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Questions for Written Answer for 4 February 2020

Tabled on 3 February 2020 and due for answer by 17 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) freedom of religion or belief in Sudan, and (2) security sector reform, since the appointment of Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister; and what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about reports that Sudanese nationals have been detained for political reasons when returni… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 24 October 2017 (HL1882), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority now holds information on methods of freezing; if not, why not; and if so, how many human embryos were (1) transferred to uteri to establish pregnancies, (2) destroyed, and (3) allocated fo… 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 many people who have flown to the UK from Wuhan, China, since the outbreak of the coronavirus was announced have been contacted; how many of those have been tested for coronavirus; what steps they are taking to (1) identify, and (2) locate, those yet to be tested; and what assessment they have made of the statement by the… 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 Imperial College London's estimate that 3,301 passengers have left Wuhan airport every day going to 20 international destinations over the last two months.  HL1239
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons formerly resident in the UK are known to have returned to the UK after travelling to the so-called Islamic State in Iraq or Syria; how many such persons have been subject to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures and/or Temporary Exclusion Orders; how many such persons have been convicted of terrori… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when communities will be able to apply for the remainder of the £500 million fund for the reopening of railway lines.  HL1241
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make funds available for the construction of reopening railway lines, beyond the £500 million feasibility studies.  HL1242
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to fund a feasibility study into the reopening of the Oswestry to Gobowen railway line.  HL1243
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to fund a feasibility study for the Uckfield to Lewes railway line.  HL1244
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) miles of lines, and (2) stations, will be re-opened as part of their programme to reverse the Beeching era cuts to the rail network.  HL1245
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 30 January (HL734), why those arriving in the UK on commercial flights from Wuhan after the Government had received reports of coronavirus received no medical intervention when those evacuated on the flight from Wuhan organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ar… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 26 January 2016 (HL4968), whether they have completed their assessment of the request of former members of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps and the Hong Kong Royal Navy Service for the right of abode in the UK; and if so, what was the outcome of that assessment.  HL1247
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) adequacy of the security arrangements required for the planned National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, and (2) arrangements to keep access to the Gardens open to children using the playground there.  HL1248
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what environmental impact assessment has been made relating to the planned National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens and, in particular, any consideration given to possible damage to trees in the Gardens and the drainage system.  HL1249
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely contribution of the planned National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens to (1) understanding the causes of antisemitism, and (2) reducing antisemitic attitudes  HL1250
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely effect of the planned National Holocaust Museum and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens on traffic along (1) Millbank, and (2) Abingdon Street  HL1251
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in assisting Holocaust survivors and their descendants to secure the restitution of their property in Poland; and what discussions they have had with the government of Poland about such restitution.  HL1252
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Tearfund Ageing in Rwanda, published on 25 January.  HL1253
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Tearfund Ageing in Rwanda, published on 25 January, what plans they have, if any, to ‘age-proof’ UK international development policies.  HL1254
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Tearfund Ageing in Rwanda, published on 25 January, what plans they have, if any, to distribute foreign aid cross-generationally in Rwanda.  HL1255
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they assess the effectiveness of UK aid in Rwanda for Rwandans over the age of 60.  HL1256
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea's second report, published on 8 June 2016, that conscripts in Eritrea are at risk of sexual and gender-based violence.  HL1257
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of national conscripts, reported to be at risk of sexual and gender-based violence, in the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa's programme 'Reconnecting Eritrea and Ethiopia through rehabilitation of the main arterial roads in Eritrea'.  HL1258
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 January (HL122), whether projects funded by the “£500m to start reopening lines closed following the Beeching report, reconnecting smaller towns, regenerating local economies and improving accessibility to jobs, homes and education” will have to go through (1) the Rail Ne… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take, following the ending of the Arriva Northern Rail franchise, to ensure that passengers purchasing tickets for the East Lancashire line service to Brierfield, Nelson and Colne will be able to complete their journeys to those stations.  HL1260
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States' decision to rescind restrictions on the use of anti-personnel landmines by the United States military; and what discussions they have had with that government about that decision.  HL1261
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the government of the United States' new policy on the use of landmines with the principles of the Ottawa Convention.  HL1262
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications of the new United States policy on the use of landmines in situations where UK armed forces are deployed alongside their American counterparts.  HL1263
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of the United States about its decision to rescind restrictions on the United States military's use of anti-personnel landmines.  HL1264
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the performance standard for the uptake of nearly all routine pre-school vaccinations is met.  HL1265
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of anti-vaccination messages on the uptake of all routine pre-school vaccinations.  HL1266
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve consistency by healthcare professionals in reminding parents to vaccinate their children.  HL1267
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to make it easier for parents to access vaccination services for their children.  HL1268
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the review into the application of VAT as applied to the NHS.  HL1269
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its announcement that it intends to create seven new nature reserves in Area C of the occupied West Bank; and what assessment they have made of who is likely to be affected (1) positively, and (2) negatively, as a result.  HL1270
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of harassment experienced by BBC personnel in Iran; and what action they are taking in response.  HL1271
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK students intending to travel in the EU in 2021 will be able to remain in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180 day period.  HL1272
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens travelling by (1) mobile home, (2) yacht, (3) barge, or (4) bicycle, will be able to remain in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180 day period after December 2020.  HL1273
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens who own a second home in the EU will be limited to spending only 90 days in any 180 day period in the Schengen area after December 2020.  HL1274 [I]
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens working as crew on commercial vessels moving between EU countries will be able to remain within the Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180 day period after December 2020.  HL1275
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens working in the EU, whose role entails travelling between several EU countries, will be able to remain within the Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180 day period after December 2020.  HL1276
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will alert UK citizens travelling in the EU to new visa requirements that will apply to them after the end of the implementation period.  HL1277
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the government of the United States about their proposal Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of Palestinian and Israeli People prior to its publication on 28 January.  HL1278
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States' proposal Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of Palestinian and Israeli People, published on 28 January.  HL1279
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what status Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank currently hold under international law.  HL1280
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the competing claims to the territory of East Jerusalem and the prospects for a likely resolution to such claims.  HL1281
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the risks to peace of unilaterally annexing land in the West Bank.  HL1282
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use artificial intelligence to help combat the recent outbreak of coronavirus.  HL1283
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to combat any rise of domestic violence perpetrators using technology to control their partners.  HL1284
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure quicker access for children to child and adolescent mental health services.  HL1285
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to establish the difference between free speech and false information online.  HL1286
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about (1) the punishment of settlers reported to have damaged a Palestinian school in South Nablus, (2) any damages to be paid to the school, and (3) plans for its future protection.  HL1287
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Demolitions and Displacement Bulletin, published by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights covering the period covering December 2019 with an overview of 2019.  HL1288
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People by the government of the United States, what plans they have to prevent illegal annexation in the occupied territories.  HL1289
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israel’s acting Justice Minister Amir Ohana has issued an order to seize 4.2 million shekels in assets from the Palestinian Authority as compensation for terror victims.  HL1290
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of climate change on the living conditions of Palestinian communities in the West Bank, in particular those who are unable to construct proper shelter or obtain water supplies.  HL1291
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations are they making to the government of Israel about the reported destruction of a well in the Palestinian village of Zawiyah in western Salfit.  HL1292
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to propose amendments to the provision of the Civil Partnership, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 as they relate to the issue of marriage certificates by churches immediately following the ceremony in question.  HL1293
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of what the expenditure on HS2 could otherwise have been spent on; and whether any such assessment included consideration of the number of affordable homes which could be built with the equivalent funds.  HL1294
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Future of Democracy Global Satisfaction with Democracy 2020 that dissatisfaction with democracy is "at an all-time high" including in the United States and the UK.  HL1295
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the interests of (1) consumers, and (2) competition, inform the Brexit red tape challenge.  HL1296
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to review the framework of protections offered to whistleblowers.  HL1297
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the protections offered to whistleblowers by regulatory authorities.  HL1298
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