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Questions for Written Answer for 30 June 2020

Tabled on 29 June 2020 and due for answer by 6 July 2020.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the proportion of (1) theatres, (2) live music venues, (3) concert halls, and (4) arenas, for which it would be more expensive to open under social distancing restrictions than to remain closed.  HL6190
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) theatres, (2) live music venues, (3) concert halls, and (4) arenas, about the average capacity needed to make a profit.  HL6191
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate live arts performances to resume (1) with, and (2) without, social distancing restrictions.  HL6192
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to announce sector specific support for the commercial arts sector.  HL6193
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to modify the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in order for relatives of residents in care homes to be able to move to their family homes residents of such homes who are currently not allowed to legally leave care homes.[T]  HL6194
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd has made changes to the design and scope of the HS2 Phase One programme since Royal Assent in 2017.  HL6195
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd used (1) HS2: A Guide to Tunnelling Costs, published by HS2 Ltd on 11 June 2015, and (2) the Infrastructure Cost Review by HM Treasury and Infrastructure UK, published on 21 December 2010, as benchmarks for estimating the costs of the Wendover Short-Mined Tunnel proposal.  HL6196
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they will publish the scientific evidence that cricket balls are a potential vector for COVID-19; (2) when this information was shared with the England and Wales Cricket Board; and (3) which mitigation measures were discussed with the Board.  HL6197
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to (1) the England and Wales Cricket Board, and (2) other governing bodies for cricket.  HL6198
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) which measures should be brought forward to restore grassroots cricket to at least its pre-COVID-19 levels of activity; (2) what plans they have to develop a national strategy; and (3) who they plan to consult on any such strategy.  HL6199
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial losses and impact on the Higher Education sector should the UK fail to agree continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme.  HL6200
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to engage with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure that the proposed floating offshore windfarms are built off the coast of Cornwall.  HL6201
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they intend to adopt in assessing the possible awards for financial rescue under Project Birch; whether their preference is for a loan or equity; and how they will ensure that any such award does not create a dominant position in the sector concerned.  HL6202
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology was used by HS2 Ltd to estimate the costs of the HS2 Phase One line of route between London and the West Midlands.  HL6203
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology was used by KPMG during the independent external consultant review of the Wendover Short-Mined tunnel proposal on the HS2 proposal on the HS2 Phase One line of route.  HL6204
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis was carried out to determine the potential long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HS2 passenger demand before the Notice to Proceed for HS2 Phase One was published.  HL6205
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government why a decision was made to delay the Williams Review of rail services to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the rail sector, when the Notice to Proceed for HS2 Phase One was published without any such assessment.  HL6206
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cats Cats as Companions, published 15 June; and what assessment they have made of the benefits to people's health and wellbeing of owning or interacting with pets, including cats.  HL6207
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect UK consumers and businesses following Wirecard AG filing for insolvency. [T]  HL6208
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 March (HL2045), on what evidence the claim is made that splitting the Norwich-Liverpool rail services at Nottingham will improve reliability.  HL6209
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 March (HL2045), how many of the 2,300 responses to the East Midlands Rail Franchise consultation supported the proposal to split the Norwich-Liverpool services at Nottingham.  HL6210
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL5354) which outlined potential delays to “the provision of goods to Syria's pharmaceutical industry”, what steps they are taking to mitigate (1) any damage to that country’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) any impact of sanctions on Syrian civili… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the same exceptions to sanctions applicable to international humanitarian organisations also apply to healthcare agencies that are part of the government of Syria.  HL6212
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL5356), whether EU sanctions will continue to apply in the UK after the Transition Period.  HL6213
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have made, or intend to make, available to small museums which have had to close during the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to cover their non-staffing and other costs.  HL6214
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to 2020 being designated the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, what support they intend to make available to support the Florence Nightingale Museum to mitigate lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6215
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Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Murder of British Nationals overseas.  HL6216
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures have been put in place for enhanced monitoring of contracts awarded using the exemptions in Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6217
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts awarded using the exemptions in Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 during the COVID-19 pandemic have been published more than 20 days after being awarded.  HL6218
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many mechanical ventilators are currently available to the NHS.  HL6219
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ventilators have been made available as a result of the Ventilator Challenge; and how many of those are currently in use.  HL6220
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Foreign Secretary has taken to ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access to civilians in Yemen.  HL6221
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent steps they intend to take with their international partners to try to avert the risk of catastrophic human suffering in Yemen.  HL6222
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of Iran in supplying missile technology and other weapons to the Houthi forces in Yemen.  HL6223
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of mental health specialists who can treat post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health impacts suffered by (1) health and care staff, and (2) patients who have recovered from COVID-19; and what plans they have to provide 24-hour access to mental health support for health… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6225
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to amend the law on impartiality in the Civil Service.  HL6226
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (1) interviewed, and (2) charged, in connection with the removal of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol on 7 June; and what estimate they have made, if any, of the cost to Avon and Somerset Police of policing the Black Lives Matter protest on that day.  HL6227
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for (1) secondary schools, (2) music hubs, and (3) national youth music organisations, to give young people opportunities to play in classical music ensembles and orchestras.  HL6228
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of trends in the number of pupils learning lesser-played instruments such as the (1) bassoon, (2) French horn, and (3) double bass, through school music tuition.  HL6229
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 24 June (HL5528), what proportion of claimants making (1) successful, and (2) unsuccessful, new claims for Universal Credit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been able (a) also, and (b) instead, to claim (i) contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on low income consumers of the Financial Conduct Authority’s decision to close down Wirecard's operations on 26 June; and what steps they plan to take to protect anyone without access to resources as a result of that decision. [T]  HL6231
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to the current President of Egypt; and what discussions they have had about military tensions with Libya and the reported remarks made by President al-Sisi on 22 June to the Egyptian military that it should be ready to carry out missions in Libya.  HL6232
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s announcement on 19 June that for the first time Iran is not cooperating with its inspectors at two nuclear sites, what new political initiatives they are undertaking within the E3 to ensure that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action does not collapse.  HL6233
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking through the UN Security Council negotiations on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali to refresh the international community’s support for the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali in order for the social and political reforms contained within it to be delivered.  HL6234
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, together with international partners, to support the resumption of negotiations under the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar.  HL6235
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq (1) to allow them to return to their homes in Nineveh province, and (2) to prevent any resurgence of ISIS in northern Iraq.  HL6236
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authorities about carrying out consultations with local communities ahead of the implementation of travel schemes funded from their emergency active travel fund for local authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic announced by the Secretary of State on 23 May, in view of the eight week dea… 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 assessment they have made of the causes of the outbreak of COVID-19 at meat processing plants; and what measures they plan to take (1) to address such outbreaks, and (2) to prevent any such recurrence. [T]  HL6238
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Governor of the Bank of England's comments made on 22 June that the Government would have struggled to fund itself if the Bank had not intervened.  HL6239
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish an air bridge for tourists to use between the UK and Sri Lanka. [T]  HL6240
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government on what scientific evidence they base their announcement that a cricket ball is a natural vector of disease and could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.  HL6241 [I]
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the continued closure of recreational cricket clubs on the development of young cricketers.  HL6242 [I]
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow professional county cricket to be played on a 'one metre plus' basis thereby allowing grounds to be opened to the public for county matches.  HL6243 [I]
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The Lord Bishop of Newcastle to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the Coastal Communities Fund has been spent since 2012 on regions (1) in the North East of England, and (2) north of the River Tyne in England.  HL6244
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 June (HL5064), what assessment they have made of whether Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan, and Qari Abdul Rauf have connections in (1) the Home Office, or (2) UK Visas and Immigration, which have had an impact on their deportation.  HL6245
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the deportation of (1) Adil Khan, (2) Qari Abdul Rauf, and (3) Abdul Aziz.  HL6246
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the IMF's support for Lebanon (1) is subject to strict oversight and monitoring, and (2) has mechanisms in place to ensure it is not misspent.  HL6247
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Hezbollah's involvement in (1) charitable, and (2) criminal networks, in the UK.  HL6248
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many meetings have taken place between Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Minister for Communities in Northern Ireland between 11 January and 26 June; and (2) what subjects were discussed.  HL6249
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) when the next meeting of the British-Irish Council will take place; and (2) what will be the subjects for discussion.  HL6250
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to meet with the new Taoiseach and his ministerial team to discuss (1) Anglo-Irish relations; (2) the COVID-19 pandemic; and (3) Brexit.  HL6251
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make a statement about the future of (1) VAT rates, and (2) other fiscal measures in the UK  HL6252
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what progress has been made in the construction of the inspection facilities at the ports of (a) Warrenpoint, (b) Belfast, and (c) Larne, as part of the post-Brexit custom checks allied to the New Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and (2) who will pay for the (a) construction, and (b) operation of those facili… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make transcripts of Home Office interviews with asylum seekers available for scrutiny.  HL6254
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to record Home Office interviews with those claiming refugee status.  HL6255
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of diabetic patients whose eyesight may be damaged due to delayed care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6256
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Noctura 400 Sleep Mask as a treatment for diabetic retinopathy patients.  HL6257
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the policy to withdraw section 95 support from asylum seekers when they are given temporary accommodation with food.  HL6258
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister has met Richard Desmond in the last 12 months; where each meeting took place; and what was discussed on each such occasion.  HL6259
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister and Richard Desmond have ever talked on the telephone or sent messages in any form to each other; and if so, what was the subject of those messages.  HL6260
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any aide of the Prime Minister has communicated with Richard Desmond or his staff; if so, when; and what was the subject of those communications.  HL6261
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care, published November 2019, which concluded that "black women still have more than five times the risk of dying in pregnancy or up to six weeks postpartum compared to white wome… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take following the complaint filed against the Metropolitan Police for its "aggressive and unnecessary actions" against an unresisting black father and his 13 year old son who were threatened with tasers when they were wrongfully suspected of being involved in a stabbing on 4 June.  HL6263
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the death of Zeid Qaysiyah.  HL6264
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect Palestinian-owned land near Bethlehem from any encroachment by the expansion of Efrat.  HL6265
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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 arrest of Saifuddin Najajreh, Khalaf Shakarneh, and Amin Al-Sulaibi, and (2) the subsequent impact of that detention on their education.  HL6266
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect people living in East Jerusalem from being discriminated against by planning laws.  HL6267
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Palestinians are protected in the West Bank (1) now, and (2) in the future.  HL6268
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the 10-year prison sentence given to Hammouda al-Sheikh.  HL6269
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to apply the findings and recommendations of the report by the Social Mobility Commission Apprenticeships and social mobility: fulfilling potential, published on 24 June, to members of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities.  HL6270
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the issues faced by Roma EU citizens resident in the UK, with settled status, who may have their applications for naturalisation refused because they did not have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance before settled status was granted throughout any period of self-sufficiency or as a student.  HL62… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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