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Questions for Written Answer for 7 September 2020

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision to remove references to the separation of powers and its impact on judicial independence and other aspects of “one country, two systems" in text books in Hong Kong.  HL7744
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on public confidence in the safety of returning to work and schools of the forecasted number of deaths resulting from a reasonable worst-case scenario in a resurgence of COVID-19 during the winter being double that that has already occurred.  HL7745
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to universities and higher education providers about steps to take in relation to students attending from areas where local lockdowns are in place.  HL7746
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist with additional track and trace facilities at universities (1) located in areas, and (2) with students arriving from, areas under local lockdown.  HL7747
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to universities located in areas under local lockdown areas about (1) teaching plans, and (2) measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  HL7748
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have made available relating to the management of student shared accommodation in areas (1) where there is a high prevalence of COVID-19, and (2) in local lockdown.  HL7749
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to submit an upgraded nationally determined contributions plan for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference by the deadline at the end of the year; and what steps they are taking as chair of that conference to encourage other nations to meet that deadline.  HL7750
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all TetraPaks used in the UK are appropriately recycled.  HL7751
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to resume the resettlement scheme for refugees.  HL7752
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve enforcement of minimum wage legislation in the garment sector in the UK.  HL7753
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the conditions in which pheasants and red-legged partridges are reared before being released as gamebirds.  HL7754
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to improve the safety and regulation of light aircraft, and (2) the safety and regulation of such aircraft which are registered in the United States and other overseas jurisdictions but operating primarily in the UK.  HL7755
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of tactics used to police large gatherings of people who are not adhering to COVID-19 preventative measures.  HL7756
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to respond to the Report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review First Do No Harm, published on 8 July.  HL7757
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government Digital Service has undertaken a risk assessment of UK Government data being held with US cloud providers following the judgment by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case; and what the outcome of any such assessment was.  HL7758
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for NHS Digital to review its public cloud guidance following the judgment by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case.  HL7759
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revise the Government Cloud First policy following the judgment by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case.  HL7760
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what action the Information Commissioner's Office will be taking against misleading statements given by international cloud providers about the security of UK data on their platforms following the following the judgment by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case.  HL7761
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a new National Data Strategy.  HL7762
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case, what assessment they have made of the use of US-based cloud providers to host UK Government data held in the UK.  HL7763
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide domestic replacements for each of the funding streams that the UK receives from the EU.  HL7764
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the public leisure centre sector to avoid (1) further redundancies, and (2) the closure of public leisure facilities in local communities.  HL7765
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of leisure centres in addressing obesity; and what plans they have to provide additional support prior to the Comprehensive Spending Review.  HL7766
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed £2.9 billion reduction in the official development assistance budget.  HL7767
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support refugees in response to the health and humanitarian situation resulting from COVID-19 in refugee camps.  HL7768
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the list of those who have been designated for Magnitsky-style sanctions to include any senior Chinese Communist Party officials who have orchestrated human rights violations against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.  HL7769
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the provision of sufficient funding for district councils in two-tier areas to support (1) the public health work of their environmental health staff and departments as part of the work on COVID-19, and (2) tracking, tracing and isolating work in partnership with Government.  HL7770
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to discourage the use of private combustion engine motor vehicles in cities, and (2) to promote the use of public transport in cities and elsewhere, during the remainder of 2020.  HL7771
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Lord Greaves to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to provide COVID-19 testing facilities within the Palace of Westminster or the Parliamentary Estate; and if there are any such plans, what advice will be provided to members in the House of Lords on the frequency with which they should, or must, be tested.  HL7772
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to devolve decision-making on local COVID-19 restrictions to local government; and if they have any such plans, whether district councils in two-tier local government areas will be included in the bodies making those decisions.  HL7773
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the cost of the self-isolation payment scheme they estimate will be administration costs.  HL7774
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided to local authorities (1) to maintain existing services, and (2) to temporarily backfill posts in areas such as environmental and public health while existing staff are redeployed to work connected with COVID-19.  HL7775
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Care Quality Commission discloses mortality rates for individual care homes.  HL7776
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the residents and staff of every care home in England to receive regular testing for COVID-19.  HL7777
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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.  HL7778
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider adopting the Buurtzorg model for the provision of social care.  HL7779
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Cornerstone Local Cornerstone Year Two Report 2019, published in April 2019, with particular regard to the use of the Buurtzorg model for social care.  HL7780
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to sign the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and (2) to submit that Treaty to Parliament for ratification.  HL7781
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the provision medical and other aid to Gaza for COVID-19 prevention during the latest ceasefire.  HL7782
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about (1) the curfews in the Sur neighbourhood of Diyarbakir City and imposed on 19 villages in Bitlis Province, and (2) reports of unlawful killings in north Istanbul and near Mardin.  HL7783
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiating a deal on future trade relations with the government of Mauritius.  HL7784
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the oil spill caused by the shipwreck of MV Wakashio, what assistance they are providing to the government of Mauritius to clean the area and save wildlife, particularly the endangered species in and around the national park of Ile aux Aigrettes.  HL7785
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the actions of the government of Mauritius following the shipwreck of, and subsequent oil spill caused by, MV Wakashio.  HL7786
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of recent elections in Belarus.  HL7787
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not implemented testing for COVID-19 at airports and other ports of entry for those entering the UK.  HL7788
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are planning, if any, to ensure that aviation is safe if and when the UK leaves the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.  HL7789
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist the UK aerospace industry in the light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7790
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they provided in research and development grants to the aerospace industry in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL7791
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of research and development grants for the aerospace industry are earmarked for (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.  HL7792
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they provided in total monies for the A400M project.  HL7793
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M aircraft they have obtained for current service.  HL7794
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M aircraft are currently on order.  HL7795
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) how couples living in the same household in receipt of social security benefits intended for children share their income, and (2) how money from social security benefits intended for children is spent in such households; and what research is being undertaken to assess income distrib… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to the prime minister-designate of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib, since his appointment; and if so, (1) when, and (2)  whether concrete British assistance to rebuild the country was discussed.  HL7797
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant school closures who (1) had no digital devices in their household, (2) whose only available device was a smartphone, (3) had access to a single device in their household which was shared with more than one other family memb… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the military coup on 18 August in Mali, what assessment they have made of (1) the current political situation in that country, and (2) the progress of talks to resolve the crisis between mediators from the Economic Community of West African States and the coup leaders.  HL7799
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Belarus.  HL7800
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, what discussions they have had with the government of the United States to find a way forward on agreeing a draft resolution aimed at advancing measures to prosecute, rehabilitate and reintegrate foreign terrorist fighters.  HL7801
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Campaign Against Arms Trade publication in August of a list of 17 countries which received some form of British military training between 2018 and 2020, (1) what defence engagement has taken place in each such country, and (2) how they have ensured that such engagement complies with international humanitarian… 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 recommendations on the standards for food imports which should apply in international trade agreements in the report by Henry Dimbleby National Food Strategy: Part One, published on 29 July.  HL7803
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they attached any conditions to the agreement for the BBC to fund TV licences for those aged over 75; what plans they have to reduce any grants to the BBC in line with the decision to discontinue free TV licences for those aged over 75; and what plans they have, if any, to meet the costs of providing such TV licenc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what remuneration package they have proposed to Tony Abbott in connection with his proposed membership of the Board of Trade.  HL7805
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the names of the recipients of loans made under (1) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (2) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; and if not, why not.  HL7806
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, or (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, have reviewed the accuracy of public statements made by H2O Asset Management on the gating of funds.  HL7807
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have suspended meetings of the expert steering group representing airports; if so, why; how they intend to liaise with airports on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on airports across England; and when they last held discussions with the representatives of each airport in England.  HL7808
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the environmental impact of the reintroduction of skywriting, and (2) the impact of such a reintroduction on their plans for reducing carbon emissions; whether they intend to introduce legislation to implement such a reintroduction; and if so, when.  HL7809
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on Crawley and the surrounding area of the redundancies announced by Gatwick Airport; and what plans they have to provide additional support to the local authorities concerned.  HL7810
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to adjust the timings of announcements adding countries to the list of those requiring quarantine for returning visitors in order to allow a longer interval between the announcement of new quarantine measures and their implementation.  HL7811
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what COVID-19 testing capabilities exist at Gatwick Airport; and how much any such testing capabilities have been used in each of the last eight weeks.  HL7812
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when the public consultation for the reintroduction of skywriting took place; how that consultation took place; how many responses they received; and what percentage of the responses were supportive of such a reintroduction.  HL7813
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiating free trade deals.  HL7814
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that all arms and equipment licensed for export from the UK meet the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.  HL7815
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners about inserting clauses on human rights in future trade deals.  HL7816
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners about protecting International Labour Organisation standards in future trade agreements.  HL7817
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners about maintaining environmental protection standards in trade agreements.  HL7818
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of the aerospace sector in the UK.  HL7819
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government who will inform a school of a positive COVID-19 test of a student at that school.  HL7820
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children received free school meals during the 2020 summer holidays.  HL7821
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have made available to local authorities about pupils who were not a registered pupil at any school at the beginning of the lockdown put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7822
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are currently in care; and what percentage of those were provided with laptops for home schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7823
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to offer to students from vulnerable families who are unable to begin a degree course in September.  HL7824
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing standardised testing in the autumn to assist schools in identifying any learning and skills gaps among pupils.  HL7825
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to protect civilians in Gaza from bombing by the government of Israel.  HL7826
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 August (HL7404), what plans they have to make an assessment of the case for using the Royal Navy to protect Palestinian fishermen from attacks by the Israeli Navy.  HL7827
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had (1) with the government of India, and (2) at the UN, about the annexation of Jammu and Kashmir and the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India.  HL7828
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinian medical facilities in East Jerusalem from violent incursions by the Israel Defence Forces.  HL7829
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum in the light of reports (1) that explosive devices have been placed by the Israel Defence Force in civilian areas, and (2) of violence towards unarmed Palestinians.  HL7830
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinians living in the West Bank from having their (1) property, (2) land, and (3) infrastructure, demolished by the government of Israel on the grounds of an alleged lack of planning permission.  HL7831
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how consumers can obtain the necessary vouchers to take part in the Green Homes Grant Scheme; and what plans they have to publicise that scheme.  HL7832
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) businesses, and (2) tradespeople, have signed up to the TrustMark Scheme in order to take part in the Green Homes Grant Scheme.  HL7833
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to further review the costs and benefits of HS2; and whether that project remains (1) on time, and (2) on budget.  HL7834
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Lord Truscott to ask the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body what plans they have to conduct an independent review (1) of the costs and benefits of the restoration and renewal scheme for the Palace of Westminster, and (2) of the attendant costs and benefits of decanting MPs and Members of the House of Lords to other sites.  HL7835
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times people resident in England have been sent to testing centres in Wales for COVID-19 tests because of inadequate capacity in England.  HL7836
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) under what circumstances, applications made under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme between 1 August and 31 August were (a) accepted, and (b) approved, when such applications were submitted after the deadline for applications; and what criteria they used to decide which circumstances were deemed exceptional so as… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the enactment of the Business and Planning Act 2020, how many local authorities have opted to make pavement licences subject to a smoke-free condition.  HL7838
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