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Questions for Written Answer for 20 October 2020

Tabled on 19 October 2020 and due for answer by 2 November 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they awarded any contracts for the provision of personal protective equipment to Hubei Haixin Protective Products Group Co., Ltd; if so, what plans they have to publish the details of those contracts; what was each contract's value; and what was supplied.  HL9264
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which companies that have been awarded contracts to supply personal protective equipment to the NHS have sourced stock from Hubei Haixin Protective Products Co., Ltd.  HL9265
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they awarded to Medwell Medical Products for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the value of each such contract; and what was supplied.  HL9266
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which companies that have been awarded contracts to supply personal protective equipment to the NHS have sourced stock from Medwell Medical Products.  HL9267
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any personal protective equipment that was manufactured by Hubei Haixin Protective Products Group Co., Ltd has been bought by the NHS; and if so, how much (1) that equipment has cost in total, and (2) they have bought, to date.  HL9268
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of modelling by the Centre for Mental Health which indicates that up to 10 million people in England, including 1.5 million children and young people, will need new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic; what plans they have to consult (1) the NHS, and (2) loc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Plateau State, Nigeria; and what (1) financial, and (2) technical, assistance they intend to provide (a) to strengthen the rule of law, and (b) to protect freedom of religion or belief, in that region.  HL9270
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to encourage the investigation of the number of Christians killed in that country since 2001.  HL9271
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Nigerian House of Representatives on  4 July 2018 declaring killings in predominantly Christian villages in Plateau State to be a genocide and calling on the federal government of Nigeria to establish orphanages in areas affected by violence.  HL9272
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of young workers overseas who would qualify as "new entrants" to the UK labour market under the planned criteria for their points-based immigration system.  HL9273
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of young workers from overseas who will be recruited by British employers to work in the UK as "new entrants" as part of their points-based immigration system.  HL9274
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to limit the number of “new entrant” workers permitted to migrate to the UK for work; and if so, what is that limit.  HL9275
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people in the UK are expected to benefit from the Kickstart Scheme in 2021.  HL9276
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan for the proposed “new entrant” aspect of their points-based immigration system to interact with the Kickstart Scheme.  HL9277
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of police officers in England (1) in 2010, (2) in 2015, and (3) in the latest year for which figures are available.  HL9278
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish the party or group affiliations of UK trade envoys.  HL9279
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers there are per head of population in each policing area in England.  HL9280
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what daily rate they pay to senior executives from Boston Consulting Group to work on the COVID-19 testing system.  HL9281
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Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about its decision to freeze the bank accounts of Amnesty International in that country; and what assessment they have made of the actions by that government against non-governmental organisations, in particular, human rights groups.  HL9282
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that arms sold by the UK to other countries are not used on civilian populations.  HL9283
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS England review of prosthetic services has been completed; and if so, when the findings of this review will be published.  HL9284
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative has supported new types of socket for prosthetic limbs.  HL9285
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 1 October (HL8184), which members of the Digital Economy Council were invited to contribute to the review of their Digital Data and Technology function over the summer.  HL9286
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 1 October (HL8184), what were the terms of reference of the recent review into their Digital Data and Technology function.  HL9287
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 1 October (HL8184), which (1) processes, (2) structures, and (3) operations, of the Digital Data and Technology function were considered as part of the review they carried out over the summer.  HL9288
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Recovery and reset for respiratory: restoring and improving basic care for patients with lung disease, published in October.  HL9289
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation to discuss ways in which respiratory care in the NHS can be improved.  HL9290
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Kurdistan Regional Government about the arrest of Sherwan Amin Sherwani on 7 October.  HL9291
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward pay reviews for those nurses and other medical staff who were not included in the pay award for some public sector workers from 2021 to the end of this year.  HL9292
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the turnover rate of NHS medical staff; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL9293
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to clarify the COVID-19 tier rules for those with two or more places of residence; and whether someone whose primary residence is subject to one tier must abide by that tier's rules if moving to a secondary residence in a different tier.  HL9294
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether under the COVID-19 tier rules a person can move from a primary residence in a high-risk tier to a secondary residence in a lower-risk tier in order to attend medical, dental and ophthalmic appointments; and if not, how they intend to enforce those rules.  HL9295
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of male teachers; and what plans they have to encourage men to enter the teaching profession.  HL9296
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the review by the Royal Society Vitamin D and COVID-19, published on 18 June, which noted both the high levels of Vitamin D deficiency in the UK’s population and its important regulatory role in the human immune system, what steps they are taking to prevent vitamin D deficiency as a public health measure.  HL9297
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting Georgia’s preparations for full membership of NATO.  HL9298
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting Ukraine’s preparations for full membership of NATO.  HL9299
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s preparations for full membership of NATO.  HL9300
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UK is facing a critical shortage of veterinarians; and what steps they are taking to increase veterinary capacity.  HL9301 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of export health certificates for animal products that will need to be issued from 1 January 2021; and what is their current capacity for issuing these certificates.  HL9302 [I]
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Lord Mann to ask the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body what discussions they have had about (1) the combining, and (2) the rationalising, of facilities as part of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, including of (a) libraries, (b) refreshment facilities, (c) family rooms, and (d) car parking, (i) during, and (ii) after, any such restoration work.  HL9303
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Lord Mann to ask the Leader of the House how much Cranborne money has been budgeted to (1) the Labour party, (2) the Liberal Democrat party, (3) the office of the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, and (4) any other groups or parties in the House of Lords, in the current financial year.  HL9304
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Lord Mann to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many current members of the House have not (1) attended a sitting of the House, Grand Committee or committee meeting, (2) spoken, and (3) voted, since 1 January.  HL9305
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps Homes England is taking (1) to encourage, and (2) to create, opportunities for small and new-entry builders in the housing construction sector; and what plans they have, if any, to reflect these steps in the specification for the forthcoming tender for Homes England's Delivery Partner Panel 4.  HL9306
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) the terms of reference, (2) leadership and personnel, and (3) the outcome of deliberations, of the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC); what assessment they have made of the impact on public trust in the decisions of the JBC of publishing such information; and who is responsible for appointing people to the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their planning assumptions for the maximum number of critical care beds that will be required for COVID-19 patients in Nightingale Hospitals in (1) Manchester, (2) Sunderland, and (3) Harrogate.  HL9308
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government how many inpatient beds are available to the NHS for eating disorder patients in (1) England, (2) the North of England, (3) the Midlands and East of England, (4) London, and (5) the South of England; and, for each of those categories, how many are available for (a) children and young people, and (b) adults.  HL9309
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made (1) of, aside from the Crown and the UK Government, which (a) person, (b) family, (c) organisation, or (d) charity, is the largest landowner in England and Wales; and (2) of how many acres are held by that landowner.  HL9310
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution to national health and wellbeing of the re-opening to the public in May of gardens owned by (1) members of Historic Houses, and (2) other private individuals.  HL9311
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met representatives of the National Trust; and what was discussed at that meeting.  HL9312
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current levels of emergency hospital admissions related to self-harm in Somerset; and whether such levels are higher or lower than those for (1) South West England, and (2) England as a whole.  HL9313
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 13 October (HL8644), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many individuals have been prosecuted for not wearing a face covering on the South Eastern main line since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9314
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 15 October (HL7812), which organisation is responsible for the operation of the COVID-19 testing facility based at Gatwick airport; whether that facility is carrying out tests; and if so, on what date tests were first carried out at that site.  HL9315
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the notice filed by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group to appoint administrators.  HL9316
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about reconstructing the entrance to the port of Holyhead.  HL9317
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the ex-Ministry of Defence sites currently being used to accommodate migrants in Pembrokeshire and Folkestone are in good condition.  HL9318
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the provision of parking sites for lorries travelling through the port of Holyhead after 31 December.  HL9319
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the scientific basis for the decision that gyms may remain open in Blackburn but have been closed in Wirral.  HL9320
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) publish an unredacted version of the report by Lord Justice Bingham Inquiry into the Supervision of The Bank of Credit and Commerce International, published on 22 October 1992, and (2) provide a list of who has received a copy of the unredacted version of that report to date; and if not, why.  HL9321
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government who they have awarded contracts to as part of their response to COVID-19; and for each such entity, (1) how many contracts have been awarded, and (2) what is the value of those contracts.  HL9322
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government which accountancy firms who currently hold contracts awarded by Government departments have been (1) formally criticised, or (2) fined, by any accounting regulatory body.  HL9323
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many directors of Carillion plc have been disqualified as directors since the report by the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee and Work and Pensions Select Committee Carillion (HC 769) was published on 16 May 2018.  HL9324
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Office for Professional Body Anti Money Laundering Supervision Anti-Money Laundering Supervision by the Legal and Accountancy Professional Body Supervisors: Progress and themes from 2019, published in March, and the finding that "92 per cent of accountancy Professional Body Supervisors expressed concerns abou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the national rollout of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing on the prevalence of sex-selective abortion; and what plans they have to suspend the rollout of that scheme until they have carried out a review of that potential impact.  HL9326
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to employment for 16 to 24-year-olds.  HL9327
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote take-up of national tutoring programme funding.  HL9328
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Association of Colleges survey Colleges Week SME Leader Survey, published on 16 October; and what steps they are taking to ensure that SMEs have the resources to reskill their workforces.  HL9329
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Youth Music and the Take It Away Consortium Reshape Music, published on 14 October; and what steps they are taking to make music education more accessible.  HL9330
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government how many completion notices have been confirmed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in the last ten years for which figures are available; and what plans they have, if any, (1) to review, (2) to revoke, or (3) to revise, this power.  HL9331
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that 12 Palestinian police officers were detained as they returned to Ramallah after entering Area C to apprehend a Palestinian with criminal charges.  HL9332
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs COVID-19 Emergency Situation Report 17 (29 August–8 September 2020), published on 8 September, and the finding that there has been a 60 per cent increase in the demolition of Palestinian buildings demolished by the government of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the Israel Defence Forces have raided Palestinian villages at night for training purposes.  HL9334
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a Palestinian in a village near Nablus was blinded by a rubber bullet fired by an Israel Defence Force soldier.  HL9335
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of the homes of six Palestinian families in Masafer Yatta on 30 September.  HL9336
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to ensure that women living in Gaza have access to medical treatment for breast cancer in the West Bank.  HL9337
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which, languages are spoken by officers of the National Crime Agency.  HL9338
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers in England and Wales at the rank of Assistant Chief Constable or above are (1) female, and (2) from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background.  HL9339
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent to date on (1) the design, (2) the build, and (3) the roll-out, of the Cloud Video Platform for criminal hearings; and of this sum, how much was spent on independent management and technical consultants.  HL9340
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is interventional procedure guidance available on CE marked vertebral body tethering systems from (1) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or (2) the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; and for what kinds of patients, if any, vertebral body tethering will be made available… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what new guidance for the treatment of children with scoliosis has been developed since the withdrawal of the MAGEC system.  HL9342
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health Research is funding any research into the use of vertebral body tethering for adolescents with advancing scoliosis.  HL9343
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