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Questions for Written Answer for 17 March 2020

Tabled on 16 March 2020 and due for answer by 30 March 2020.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any changes to the Cabinet Office document Drafting answers to parliamentary questions: guidance since 2 February 2011; and what assessment they have made of the compliance of the Written Answers by Lord True on 11 March (HL2127, HL2128, HL2129, HL2130, HL2131 and HL2132) with this guidance (1) in gen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 750 Treasury roles due to be moved to a new ‘economic campus’ in the North of England will be recruited from the local labour market; how many of these roles will be (1) of Grade 7 or below, and (2) of Grade SCS1 and above; and when they expect these roles will be filled.  HL2595
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 22,000 civil service roles due to be moved out of London will be (1) of Grade 7 or below, and (2) of Grade SCS1 and above; and when they expect these roles will be filled.  HL2596
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that (1) retail workers, and (2) the retail sector, are compensated for loss of earnings and revenue resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.  HL2597
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the drop in median income for the poorest fifth of people identified in the Office for National Statistics Average household income, UK: financial year ending 2019 release, published on 5 March, on the life expectancy of boys born in (1) the North West, (2) Yorkshire and the 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 what plans they have to review internal advice on personal protective equipment given to NHS doctors; and what steps they are taking to ensure that medical staff swabbing patients for COVID-19 have filtering facepiece 3 respirators.  HL2599
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) current availability of ventilators in NHS intensive care units, and (2) production capacity, to supply further ventilators in line with the planned increase in their use.  HL2600
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the use of Tocilizumab in the treatment of severe cases of interstitial pneumonia linked to COVID-19 in China and Italy; and what plans they have to make that drug available on the NHS.  HL2601
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the National Cancer Institute Pascale Foundation, and (2) the Colli Hospital, in Italy about the results those institutions saw from using Tocilizumab to treat patients with severe pneumonia linked to COVID-19.  HL2602
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 10 March that the government of North Korea may be responsible for crimes against humanity; and what plans they have to refer that government to the International Criminal Court.  HL2603
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 March (HL1839), what assessment they have made of the report by the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies China and Viruses: The Case of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, published on 29 January.  HL2604
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they have taken in response to the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to share the findings of its internal review into unprosecuted rape cases with the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Rape Inspection 2019.  HL2605
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring forward the end date of the implementation period to 30 June in order to allow the UK to (1) regulate, or (2) deregulate, to facilitate the UK's economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2606
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 March (HL1722), when they will publish an impact assessment for the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020; and whether any such assessment will consider the relationship between changes in low-skilled migration and labour… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to affirm their commitment to the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC); and what consideration they have given to the UK’s future membership of the ISTC as a state party.  HL2608
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) steps are being taken, and (2) resources are being made available, to support and protect homeless communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2609
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government why the West Midlands Ambulance Service are downgrading the role of Community First Responders in Staffordshire.  HL2610
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons given by West Midlands Ambulance Service for downgrading the role of Community First Responders in Staffordshire.  HL2611
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration was given by the West Midlands Ambulance Service to upgrading the role of Community First Responders in other parts of its area to bring the roles into line with the role in Staffordshire before the decision was taken to downgrade the role of Community First Responders in Staffordshire and bringing that role into line w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current enhanced role of Community First Responders in Staffordshire has proved more effective in terms of (1) quality, and (2) safety, when compared to the work of Community First Responders in other parts of the West Midlands Ambulance Service area.  HL2613
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide on the role of Community First Responders.  HL2614
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) people living in Northern Ireland will be able to access blood transfusions, health treatment and educational provision in the Republic of Ireland, and (2) people living in the Republic of Ireland will be able to access blood transfusions, health treatment and educational provision in Northern Ireland, after December 2020.  HL2… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that the payment scheme set up under the Victims' Payments Regulations 2020 will be implemented in line with the statutory commitments passed by Parliament for compensatory payments to those severely injured through no fault of their own.  HL2616
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that Part 5(23)(2) of the Victims' Payments Regulations 2020 is implemented, and victims' payments are made as soon as reasonably practicable from May 2020.  HL2617
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, it takes to gain grant of probate following an application for probate.  HL2618
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people can telephone a probate registry to find out how their application is progressing; and what is the average length of time for such telephone calls to be answered.  HL2619
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how long Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs takes to process inheritance tax account forms and return IHT421 forms as a receipt of tax paid; and whether there is a service-level agreement for this.  HL2620
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how long Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs takes to refund overpaid inheritance tax; and whether there is a service-level agreement for such refunds.  HL2621
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, it takes to be granted probate after filing inheritance tax forms with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.  HL2622
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the insurance industry the implications of COVID-19 for firms which have taken out pandemic insurance.  HL2623
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount that (1) Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, and (2) Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, are predicted to overspend in the 2019–20 financial year.  HL2624
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Budget 2020’s commitments on electronic vehicle charging infrastructure and consumer incentives for ultra-low emission vehicles, what assessment they have made of the likely annual reduction in overall domestic transport emissions.  HL2625
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Budget 2020’s commitment to provide £304 million to help local authorities improve air quality, what assessment they have made of the likely annual reduction in overall nitrogen dioxide emissions.  HL2626
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government following the Budget 2020's commitment to plant enough trees to cover an area the size of Birmingham over the next five years, how many trees they intend to plant in each financial year.  HL2627
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to remove the entitlement to use red diesel in agriculture, fish farming and rail beyond 2022; and if so, what support they will provide to those industries to improve their energy efficiency or source greener alternatives.  HL2628
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their plans to introduce a new Plastic Packaging Tax from April 2022, they will also introduce consistent national guidelines for the recycling of such packaging.  HL2629
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their ability to deliver urgent repairs and upgrades to flood defences.  HL2630
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on UK membership of the UN World Tourism Organisation.  HL2631
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what multilateral discussions they have had about lifting or easing economic sanctions on Sudan.  HL2632
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Planning for the future policy paper, published on 12 March, whether the proposed development corporations in the Oxford–Cambridge Arc will be (1) new town, (2) urban, (3) locally-led new town, or (4) mayoral, development corporations.  HL2633
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Planning for the future policy paper, published on 12 March, under what legislation they are planning to bring forward proposals for the four development corporations in the Oxford–Cambridge Arc.  HL2634
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 13 March (HL2223), what guidance is given to prison governors on how to assess the balance between the rights of transgender individuals in custody and those of others in custody around them, as referred to in the Ministry of Justice Policy Framework on The care and management of indi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 11 March (HL2275), what is their policy on the inclusion of biologically male athletes in women's sports.  HL2636
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 13 March (HL2225), what is their policy on limiting the discretion of courts to refuse to make a compensation order on the basis of the behaviour of the victim; and what information they hold on the percentage of cases in which compensation was refused for such reasons in the last yea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that commercial businesses seeking insurance payouts for cancellations or closures due to COVID-19 are covered.  HL2638
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that COVID-19 will be listed as a qualifying disease for insurance payouts.  HL2639
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued any guidance (1) to fund managers on statements related to restricting redemptions of investments of open-ended funds, and (2) on whether fund managers may issue statements that fund investors will never be gated.  HL2640
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to use counter cyclical capital adjustments for banks to enhance resilience in order to cope with economic downturns; and whether they mandate regular stress tests.  HL2641
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have taken any action to (1) monitor, or (2) issue guidance, to peer-to-peer lenders about whether new client inflows should be used to support previous borrowers experiencing financial difficulty and funded by earlier investors.  HL2642
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether contracts between Quintissentially and (1) the Department for International Trade, and (2) any other Government department or agency, required details of the people who received goods and services under the contracts; and whether any goods or services were specifically excluded from those contracts.  HL2643
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £3 billion national skills fund announced in the 2019 Conservative manifesto is available to small businesses for apprenticeships.  HL2644
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new system for regulating chemicals which requires technical information to be submitted by businesses to the Health and Safety Executive within two years of the end of the implementation period will be used to improve environmental standards.  HL2645
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the preparedness of UK ports of entry to facilitate international trade after the transition period.  HL2646
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their Export Strategy.  HL2647
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Secretary of State for International Trade with her counterparts in non-EU countries on any opportunities for trade deals after the transition period.  HL2648
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support exports by the renewable energy sector.  HL2649
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a reduction in the use of pesticides will be necessary in order to meet the targets set out in their policy paper A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment.  HL2650
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to changing (1) UK pesticide standards, in particular maximum residue levels, and (2) the UK's approach to authorising pesticides, in order to achieve future trade agreements.  HL2651
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to create an online hackathon platform to help design and deploy an open-source ventilator for the NHS.  HL2652
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the case for using simplified iron lung machines to treat COVID-19.  HL2653
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to advise medical professionals in 'at-risk' groups to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2654
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to build new hospitals to cope with any influx of COVID-19 patients.  HL2655
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have (1) made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports of the killing of a 15 year old Palestinian, and injuries to others, by Israeli forces at Jabal al-Arma.  HL2656
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have (1) made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports of the construction of a Palestinian-only road to connect the northern and southern parts of the West Bank, with the reported aim of separating Israelis and Palestinians driving in that area.  HL2657
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 March (HL1981), what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about that country's compliance with international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.  HL2658
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) use, and (2) criteria for the use, of sanctions in order to uphold international law and human rights in other countries.  HL2659
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by Hana Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, that the government of Israel is allowing armed settlers to “terrorise” Palestinians in Judea and Samaria.  HL2660
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most effective measures adopted by other countries to address COVID-19.  HL2661
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the projected peak of COVID-19 will coincide with the hay fever season, what advice they are giving to hay fever sufferers  HL2662
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of mass testing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the UK.  HL2663
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to establish a centralised disease control centre, similar to the National Heath Command Centre in Taiwan.  HL2664
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the projected UK death toll from COVID-19  HL2665
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of herd immunity as a way to minimise UK deaths from COVID-19  HL2666
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Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the responses by Earl Howe on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1438) and 12 February (HL Deb, col 2264) and reports that they have changed their public position as to whether there have been successful examples of Russian disinformation affecting elections in the UK, what recent assessment they have made of evidence of Russian interfer… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of UK citizens resident outside the UK; and whether they are confident in the accuracy of that estimate.  HL2668
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of UK citizens resident outside the UK (1) who are eligible to vote in UK parliamentary elections under the present rule which bars British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting, and (2) who would be eligible following the extension of the right to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of UK citizens who are dual nationals; of those, how many are estimated to be living in the UK; and what are the ten countries estimated to host the largest numbers of UK citizens with dual nationality living abroad.  HL2670
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of UK citizens living abroad by their country of residence; and what estimate they have made of the proportion of UK citizens who hold dual nationalities.  HL2671
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