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Questions for Written Answer for 10 March 2020

Tabled on 9 March 2020 and due for answer by 23 March 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between (1) dictatorships and public health, and (2) the suppression of information, reporting and whistle-blowers and the spread of COVID-19; and what plans they have to assess how they engage with authoritarian regimes as part of their Integrated Review of Security, Defence,… 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 representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about reports that Saleem Masih was tortured and killed after being accused of polluting a tube well he had bathed in due to his Christianity on 22 February.  HL2308
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of China transferred Uighurs from detention centres to work in factories where products are produced for global brands; and what plans they have to take action against such companies under the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  HL2309
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the briefing by Amnesty International Missing truth, missing justice, published on 5 March, which calls for an independent investigation into police violence during the Hong Kong protests and states that such an investigation "is essential to preventing unrest from reigniting in the city and… 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 reports that Uighur detainees in Xinjiang are being used as forced labour, what assessment they have made of Huawei’s compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015; what consideration they have given to such compliance in regard to their decision to award contracts to Huawei; how they (1) assess, and (2) investigate… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to (1) maintain the total prohibition on the use of asbestos, and (2) rule out any instance of permitting products containing up to one per cent of asbestos as per regulations in the United States, after December 2020.  HL2312
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the figures presented in section 5.9 of the HM Government Transparency Report 2018: Disruptive and Investigatory Powers (Cm 9609), published on 23 July 2018, (1) how many UK citizens were deprived of British citizenship under section 40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 in 2018 and 2019; and (2) when the nex… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the COVID-19 outbreak, what plans they have to relax the rules on the length of time between when a member of NHS staff retires and when they can join a temporary staff bank.  HL2314
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage healthy eating.  HL2315
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 6 March (HL1720), what specific actions they are taking in relation to (1) health, and (2) education, as a result of the data and analysis published by the Race Disparity Unit.  HL2316
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote British films.  HL2317
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to incorporate clauses to end bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct at work in the forthcoming Employment Bill.  HL2318
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to undertake a public consultation on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct at work.  HL2319
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government, following their policy of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, what plans they have to instruct local authorities to refuse planning applications for demolition and rebuilding properties when an existing building can be refurbished to modern standards.  HL2320
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of landowners and foresters to be able to plant and grow strands of commercial broadleaved trees which may be affected by pests and diseases.  HL2321
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the amount of timber imported annually; and what plans they have to enable England to become a net exporter of timber.  HL2322
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that security forces killed protesters and bystanders in Iran between 15 and 18 November 2019, what representations they have made to the UN Human Rights Council to dispatch a fact-finding mission to that country.  HL2323
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the killing of protesters and bystanders by security forces between 15 and 18 November 2019.  HL2324
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about recent reports of (1) protests being violently repressed, and (2) arbitrary detention and treatment of those arrested during protests.  HL2325
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were received from NHS doctors to bring their dependents to the UK; and how many of those were (1) granted, and (2) declined, in each year since 2012.  HL2326
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people qualified for asylum in the UK in each of the last three years; and how many of those people were known to be qualified doctors.  HL2327
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many doctors who were refugees have been registered with the General Medical Council in each of the last three years.  HL2328
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle COVID-19 globally.  HL2329
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the trends in the annual footfall figures for (1) Colne , (2) Nelson, (3) Brierfield, (4) Burnley Central, and (5) Burnley Barracks railway stations; and what discussions they have had with the train operating companies on ways in which the numbers could be increased.  HL2330
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to review the minimum cyber security standards for Government departments.  HL2331
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a risk assessment has been carried out to assess the implications of not reviewing the minimum cyber security standards for Government departments.  HL2332
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Government departments meet, or exceed, the current minimum cyber security standards set out for Government departments.  HL2333
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 14 March 2019 (HL14162), what was the outcome of the Attorney General’s application to the High Court on 22 May 2018 to release the assets of the National Fund; and whether that charity’s up-to-date accounts have been filed with the Charity Commission.  HL2334
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Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of pavement parking on disabled pedestrians.  HL2335
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS organisations are subject to legal directions; and what in each case is the predicted deficit for the current financial year.  HL2336
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the cost of the establishment of the state indemnity scheme for general practice, operated by NHS Resolution.  HL2337
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research undertaken by the Health Services Journal, published on 5 March, which showed the number of clinical commissioning group areas which met the 18 minute target for category 2 emergency ambulance calls.  HL2338
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 3 March (HL Deb, col 503), whether the proposed review of the arrangements for clinical negligence payments will account for (1) payment of NHS lawyers' fees by contingent arrangement, (2) repeal of section 2(4) of the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948, and (3) fixed or capped… 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 representations they have made to the World Health Organisation to set out the full reasons why it believes that the government of China has an ethical voluntary organ transplant system in place.  HL2340
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the World Health Organisation to review its stance on the government of China's organ transplant system following the China Tribunal's findings that that government's forced organ harvesting constitutes a crime against humanity.  HL2341
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL1754), whether their discussions with the government of India have included the establishment of independent inquiries into the deaths of at least 28 people involved in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019; if so, what response they received; and if… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold a roundtable meeting with "Party and non-Party stakeholders on pre-2020 implementation and ambition" ahead of COP26, as agreed at COP25.  HL2343
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the use of the phrase 'gender identity’, as opposed to the protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 of ‘gender reassignment’ in such official documents as the Hate Crime Operational Guidance and the Crown Prosecutions Service’s LGBT Hate Crimes Schools Pack.  HL2344
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the competence of people under the age of 16 to give informed consent to medical procedures which may affect their fecundity; how they decide who is competent to record and assess such consent; whether that person performing those functions is independent of the person proposing the medical procedure; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they are conducting to improve the medical (1) assessment, and (2) treatment of, children presenting with gender dysphoria.  HL2346
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) biologically female suspects or prisoners can insist on being strip-searched by, and in the presence of, biological females only, and (2) biologically female police or prison officers can refuse to strip-search prisoners or suspects who are biologically male.  HL2347
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government under which circumstances a service provider may require a person to provide a gender recognition certificate as a condition of providing services.  HL2348
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the average salaries of central Government civil servants, broken down by grade, who retired in the last full year for which figures are available; and what were those peoples average salaries two years before retirement, broken down by grade.  HL2349
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparison they have made of 4G signal strength and reliability between rural areas in (1) England, and (2) France.  HL2350
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve internet coverage in rural areas; and to what timescale.  HL2351
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the foreign investors introduced to the Department of International Trade by Quintessentially; and what venues were used for such introductions.  HL2352
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission an independent review into the structure and effectiveness of Banking Competition Remedies Ltd, in particular the (1) role of Baringa Partners, and (2) selection of participating lenders and their impact in taking market share.  HL2353
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Iran's support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, which fired missiles into Israel in February.  HL2354
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the government of Iran's support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group does not jeopardise negotiations for a permanent peace between Israel and Hamas.  HL2355
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Iran's (1) involvement in, and (2) policy of, encouraging peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  HL2356
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the level of air traffic noise over the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (2) the reasons for any change in such noise levels, and (3) the level of consultation undertaken in relation to changes in air traffic in that area.  HL2357
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to waive visa application fees for military personnel from Commonwealth countries.  HL2358
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what support is available to support new House of Lords and bicameral staff to learn English.  HL2359
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on defending immigration decisions that were appealed, in each of the last five years.  HL2360
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the risk posed by COVID-19 to low- and middle-income countries.  HL2361
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to protect the safety of (1) UK health workers, and (2) in-country frontline healthworkers in developing countries, following the outbreak of COVID-19.  HL2362
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries they are prioritising for the distribution of aid to counter the effects of COVID-19.  HL2363
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to extend statutory sick pay to people earning below the threshold of £118 per week who are affect by COVID-19.  HL2364
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise statutory sick pay to the level of the National Living Wage for those affected by COVID-19.  HL2365
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reform the application process for Universal Credit to reflect their advice on self-isolation for COVID-19.  HL2366
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to suspend the five week wait for Universal Credit for people affected by COVID-19.  HL2367
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase Universal Credit payments for those affected by COVID-19.  HL2368
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to make the Employment Support Allowance eligible for people affected by COVID-19; and (2) to suspend the need for three years of National Insurance contributions for the Employment and Support Allowance for those affected by COVID-19.  HL2369
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK's points-based immigration system: policy statement, published on 19 February, what changes, if any, they plan to make to the existing Tier 2 Minister of Religion Category.  HL2370
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure adequate availability at petrol stations of E5 ethanol fuel once E10 becomes the standard grade of fuel sold.  HL2371
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure women in football receive equal pay to their male counterparts.  HL2372
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure girls in primary schools meet the recommended levels of activity in the UK.  HL2373
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure people returning from Northern Italy self-isolate.  HL2374
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the World Health Organisation's estimate of the mortality rate of COVID-19.  HL2375
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 27 February (HL1809), when they estimate their assessments of costs, benefits and practicalities and whether to extend the scope of existing inspectorates to carry out invasive non-native species functions will be completed.  HL2376
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their vaccines strategy; and whether that strategy will include HPV vaccinations.  HL2377
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the reported closure of the West Bank and Gaza strip to people and goods for Israeli elections and religious holidays and the effect of such closures on residents' ability to work.  HL2378
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of damage caused by settler vandalism on the livelihoods of Palestinians.  HL2379
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ecological damage and loss of income caused by Israeli settlers reportedly spraying poisonous chemicals on Palestinian crops in the Jordan Valley.  HL2380
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the reported killing of an unarmed Palestinian near Tul Karm in the West Bank by an Israeli soldier and the subsequent deprivation of the family's Israeli work permits.  HL2381
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Tag Meir that 46 mosques and 12 churches have been subject to arson attacks by settlers in the West Bank and Israel in the last 10 years.  HL2382
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government which minister Highways England is accountable to; what mechanisms are in place to scrutinise that organisation’s performance; how that performance is judged; when that organisation’s performance in the south west of England was last evaluated; and what plans they have, if any, to review that organisation’s licence.  HL2383
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what role Highways England has in delivering (1) the UK’s Industrial Strategy, and (2) the National Planning Policy Framework.  HL2384
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their infrastructure priorities for the south west of England.  HL2385
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop the M5 as a growth corridor; and whether they have asked the National Infrastructure Commission to consider such a proposal.  HL2386
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many holding directions Highways England have issued, broken down per English region, for each year since 2017; (2) the estimated costs of such delays, broken down per English region, for each year since 2017; and (3) what estimate they have made of the numbers of new homes and new jobs that have been delayed as a result of suc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Highways England has been successful in delivering the Road Investment Strategy; and, where such schemes supposed to be delivered under the Strategy have not been completed, whether the numbers holding directions have increased as a result.  HL2388
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial support to self-employed people who have to self-quarantine as a result of COVID-19.  HL2389
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of measures adopted in Taiwan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL2390
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban gatherings of over 1,000 people in the UK as a result of COVID-19.  HL2391
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what timescale they have set for the review of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  HL2392
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be a public consultation as part of the review of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  HL2393
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how the review of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will relate to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL2394
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the problem-solving approach used in Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to other areas such as domestic violence.  HL2395
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministerial visits have been made to Family Drug and Alcohol Court teams in the last twelve months; and which teams have been visited.  HL2396
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to support Family Drug and Alcohol Court teams beyond the end of the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice programme.  HL2397
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will offer to areas which were unsuccessful in applying for Supporting Families: Investing in Practice funding in order to establish a Family Drug and Alcohol Court team.  HL2398
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to fulfil the Conservative Party's 2019 General Election manifesto commitment to "pilot integrated domestic abuse courts that address criminal and family matters in parallel".  HL2399
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to appoint a new Chair for the Youth Justice Board.  HL2400
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of staff working at visa application centres, processing biometric data for applicants for UK visas, they directly employ.  HL2401
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether staff collecting biometric data from applicants for UK visas are involved in the decision-making process for awarding visas.  HL2402
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set up a review of the terms of reference of the Gambling Commission and the extent to which that Commission is working to meet those terms.  HL2403
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that any future trade agreements with other countries will require that no imported food or drink may contain any asbestos which could enter into the body of a consumer.  HL2404
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