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Questions for Written Answer for 8 September 2020

Tabled on 7 September 2020 and due for answer by 21 September 2020.

Lord Allan of Hallam to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to promote the use of the Unique Property Reference Numbers and Unique Street Reference Numbers that were released as open data in July in (1) the public sector, and (2) the private sector.  HL7839
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions have been made in Her Majesty’s Prisons for visiting rights for prisoners since the introduction of restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic; how many (1) visits, and (2) visitors, are permitted for each category of prisoner each week; and what special protective measures have been introduced for (1) visitors, a… 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 consular assistance they are able to provide to those who have been arrested, or are in fear of arrest, in Hong Kong.  HL7841
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in developing a cross-departmental human rights threshold for inclusion in any (1) current and forthcoming trade and telecommunications agreements, and (2) other legislation.  HL7842
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate are beneficiaries of UK contributions to World Food Programme projects; what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in global economies on those programmes; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood that current contribution levels will be maintained.  HL7843
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in considering the Strategic Outline Business Case submitted by the Isles of Scilly Transport Board to the Department for Transport for improved services and investment in new craft; and what plans they have to place an early order for such craft for the Isles of Scilly with the Appledore Shipyard.  HL7844
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Penn on 2 September (HL Deb, col 344), how much investment they have made in the last year in green industries which contribute to achieving the zero carbon target; and what is the comparable figure for their investment in industries that do not contribute to the zero carbon target.  HL7845
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UN Resolution 68/237 and the impact of the promulgation of the International Decade for People of African Descent; and what steps they propose to take in support of that Resolution's stated goals to promote the recognition and inclusion of the African Diaspora in society and opposition to all forms of r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government why the International Accounting Standard (1) requires companies to classify and present in their balance sheet property that they rent and do not own as if they owned those assets with the right to sell those assets, and (2) removes rental payments from the profit and loss account and replaces it with a charge for dep… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government why UK accounting standard FRS102 states that copyright of the standard remains with the International Accounting Standards Board; and whether they plan to place a copy of any contractual agreement with that Board, including sums required to be paid, in the library of the House.  HL7848
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether existing rights of access to all UK legislation will apply to UK-adopted international standards, including the full and free right (1) to copy, publish, distribute and transmit the information, (2) to adapt the information, and (3) to exploit the information commercially and non-commercially, including by (a)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Hegelmann Transporte's activities in the UK have broken the law; and what steps they (1) have taken, and (2) plan to take, to address any such breaches of the law.  HL7850
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage and support entrants to GCSE examinations in community languages for the 2020/2021 academic year.  HL7851
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Advanced Electronically Scanned Array Radar units will be provided for use by the Royal Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoons as a result of the contract with Leonardo and BAE systems.  HL7852
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the change to the daily number of people visiting central London since 22 June.  HL7853
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Mayor of London about the effect of the changes to the level and scope of the Congestion Charge on (1) businesses, (2) theatres, (3) cinemas, and (4) galleries, within the Congestion Charge zone; and what was the outcome of any such representations.  HL7854
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of private rented sector tenants in arrears as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7855
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of private rented sector tenants who are in arrears due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be subject to a section 21 or a section 8 notice eviction under the Housing Act 1988 issued after 26 March and before the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendme… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 prevent a possession notice where the notice was served to private rented sector tenants between 26 March and 28 August.  HL7857
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the numbers of tenants served notice between 26 March and 28 August whose evictions will proceed after 20 September, following the commencement of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (2020/914).  HL7858
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made, if any, of the possible impacts of the Civil Procedure (Amendment No.4) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 (SI 2020/751) on the duties of local authorities under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.  HL7859
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government why they decided that the masts of the SS Richard Montgomery should now be removed; and if they will publish the risk assessment that led to this decision.  HL7860
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in identifying a contractor to carry out the removal of the masts of the SS Richard Montgomery; how many times this work has been put out to tender; how many expressions of interest have been received; and what indemnities are being offered to the contractors.  HL7861
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the SS Richard Montgomery is in their National Risk Assessment; and what guidance has been offered to the relevant local resilience forums about the approach they should take to the risks associated with it.  HL7862
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement signed by 76 faith leaders calling for action in response to alleged atrocities against Uyghurs over the past three years in Xinjiang; and what plans they have to set up an impartial investigation into those allegations.  HL7863
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the actions taken by the government of South Korea to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to use any lessons learned to guide future policy.  HL7864
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government why the (1) Cornwall Partnership, (2) Dorset County Hospital, (3) Great Western Hospitals, (4) Royal Devon and Exeter, and (5) Torbay and South Devon Healthcare, NHS Foundation Trusts have not been awarded any capital funding for upgrades to their accident and emergency departments to prepare for the winter.  HL7865
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made of compliance with (1) the Equality Act 2010, and (2) the exemptions under that Act, of the Security Industry Authority’s publication Trans customers: a guide for door supervisors, published in October 2018; and whether under this guidance a door supervisor presented with documentation as evidence of age by a tran… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the government of the United States had with them prior to the announcement that that government’s arms embargo for Cyprus will be partially lifted; and what assessment they have made of the implications of any such change for their role under the Treaty of Guarantee.  HL7867
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the government of France’s stationing of military aircraft in Cyprus, and (2) whether any such action is in violation of the responsibilities of the governments of Greece, Turkey and the UK under the Treaty of Guarantee.  HL7868
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received the report of the investigation into allegations of bullying of officials by the Home Secretary; and when that report will be published.  HL7869
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what agreement they have reached with Tony Abbott in relation to expenses, including (1) travel, (2) accommodation, and (3) support, in connection with his role at the Board of Trade.  HL7870
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have suspended priority visa services for spouses; and when they plan to reinstate pre-COVID-19 pandemic arrangements and timescales for such visas.  HL7871
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average processing time for spouse visa applications from the United States in each of the last 12 months.  HL7872
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government how much, in total, has been paid to the victims of the Windrush scandal as part of the Windrush Compensation Scheme to date; what proportion of the funds allocated to that scheme that amount represents; and how many victims have been compensated.  HL7873
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they use the civil test of 'the balance of probabilities’ or the criminal law test of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ to assess claims to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.  HL7874
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what are (1) the dates of, and (2) the reasons for, each announced stage of delay in the completion of the Elizabeth Line; and what has been the additional cost of each delay.  HL7875
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reached agreement with the EU on the future arrangements for the administration of the Channel Tunnel; and if not, what is the planned timetable for those negotiations.  HL7876
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 31 July (HL7214), what powers are held by Transport for the North, beyond offering advice to the Secretary of State.  HL7877
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by senior representatives of the logistics industry to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2 September, in particular those representatives' (1) request for an urgent roundtable meeting to discuss their preparedness for the UK’s transition from EU trade regulations at the e… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently paying the additional rate of income tax; and how much they raised from this band over the last financial year.  HL7879
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total yield on inheritance tax collected in each of the last five years.  HL7880
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of (1) imports, and (2) exports, between the UK and South Africa in each of the last five years.  HL7881
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of (1) imports, and (2) exports, between the UK and India in each of the last five years.  HL7882
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they have provided to Lebanon following the explosion in Beirut on 4 August.  HL7883
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about the level of support required to retain jobs in the aerospace industry in the UK.  HL7884
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the UK’s approach to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol contained UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.  HL7885
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the infrastructure that will be required at ports in Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Protocol contained in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.  HL7886
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 11 August (HL7558), how the reference to the answers by Lord True on 3 August to the Questions for Written Answer by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (HL7209 and HL7179) relates to the question put; and whether they will now answer the question put, namely what assessment they have made of the r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 11 August (HL7557), how the reference to the answers by Lord True on 3 August to the Questions for Written Answer by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (HL7209 and HL7179) relates to the question put; and whether they will now answer the question put, namely what assessment they have made of the r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy to address (1) female genital mutilation, and (2) child marriage, in Somalia, following the introduction of the Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill in the Parliament of Somalia; and what protections they have established for the protection of British-Somali citizens from (1) female genital mutilation, and (2… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to dissuade the government of Somalia from pursuing the Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill.  HL7890
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of educational technology.  HL7891
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent skills losses in the manufacturing industry when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.  HL7892
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent long term unemployment among older workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7893
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Football Association about increasing diversity among (1) grassroots, and (2) professional, football referees.  HL7894
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Centre for Social Research Wellcome Monitor 2020: COVID-19 study, published in August, which concluded that (1) the BAME population were “less likely to receive information about staying safe from COVID-19 that they find clear or that they trust”, and (2) “considerat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the current level of real terms official development assistance spending on (1) sexual and reproductive health, and (2) family planning, regardless of any reductions to official development assistance budgets caused by any reduction in Gross National Income.  HL7896
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of violence by border police towards workers from Palestine with permits seeking to enter Israel to reach their place of employment.  HL7897
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the treatment of Khairi Hanoun.  HL7898
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to support people living in Gaza during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7899
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take following reports that families living in Gaza are living in conditions which are (1) unsafe, and (2) at imminent risk of fire, due to a reported lack of (a) safe means of energy, and (b) water.  HL7900
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Lord Truscott to ask the Leader of the House when Questions for Short Debate will be re-introduced as an item of business in the House.  HL7901
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence.  HL7902
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement of Professor Gabriel Scally on 6 September that the UK Government has 'lost control' of COVID-19.  HL7903
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an independent public inquiry into their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic; and, if so, when such an inquiry will take place.  HL7904
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths were recorded in each calendar month of (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020, up to and including August.  HL7905
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many recorded deaths were caused by (1) COVID-19, and (2) any form of cancer, in each calendar month of (a) 2018, (b) 2019, and (c) 2020, up to and including August.  HL7906
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of pathology laboratory testing capacity was available to the NHS in England for COVID-19 tests at the end of March 2020; and what is the current available capacity.  HL7907
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many recorded deaths were (1) residents of adult care homes, and (2) patients in NHS England hospitals, in each calendar month of 2020, up to and including August.  HL7908
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 laboratory tests, excluding antibody tests, in England were completed in each calendar month of 2020, up to and including August.  HL7909
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Children’s Commissioner for England on 2 September that children with special educational needs and disabilities could be at greater risk of exclusion unless they receive additional support upon their return to school following the closures during the COVID-19 pandemic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial implications for schools in which catering and support staff are employed on contracts that do not provide Statutory Sick Pay.  HL7911
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children who do not have adequate access to computing devices or digital connectivity and who have not yet received support from the scheme to provide laptops and 4G dongles.  HL7912
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs facing schools in ensuring that gym and sports equipment is cleaned and maintained to a sufficient standard to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL7913
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Chair of Ofqual on 2 September that GCSE, AS and A-Level exams may take place online in 2021.  HL7914
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to invite representatives of the National Union of Students and the University and College Union to join the taskforce on university capacity; and if so, when they plan to issue such invitations.  HL7915
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the UK’s broadband speed ranking.  HL7916
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests have been conducted at UK airports since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7917
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide state support and aid to less economically developed countries to suppress the transmission of COVID-19.  HL7918
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