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Questions for Written Answer for 17 December 2020

Tabled on 16 December 2020 and due for answer by 4 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Uighur forced labour is being used in Xinjiang for the production of cotton for garments sold internationally; and what action they intend to take for breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  HL11515
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish what has happened to the students kidnapped by Boko Haram in Katsina on 11 December; what assistance they are giving to the government of Nigeria in securing the release of those students; what assessment they have made of (1) the statement by Abubakar Shekau claiming responsibility for… 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 (1) that the Eritrean military is fighting in Tigray, (2) that people have been abducted and returned to Ethiopia, and (3) of the seizure of Tigrayan land by (a) the government of Eritrea, and (b) the Amhara regional government; and what assessment hey have made of the impact of any s… 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 steps they have taken in response (1) to the statement by the government of Ethiopia that (a) its military shot at a UN convoy, and (b) it wants the UN to travel in armed convoy; (2) to reports that Tigrayans have been removed from their jobs at the UN; and (3) to reports that the government of Ethiopia is preventing aid… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the mistreatment of Uighurs.  HL11519
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) nominal, and (2) actual, strength of the individual battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.  HL11520
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) nominal, and (2)actual, strength of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.  HL11521
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government which military units are currently stationed at Leuchars Station.  HL11522
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to close Fort George; and where the military units currently stationed there will subsequently be stationed.  HL11523
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) nominal, and (2) actual, strength of the Royal Air Force.  HL11524
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) nominal, and (2) actual, strength of the Royal Navy.  HL11525
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 to require intermediaries providing commercial services for online businesses to undertake due diligence measures for the verification of the identities of those conducting digital business services.  HL11526
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 25 November that their target for the rollout of gigabit broadband to householders in the UK by 2025 has been revised to 85 per cent, when they estimate 100 per cent of households will have such broadband; and what costs will be saved before 2025 as a result of the new target.  HL11527
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Intellectual Property Office about the development of guidance similar to “know your customer” guidance for financial services, for wider application under any future online harms legislation.  HL11528
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with (1) the devolved administrations, and (2) local authorities.  HL11529
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments will fund the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL11530
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in social benefits in England and Wales in the last five years for which records are available.  HL11531
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many veterans in Northern Ireland are in receipt of (1) a war disablement pension, or (2) Armed Forces compensation.  HL11532
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many veterans in Northern Ireland are in receipt of a war pension scheme mobility supplement.  HL11533
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on immigration to the UK.  HL11534
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a timetable for introducing their proposals on addressing legacy issues in Northern Ireland.  HL11535
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards improving the effectiveness and reliability of power plants on Type 45 destroyers.  HL11536
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by Rolls-Royce that it plans to move aero engine manufacturing overseas, what action they plan to take to maintain advanced manufacturing at Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick.  HL11537
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's departure from the EU on the decision by Rolls-Royce to transfer production of aero-engine manufacturing from Britain to Spain.  HL11538
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of steps taken by the Board of Directors of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (1) to monitor the Gender Identity Development Service, and (2) to address any concerns raised by clinicians of that Service.  HL11539
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust about the steps that Trust is taking to assess whether the treatment provided by the Gender Identity Development Service adequately considers instances where patients present conditions of gender dysphoria which may resolve itself without inte… 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 steps they are taking, if any, to prevent ambulances from being unable to access Gloucester Royal Hospital Accident and Emergency Department due to congestion; and what plans they have to reopen Cheltenham General Hospital Accident and Emergency Department to ease ambulance congestion at Gloucester Royal Hospital.  HL11… 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 assessment they have made of reports that a suspect, accompanied by police officers, was required to wait three hours for treatment at Gloucester Royal Hospital; and what discussions they have had with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ensure such incidents do not reoccur.  HL11542
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients awaiting transfer to wards have died in (1) corridors, (2) nurses’ stations, and (3) cubicles, at Gloucester Royal Hospital in the last six months.  HL11543
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of loans extended under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme where the annual rate of interest exceeds 14.99 per cent; and what is the highest rate of interest at which a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan has been made.  HL11544
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a campaign to improve levels of public understanding of smart motorway rules.  HL11545
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, what assessment they have made of why the prevalence of gambling among those aged 11 to 16 has increased.  HL11546
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, how they intend to record gambling related suicides.  HL11547
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when they were informed that the Director of Supplies and Innovation for NHS Test and Trace had been recruited by Oxford Nanopore Technologies; and who informed them of that recruitment.  HL11548
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Emma Stanton is subject to the Business Appointment Rules for Civil Servants following her role as Director of Supplies and Innovation for NHS Test and Trace.  HL11549
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the NHS COVID-19 application has notified people that they need to self-isolate.  HL11550
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many family law cases were outstanding in each month of this year.  HL11551
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many house repossession claims were outstanding in each month since March this year.  HL11552
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what targets they have set, if any, for reducing the backlog of outstanding cases across courts and tribunals in England and Wales.  HL11553
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a timetable for implementing the recommendations they accepted in their response to the report by Dr Natalie Byrom Making the most  of HMCTS data: HMCTS’ full response and update to Dr Byrom’s recommendations, published on 9 October.  HL11554
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will make available to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service to implement those recommendations they accepted in their response to the report by Dr Natalie Byrom Making the most  of HMCTS data: HMCTS’ full response and update to  Dr Byrom’s recommendations, published on 9 October.  HL11555
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the data collected by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service on the outcomes of cases across courts and tribunals since March this year can be disaggregated by (1) case type, (2) whether the hearing was conducted remotely or in person, and (3) the protected characteristic of the parties to the case; and, if not,… 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 plans they have to provide additional support to outdoor education centres.  HL11557
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase spending on job support and skills training for jobs at the highest risk of redundancy due to automation.  HL11558
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that education inspection bodies focus on skills provision when inspecting education providers.  HL11559
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