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Questions for Written Answer for 19 October 2017

Tabled on 18 October 2017 and due for answer by 1 November 2017.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in paragraph 6.2.4. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017).  HL2159
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take under paragraph 6.2.5. of Council of Europe Resolution 2190 (2017) to support the collection and preservation of evidence of Daesh’s crimes.  HL2160
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Investigative Team investigates cases of individuals forcibly displaced by Daesh in Iraq, including of Iraqi Christians from Nineveh Plains and of Yazidis from Sinjar.  HL2161
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pedestrian deaths involving a cyclist were recorded in each of the last five years for which figures are available.  HL2162
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the law concerning dangerous driving to include dangerous driving by cyclists.  HL2163
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government when funding for Operation Grange, investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is due to end.  HL2164
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current state of negotiations regarding Convention 108 of the Council of Europe and when they anticipate agreement to this Convention from all countries of the Council of Europe.  HL2165
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that British citizens who have fought for ISIL in Syria, and who have surrendered or been captured after the fall of Raqqa, will face justice in Syria and will not be repatriated to the UK.  HL2166
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the content of the OECD Economic Survey of the United Kingdom 2017 before agreeing to the same report being launched in the buildings of HM Treasury.  HL2167
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of predictions made by the OECD, in the light of the statement made by OECD Director General, Jose Angel Gurria on 27 April 2016, which suggested that a UK exit from the EU would immediately hit confidence and would result in UK GDP being reduced by 3 per cent by 2020.  HL2168
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents in prisons have required (1) the use of the National Tactical Response Group, (2) the deployment of Tornado teams, and (3) the opening of Gold Command, in each month in 2016 and 2017; and what were the reasons for the action taken in each case.  HL2169 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children suffered injuries during the use of restraint in each custodial institution in each of the last five years.  HL2170 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisons in England and Wales have implemented a smoking ban.  HL2171 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for a roll-out of a smoking ban in prisons.  HL2172 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been issued to prisons ahead of introducing a smoking ban; what support is available to prisoners in preparation for a smoking ban; and what on-going support will be available to prisoners once the smoking ban has come into effect.  HL2173 [I]
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a programme and timetable to increase funding for mental health research from its current level of six per cent of health research so that it can achieve parity with funding for physical health research.  HL2174
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate that mental health research funding will achieve parity with funding for physical health research.  HL2175
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been invested in UK mental health research over the past five years and how much of this has come each year from the EU.  HL2176
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain the current levels of total funding for UK mental health research after the UK leaves the EU.  HL2177
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU nationals engaged in mental health research have left the UK since 23 June 2016, and how this number compares with the same time period before 23 June 2016.  HL2178
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to produce an alcohol strategy.  HL2179
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Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to electricity costs, what they estimate the percentage increase will be for Balancing Services Use of System charges between (1) now and 2020, and (2) now and 2030; and what proportion of these increases will be attributable to efforts to connect renewable energy sources to the national grid.  HL2180
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Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to electricity costs, what they estimate the percentage increase will be for Distribution Services Use of System charges between (1) now and 2020, and (2) now and 2030; and what proportion of these increases will be attributable to efforts to connect renewable energy sources to the national grid.  HL2181
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Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to electricity costs, what they estimate the percentage increase will be for Transmission Network Use of System charges between (1) now and 2020, and (2) now and 2030; and what proportion of these increases will be attributable to efforts to connect renewable energy sources to the national grid.  HL2182
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations did not meet between February 2017 and October 2017.  HL2183
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement made by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511), what undertakings they have provided to the devolved administrations to seek to negotiate with the EU in such a way as to serve the interests of the devolved administrations and the people they represent.  HL2184
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Lord Elystan-Morgan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement made by Baroness Goldie on 17 October (HL Deb, col 511), (1) how many times the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU has spoken to Welsh government ministers since the 2017 General Election; (2) which ministers were spoken to; (3) when such discussions took place; (4) whether agendas or minutes for such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland regarding the cancelling of its schools outreach programme.  HL2186
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland regarding the closing of its telephone helpline.  HL2187
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland regarding the number of staff working overtime to cover vacant positions, and the annual costs involved.  HL2188
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland regarding whether plans to introduce online registration are (1) on time and (2) within budget.  HL2189
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made recent representations to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland concerning their budget allocation for the current and subsequent financial years; and how the current budget compares with the budget for 2015–16.  HL2190
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many National Clinical Audits and Patient Outcome Audits there are currently in NHS England under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership; (2) what percentage of care costs and English disability adjusted life years these audits cover; and (3) which diseases currently have patient reported outcomes, and which will have b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the National Cancer Taskforce in the report Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: A strategy for England 2015–2020, and in particular (1) whether the “patient experience on par with clinical effectiveness and safety” workstreams have been established; (2) if establish… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government where prostate cancer patients may find clear and easily accessible information regarding the variation in rates of incontinence and impotence after radical prostatectomy across the various providers in NHS England; and what are the lowest and highest rates of post-operative incontinence across NHS centres providing that procedure.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to allowing the routine and pseudonymised linking of existing care audit clinical outcome data to NHS activity data in order to make the UK a more attractive destination for medical research and innovation.  HL2194
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have completed their studies in the UK over the last 20 years at (1) undergraduate, (2) taught masters, and (3) doctorate level, in (a) molecular biology,  biochemistry and related disciplines, and (b) medicinal chemistry and other areas of drug development.  HL2195
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have completed their studies in the UK over the last 20 years at (1) undergraduate, (2) taught masters, and (3) doctorate level, in (a) biostatistics and medical statistics, and (b) regulatory science.  HL2196
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of maintenance support awarded to nursing students who study on a full-time basis via distance learning.  HL2197
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government when the terms of reference and membership of the major review of university funding and student financing, announced by the Prime Minister on 4 October, will be published.  HL2198
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many departments have set out, and communicated to staff, measures for ensuring compliance with the business appointment rules.  HL2199
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to change the business appointment rules to manage conflict of interests more effectively.  HL2200
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to bring forward the Patient Safety Bill announced in the Queen's Speech in June.  HL2201
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the distribution of civil servants working in (1) England, (2) Scotland,(3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each year since 2010.  HL2202
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 17 October (HL1733), notwithstanding the sentencing discretion of the courts, whether they plan to create any additional types of non-custodial sentences, such as enhanced community service, in the interests of reducing prison overcrowding and re-offending; and what discussio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 16 October (HL1657), how many non-serious casualties resulted from cases where the driver failed to stop after a collision in 2016.  HL2204
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the change in the net migration figures for UK citizens in each of the last two quarters.  HL2205
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any projection of the number of deportations of (1) EU, and (2) non-EU, nationals from the UK after Brexit; and if so, what.  HL2206
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many intended deportations have been overturned by a discretionary decision to naturalise non-UK citizens by nationality, annually since 2010.  HL2207
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of naturalisations by discretion (1) by nationality, (2) by gender, (3) by age, and (4) by ethnicity, annually since 2010.  HL2208
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to local councils on the costs of gifts presented to new British citizens at citizenship ceremonies.  HL2209
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what measures they have taken in relation to any EU member states that are not in compliance with the sow stall ban contained in EU Directive 2008/120/EC; (2) which states have been subject to such measures; and (3) whether pork imports into the UK from non-compliant countries continue to be allowed.  HL2210
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the list of nationalities specified for public answer in the 2021 census; and which nationalities are being considered for inclusion as part of any such plans.  HL2211
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) taxis, (2) private hire cars, (3) Uber drivers, and (4) other types of taxi and private hire vehicle, are subject to VAT; and, if not, why not.  HL2212
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 October (HL Deb, cols 393–5), what are the terms of the agreement between the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Lord Shinkwin regarding his participation in the Commission's work.  HL2213
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 July 2016 (HL1295), when they expect to publish their evaluation of the pilot scheme, carried out by the Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions, to expedite the first payment of any benefit for which newly recognised refugees qualify.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of, and access to, educational materials for girls whose education has been disrupted due to symptoms developed after human papilloma virus vaccination.  HL2215
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of girls diagnosed with mental health problems shortly after human papilloma virus vaccination, particularly when there has been no record of previous mental health disorder or serious health issues prior to vaccination.  HL2216
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government for how long the three vaccination regime for human papilloma virus, in the form of Gardasil, Gardasil 9 or Cervarix, maintains protection against infection.  HL2217
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The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health recognises Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which develops up to six months after vaccination with human papilloma virus vaccine as a symptom of an adverse reaction to the vaccine.  HL2218
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the British Consulate General Los Angeles' office on external consultants during the Golden Globe Awards 2017, Grammy Awards 2017 and Academy Awards 2017; what were the objectives set for such expenditure; and what assessment was made of the performance of external consultants against those objectives.  HL2219
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on international intergovernmental co-operation to offset market failures in the development of new antibiotics.  HL2220
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to EU member states regarding the cost of new customs facilities and infrastructure that would be required in the event of a no deal outcome from the Brexit negotiations.  HL2221
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of tax income and public revenue that will be foregone as a result of the failure of Monarch Airlines.  HL2222
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the costs of repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines to the UK will be met, in any part, by HM Treasury; and if so, what assessment they have made of such costs.  HL2223
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Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on business resulting from the implementation, in their current form, of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.  HL2224 [I]
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Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to pause implementation of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive in the light of concerns raised by UK business, and in the light of Brexit.  HL2225 [I]
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Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which current proposals for implementation of Articles 15 and 16 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive, as consulted upon by the European Commission, go beyond the original intent of the Directive; and whether they support the implementation of such measures.  HL2226 [I]
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to holding a discussion with the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Poland and Germany, and the governments of the United States and Canada, on the difference in rates of neural tube defects in live births in those two groups of countries in order to explore the different policies which ma… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they measure the effectiveness of advice given to women of child bearing age planning a pregnancy according to (1) socio-economic group, (2) ethnicity, and (3) regional location, and if so, how.  HL2228
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their recent response to the consultation on vehicle clocking means that no further action will be taken, or whether it means that consideration is being given to further action in the light of the responses to the consultation; and if it is the latter, whether the outcome of that consideration will be announced before the end of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group in relationship to the Sheffield City Council investment deal with that Group.  HL2230
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what risks they highlighted in their due diligence on the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group; and what information about those risks they then passed on to Sheffield City Council in the light of their investment deal with that Group.  HL2231
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports did not work at ePassport gates in airports in the UK in (1) 2014, (2) 2015, and (3) 2016.  HL2232
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments are using facial biometric technology; and for what reasons and purposes.  HL2233
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, if the proposed consultation on the Sheffield City Region deal does not proceed, what alternative steps they will take to proceed with the devolution agreement.  HL2234
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of facial biometric recognition systems currently being used by police forces in the UK.  HL2235
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the comprehensive careers strategy announced in the Building the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, published in January.  HL2236
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that working people of all ages have easy access to information and guidance on the education and training they can undertake to reskill or upskill.  HL2237
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding restrictions placed on Palestinian families, including the welding shut of front doors of houses, in the occupied Old City of Hebron.  HL2238
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the Department for International Development's core and non-core funding to UNICEF in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.  HL2239
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what core and non-core funding the Department for International Development provided to Marie Stopes International in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.  HL2240
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral expenditure was directly targeted by the Department for International Development towards HIV and AIDS issues in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2016–17, listed as totals and divided into subgroups (a) HIV/AIDS including sexually transmitted infection prevention, and (b) HIV/AIDS including sexually transmitted infection treatm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral expenditure was directly targeted by the Department for International Development towards reproductive health in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2016–17, listed as totals and divided into subgroups (a) Population Policy and Administrative Management, (b) Reproductive Health Care, (c) Maternal and Neonatal Health, (d) Family Pl… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on freedom of speech of the definitions used by the Crown Prosecution Service to identify racist or religious incidents and crimes and to monitor the decisions and outcomes, as detailed in their Racist and Religious Hate Crime Prosecution Guidance.  HL2243
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government why, in the Race Disparity Audit published on 10 October, they have not included information on housing, including permanent and transit sites, as well as unscheduled tenure, employment, social capital, income, and crime and policing, in respect of Gypsies and Irish Travellers.  HL2244
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