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Questions for Written Answer for 8 December 2020

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many branches of the Confucius Institute are active in universities in England; and what plans they have to determine how many universities in England give financial support to branches of the Confucius Institute.  HL11109
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many 18 to 24 year olds started a course at (1) Level 4 and (2) Level 5, qualification level in each year from 2010 until 2019.  HL11110
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton 9 October (HL8505), what procedure was used to change the location of the Chiltern Tunnel North Portal at Frith Hill in South Heath on the HS2 Phase One line of route; and whether the move was authorised by a Transport and Works Act 1992 Order or another procedure.  HL11111
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Transport and Works Act 1992 Order can be used to grant a tunnel at Wendover for HS2.  HL11112
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current estimated cost of the tunnel proposal at Bromford on the HS2 Phase One route; and whether they expect that the Transport and Works Act 1992 Order procedure used for its construction will delay the introduction of HS2 Phase One services.  HL11113
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the HS2 Phase One main works contractor for the section of the line past Wendover has produced an assessment of the Wendover Short Mined Tunnel Proposal and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.  HL11114
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations External Scrutiny Team Report 2020.  HL11115 [I]
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government how COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed to communal living facilities, including almshouses; and whether such vaccines will be delivered on site at these facilities.  HL11116
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Figure 2.3. on page 16 of the Updated energy and emissions projection 2019, published on 30 October, what steps (1) they have taken, and (2) they plan to take, to address any increase in CO2 emissions by the residential sector; whether they have a target for the reduction of emissions of CO2 in that sector; and if so,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint a commissioner for older people in England.  HL11118
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the remand backlog on (1) prison overcrowding, and (2) the health and wellbeing of prisoners, including children and young people held on remand.  HL11119
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the remand backlog on the welfare of the families of those being held in custody.  HL11120
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how they prioritise measures to address issues relating to (1) climate change, and (2) biodiversity; whether more priority is given to one over the other; and if so, how they decide the differing level of priority.  HL11121
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how they prioritise measures (1) to reduce carbon emissions, and (2) to conserve habitats; whether more priority is given to one over the other; and if so, how they decide the differing level of priority.  HL11122
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans Ofwat has to review its market codes to encourage more companies to switch retailers in the coming year.  HL11123
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps Ofwat has taken to promote water efficiency in the non-household water retail marketplace.  HL11124
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofwat has met its statutory requirements set out under the resilience clauses in the Water Act 2014.  HL11125
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofwat has calculated the levels of water efficiency savings that were made in the non-household water retail marketplace in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL11126
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofwat has fulfilled its role as regulator in promoting the entry of new entrant water retailers into the Non-Household Water Retail market.  HL11127
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided to religious groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11128
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legislative framework governing the conduct of election petitions; and what plans they have, if any, to change any such framework.  HL11129
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the integrity of elections, and (2) the time taken to determine outcomes of disputed elections, in England.  HL11130
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce (1) fixed, and (2) capped, costs for defendant lawyers in clinical negligence cases up to £25,000 to deter any so-called 'delay, deny, defend' conduct.  HL11131
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether all guidance provided by the PHSE Association to schools, including the resources produced by other organisations recommended in that guidance, is in line with (1) the law, and (2) the current advice issued by the Department for Education.  HL11132
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the reported abduction of Meihong Wang by police in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province on 23 November.  HL11133
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the provision of aid for the education of boys and young men overseas is conditional upon the inclusion of teaching on the importance of respect and understanding for girls and women.  HL11134
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women and children who have been detained in the al-Hol or al-Roj camps at any point since 25 November they (1) have withdrawn, and (2) plan to withdraw, British citizenship from; whether those people were subject to specific charges or received a hearing before any such withdrawal; whether any of those people are now stateless;… 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 progress they have made on any new arrangements required for the transportation of goods for musical events when touring in Europe following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11136
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce reciprocal arrangements for musicians from the UK to tour the EU following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11137
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for the introduction of a new national plan for music education.  HL11138
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the use of section 106 agreements to deliver affordable housing.  HL11139
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local authority resources of the proposals included in their White Paper Planning for the future, published on 6 August.  HL11140
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local authority finances of the proposed delay in the collection of the Community Infrastructure Levy until a building is in occupation.  HL11141
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) UK Leadership Team includes at least 50 per cent women.  HL11142
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Lord Kilclooney to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the total estimated cost of the report The conduct of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass, published on 3 December, including (1) any payments to all members of the Conduct Committee, (2) any payments to the Commissioner for Standards and all members of her staff, and (3) the cost of the publication of the report.  HL11143
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Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people (1) who only have a private GP, and (2) who are not registered with an NHS GP, are able to access COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL11144
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have yet to ratify Protocol 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; and what reasons any such countries have given for the delay.  HL11145
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to include farming representatives in the UK delegation to the Conference on the Convention on Biodiversity in 2021.  HL11146
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role farmers can play in improving biodiversity in their preparations for participation in the Conference on the Convention on Biodiversity in 2021.  HL11147
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of which communications service providers do not (1) recognise, and (2) accept, the extraterritorial application of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and whether these include (1) Facebook, (2) Twitter, (3) Google, (4) TikTok, and (5) Parler.  HL11148
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government which communications service providers charge for information requests, such as IP addresses, from the UK police and law enforcement agencies for use in criminal investigations, and whether these include (1) Facebook, (2) Twitter, (3) Google, (4) TikTok, and (5) Parler.  HL11149
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for information from the UK police and law enforcement agencies for information from communications service providers are currently outstanding for longer than (1) one month, (2) three months, and (3) one year.  HL11150
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual budget required to cover the cost of obtaining information, including IP addresses, from communication service providers in relation to criminal investigations.  HL11151
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average timescale between information being requested by UK law enforcement agencies from communication service providers in relation to criminal investigations and that information being provided.  HL11152
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of British citizens who are resident overseas.  HL11153
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government which departments hold information on British citizens who are resident overseas; and what categories of  information each of those departments hold.  HL11154
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of British citizens who are resident outside of the UK, broken down by country of residence.  HL11155
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British embassies have a consular section; what is the remit of a consular section; and whether such sections keep a register of British citizens resident in their territorial scope.  HL11156
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens who are resident overseas paid either (1) Class 2, or (2) Class 3, voluntary National Insurance contributions between 2010 and 2020.  HL11157
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangement each department has for dealing with inquiries from British citizens who are resident overseas; and whether all departments (1) have a dedicated phone line for, and (2) provide training to staff about how to deal with, such inquiries.  HL11158
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place with ministers from Her Majesty's Treasury since 1 July about the introduction (1) of flexible season tickets, and (2) single leg pricing, on the railways; what was the outcome of any such discussions; whether they still intend to introduce those new products; and if so, when those products will b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify and apply sanctions against any senior officials of the government of China who are found to be responsible for committing human rights violations against (1) Uyghurs, and (2) Hong Kong citizens.  HL11160
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that UK businesses undertake supply chain due diligence regarding the reported human rights violations of workers in (1) Xinjiang, and (2) Tibet.  HL11161
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to the disqualification of four pro-independence opposition lawmakers from the legislative council of Hong Kong.  HL11162
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support peace and conciliation in the Tigray region.  HL11163
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conflict in the Tigray region, including the impact of that conflict on (1) surrounding regions, and (2) access for humanitarian and human rights organisations to country.  HL11164
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the outcome of the general election in Tanzania, and (2) reports that opposition communications were censored during that election using UK companies.  HL11165
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the requirement for trucks from the Republic of Ireland to travel between Holyhead and registration parks in Warrington, following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11166
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to curb any (1) extra pollution, and (2) extra congestion, caused as a result of the requirement for trucks from the Republic of Ireland to travel between Holyhead and registration parks in Warrington, following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11167
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total number, and (2) the percentage of schoolchildren in (a) England and (b) Leeds who are currently without home internet access.  HL11168
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total number, and (2) the percentage, of schoolchildren in (a) England, and (b) Leeds, currently without access to a laptop at home.  HL11169
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many laptops they committed to provide to schools in (1) England, and (2) Leeds, during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many have been delivered.  HL11170
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to procure, and (2) to deliver, (a) laptops, and (b) home internet access, to disadvantaged students in Leeds during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11171
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many practical driving tests (1) took place, and (2) were postponed or cancelled, (a) in each month in 2020 for which figures are available, and (b) in each month of 2019.  HL11172
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average period of time in days between the booking of each practical driving test and the date of the test in each (1) month in 2020 for which figures are available, and (2) month of 2019.  HL11173
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer given by Lord Bethell on 1 December (HL10548), what “associated commercial implications” are engaged by disclosure of the requested non-commercial information; and which of the categories of non-commercial information that were requested give rise to those “associated commercial implications”.  HL11174
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the clearance board put in place by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office to approve contracts for personal protective equipment worth more than £5 million; and how many contracts have they approved so far this year.  HL11175
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they have awarded this year under the 'extreme urgency' provision of Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 that do not relate directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11176
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 1 December (HL10548), what representations they have received about the inexperience of personal protective equipment suppliers awarded a Government contract this year; and what assessment they have made of the impact on public confidence in the probity of their procurement process o… 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 financial sustainability of the further education and skills sector.  HL11178
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of report by the Incorporated Society of Musicians The heart of the school is missing, published on 6 December; and what plans they have to increase music provision in (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools.  HL11179
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that secondary school teacher recruitment meets targets in all STEM subjects.  HL11180
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Global City Policing Stop and Search in London: July to September 2020, published in November; and what discussions they have had with the Metropolitan Police about the impact of its stop and search policies.  HL11181
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to prevent the construction of any illegal settlement infrastructure by the government of Israel on Palestinian territory.  HL11182
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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 Muhammad Munir Moqbel was injured during his arrest.  HL11183
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the injuries caused by the use of live ammunition by the Israel Defence Force against Palestinian minors; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel about such reports.  HL11184
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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 Force is using explosives to gain entry into Palestinian homes at night.  HL11185
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Defense for Children Palestine Isolated & Alone: Palestinian children held in solitary confinement by Israeli authorities for interrogation, published in December.  HL11186
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what the objectives of their trade in services strategy are, beyond those regarding exports; and how they plan for those objectives to be delivered through (1) bilateral trade negotiations, and (2) plurilateral and multilateral dialogue at international institutions.  HL11187
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any differences between the existing EU agreements and those that the UK has negotiated within the Trade Agreement Continuity programme that affect UK exporters; and if so, when business readiness advice will be published to help those exporters understand those changes.  HL11188
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government which transactions will be called in for scrutiny from the 17 sectors listed in the proposed National Security and Investment Bill.  HL11189
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether commitments in the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement provide grounds for a legal challenge to the UK’s measures for the protection of personal data under the Data Protection Act (2018); and what assessment they have made of whether the UK's existing data regulations meet… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 23 November (HL Deb, cols 30–31), whether they still intend to order at least 90 F-38B aircraft.  HL11191
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will extend the current order of 48 F38B aircraft to ensure that the aircraft carriers due to be operational by 2023 will be equipped with a full airwing.  HL11192
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will place the order for the remaining five Type 26 frigates; how long each ship will take to build; at what intervals they will be delivered; and whether BAE Systems will be expected to reduce the price for each subsequent ship as the programme develops.  HL11193
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