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Questions for Written Answer for 24 November 2020

Tabled on 23 November 2020 and due for answer by 7 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that factories in China have used forced labour from North Korean workers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for export to countries including the UK; what assessment they carried out of factory conditions in China before they purchased PPE produced in that country; what w… 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 assessment they have made of reports that Cui Haoxin was arrested in China for speaking out against the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang; what representations they have made to the government of China (1) about his case, and (2) about freedom of speech and media freedom in China.  HL10558
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that aid supplied to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa in Cameroon’s Far North has been diverted to the Anglophone regions, and (2) that attempts to tackle extremist terrorist groups in the Far North are now subsequently undersupplied.  HL10559
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports (1) that military equipment has been diverted from Cameroon's Far North to the Anglophone regions, and (2) that the Cameroonian military has been implicated in human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings in the Anglophone regions, what discussions they have had with the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Gr… 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 representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the case of Maira Shahbaz; and what assessment they have made of calls for her to be granted asylum in the UK.  HL10561
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about (1) its decision not to hold an inquiry into the alleged torture and subsequent death of Giulio Regeni, (2) reports that it did not comply with requests for information concerning those suspected of his murder from the Italian judicial authorities, and (3) i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of goods vehicles which are taxed as private and not used commercially that could be affected by the ban on tyres aged 10 years and over.  HL10563 [I]
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Transport and its agents undertook research into the longevity of the life of safe tyres on Heavy Goods Vehicles; how many tyres were (1) selected for, and (2) actually used, in that research; and what steps they took to ensure that their research used controls to allow for the possibility that any changes observe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many secondary schools which were judged by Ofsted as "Requires Improvement" have been closed by (1) a local authority, or (2) a multi-academy trust, in each of the last ten years.  HL10565
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to travelling fairgrounds to assist with the income lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic  HL10566
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities about the case for permitting fairs to take place.  HL10567
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to local authorities to ensure a consistent approach in allowing travelling fairgrounds to safely re-open.  HL10568
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government why there is no mention of (1) the rail passenger, or (2) the rail freight, sector in their The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, published on 18 November.  HL10569
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their role in the process for appointments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  HL10570
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the diversity of the members of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in terms of (1) ethnicity, and (2) religion; and what assessment they have made of the value that would be added to the credibility and effectiveness of the EHRC by addressing any deficit in the diversity of the organisation… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are (1) Black, or (2) Muslim, and what steps (a) they, and (b) the EHRC, plan to take to improve ethnic and religious diversity on the EHRC.  HL10572
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government when Ministers last met with members of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement; whether any Black people were present at that meeting; and if so, in what capacity.  HL10573
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees at senior civil service grade or equivalent in the Equality and Human Rights Commission are (1) Black, (2) Asian, (3) members of another ethnic minority, or (4) Muslim.  HL10574
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, prisoners are currently serving an extended determinate sentence with a custodial term of (a) 12 months to two years, (b) two to four years, (c) four to five years, (d) five to seven years, (e) seven to 10 years, (f) 10 to 14 years, and (g) 14 years or more.  HL10575 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of the tariff-expired unreleased life prisoner population by (1) original tariff length, and (2) time over tariff.  HL10576 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the prison population in England and Wales in each of the last five years (1) broken down by ethnic group, and (2) further subdivided by religion.  HL10577 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the offence type breakdown for the (1) male, and (2) female, prison population of (a) 15 to 17 year olds, (b) 18 to 20 year olds, (c) 21 to 24 year olds, (d) 25 to 29 year olds, (e) 30 to 39 year olds, (f) 40 to 49 year olds, (g) 50 to 59 year olds, (h) 60 to 69 year olds, and (i) those aged 70 and over.  HL10578 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the last year for which figures are available, what proportion of the prison population were foreign national prisoners, broken down by (1) country, and (2) offence type.  HL10579 [I]
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to discuss the growth in the world population at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26); and, if so, what changes they will they be advocating.  HL10580
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Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether care assistants who are employed directly by older and disabled people but are not registered by the Care Quality Commission will be eligible for the same regular COVID-19 testing as domiciliary care workers.  HL10581
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Azerbaijan-Armenia ceasefire brokered by the government of Russia on 9 November, and (2) the prospects for a more long-term peace settlement in the region.  HL10582
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist with (1) demining, and (2) reconstruction, efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL10583
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vulnerability of religious and cultural sites in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what representations, if any, they have they made to UNESCO for the protection of these sites.  HL10584
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide for the protection for minority communities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL10585
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the humanitarian needs of people in Armenia who have been displaced by the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL10586
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided any funding to Christian non-governmental organisations in Nigeria since 2018; and if so, which organisations.  HL10587
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided assistance to any programmes which support Christian communities in Nigeria's Middle Belt region since 2018; and if so, which programmes.  HL10588
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they employ any staff based in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region who are responsible for monitoring (1) religious persecution, and (2) human rights abuses, in those states.  HL10589
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government how much tax relief Netflix received under the creative industry tax reliefs for Corporation Tax scheme.  HL10590
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Netflix’s revenues in the UK are subject to an appropriate level of taxation.  HL10591
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Netflix will be subject to the Digital Services Tax.  HL10592
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Clean Growth Strategy, published on 12 October 2017, what plans they have to ensure that social housing is brought up to the same energy standards, over a similar timetable, to that proposed for the private rented sector.  HL10593
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have (1) allocated, and (2) propose to allocate to upgrade (a) fuel poor homes, and (b) all homes to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C.  HL10594
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Baroness Fox of Buckley to ask Her Majesty's Government under what conditions councils in London have been given statutory authority to close roads during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how long any such temporary closures will be in place.  HL10595
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Baroness Fox of Buckley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the average journey time for cars and other vehicles has been affected as a result of road closures in London during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10596
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their proposal to eliminate age discrimination in public sector pension schemes does not create any sex discrimination in such schemes.  HL10597
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Norwegian Refugee Council Raided and Razed: Attacks on West Bank Education, published on 12 November; and what plans they have to raise this subject with the government of Israel in a joint démarche with other European countries.  HL10598
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the proposed closure of camps for displaced people in seven Iraqi provinces with the government of Iraq; and what assessment they have made of the impact of these closures on homelessness during (1) the winter, and (2) the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10599
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to repatriate British nationals held by Kurdish forces in north-east Syria.  HL10600
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the agreement to allow travel between Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania using only identity cards, and (2) the deal to bypass Visoki Decani Monastery.  HL10601
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the position of (1) UNHCR, and (2) the International Organization for Migration, on the designation of Libya as a safe third country for the purpose of returns.  HL10602
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include key construction trades on the Shortage Occupation List to make it easier for migrants to apply for work visas to fill vacancies in that sector.  HL10603
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of apprentices going into construction to keep up with existing demand.  HL10604
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the speech by the Prime Minister on the economy on 30 June in which he pledged they would “build, build, build”, and (2) to the rate of retirement rate of skilled workers in the construction sector, how they intend to ensure there are sufficient (1) quantity surveyors, (2) bricklayers, (3) plasterers, (4) mas… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK students can travel abroad to undertake essential voluntary work under current COVID-19 restrictions provided that they self-isolate upon return; whether they intend to publish advice on that issue; and, if so, when.  HL10606
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the section on the Northern Ireland Assembly in the Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents states the correct number of Members of that Assembly; and if not, (1) when they intend to correct it, and (2) what plans they have to correct any life in the UK tests which contain questions on that number.  HL1… 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 representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about the treatment of animals, in particular the treatment of endangered species, including the slow loris, in pet markets in that country.  HL10608
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many customs border points will be in place between Northern Ireland and Britain at the end of the transition period of the UK's departure from the EU; where any such border points will be sited; and how many trained inspectors will be employed at each border point.  HL10609
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what delays they expect to the import of fresh salad products from the EU from 1 January 2021; and what contingency arrangements they have put in place to keep any such delays to the minimum.  HL10610
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to see price increases in salad goods imported from the EU from 1 January 2021; and, if so, how much they expect the rise in such prices to be.  HL10611
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase warehouse capacity for food being imported and exported between the UK and EU from 1 January 2021.  HL10612
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the introduction of additional controls on the use of flea treatments for domestic pets to help prevent the contamination of rivers and waterways by insecticides.  HL10613
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the release of (1) Karim Ennarah, (2) Mohammed Basheer, and (3) Gasser Abdel Razeq; and what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the importance of the work by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights in upholding human rights.  HL10614
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure a comprehensive, UK-wide interoperable vehicle charging network to improve consumer take-up of electric vehicles.  HL10615
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a tree planting target for England to achieve an increase in England’s woodland cover; and how they plan to ensure that progress towards any target is achieved.  HL10616
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of (1) soil restoration, and (2) kelp, forests for carbon sequestration.  HL10617
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to develop opportunities for geothermal energy generation to help address climate change.  HL10618
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the opportunities to secure a peace treaty over the disputed territories between Armenia and Azerbaijan following the recent ceasefire agreement.  HL10619
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have sought for the safety and rights of Armenian populations in territories ceded to Azeri control under the ceasefire agreement brokered by the government of Russia.  HL10620
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use, if any, of cluster munitions during the recent conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL10621
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of tariff that would be introduced by the UK Global Tariff regime in the event of a no-deal Brexit on adhesive removal sprays for use with incontinence sheaths and stoma products; what assessment they have made of the impact of such a change on patients; and which other essential p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 November (HL8072), what progress they have made on the National Bladder and Bowel Health Project, including (1) who is serving on the panels, and (2) what the timescales are for the next phases of the project.  HL10623
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) known or (2) suspected non-melanoma skin cancer patients in England who are waiting to be seen by a dermatologist; and how this compares to historical trends.  HL10624
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they collect on the proportion of non-melanoma skin cancer patients who are diagnosed at early stages compared to the number of such patients who have been diagnosed at a late stage during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10625
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to produce criteria for the evaluation of bicycle lanes created by local highways authorities in response to the statutory guidance Traffic Management Act 2004: network management in response to COVID-19 updated on 13 November; and whether such criteria will include the evaluation of the effects (1) on all modes of trans… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the exercise by local authorities of the compliance and enforcement activities related to COVID-19; and whether all such activities have been carried out in compliance with the Guidance to support local authority compliance and enforcement activity, including COVID-19 secure marshals or equivalents publi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the dataset produced by the Environment Agency Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD) Classification Status Cycle 2, published on 29 September, why no rivers in Somerset meet the current criteria for good ecological status or ecological potential.  HL10628
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government which Department has the overall responsibility for policy to ensure that young people without capacity can access child trust funds after reaching 18 years of age.  HL10629
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the announcement by South Somerset District Council that it intends to develop a battery farm in Fareham, Hampshire with its joint venture partner Opium Power, whether there is any precedent of an English local authority investing in another local authority.  HL10630
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of the use of (1) biomimicry, and (2) design processes and technology based on natural behaviour models, in the UK economy.  HL10631
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they collect on the number of (1) homecare workers, and (2) people who receive care in their own homes, who have tested positive for COVID-19.  HL10632 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 26 October (HL9059), what plans they have to close schools and move to online learning before the Christmas holidays to enable (1) children to be isolated in their family groups, and (2) extended family gatherings in a COVID-19 secure manner.  HL10633 [I]
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address violence against women and girls in the least developed countries.  HL10634
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for those living in the global south.  HL10635
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to end the provision of Official Development Assistance to fossil fuel projects overseas.  HL10636
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist countries in the Global South with debt reduction.  HL10637
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health systems in sub-Saharan Africa.  HL10638
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their programmes to help address (1) HIV/AIDS, (2) tuberculosis, and (3) malaria, in sub-Saharan Africa.  HL10639
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian aid they intend to provide in the Nagorno-Karabakh region following the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.  HL10640
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect Armenian cultural and religious sites following the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  HL10641
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan about the reported destruction of sites of Armenian cultural and religious significance.  HL10642
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Armenian diaspora about (1) the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and (2) the ceasefire agreement brokered by the government of Russia.  HL10643
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to boost employment through partnerships between colleges and SMEs.  HL10644
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide self-isolating students from disadvantaged backgrounds with digital devices.  HL10645
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on school food supplies.  HL10646
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce paid contracts for student nurses on placements in NHS hospitals.  HL10647
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) private dental practices, and (2) the English Football League Championship, were excluded from COVID-19 financial support schemes; and if so, why.  HL10648
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons behind their decision to ask the Premier League to bail out the English Football League.  HL10649
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 November (HL10059), what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the government of Israel's decision not to recognise the state of Palestine, (2) that government's occupation of other territory, and (3) the blockade of the Gaza Strip, on opportunities to establish peace in t… 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 that government has closed roads and thus prevented Palestinians accessing their agricultural land.  HL10651
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the submission by the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, the Al-Haq – Law in the Service of Man, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network Joint Urgent Appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures on the escalating water an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the reliance on interim measures such as waking watch and evacuation management plans by residents of high-rise buildings awaiting remediation for building safety defects.  HL10653
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