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Questions for Written Answer for 15 December 2020

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

Lord Allan of Hallam to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 23 September (HL7839), when the Land Registry expects to start publishing Unique Property Reference Numbers as part of its publicly available data referencing properties.  HL11381
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by UN Human Rights special rapporteurs to the government of Iran on 3 September about the alleged extrajudicial mass executions of political dissidents in 1988 in Iran; and what plans they have to support the call for an international investigation into reports of such executi… 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 Kameel Ahmady being sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on 13 December; and what assessment they have made of the impact of his research on (1) female genital mutilation, and (2) child marriage, on his conviction.  HL11383
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the statement by UN Special Rapporteurs on the execution of Ruhollah Zam, published on 14 December; what assessment they have made of that statement calling his conviction, treatment in detention and execution a "serious violation of Iran’s obligations under the International Cove… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 December (HL10848), what steps they have taken reliably to determine the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 mass testing; and how they have made any such determination.  HL11385
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 December (HL10847), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, 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… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 10 December (HL10847 and HL10848), why the information sought is not held in the format requested; whether, and if so, (1) how, and (2) where, that information is held; whether they collect any data on the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests; if s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities provided access to HIV self-sampling services through (1) the national HIV self-sampling service, (2) Sexual Health London, and (3) another service; and which local authorities  did not fund access to HIV self-sampling services in each year from 2015 to 2020.  HL11388
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to the UK in the event of the UK's departure from the EU without a deal.  HL11389
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria for the award of contracts to private companies for England’s COVID-19 Test and Trace services; what is the estimated cost of the Test and Trace programme; and what assessment they have made of reports that Test and Trace contractors are failing to meet targets.  HL11390
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increased costs of the digital border system to monitor the movement of people and goods into and out of the UK arising from missing the initial deadline of March 2019.  HL11391
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of heat pumps being installed in homes.  HL11392
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect apprentices whose employment has ceased as a consequence of COVID-19.  HL11393
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase insulation in properties to contribute to the net-zero carbon emissions target.  HL11394
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the last six months to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11395
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the wearing of face masks in secondary schools.  HL11396
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Confederation of British Industry, and (2) Trades Union Congress, about apprenticeships.  HL11397
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported rise in the number of abortions among women with two or more children.  HL11398
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate any link between the ‘two-child limit’ restricting the amount that families can receive in social security benefits and the reported rise in the number of abortions among women with two or more children.  HL11399
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by the British Pregnancy Advice Service Forced into a corner: the two-child limit and pregnancy decision making during the pandemic, published on 3 December; and what plans they have to review the ‘two-child limit’ restricting the amount that families can receive in social secur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the government of the United States' special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, on 9 December that sanctions against Syria have been a “very effective strategy”.  HL11401
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the government of the United States' special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, on 9 December, what discussions they have had with that government about whether its objectives in Syria include  (1) the denial of territory, and (2) resources to, the gov… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the British Armed Forces were in Syria on the latest date for which figures are available; and what is the mission of such deployment.  HL11403
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of undocumented people in the UK; and what steps they are taking to ensure that any such people are tested or treated for COVID-19.  HL11404
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks they undertake into the potential incidence of modern slavery in the supply chains of each recipient of Official Development Assistance.  HL11405
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lay any UK–EU free trade agreement before the House; and what assessment they have made of what further legislation may be needed to implement the final agreement.  HL11406
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the annual canvass of electors, and (2) the accuracy of the electoral register.  HL11407 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for staffing problems at the local elections in England in May 2021 as a result of (1) reluctance among potential workers to volunteer to carry out duties at polling stations, and (2) the need for extra staff at polling stations to act as (a) ‘greeters’, and (b) cleaners.  HL11408 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 November (HL10065), what stage the project to reinstate the railway between Colne and Skipton had reached in the Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) process; whether the GRIP process has now been paused or abandoned for this project; and if so, what would be… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the purpose, (2) the terms of reference, and (3) the annual operating budget, of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council; what staff support this council has and who provides this; and what costs this council has incurred so far.  HL11410
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to the meeting of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council on 9 December, (1) what was the agenda, (2) who attended the meeting and which bodies they represented, (3) what decisions were made, (4) whether the meeting was streamed, (5) whether the minutes have been published, and (5) was a press statement issued; and when… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for a review of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, reached on 21 November 1995, in order to find new constitutional arrangements for Bosnia–Herzegovina; and what plans they have to stipulate, as part of any such review, that the population of Bosnia–Herzegovina be consulted i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent seafarers' employment contracts from being extended because of COVID-19.  HL11413
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Lord Hylton to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker why College Green has been closed; and when it is estimated that access will be permitted.  HL11414
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to assess the effectiveness of the UK's nuclear deterrent; and what assessment, if any, they have made of its efficacy in preventing the government of China from breaching the terms of Joint Sino-British declaration.  HL11415
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reaching a resolution with the Society of Antiquaries with regard to the rent paid for its premises in Burlington House.  HL11416
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which company pension schemes have been put into the Pension Protection Fund since 2015; and when were each of these schemes transferred to the Pension Protection Fund.  HL11417
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each company pension scheme which has been put into the Pension Protection Fund since 2015, what was (1) the amount of liability on transfer, and (2) the contribution by way of cash or assets made to reduce the amount of liability on transfer.  HL11418
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the taxation of carried interest.  HL11419
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the humanitarian and security situation in Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique; what assessment they have made of reported atrocities by (1) non-state armed groups, and (2) the Mozambique army and police; and what assessment they have made of the number of people displaced by fighters link… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) the government of Mozambique, (2) the African Union, (3) the Southern African Development Community, and (4) other regional groups, about the humanitarian and security situation in Cabo Delgado province; and what advice they have offered the government of Mozambique with the aim of (a) pr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) the United Nations, and (2) humanitarian organisations, about the provision of assistance to people in Mozambique who have fled their homes due to the security situation in Cabo Delgado province.  HL11422
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the climate from indirect warming caused by condensation trails from cruising aircraft.  HL11423
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible (1) technological, and (2) regulatory, solutions available to help prevent the formation of aircraft contrails.  HL11424
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which regulatory arrangements to limit the impact on the climate of aviation once the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU has ended will be sufficiently collaborative across adjoining airspaces.  HL11425
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the indirect impact on the climate of RAF flights from the formation of aircraft contrails.  HL11426
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the regulatory framework for climate impact offsetting to account for both the direct and indirect climate impact of aviation.  HL11427
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the victims core grant funding Police and Crime Commissioner’s spent between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 on (1) domestic abuse services, (2) domestic violence specialist services, (3) domestic abuse perpetrator programmes, (4) family court domestic abuse support, and (5) Independent Domestic Violence Advisers.  HL11428
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional expenditure outside of the victims core grant funding Police and Crime Commissioner’s spent between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 on (1) domestic abuse services, (2) Independent Domestic Abuse Advisers, (3) domestic abuse perpetrator programmes, (4) family court domestic abuse support, and (5) Independent Domestic Vio… 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 Written Answers by Lord True on 23 November (HL10099) and 9 December (HL10705) and the letter sent by the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution to Electoral Returning Officers, published on 16 September, whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what plans they have, if any, to change requirements so… 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 assessment they have made of the UK’s preparedness for the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11431
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) protect jobs, and (2) support businesses, at the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11432
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that organised crime and terrorism can be addressed effectively after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11433
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the value for money of the use of management consultants during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11434
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their outsourcing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11435
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with those private companies which provide services to Government about (1) employment practices, and (2) the safety of their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11436
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount they have budgeted to cover the total cost of the UK’s departure from the EU, including the end of the transition period.  HL11437
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the UK of the negotiations leading up to the UK’s departure from the EU, including the negotiations for any future free trade agreement with the EU.  HL11438
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made to mitigate any job losses following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11439
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of securing Parliamentary approval for government expenditure on a ceremony to mark the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL11440
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is not listed on the topics covered by the NHS Clinical Knowledge summary; who authorised the decision to combine CFS with “Tiredness/fatigue in adults”; and when that change was made.  HL11441
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Baroness Sheehan to ask the Leader of the House what plans there are for consideration of Private Members' Bills to resume.  HL11442
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the warning by the World Health Organization’s Gaza office that Gaza’s healthcare system could be overwhelmed by COVID-19.  HL11443
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about (1) lifting the closure of Gaza, and (2) ending all practices intending to be collective punishment of the inhabitants of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL11444
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase recruitment of (1) Black, (2) Asian, and (3) other ethnic minority, teachers.  HL11445
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the mental health and wellbeing of teachers.  HL11446
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of road congestion resulting from disruption linked to the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU on the ability of schools in affected areas to open.  HL11447
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the rights of local communities to make decisions on the design and delivery of skills development programmes.  HL11448
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel has charged Palestinians for the demolition of their homes by the Israel Defence Force.  HL11449
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports about recent remarks by Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom about (1) the Nakba, and (2) the displacement of Palestinians since 1948.  HL11450
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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 Palestinians who have been shot by the Israel Defence Force are being denied medical care.  HL11451
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that an Israeli settler attacked Gethsemane Church in East Jerusalem; and what steps they are taking to protect Christian churches from any damage caused by Israeli settlers.  HL11452
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and Breaking the Silence A life exposed: Military invasions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, published in November.  HL11453
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the demolition of a historic stairway which leads to Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Jerusalem Municipality as part of their plans to establish the "Biblical garden path".  HL11454
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of plans to test whether the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines can be combined successfully.  HL11455
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to rollout the combined Oxford/AstraZeneca Sputnik V vaccine, and on what scale, in the event that tests show that these vaccines can be combined successfully.  HL11456
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many doses of the Sputnik V vaccine they (1) have purchased, or (2) are planning to purchase, in the event that tests show that the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines can be combined successfully.  HL11457
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government who will comprise the membership of the expert group that will advise the Secretary of State for Education on arrangements for GCSE and A level examinations in 2021.  HL11458
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive the report of the expert group tasked with advising the Secretary of State for Education on arrangements for GCSE and A level examinations in 2021.  HL11459
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the use of restorative practice, and (2) prioritising conflict resolution over punishment in schools, to reduce the number of pupil exclusions.  HL11460
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