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Questions for Written Answer for 14 January 2020

Tabled on 13 January 2020 and due for answer by 27 January 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to statements by victims of Daesh genocide provided by Lord Alton of Liverpool; what assessment they have made of such statements; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the process in Iraq for witness statements from such victims for the purposes of criminal trials.  HL278
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International, The Refugee Council and Save the Children Without my Family, published on 10 January, which calls for changes to Government policy on family separation of child refugees in the UK.  HL279
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHS has paid out, in total, for clinical negligence claims in each of the last ten years for which figures are available; what were the five main reasons for such claims; and what strategy the NHS has for reducing the number of such claims.  HL280
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights DRC: inter-ethnic violence in Ituri, published on 10 January; and what steps they are taking to avert any such violence.  HL281
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the (1) expiry of UN authorisation for cross-border humanitarian access to areas of Syria outside government control, and (2) rejection of two draft resolutions to renew that authorisation under Resolution 2449, on displaced refugees in Syria.  HL282
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the reported arrest of Father Aho Bilicen a Syriac-Orthodox monk, at Mor Yakoub church in Turkey on 9 January.  HL283
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the viability of the Navitus Bay wind farm site.  HL284
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Navitus Bay wind farm site is successfully developed.  HL285
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the deployment of (1) offshore, and (2) onshore, wind energy.  HL286
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the Royal family receive free travel in connection with (1) their royal duties, and (2) for private purposes; what was the source of the funding for any such travel; and what was the cost in 2018/19 for such travel for (a) royal duties, and (b) private purposes.  HL287
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is given to the level of carbon emissions to the mode of transport made available from public funds to any member of the Royal Family.  HL288
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 January (HL15), whether their 30 November 2019 figure for the 53 student accommodation buildings with Aluminium Composite Material cladding identified as unlikely to meet building regulation requirements is final.  HL289
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 January (HL15), why there are more buildings with Aluminium Composite Material cladding systems which are unlikely to meet building regulation requirements identified in their figures for 30 November 2019 compared to those for 31 October 2019.  HL290
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate the 446 buildings identified as not meeting building regulation requirements in relation to Aluminium Composite Material cladding will all meet such requirements.  HL291
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are proposing to take in relation to the 30 hotels identified as needing action in relation to Aluminium Composite Material cladding, as per the figures published on 30 November 2019.  HL292
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many buildings in London with Aluminium Composite Material cladding do not comply with building regulation requirements; and what was the figure for each of the previous six months.  HL293
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of using a model of University Cum Court Annexed Arbitration for civil disputes to aid those who are unable to afford legal fees.  HL294
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government who they have contracted to operate the Nottingham to Liverpool railway service from December 2021; and what estimate they have made of the financial implications of the decision to end the Norwich to Liverpool railway service at Nottingham from December 2021 in terms of (1) cost, and (2) revenue.  HL295
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to achieve an EU–UK data protection agreement; and whether any such agreement will include continuing participation in the European Data Protection Board.  HL296
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what data sharing measures they have considered for UK and EU companies whose commercial model requires such sharing in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  HL297
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what multilateral regimes they intend to (1) continue to participate in, or (2) join, to ensure a legal and smooth data transfer regime between UK and EU companies after Brexit.  HL298
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are proposed for mediating legal conflict with the Court of Justice of the European Union where companies are subject to both the jurisdiction of the EU and the UK.  HL299
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to collaborate with the EU on matters with a transnational impact, in particular (1) data transfer, (2) cyber security, (3) fake news, and (4) online harms.  HL300
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the governments of Libya and Turkey are close to signing a memorandum of understanding in regard to compensation to be paid by Libya to Turkish businesses for (1) unpaid debts, and (2) loss or damage to Turkish equipment, as a result of the recent conflict in Libya.  HL301
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have lodged a claim with the government of Libya on behalf of those UK citizens who suffered losses resulting from Libya’s support for IRA terrorists during the Northern Ireland Troubles.  HL302
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the findings of an investigation into the unexplained write-down by an unidentified financial institution of up to £840 million of frozen Libyan assets held in London.  HL303
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about offering eligible Hong Kong citizens full British citizenships; and what was their response to any such representations.  HL304
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about offering full hereditary British citizenship to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) status holders, including those so entitled who did not complete the requisite paperwork before the transfer of sovereignty in 1997; and what was their response to any such representations.  HL305
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with Portia Management Services about its management of TMT Port in Yangon, which is owned by the Burmese military controlled Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd.  HL306
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) had with Whirlpool in advance of the company issuing a product recall of its Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines in December 2019; and whether Whirlpool issued the product recall at the request of the OPSS.  HL307
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice has been given by the Office for Product Safety and Standards to online marketplaces following the product recall of Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines in December 2019.  HL308
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the departure of the UK from the EU, they will remain a part of the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX); and, in this context, whether they intend to continue to exchange relevant information with the EU Commission and EU member states.  HL309
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, consideration is being given to registration of white electrical goods at the point of sale.  HL310
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, recent advice has been given to local authorities on regulating the sale of second hand electrical goods.  HL311
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, if any, prevents the (1) selling, and (2) re-selling, of recalled electrical goods.  HL312
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by The Times, published on 23 November 2019, of the loss in value of new build retirement homes as a result of ground rent and service charges levied by management companies.  HL313
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings, published by The Times on 23 November 2019, of the loss in value of new build retirement homes, whether they intend to hold discussions with the Solicitors Regulation Authority about housebuilders suggesting to prospective buyers that they use solicitors proposed by the house builder.  HL314
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the investigation by The Times of the loss in value of new build retirement homes as a result of ground rent and service charges levied by management companies where house builders suggest to prospective buyers that they use solicitors proposed by the house builder, published on 23 November 2019, what plans they… 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 plans they have to ensure that new proposals to reform leasehold law should include new retirement homes.  HL316
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Frontline and the Centre for Public Impact A Blueprint for Children's Social Care, published on 20 November 2019, outlining a new model for children’s social care that allows social workers to spend more time with families and that aims to improve standards through increased su… 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 assessment they have made of the survey by the British Association for Social Workers, launched in May 2018, which found that social workers spend 20 per cent of their time in direct contact with families, with one out of three social workers not working directly with children.  HL318
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence dwellings are currently lying empty in each of (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales; and what plans they have, if any, to modernise and re-let those dwellings.  HL319
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review will incorporate Britain’s role and involvement in (1) the Council of Europe, (2) the OSCE and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, (3) the Inter-Parliamentary Union, (4) the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and (5) other multilatera… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many trees have been planted in (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, in each of the last three years; and what were the respective acreages of (a) replanting of existing woodlands, and (b) new afforestation.  HL321
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what programmes they run, or intend to run, in (1) the Middle East, (2) North Africa, (3) Turkey, (4) Iran, and (5) Afghanistan, to work with young adults from those areas; and what plans they have for ministerial visits to focus on issues which affect such young adults.  HL322
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that relevant sectors of civil society, including non-governmental organisations, are able to contribute to the forthcoming Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review.  HL323
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that officials from the Department for International Development are able to contribute to the forthcoming Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review.  HL324
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future role of the Department for International Development.  HL325
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of lethal drones and their commitment to the rule of law internationally.  HL326
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the British Red Cross, (2) the Refugee Council, (3) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and (4) any other relevant organisations, about how best to enhance the safety and wellbeing of (a) child refugees, and (b) asylum seekers; and whether any such discussions include consideration of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide legal enforcement for the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment “to ensure high standards of workers’ rights, environmental protection and consumer rights” post-Brexit; and whether any such steps will include upholding and enhancing all such existing rights and protections.  HL328
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the availability of Royal Air Force combat aircraft.  HL329
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what the budget for ensuring the availability of Royal Air Force combat aircraft has been in each of the last three years.  HL330
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many full crews are available for P-8 Poseidon aircraft being procured for the Royal Air Force.  HL331
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of full crews available to operate P-8 Poseidon aircraft when they are introduced.  HL332
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for introducing P-8 Poseidon aircraft to front line service.  HL333
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to send an aircraft carrier on detachment to Australia and New Zealand.  HL334
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the proposal from the National Rifle Association of India to host a Commonwealth Games shooting medal event before the Commonwealth Games, due to be hosted in Birmingham 2022, and to count towards the medal tally; and what assessment they have made of the cost implications for the UK Government and the Organising C… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Athletics has, at any time, sought advice from either UK Sport or UK Anti-Doping about the ban imposed on Alberto Salazar by the United States Anti-Doping Agency leading to the closure of the Nike Oregon Project; and if so, whether either of those bodies provided any formal response or guidance.  HL336
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have contributed to the independent review currently being undertaken by UK Athletics over the handling of the Alberto Salazar scandal; and what assessment they have made of the methods associated with the Nike Oregon Project which were employed by UK Athletics' performance staff, officials or British athletes in receipt o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) methodology, and (2) baseline level of physical activity, they are using in their capacity as the Physical Activity and Wellbeing lead on the Legacy and Benefits Steering Group for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games "to provide everyone with both the inspiration and information to make different and better choices" in orde… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are monitoring the UN International Maritime Organisation 2020 regulation on the reduction of sulphur levels for marine fuels for most coastal and international waters from 3.5 per cent by weight to 0.5 per cent.  HL339
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of the trial of Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa in Bahrain, following the statement by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa that he is “deeply concerned” by the reimposition of death sentences against them.  HL340
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what level of future involvement for the UK in Erasmus and Horizon programmes they hope to establish after leaving the EU; what has been the financial contribution by the UK to those specific programmes in each of the last five years; and how much has been awarded, in total, to the UK from those programmes in each of the last five… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the errors made by the Home Office in the case of Saiful Islam, originally from Bangladesh and now living in Cardiff; whether they still intend to deport him; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that such errors do not occur in future in relation to other cases.  HL342
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the main terms of the contract held by Ecotricity for the provision of electric charging points at motorway services; who are the parties to this contract; and whether it covers the (1) provision of prompt repair of charging points when required, (2) regular maintenance of those charging points, and (3) 24-hour helpline f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the planned asset transfer between Transport for Wales and Network Rail has now been approved by the Secretary of State; and whether that was done in time for the planned implementation on 31 January.  HL344
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain to ensure that Hajer Mansoor, a Bahraini political prisoner, is (1) not held in solitary confinement, and (2) excluded from non-custodial punishment in reprisal for the human rights work of her son-in-law Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.  HL345
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have ensured that the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief maintains total independence following the government of Bahrain's funding of his trip to that country between 8 and 10 October 2019.  HL346
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the medical treatment of political prisoner Hassan Mushaima, particularly in respect of (1) specialised medical care for diabetes, and (2) access to the results of his cancer scans; and, further to those discussions, what steps they will take to secure his relea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that Dr Abduljalil al-Singace (1) receives the medical care he requires, (2) is free to attend hospital appointments without the imposition of shackles, and (3) is released.  HL348
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the reimposition of the death sentences against Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa, whether they intend to reconsider their provision of technical assistance to Bahrain given the use of torture, capital punishment and executions by the government of that country.  HL349
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Iran’s reported use of violence against protestors in Tehran on 12 January.  HL350
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to find a short-term solution to overcrowding in hospitals, following reports that hospitals are redeploying nurses from wards to look after patients in corridors.  HL351
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the ‘treatment gap’ for young people who are referred to mental health services but rejected for not meeting eligibility criteria.  HL352
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dangers that may arise from Facebook not strengthening regulation of political advertisements.  HL353
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, under Universal Credit to stop the automatic deduction of a claimant’s debts from the standard rate of Universal Credit if creditors have agreed a reduction in the rate of repayment.  HL354
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about reports that the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians in the West Bank has been confiscated by Israel.  HL355
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to raise the legal status of Palestinians in international law by recognising Palestine as a state; if so, when; and if not, why not.  HL356
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel that large amounts of Palestinian children have been arrested since the launch of regular Israeli police raids in Isawiyeh, East Jerusalem, and that Israeli police are violating the rights of minor suspects in that area.  HL357
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli forces shot live rounds at Palestinian children in Al-Jalazun refugee camp, injuring two, on 17 November 2019.  HL358
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims by Addameer, published on 23 December 2019, that they have collected evidence of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees at Israeli interrogation centres.  HL359
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made the government of Israel about Palestinian tax revenues being withheld.  HL360
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the first of the new Dreadnought-class submarines to go to sea; and when they expect it to go into service.  HL361
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for the now-closed hospital at Broadmoor; and where the former patients are now held.  HL362
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 4 November 2019 (HL380), whether they intend to instruct local authorities to maintain a public register of the disclosable pecuniary interests of officers to who delegated authority has been granted by elected members, to ensure that local government officials maintain tran… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase the number of frigates in the Royal Navy; and if so, when they intend to start expanding that fleet.  HL364
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when the number of Royal Navy frigates in commission will rise above the present total of 13; and whether that number will drop below 13 at any stage in the next ten years.  HL365
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when the remaining five Type 26 frigates of the planned purchase of eight will be ordered.  HL366
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the agreement on the EU Concept for Military Command and Control, agreed by the EU Military Committee on 23 April 2019, has any application to the UK.  HL367
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a fleet solid support ship will be available for HMS Queen Elizabeth's first operational deployment East of Suez.  HL368
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to establish an independent public advocate.  HL369
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government which, if any, recommendations from the Post-18 Education and Funding Review they plan to implement; and what is the intended timescale for implementation.  HL370
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the 24-month period during which levy-paying training providers can spend Apprenticeship Levy funds.  HL371
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of student teaching hours in further education.  HL372
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