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Questions for Written Answer for 7 January 2020

Tabled on 19 December 2019 and due for answer by 7 January 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to remove the fee charged by the Home Office to register children as British citizens; and whether they intend to refund those who paid such fees before the High Court ruling on 19 December.  HL1
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ruling of the High Court on 19 December in the case brought by the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens that there is a “mass of evidence” that the fee charged to children registering for British citizenship prevents many such children from registering British citi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the description of the arrests of medical personnel during a confrontation at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on 17 November, by Dr Darren Mann, and his call for an international inquiry into breaches of international humanitarian norms and human rights law.  HL3
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of medical professionals in Hong Kong; and what representations they intend to make to the government of China about such treatment.  HL4
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to statements by victims of ISIS genocide in Mosul and Sinjar provided by Lord Alton of Liverpool; whether any victims of such crimes have been approached for witness statements; and what progress is being made in collecting evidence and bringing those responsible for genocide and crimes against hu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how, and when, they intend to fully implement all of the recommendations in the Bishop of Truro's Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, published in July.  HL6
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Humanity International's call for the development of an international political declaration to end the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas and to ensure support for the victims of these weapons.  HL7
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the UK–Africa Investment Summit being hosted by the UK in January 2020.  HL8
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) governments, (2) international organisations, and (3) businesses, have been invited to attend the UK–Africa Investment Summit being hosted by the UK in January 2020.  HL9
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken following the disclosure of incidents involving pregnant women prisoners and their children at HMP Bronzefield.  HL10
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement that nursing bursaries are to be reintroduced, what plans they have to support nurses, midwifes and other healthcare professionals with any debt incurred before the reintroduction to support their study and training.  HL11
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require that all currency conversion rates should be expressed as a percentage mark-up on the interbank rate applying at the time of the conversion after Brexit.  HL12
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission an independent review into the economic, environmental and wildlife impacts of driven grouse shooting.  HL13
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote anti-racism in sport.  HL14
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in removing cladding made from Aluminium Composite Material from educational buildings.  HL15
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to tackle hate crime on public transport.  HL16
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Sir Richard Henriques, An Independent Review of the Metropolitan Police Service's handling of non-recent sexual offence investigations alleged against persons of public prominence, published on 4 October, whether they consider the Independent Office for Police Conduct to be fit-for-purpos… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Independent Office for Police Conduct took 20 months to contact Sir Richard Henriques following his recommendation for an independent inquiry.  HL18
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications and professional experience they consider should be required of staff, apart from administrators, who work for the Independent Office for Police Conduct.  HL19
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC); what plans they have, if any, to improve the performance of the IOPC; and to what timescale any such improvements will be made.  HL20
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 October (HL17990), what further steps they have taken to minimise the impact on civilians of sanctions imposed on Syria.  HL21
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about reports of multiple attacks, by Fulani militia in Northern and Central Belt states, of torture, murder and the destruction of homes, churches and villages.  HL22
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on their commitment in the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper to "explore the legal and practical challenges of limited reform relating to the law on marriage and religious weddings."  HL23
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that evidence gathered by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Fact Finding Mission was suppressed or distorted.  HL24
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Marriage Act 1949 to make it a legal requirement for couples to civilly register their marriage before, or at the same time as, their religious ceremony.  HL25
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that chlorine levels found in Douma, Syria, were equivalent to those found in common household cleaning products.  HL26
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of tax collected from frozen Libyan assets held in the UK since the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011) S/RES/1973(2011).  HL27
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current value of Libyan assets frozen in the UK as a result of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011) S/RES/1973 (2011).  HL28
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Libyan assets frozen in the UK have sustained a significant drop in value.  HL29
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Data Protection Act 2018, following the introduction of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.  HL30
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ask the Information Commissioner's Office to issue further guidance on the scope of exemptions to the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation in relation to (1) research and development, and (2) science and innovation; and what plans they have, if any, to introduce statutory… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to transfer responsibility for data protection from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to another Government Department.  HL32
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Court of Appeal judgment in Lloyd v Google; and what action, if any, they intend to take as a result.  HL33
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replicate the provisions in the Republic of India's Data Protection Bill in relation to the state's right to access, control and process personal data obtained by private enterprises.  HL34
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data localisation restrictions on sensitive personal and biometric data in place in India and China; and what plans they have, if any, to introduce similar restrictions in the UK.  HL35
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include election funding within the scope of the proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission.  HL36
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive the consultant's report into the proposed freight line between Liverpool Docks and Yorkshire, via a reinstated Colne–Skipton line; when they expect to publish it; and what the next steps for the project will be.  HL37
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the report produced by Steer on the proposed freight line from Liverpool to Yorkshire, via the reinstated Colne–Skipton line.  HL38
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Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of overseas aid is delivered through (1) non-governmental organisations, (2) government departments, and (3) other agencies.  HL95
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Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the funds allocated to Northern Ireland in support of the Confidence and Supply Agreement of June 2017 have been drawn down, broken down by category; what, if any, sums remain to be drawn down, broken down by category; and what is the schedule for the drawing down of any remaining funds, broken down by… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards to protect (1) patient confidentiality, (2) intellectual property, (3) data, and (4) other materials, from inappropriate use have been built into the agreement to share NHS health data with Amazon.  HL40
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what income they have received as a result of the agreement to share NHS data with Amazon.  HL41
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring arrangements in relation to (1) patient confidentiality, (2) intellectual property, and (3) other data, have been built into the agreement to share NHS health data with Amazon.  HL42
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government why several sections of the contract to share NHS data with Amazon were redacted when placed in the public domain.  HL43
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contract with Amazon to share health data from the NHS was put out to competitive tender.  HL44
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they gave any consideration to the potential development of an NHS app to provide the service that has now been contracted to Amazon to share health data from the NHS.  HL45
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, following their decision to call in the planning application for a UK Holocaust Memorial, whether all the evidence submitted to Westminster City Council will be fully considered.  HL46
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported agreement between Turkey and Libya concerning undersea resources in the Mediterranean; and what plans they have to propose that any such agreement is submitted for international arbitration.  HL47
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Paris negotiations between Russia and Ukraine; how they reached any such assessment; and what consideration they have given to modifying the Minsk guidelines to support such negotiations.  HL48
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what factors led to their consideration of removing the consultant-led Accident and Emergency service at Cheltenham General Hospital.  HL49
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to retain a consultant-led Accident and Emergency service throughout the day at Cheltenham General Hospital; and if so, for how long.  HL50
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include the option of retaining a consultant-led Accident and Emergency department at Cheltenham General Hospital in their forthcoming consultation.  HL51
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and (2) the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, about the consultant-led Accident and Emergency service at Cheltenham General Hospital; and what was the outcome of any such discussions.  HL52
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the option of removing Accident and Emergency consultants from Cheltenham General Hospital during the day will be included as part of their forthcoming consultation.  HL53
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reinstate a 24-hours a day, seven days a week consultant-led Accident and Emergency at Cheltenham General Hospital; and if so, when.  HL54
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what was their total spending, in constant prices, on (1) child benefit, and (2) income-related benefits, for children for each year since 2000.  HL55
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants have been moved on to Universal Credit under the managed migration pilot being undertaken in Harrogate.  HL56
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government how many physiotherapists are required by the NHS.  HL57
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government how many physiotherapists are employed by the NHS.  HL58
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the target waiting time for an appointment with an NHS physiotherapist.  HL59
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for patients to see a NHS physiotherapist.  HL60
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of physiotherapists employed in the private sector.  HL61
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) social, and (2) economic, effects of the South Western Railways strikes which began on 2 December.  HL62
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban strikes on the railways.  HL63
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefit of trees in English cities; and what steps they intend to take to prevent any large-scale felling of such trees.  HL64
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take, and intend to take, to encourage private housebuilders to preserve existing trees and plants in English cities during construction.  HL65
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis, if any, they have conducted into whether there is any relationship between increases in the number of university students in the UK and levels of productivity over the last 20 years; and what were the results of any such analysis.  HL66
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for ensuring that flood proofing is included in the designs for new domestic and commercial buildings.  HL67
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure continued access for British citizens to health services in the EU after Brexit, including continued access to the benefits of the European Health Insurance Card.  HL68
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure continued access for British citizens to the EU pet passport scheme after Brexit.  HL69
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Agriculture Bill will be introduced to Parliament.  HL70
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to exclude agriculture from future trade deals.  HL71
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement delivered by the UK Permanent Representative to the UN at the Third Committee session on the Committee for the elimination of racial discrimination and the conclusions of the United Nations on the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjang.  HL72
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian resources they have committed, bilaterally and multilaterally, to victims of terrorism in northern Syria since the withdrawal of the United States from that territory.  HL73
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage opposition factions in South Sudan led by Riek Machar to form and maintain a unity government; and what protection is provided to such factions by the international community alongside the government of Salva Kiir.  HL74
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many least developed countries are benefiting, or will benefit, from the Ayrton Fund, announced at the UN General Assembly in September; and what forms of climate change in those countries will be addressed.  HL75
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have conducted into the effects of climate change on pastoral communities in Africa.  HL76
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Abellio Greater Anglia about the service disruptions to rural routes within their franchise area.  HL77
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make the framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing a mandatory requirement for Disability Confident Leaders.  HL78
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing framework to include the number or proportion of disabled employees in each pay quartile.  HL79
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require large employers to publish data on the (1) number, and (2) pay, of disabled employees.  HL80
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the wording in the framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing so that it matches the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010 and the Government Statistical Service's disability disclosure question.  HL81
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce targets for closing the disability employment gap; and if so, what dates they plan to set to meet those targets.  HL82
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation, if any, they are undertaking into the Disability Confident scheme, including how the scheme is viewed by disabled people.  HL83
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce further regulation in regard to the online promotion of products by celebrities.  HL84
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to combat the rise in homelessness.  HL85
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by Environmental Health Perspectives, published on 18 December, which links air pollution with higher rates of mental health issues.  HL86
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of air pollution on the NHS, particularly in the winter.  HL87
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK universities about combating the student wealth divide in those applying to university.  HL88
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution the Department for International Development made to (1) core, and (2) non-core, funding in (a) 2017–18, and (b) 2018–19, to the (i) United Nations Population Fund, (ii) World Health Organization, (iii) UNICEF, (iv) Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, (v) International Planned Parenthood Federation, (vi) Wome… 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 the Department for International Development spent directly targeting HIV and AIDS in (1) 2016–17, and (2) 2017–18.  HL90
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral expenditure the Department for International Development spent directly targeting reproductive health in (1) 2016–17, and (2) 2017–18.  HL91
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the actual UK Official Development Assistance level from 1989 to 2019 inclusive.  HL92
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the actual Overseas Development Assistance from Development Assistance Committee donors in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL93
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the actual net Overseas Development Assistance and gross national income ratios from Development Assistance Committee donors from (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL94
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