estimate of the loss of income resulting from that avoidance.  HL1859 [I]
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The Lord Bishop of Rochester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the freeze on Local Housing Allowance on levels of homelessness in England.  HL1860
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The Lord Bishop of Rochester to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the private rented sector is affordable to those on Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.  HL1861
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many births classed as (1) spina bifida, (2) hydrocephalus, and (3) anencephaly caused by neural tube defects, there have been in each of the last five years.  HL1862
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was received in fees by the Home Office from people using the phoneline provided by UK Visas and Immigration for people to make inquiries about the status of their visa applications for each month since 1 July.  HL1863
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for British citizenship they received from EU nationals in each month since 2010.  HL1864
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful applications for British citizenship there were from EU nationals in each month since 2010.  HL1865
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made by the Home Office prior to setting fees for (1) the settlement checking service, and (2) the nationality checking service.  HL1866
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for settlement checking services at local councils was used to fund the delivery of those services in each month since 2010.  HL1867
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for nationality checking services at local councils was used to fund the delivery of those services in each month since 2010.  HL1868
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees for citizenship set by the Home Office was used to fund the Home Office’s assessment of citizenship applications for those applications assessed by local councils using the nationality checking service in each month since 2010.  HL1869
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for relaunching a Life in the UK Advisory Group to reassess the effectiveness and impact of reforms such as the citizenship test and ceremony a decade after their launch.  HL1870
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation with naturalised citizens they undertook before launching the current Life in the UK citizenship test.  HL1871
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of granting Cornish protected minority status in relation to the Life in the UK citizenship test.  HL1872
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of introducing English language proficiency exemptions for applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain or citizenship because of nationality.  HL1873
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints the Gambling Commission received in 2016 related to gambling affiliate activity.  HL1874
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought, or will seek, a valuation of the buildings and office spaces (1) owned, (2) rented, and (3) leased, by the EU wherever located; and what share of those assets have been financed by the UK.  HL1875
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens are currently held in prisons in England and Wales (1) in detention without charge, and (2) without a date set for trial; and how many non-UK EU citizens are similarly detained.  HL1876
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to reports that Israel is continuing to sell weapons to Myanmar given that the EU and the US have both banned arms sales to that country.  HL1877
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the impending forcible removal of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Amar if the ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court is implemented.  HL1878
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to prevent harassment and intimidation of women accessing abortion services.  HL1879
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce the power to use public space protection orders to prevent the harassment and intimidation of women accessing abortion services.  HL1880
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