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Questions for Written Answer for 1 December 2020

Tabled on 30 November 2020 and due for answer by 14 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of genocide against Tigrayans.  HL10842
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about (1) reports of atrocities against Tigrayans, and (2) ensuring that civilians are protected.  HL10843
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Nigerian farm workers were killed in an attack by non-state armed groups in Koshobe, Borno State, on 28 November; what assessment they have made of the reasons for that attack; which organisation they believe to be responsible for that attack; and what discussions they have had 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 (1) South Sudan diplomats have been expelled from Addis Ababa, and (2) Ethiopian diplomats have been expelled from Juba; what assessment they have made of how those expulsions relate to military action in Tigray; and what discussions they have had with the government (a) of South… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or their agencies, regularly determine the operational false positive rates for polymerase chain reaction tests carried out at each laboratory undertaking analysis for mass COVID-19 testing; whether they use an ‘end to end’ method to audit those rates; if not, what methodology they use to make such determinations; and wheth… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests is regularly determined by inserting samples into the system that cannot be positive; and what is the false positive rate for such samples.  HL10847
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests in each of the last four weeks; and how this rate was determined.  HL10848
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capability of UK regulators (1) to maintain existing statutory protections relating to harmful online content, and (2) to ensure effective enforcement of these protections, between the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU and the enactment of their proposed onli… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last three months to progress their proposed online harms legislation; and whether such legislation will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.  HL10850
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) any governance and regulatory gaps in online harms protections that will emerge at the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU, and (2) the risks to young people from any further delay to the publication of proposed online harms legislation.  HL10851
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for procurement from 1 January 2021; and what plans they have to amend the requirement for contract advertising through the Official Journal of the European Union.  HL10852
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accommodate heavy lorries travelling between the A36 and A46 during repair works to Cleveland Bridge in Bath.  HL10853
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support domestic abuse refuge services.  HL10854
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the regeneration of town centres.  HL10855
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government which EU funding streams were taken into account to inform their allocation of £1.5 billion a year to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL10856
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government for how many years will the UK Shared Prosperity Fund be allocated a £1.5 billion annual budget.  HL10857
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing each of the recommendations of the report by the Rt Hon. Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC Report of the Independent Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody, published in January 2017.  HL10858
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the overseas aid budget is allocated to Commonwealth countries; and how much each of those countries receives.  HL10859
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the numbers of children registered as having special educational needs in each year since that term was first used to the most recent date for which such data are available; and what plans they have to publish those data in tabular form.  HL10860
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Lord Chancellor’s guidance on civil legal aid (1) to recognise the importance of challenging discrimination, (2) to advise that a discrimination claim that seeks other remedies in addition to damages should not be assumed to be primarily a claim for damages, (3) to amend the rules on the application… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the current commissioning structure for women’s health services in England.  HL10862
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create women’s health hubs to prevent women and girls requiring multiple medical appointments to address different gynaecological and reproductive health needs.  HL10863
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the uptake of telemedicine as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such uptake on women’s health services.  HL10864
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the stigma associated with menstruation for women and girls in sport.  HL10865
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to vary the provisions of the EU Settled Status Scheme to enable students who are (1) registered for courses in the UK to apply for pre-settled status, and (2) unable to provide proof of residence in the UK before 31 December 2020 because of public health restrictions.  HL10866
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Boxing Day hunts will be allowed to take place this year; and if so, what enforcement measures will be in place to ensure compliance of such hunts with the law.  HL10867
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Boundary Commissions have access to the latest polling district maps and data for the local authorities where local government wards will be considered in the next boundary review.  HL10868
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support that the Boundary Commission for England will need from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England in accessing the latest polling district maps and data ahead of the next boundary review.  HL10869
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data held by the Office for National Statistics on the Parliamentary electorate of each polling district and local authority ward as of 2 March.  HL10870
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 November (HL10225), what was the response of the government of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Ambassador to the UK to the concerns raised about the continued detention of women's rights defenders, including Loujain al-Hathloul.  HL10871
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Belarus about reports of (1) threats to close the Hrodna children’s hospice, and (2) harassment of the director of that hospice.  HL10872
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of running an awareness campaign on the symptoms and wider impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  HL10873
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to mark, and (2) to support, Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week between 1 and 7 December.  HL10874
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 25 November (HL9924), what assessment they have made of the rejection of all brain tumour research applications made so far this financial year by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR); and what assessment they have made of the performance of NIHR.  HL10875
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the pool of experts used by the National Institute for Health Research contains those who may be classified as brain tumour experts or brain tumour patient advocates.  HL10876
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the rejection of grants for brain tumour research by the National Institute for Health Research on the talent pool of brain tumour experts.  HL10877
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Change.org petition Stop The Deportation Of Vulnerable Autistic Man Osime Brown!, started on 17 March; and what steps they are taking to improve Osime Brown's (1) mental, and (2) physical, health while he remains in prison.  HL10878
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the use of capital punishment.  HL10879
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 January (HL454), what further representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the indefinite detention and access to medical care of (1) Essam El-Haddad, and (2) Gehad El-Haddad.  HL10880
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what Cabinet-level interdepartmental discussions have taken place in the last year about the ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) rate for 18 to 24-year olds; what objectives have been set for this NEET rate; and what steps they will take to achieve those objectives.  HL10881
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what Cabinet-level discussions involving the Prime Minister have taken place in the last year about (1) establishing, and (2) monitoring, cross-Government objectives for supporting young people not on Universal Credit through the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10882
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the pilot projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will begin; what criteria will be used to select these pilots; and which (1) priority groups, and (2) geographic areas, the Fund will target.  HL10883
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published on 18 November, what criteria they intend to use to assess the value for money of potential large-scale new nuclear projects.  HL10884 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to appoint advisors to assist in assessing the value for money of the proposed Sizewell C nuclear project.  HL10885 [I]
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on the acquisition of OneWeb, including transaction costs; and what costs they have incurred since becoming a shareholder of OneWeb.  HL10886
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have (1) had discussions, (2) received requests, or (3) given any undertakings, in relation to the future financing of OneWeb; and if so, out of which budget will such funds be allocated.  HL10887
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether OneWeb uses any components from Huawei.  HL10888
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been allocated as part of the recently announced increase in defence spending to be available to support OneWeb.  HL10889
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any funds allocated to support the UK space industry (1) have been, or (2) will be, used to support OneWeb.  HL10890
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what agreements or commitments have been reached between the current shareholders of OneWeb with regard to (1) equity, (2) debt, (3) liabilities, and (4) security.  HL10891
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the next Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  HL10892
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake further work on nuclear disarmament verification; and what budget has been allocated for this work.  HL10893
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the UN Security Council’s five permanent members have taken to ensure a productive Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  HL10894
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Select Committee on International Relations Rising nuclear risk, disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, published on 24 April 2019 (HL Paper 338); and what plans they have to ensure high level UK representation at the next Review Conference of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase (1) support for mentoring services and (2) the number of businesses and public sector organisations participating in mentoring programs.  HL10896
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the governance processes of equity index construction, including in relation to (1) economic growth, (2) financial stability, and (3) management accountability.  HL10897
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they completed an economic impact assessment for the reintroduction of the Crown preference for insolvency.  HL10898
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government why Pakistan is the largest recipient of bilateral country specific official development assistance.  HL10899
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister plans to raise the case of Maira Shabbaz with the Prime Minister of Pakistan; and if not, why not.  HL10900
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the assistance they could provide to Maira Shabbaz.  HL10901
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, in Pakistan.  HL10902
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last assessed the efficacy of UK aid to Pakistan.  HL10903
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified any misuse of UK aid in Pakistan in the last five years; if so, what; and whether they are currently investigating any allegations that they have received from third parties of the misuse of such aid.  HL10904
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 26 November (HL Deb, col 397), what plans they have to ensure the provision of a link to the online electoral registration process in their electronic and other communications notifying people of their National Insurance numbers; and what steps they intend to take to consult with (1) the Electoral… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 26 November (HL Deb, col 397), what plans they have to provide a link to the online electoral registration process to those people provided with National Insurance numbers over the last two years in time for those people to register in time for the elections scheduled in May 2021; and what assessm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult with (a) Operation Black Vote, and (b) representatives of communities under represented on electoral registers, about ways (1) to increase representation on the electoral register, (2) to encourage participation in elections, (3) to increase social mobility through the availability of credit to those on t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 3 September (HL Deb, col 500), what plans they have to ensure that electoral registration forms are designed as effectively as possible using standards of best practice to increase the rate of return; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such forms, and any accompanying letters, consisten… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 October (HL8609), how much of this land has been purchased; and what use is being made of this land.  HL10909
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) the reasons behind the deportation of each individual due to be onboard the deportation flight scheduled for 2 December, and (2) details of whether any of these people have appealed their deportation.  HL10910
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many written directions Ministers have been asked to give (1) to Permanent Secretaries, and (2) to other officials, in each of the last 10 years; and in each case, (a) which Ministers and officials were involved, and (b) to what the written directions referred.  HL10911
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Parts 1 and 3 of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill on building regulations in Scotland; and what plans they have to ensure that Scotland will continue to be able to adopt stricter standards of building regulation.  HL10912
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 3 August (HL7046), whether the OneWeb offering has changed to include defence specific applications since 3 August.  HL10913
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to NHS England on the rapid deployment and financing of integrated transport plans for District General Hospitals, including Stepping Hill in Stockport.  HL10914
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the additional £3 billion funding for the NHS announced in the Spending Review will be earmarked for implementing integrated transport plans for District General Hospitals, including Stepping Hill Hospital, to mitigate the effect of street parking on the wellbeing of adjacent residential neighbourhoods.  HL10915
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of secondary school absence rates on pupil attainment.  HL10916
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children with special educational needs receive an education and healthcare plan before exclusion from school is proposed.  HL10917
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of Job Centre staff who have experience in supporting disabled people to find employment.  HL10918
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the quantity of school inspections on teacher mental wellbeing.  HL10919
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of fish caught by Norwegian registered vessels in the UK’s coastal waters and exclusive economic zone in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL10920
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of fish caught by Faroese registered vessels in the UK’s coastal waters and exclusive economic zone in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019; and what was the value of fish caught by UK vessels in Faroese waters in the same years.  HL10921
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use when deciding to introduce sanctions against governments for breaches of international law.  HL10922
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they take to enforce international law when they determine that other countries have broken such law.  HL10923
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority about the provision of healthcare to people with disabilities.  HL10924
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about reports that Mohammed Al Fara is at risk of execution.  HL10925
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Palestinian Authority about plans to ensure that people in Gaza receive vaccinations for COVID-19.  HL10926
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel; and if so, why.  HL10927
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the regulatory framework on the trade finance gap; and what discussions they are (1) having, and (2) have had, with the Prudential Regulation Authority about reducing the trade finance gap.  HL10928
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise (1) digitisation and (2) climate resilience capability building programmes, in their spending on international development.  HL10929
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to other governments about the use of technology to provide safe international travel without the need for quarantine.  HL10930
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use their co-Chair role on the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Cluster to advance the digitisation of trade documentation.  HL10931
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) the National Security and Investment Bill, and (2) the Telecommunications Bill, do not inhibit foreign investment in the UK.  HL10932
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to simplify their communication with SMEs about trade policy after the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their communications with SMEs about trade policy after that transition period.  HL10933
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s ability to communicate with deep sea (1) military, and (2) civilian, vessels in the event of a total satellite blackout.  HL10934
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing the government of Tristan da Cunha with the establishment of the islands’ marine protection zone.  HL10935
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue to fund the eradication of invasive mice on Gough Island.  HL10936
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the Barnoldswick Rolls-Royce factory.  HL10937
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons behind the recent increase in the number of applications to join the Royal Navy; and whether this rise reflects an increase in that service’s overall personnel capacity.  HL10938
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to renationalise management of the Atomic Weapons Establishment.  HL10939
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