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Questions for Written Answer for 26 November 2020

Tabled on 25 November 2020 and due for answer by 9 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 November (HL10150) whether they will answer the entirety of the question put, namely what assessment they have made of reports that more than 70 export licences have been issued by the UK for military products sold to Turkey containing white phosphorous over the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 November (HL10150), what steps they are taking to review the designation of white phosphorus as “a legitimate obscurant”; and what assessment they have made of whether it constitutes a war crime when white phosphorous is used as a weapon against civilian populati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Sugg on 24 November (HC Deb, cols 134–9), why the UN Security Council meeting to consider the conflict in Tigray due to occur on 24 November was cancelled and rescheduled for later that day; what was the outcome of that meeting; and what assessment they have made of reports that people were… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister raised (1) human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, including (a) the continued potential use of the death penalty for those who allegedly committed crimes as minors, and (b) the continued detention of women activists arrested in 2018 for campaigning for the right to drive, and (2) the case for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to encourage, (2) to support, and (3) to enforce, the use of antibiotic consumption data as a public health measure in decisions about (a) trade policy, and (b) the protection of public health.  HL10691
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to provide for research on the degradation rate of antibiotics used for human use; and what plans they have to use such research to inform antibiotic (1) prescribing, (2) management, and (3) discovery and research.  HL10692
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Lord Berkeley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to install fire extinguishing systems which use water mist or water spray in (1) the roof, and (2) other inaccessible parts, of the Palace of Westminster.  HL10693
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of Egypt about the murder of Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016.  HL10694
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Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are undertaking a review of initial teacher training; and if so, (1) how that review is being conducted, (2) what progress they have made in that review, and (3) when they estimate that they will publish that review and its conclusions.  HL10695
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the University of Sussex, Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, and the Environment Agency, Potential role of veterinary flea products in widespread pesticide contamination of English rivers, published on 7 November; and what steps they intend to take in response to that report.  HL10696
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of police suicides between 2011 and 2019, published by the Office for National Statistics on 30 October 2019.  HL10697
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to phase out the sale of motorbikes with internal combustion engines.  HL10698
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding by the Foreign Secretary and the Egyptian Foreign Minister on 6 November 2015, what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about its use of anti-terrorist charges against (1) Karim Ennarah, (2) Mohammed Basheer, and (3) Gasser Abdel Razeq; and what discussions the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment to implement the Future Homes Standard by 2023 was removed from The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, published on 18 November; and if so, why.  HL10700
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 November (HL Deb, col 12) that “it is essential that migrant victims of domestic abuse, including those with no resource to public funds, are treated first and foremost as victims”, what plans they have to ensure that migrant victims of domestic abuse do not… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 23 November (HL Deb, col 12) what plans they have to meet representatives of the Step Up Migrant Women campaign to discuss the proposed Support for Migrant Victims Scheme.  HL10702
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Charity Finance Group’s proposal to allow charities to furlough staff and enable them to volunteer at their own organisation, to help charities to mobilise during the winter period.  HL10703
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES); if so, when; and what annual budget they intend to allocate for ICES' research and scientific activities from 2021.  HL10704
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case to consider changes to electoral arrangements for elections to be held in May 2021; what consultations they intend to hold with the Electoral Commission and others about any such arrangements; and what plans they have, if any, to change requirements so (1) nomination papers require only two sig… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) doctors, and (2) nurses, employed by the NHS have died as a result of COVID-19; and how many of those had comorbidities.  HL10706
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 November (HL9318), what recent monitoring they have conducted of asylum seeker accommodation in Pembrokeshire and Folkestone; whether they will publish any reports or results of such monitoring; and what steps they intend to take should such reports show t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to African members of the Commonwealth to encourage them to ensure a peaceful solution to the conflict in Tigray.  HL10708
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of (1) harvest failure, and (2) famine, in northern Ethiopia; and what steps they are taking to prepare humanitarian supplies for such an event.  HL10709
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government whether outdoor congregational carol singing will be permitted as part of their COVID-19 Winter Plan.  HL10710
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) average, (2) longest, and (3) shortest, clearance time for (a) a mandatory reconsideration, and (b) a successful appeal outcome to be implemented, in relation to Universal Credit in each month of 2020.  HL10711
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for insider trading there have been under (1) the Criminal Justice Act 1993, and (2) the Financial Services Act 2012; and what was the outcome of each such prosecution.  HL10712
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions for interest rate rigging there have been under (1) the Criminal Justice Act 1993, and (2) the Financial Services Act 2012; and what was the outcome of each such prosecution.  HL10713
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there have been for rigging foreign exchange rates under (1) the Criminal Justice Act 1993, and (2) the Financial Services Act 2012; and what was the outcome of each such prosecution.  HL10714
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the entities that have received financial support through the Job Retention Scheme for the period March to October; and what was the amount received by each such entity.  HL10715
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the capital maintenance concepts they expect to be followed by UK banks when preparing their financial statements.  HL10716
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 November (HL Deb, col 1123) whether they intend to provide details of the source and methodology for the statement that the finance industry contributes “£75 billion in tax receipts”.  HL10717
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 24 November (HL10126), whether the use of the “extreme urgency” provision in Regulation 32(2)(c) instead of competitive tendering has become the default method for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies; whether the demand for PPE has returned to more predict… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the poll on school leadership retention by the National Association of Head Teachers, published on 18 November; and what steps are they taking to increase headteacher retention.  HL10719
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Universities UK Tackling racial harassment in higher education, published on 24 November; and what steps they are taking to increase racial diversity training for university staff.  HL10720
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that off-the-job training on apprenticeship schemes are of the required quality.  HL10721
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the Department for International Development's total expenditure on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the (1) 2018/19, and (2) 2019/20, financial year.  HL10722
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 25 November (HL10259), whether they intend to provide a geographical breakdown of (1) the 2,000 properties in England at risk from loss to coastal erosion in England by 2060, assuming current Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) policies are implemented, (2) the 5,000 proper… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU on 31 December, what progress they have made on issuing 90,000 new driver permits.  HL10724
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations will apply to companies operating in the UK after the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU; and if so, what plans they have to inform such companies of the implications.  HL10725
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prepare companies for any new import commodities codes that will be introduced after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10726
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to inform companies on which provisions governing trade with the EU will be no longer be in place after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10727
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the absence of rules of origin in free trade agreements on the ability of SMEs to price goods accurately.  HL10728
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what strategy has been adopted by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to help companies prepare for any new customs procedures after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10729
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