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Questions for Written Answer for 6 July 2021

Tabled on 5 July and due for answer by 19 July.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that independent training providers have access to funding on an equal basis with other adult skills providers, including colleges.  HL1659
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of independent training providers in delivering training to meet current and future skills shortages in (1) the North East, and (2) the wider UK economy.  HL1660
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve communication at a (1) local, and (2) national, level about best practices in the delivery of adult skills.  HL1661
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was invested by the (1) Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme, (2) NHS Pension Scheme, (3) Teachers’ Pension Scheme, (4) Local Government Pension Scheme, (5) Firefighters’ Pension Scheme, and (6) Armed Forces Pension Scheme, into (a) Huawei Technologies Co., LTD., (b) Huawei Investment & Holding Co., LTD., and (c) H… 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 (1) the estimates that less than one per cent of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to low-income countries (2) the reports of increasing COVID-19 (a) infection rates, and (b) fatalities, in parts of (i) South Asia, (ii) South East Asia, and (iii) Africa, and (3) the need to balance sendin… 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 representations they have made to the government of India about the imprisoned human rights activist Stan Swamy prior to his death on 5 July; whether they made representations about his campaign on behalf of Dalits and Adivasis; and if so, what response they received.  HL1664
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the alleged role of the government of Kenya in the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamadi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Mr Kanu to Nigeria against his will, and (3) of any assistance being provided to him by the High Commission in Abuja. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to strip the Gambling Commission of its power to impose affordability checks on vulnerable consumers.  HL1666
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Economic Assessment of Selected House of Lords Gambling Reforms, prepared by NERA Economic Consulting for the Peers for Gambling Reform and published on 26 May.  HL1667
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will report on (1) the membership, (2) the workings, and (3) the decisions, of the Ministerial Oversight Group tasked with overseeing the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders; and what assessment they have made of the circumstances in which these orders are now being issued.  HL1668
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to improve the customer service provided by the Pension Service across all types of contact, including by (1) the call centres, and (2) the correspondence units.  HL1669
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will conduct a review of the template letters used by (1) the Pension Service, and (2) the Department for Work and Pensions, to ensure communications are as clear and comprehensible as possible.  HL1670
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what use they have made of (1) focus groups, and (2) other qualitative techniques, to improve the functioning of (a) the Pension Service, and (b) the Department for Work and Pensions.  HL1671
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish their plans to de-carbonise the railways before 22 July; and whether those plans will include further electrification of the railways.  HL1672
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the excepted status for church charities will end in March 2031.  HL1673
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent religious organisations that promote intolerance and harmful messages from becoming registered charities.  HL1674
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to prevent religious organisations that promote misogyny from becoming registered charities.  HL1675
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to removing the advancement of religion as a charitable purpose.  HL1676
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be an operational gap between the vanguard class submarines and dreadnought class submarines; and if so, how long that gap will that last for.  HL1677
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the first dreadnought class submarine will be operational.  HL1678
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date all four dreadnought class submarines will be operational.  HL1679
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many countries, and (2) what countries, are part of the Carrier Strike Group.  HL1680
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Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have registered an opt-out with their GP practice to prevent the sharing of personal data outside of their GP practice except for their own care as at 5 July; and how many people have registered an opt-out covering the broader health and care system, that is the National Data opt-out, as at 5 July.  HL1681
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to close the learning gap between boys and girls; and in particular, what steps they are taking to address boys’ early years underachievement in language and vocabulary development.  HL1682
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of fatherlessness on young men who are members of gangs.  HL1683
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many paper applications for (1) the renewal of a driving licence, and (2) renewal of a driving licence for persons aged over 70, remained unprocessed in each week in June.  HL1684
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of delays in renewing driving licences; what steps they are taking to reduce such delays; and what advice they are giving to applicants renewing their driving licence by paper application, who need their licence for hiring a motor vehicle either in the UK or abroad.  HL1685
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government which areas will (1) be designated national parks, (2) be designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, or (3) otherwise protected from development, by 2030.  HL1686
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the International Seabed Authority about the environmental implications of proposals for deep sea mining off Nauru.  HL1687
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have commissioned to inform their consultation on the future of Channel 4.  HL1688
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that, irrespective of the outcome of the consultation on the future of Channel 4, the broadcaster will be able to continue to support growth and jobs outside of London.  HL1689
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what aid and development programmes they have funded in China since 2016.  HL1690
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, what steps they are taking to develop a more strategic approach to partnering with and supporting human rights defenders globally; and, in particular, women human rights defenders.  HL1691
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult with civil society on the development of their plans for supporting, at an international level, (1) open societies, (2) media freedom, (3) anti-corruption efforts, (4) human rights and the rule of law.  HL1692
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of index-linked government stock; and what percentage of total government debt it represents.  HL1693
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Government departments treat any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, excluding disability, as taking precedence over any other.  HL1694
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add Turkey to their list of human rights priority countries.  HL1695
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist the closure of refugee camps in (1) Syria, and (2) nearby countries; and what plans they have to help resettle refugees currently in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.  HL1696
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all (1) removal of forest and woodland cover, and (2) peat extraction, is balanced by new or replacement planting.  HL1697
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to arrange (1) bilateral, and (2) multilateral, economic aid for Lebanon to support the Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon.  HL1698
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the Internet Watch Foundation about obliging internet service providers (1) to block child pornography, and (2) to help prevent the sexual abuse of children.  HL1699
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the government of the Philippines the reported failures of internet service providers in that country to comply with anti-child pornography legislation RA 9775; and if not, why not.  HL1700
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of the Palestinian Authority, following the death of political activist Nizar Banat in police custody.  HL1701
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel, in response to the findings by a UN Working Group on 7 June that three Palestinian students from Birzeit University have been held in arbitrary detention.  HL1702
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of authorities in Israel carrying out extra-judicial killings of Palestinians.  HL1703
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, whether the Overseas Territories can still apply for grants from the InvestEU Fund.  HL1704
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the public of the 52 per cent decline in total net spend by local authorities in England on trading standards services between 2009 and 2019, as set out by Unchecked UK in their report The UK's Enforcement Gap, published in October 2020.  HL1705
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require local authorities in England to take into account (1) the use of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies, or (2) the potential for future installation of such technology, when considering whether to grant permission for new energy from waste plants.  HL1706
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether students from the EU are required to apply for visas in order to enrol in boarding schools in Northern Ireland.  HL1707
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether international boarding school students wishing to study in the UK are required (1) to apply for visas to enrol in a school that is classed as a Highly Trusted Sponsor, and (2) to provide a birth certificate translated into English; if so, what is their estimate of the additional cost for each applicant to provide this informa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of 17 year-olds in each local authority in England; and what proportion of them are studying for (1) academic, and (2) vocational qualifications, at state schools (a) within, and (b) outside, the local authority.  HL1709
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government how many 2021 census forms were (1) requested, and (2) have been completed and returned.  HL1710
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fines have been issued for non-completion of the 2021 census.  HL1711
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government how many National Insurance numbers were valid on 21 March.  HL1712
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have compare the census data with the Department for Work and Pensions' database of National Insurance numbers to identify (1) NI numbers which should be terminated, and (2) individuals who should be fined for non-completion of the 2021 census.  HL1713
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the shortage of doctors in the NHS.  HL1714
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Building Safety Bill, announced by the Housing Secretary on 5 July will assist leaseholders facing bills for non-cladding defects in high rise flats.  HL1715
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is celebrated across the UK.  HL1716
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding suicide prevention measures.  HL1717
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional measures they intend to take to ensure life-long learning is available for those with severe learning difficulties.  HL1718
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect unborn babies with Down’s Syndrome.  HL1719
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce Report on 20 April, whether the taskforce now been disbanded; and if not, what role and responsibilities the Taskforce now has.  HL1720
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding will be provided to Ofcom to support the costs of monitoring and compliance with the new powers for that body in the Telecommunications Security Bill.  HL1721
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government when the updated Cyber Strategy will be published.  HL1722
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many companies in the UK telecommunications sector are estimated to be majority owned by Russian or Chinese entities.  HL1723
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government when the final communications sectoral definition under the National Security and Investment Act 2021 will be published.  HL1724
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost of removing Huawei from the telecommunications network by 2027.  HL1725
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what public surveys, if any, they have undertaken on (1) the mandatory use of face coverings on public transport, and (2) the impact a change to a voluntary approach may have on (a) public confidence in the safety of public transport, and (2) demand for public transport.  HL1726
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that broadband internet access is affordable for people in receipt of low incomes and benefits.  HL1727
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor the effectiveness of social tariffs offered by broadband providers.  HL1728
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government why they withdrew funding from the Yemen Multisector Humanitarian Response Programme.  HL1729
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Yemen Multisector Humanitarian Response Programme.  HL1730
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 30 June (HL1403), what is the value of the current contract awarded to Capita Business Services Ltd to carry out Personal Independence Payment assessments in Northern Ireland.  HL1731
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 June (HL1204, HL1205), what assessment they have made of reports that leaseholders, despite having an EWS1 form certifying that their building's external wall system has been assessed for safety by a suitable expert, are unable to sell their leases on account of le… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of their financial aid to the Palestinian Authority which is spent on that Authority's security forces.  HL1733
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about protecting Palestinians living in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem from having their homes demolished.  HL1734
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list of all the organisations in England that will benefit from the £60 million national heritage investment announced on 3 July; and how much funding each organisation will receive.  HL1735
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide clarification to small businesses on the rules of origin for duty free trade with the EU.  HL1736
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase self-isolation payment support once the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.  HL1737
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of employment hubs in prisons.  HL1738
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey research by the Trade Unions Congress, published on 19 March, which found that one in three black and minority ethnic workers say they have been unfairly turned down for a job; and what plans they have to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.  HL1739
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff working at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office at C5 level or above and working from the office on King Charles Street speak fluent Russian.  HL1740
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of media reports that school pupils are using fruit juice to produce fake positive COVID-19 tests.  HL1741
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Centre for Social Justice Kids can’t catch up if they don’t show up, published on 27 June, which found that almost 100,000 children did not return to schools full-time when they re-opened in March.  HL1742
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average real-terms change in per-pupil funding in (1) the most deprived 20 per cent of schools, and (2) the least deprived 20 per cent, over the past five years.  HL1743
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the National Shipbuilding Strategy refresh.  HL1744
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the majority of work on the three new Fleet Solid Support ships will be undertaken at UK shipyards.  HL1745
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ring fence money for the next five Type 26 frigates in the forthcoming spending review.  HL1746
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Benyon on 1 July (HL1216), what is the breakdown by type and ownership of the "15 vessels from the Royal Navy Overseas Patrol Squadron and Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities".  HL1747
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vessels by type are operated by UK Border Force.  HL1748
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vessels by type are operated by HMRC.  HL1749
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the five million UK residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in India will be allowed to travel to the EU for business or leisure purposes.  HL1750
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in Disability Living Allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.  HL1751
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals received Disability Living Allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.  HL1752
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