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Questions for Written Answer for 24 February 2021

Tabled on 23 February and due for answer by 9 March.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications; and what plans they have to ensure that UK Mountain Professionals will benefit from Mutual Recognition Agreements.  HL13552
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on putting in place reciprocal arrangements allowing exemptions from visa requirements for UK citizens to perform short-term paid work in EU countries in return for similar exemptions for EU citizens coming to the UK.  HL13553
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the decision by the EU to suspend budget support to the government of Ethiopia whilst humanitarian aid workers are unable to access Tigray; and in view of any such assessment, what plans they have to suspend the provision of Official Development Assistance to that government.  HL13554
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the participation of the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray state authorities in peace talks.  HL13555
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 23 February (HL13226), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, why they have appointed a Trade Envoy for Taiwan; and why they have not appointed a Trade Envoy for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.  HL13556
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen consultation over how elections are run to include (1) independent representatives, and (2) parties with at least one MP.  HL13557
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of counsellors in schools have specialist training in (1) assisting young victims of intimate partner violence, and (2) dealing with perpetrators of intimate partner violence.  HL13558
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of clinical staff of children and adolescent mental health services have specialist training in (1) assisting young victims of intimate partner violence, and (2) dealing with perpetrators of intimate partner violence.  HL13559
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the whether current statutory safeguarding provisions adequately (1) assist young victims of intimate partner violence, and (2) deal with perpetrators of intimate partner violence.  HL13560
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent tobacco companies using (1) social media influencers, and (2) other media, to promote non-combustible nicotine products.  HL13561
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Her Majesty The Queen, (2) His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, or (3) their representatives, relating to their Consent to the Fire Safety Bill; what changes, if any, were made to the Bill as a result of any such discussions; and for what purpose were such changes made.  HL13562
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Her Majesty The Queen, (2) His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, or (3) their representatives, relating to their Consent to the Trade Bill; what changes were made to the Bill as a result of any such discussions; and for what purpose were such changes made.  HL13563
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 February (HL12883), on what (1) dates, and (2) times, did EKFB contractors meet with (a) HS2 Ltd, and (b) officials at the Department for Transport, to provide advice on the scrutiny of the Wendover Mined Tunnel, as such scrutiny has developed.  HL13564
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd's Noise Prediction Model is more accurate than the Noise Prediction Model developed for HS1; and how this can be demonstrated.  HL13565
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what independent assessment has been made of the impact of the HS2 Phase One cut-and-cover tunnel design at Wendover on (1) the sustainability of the Weston Turville Site of Special Scientific Interest, (2) the water flow in the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal, and (3) flood risk to habitations at (a) Stoke Mandeville, and (b) Ay… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what independent assessment has been made of the management of the (1) water flow, (2) settlement, and (3) distribution, of the cut-and-cover tunnel on HS2 Phase One at Wendover; and whether construction of the tunnel will require additional land take.  HL13567
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to ban tracking pixels in emails.  HL13568
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take in response to the ruling by the International Criminal Court on 5 February that it has territorial jurisdiction over the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.  HL13569
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow female prisoners to be searched by officers who have transitioned to female, or those who have indicated that they identify as female.  HL13570
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate bilateral agreements with all EU member states exempting (1) touring performers, (2) creative teams, and (3) crews, including (a) dancers, (b) choreographers, (c) producers, and (d) technicians, from entry requirements or restrictions on short-term work for 90 days.  HL13571
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Permitted Paid Engagement visa route limits a professional's stay in the UK to up to one month; and what plans they have to extend the duration of its validity to 90 days.  HL13572
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of cabotage restrictions on touring performers; and what plans they have to address such effects.  HL13573
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision for the performing arts in the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; and what financial support they intend to provide, if any, to the performing arts sector to make up for added EU touring costs.  HL13574
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce an insurance scheme for dance and theatre, similar to the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme announced by the Culture Secretary on 28 July 2020.  HL13575
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made to establish a domestic alternative to the Creative Europe's Culture sub-programme, following the announcement by the Chancellor of the Global Screen Fund on 25 November 2020.  HL13576
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to advocate for a global arms embargo on the military regime in Myanmar.  HL13577
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the governments of Canada and Australia to investigate their contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency because of its reported use of inciteful material in educational textbooks; and what plans they have to establish their own investigation.  HL13578
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority, following the publication of the report by IMPACT-se Review of UNRWA-Produced Study Materials in the Palestinian Territories, published in January, which found the reported use of inciteful material in educational t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposals to champion freedom of speech in universities extends to (1) hate speech, and (2) antisemitic speech, as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Association.  HL13580
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 17 February (HL 13245), what environmental impact assessment was carried out before the choice of Victoria Tower Gardens as the site for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was made.  HL13581
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 17 February (HL 13247), when (1) a decision will be taken to establish a chair of Holocaust Studies, and (2) an endowment fund will be established to support such studies; what estimates they have made of the costs of such a chair and endowment fund; and whether they continue to be… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of Annually Managed Expenditure which was earmarked for the payment of Renewable Heat Incentive Schemes was not so used by the Northern Ireland Executive in each of the last three financial years.  HL13583
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what allocations have been made from the 2020/21 Tradeshow Access Programme.  HL13584
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Tradeshow Access Programme funding is available to UK companies to take part in digital trade shows.  HL13585
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 22 February (HL13173), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, further to the UK's departure from the EU, with which countries they have signed continuity trade agreements.  HL13586
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported increase in the prescription of anti-psychotic medication in the care of people with dementia.  HL13587
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce a timetable for the re-introduction of close contact care home visits in England.  HL13588
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current occupancy rates of care homes in England.  HL13589
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the international political declaration to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas; and whether they plan to endorse it.  HL13590
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make representations to other governments to encourage them to sign the international political declaration to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.  HL13591
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Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the (1) attempted removal, and (2) confiscation of property, of the residents of Khirbet Humsahin by that government.  HL13592
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose targeted sanctions against (1) ministers of the government of Turkey, and (2) commanders of the Turkish Armed Forces, for any breaches of international law.  HL13593
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Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what role they see for (1) UK and other international volunteers, and (2) the mobilisation of community and national volunteers within ODA-recipient countries, in the delivery of the UK’s development goals.  HL13594
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Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace the International Citizen Service programme.  HL13595
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Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deliver the next phase of the Volunteering for Development programme.  HL13596
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent as part of the Blue Belt programme on each of the South Atlantic Marine Protected Areas; and what has been achieved through that funding so far.  HL13597
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist the government of St Helena to improve its economy.  HL13598
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the government of St Helena Strategic Plan for the SHG Capital Programme 2020-2030, published on 12 May; and what plans they have to draw up a new compact to change their relationship with that government from a donor-recipient to a development partnership.  HL13599
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish in full the internal review of the Muslim Brotherhood commissioned in April 2014; what assessment they have made of the conclusions contained in the summary report Muslim Brotherhood Review: Main Findings (HC 679), published in December 2015, that the Muslim Brotherhood represents a "revolutionary chal… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not offer Asia Bibi asylum in the UK.  HL13601
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the first 100,000 people to die as a result of COVID-19 died in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland; how many of those died (a) in hospital, (b) in care homes, and (c) elsewhere; and how many of those were (i) over 80 years old, (ii) over 70 years old, (iii) under 50 years old, (iv) BAME,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what status a local government Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has in any consideration by a planning inspector of an application that conflicts with the objectives of the NDP; and what guidance they have made available about the steps to take in the event of any such conflict.  HL13603
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation gives authority to a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP); and whether a NDP becomes invalid if there is no local plan which has already taken account of an NDP.  HL13604
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), and the Written Answers from Lord True on 17 February (HL12832 and HL12833), what representations they received from members of political parties prior to the Minister of the Constitution’s letter of 22 January which stated the Government view that ca… 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 reply by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), and the Written Answers from Lord True on 17 February (HL12832 and HL12833), whether (1) NHS England, (2) the Department for Health and Social Care, (3) the Chief Scientific Officer, and (4) the Chief Medical Officer, provided advice that informed the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the legal basis for the view set out in the Minister of the Constitution’s letter of 22 January distinguishing between volunteer distribution of campaign leaflets and identical activity by people paid by commercial organisations; what reference is made to this distinction in the COVID-19 regulations, and what assessment they ha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether sufficient information concerning elections and candidates can be obtained via (1) the internet, and (2) the media; and further to this, what assessment they have made of the reasons behind the significant level of spending of political parties on unsolicited literature delivered to voters prior… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is still their aim to ensure that there is a level playing field in the conduct of election campaigns; what assessment they have made of whether this aim is achievable in elections scheduled for this May, in which the delivery of campaign literature by volunteers has been discouraged by the Government whilst the delivery of c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of grouping Questions for Written Answer on the quality of the information provided in response to these questions; and in particular, further to the reply by Lord True on 22 February (HL Deb col 610), whether they will now say what representations were made by political parties supporting an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the living conditions of the former Napier barracks, and (2) whether those conditions would be suitable for use by the British Armed Forces.  HL13611
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what internal meetings they held between the Cabinet Office and other government departments to draft the National Strategy for Disabled People; and on what date each meeting took place.  HL13612
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish in one document all the questions in the Cabinet Office’s National Strategy for Disabled People Citizen Space Survey.  HL13613
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to monitor the public sector’s compliance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018; and what have been the findings of any compliance monitoring exercises so far.  HL13614
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government why museums have been included in Step Three rather than Step Two in the roadmap to ease the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13615
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to negotiate arrangements with the EU for reduced visa requirements for performances by (1) musicians, and (2) other artistic performers.  HL13616 [I]
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the free speech duties they intend to place on universities will prohibit the implementation by universities of the duties placed on them under the Prevent programme.  HL13617 [I]
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of clinical negligence cases that appeared in court in the 2019/20 financial year resulted in the NHS paying damages.  HL13618
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether supply teachers who are registered to work with a number of different supply agencies can receive payments through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; and if so, how.  HL13619
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that private companies retain interest in managing their environmental impact.  HL13620
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by the British Chamber of Commerce on Brexit, published on 11 February; and what plans they have to allow small businesses to write off additional customs costs as a result of the UK–EU Trade Cooperation Agreement, against their tax bill.  HL13621
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of small businesses to obtain finance from banks that is not underwritten by the government.  HL13622
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by Hiscox The Hiscox Business Demystified Survey Challenges for UK SMEs - 2020 and beyond, published on 4 January.  HL13623
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the prospectus for the Levelling Up Fund announced in the Spending Review 2020, published on 15 December 2020.  HL13624
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be used for assessing bids to the Levelling Up Fund; and what part the indices of multiple deprivation will play in those assessments.  HL13625
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the prospectus for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and what criteria will be used in assessing bids.  HL13626
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the relationship between (1) the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, (2) the Stronger Towns Fund, and (3) the Levelling Up Fund.  HL13627
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they will use to assess local support in the public consultation on local government reorganisation in Cumbria, published on 22 February.  HL13628
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what weighting system, if any, will be used to assess responses from different stakeholders to the public consultation on local government reorganisation in Cumbria.  HL13629
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government which, if any, local authorities in Cumbria requested a delay to county council elections this year prior to the announcement of a delay in such elections to 2022.  HL13630
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a member of the British High Commission accompanied the reported "guided tours" of Kashmir given to envoys by the government of India; and if so, what conclusions were drawn.  HL13631
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Type 45 Power Improvement Project will be completed in all ships of the class.  HL13632
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 19 November 2020 that they are “taking forward … plans for eight Type 26 and five Type 31 frigates, and support ships to supply our carriers” (HC Deb, col 488), why they have not yet ordered the remaining planned Type 26 frigates.  HL13633
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when the first Type 26 frigate was ordered; when the first steel was cut; what is the planned launch date of that frigate; and when it is expected to be accepted into service by the Royal Navy.  HL13634
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to compensate people who (1) harvest, and (2) sell, oysters whose businesses have been affected by the EU restrictions on importing UK shellfish.  HL13635
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage consumption of British shellfish in (1) hospitals, (2) schools, and (3) other public institutions.  HL13636
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about (1) changes to employment contracts, and (2) the redundancy terms of EU-based staff.  HL13637
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