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Questions for Written Answer for 21 November 2017

Tabled on 20 November 2017 and due for answer by 4 December 2017.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received of a British Sikh, Jagtar Singh Johal, being tortured by the Punjab police; and what steps they are taking to provide consular support to him.  HL3328
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the government of India is aware of its responsibility under international law to adhere to civilised standards in regard to the treatment of detainees.  HL3329
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have verified the reported mistreatment of Jagtar Singh Johal; whether they intend to take any action to ensure that the Indian authorities are held to account; and if so, what.  HL3330
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about the treatment of Sikh activists.  HL3331
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 13 November (HL2660), whether money paid to private health service providers for services commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups may be used to support the lobbying activities of those providers.  HL3332
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development has provided assistance to countries where leprosy is prevalent (1) to train staff in leprosy detection and treatment, (2) to increase public awareness of leprosy and access to treatment, and (3) to promote stigma reduction, including the repeal of discriminatory legislatio… 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 the report by the UN Commission on Human Rights on Cameroon, published on 10 November, which called on the government of Cameroon to ensure equal treatment of the English-speaking minority, guaranteeing their rights for expression and assembly, and which stated that the English-speaking popu… 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 the reports on BBC World News, on 14 November, about the fate of ten North Korean escapees currently detained in China; what representations, if any, they have received about those escapees; and whether they have made representations to the government of China (1) concerning its obligations u… 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 discussions they have had with the government of (1) the United States, and (2) the Republic of Korea, to coordinate international efforts to secure the release of ten North Korean escapees currently detained in China.  HL3336
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) cis women, and (2) trans and non-binary people, have been recruited to take part in NHS England’s HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis impact trial.  HL3337
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that (1) cis women, and (2) trans and non-binary people, at risk of HIV are recruited to take part in the HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis impact trial.  HL3338
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether members of the Black African community are less likely to attend sexual and reproductive health services than other citizens, and if so what action they have taken to recruit at-risk people from that population to take part in the HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis impact trial.  HL3339
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what equalities impact assessments local authorities are required to make when reducing spending on HIV support services, given that those most at risk tend to belong to marginalised communities.  HL3340
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government how (1) Public Health England, and (2) the Department of Health, plan to monitor progress made against the Framework for Sexual Health in England, particularly with regard to HIV services.  HL3341
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, within the limits of deviation of HS2 in the Euston area, how much space is planned for office buildings associated with HS2, and how much is planned to be available for commercial office and retail space.  HL3342
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Sugg on 16 Nov (HL Deb, col 80GC), what target design costs they have set HS2 Ltd; what are the comparable construction costs for HS2 Phases 1, 2A, and 2B; and how they intend to ensure that HS2 Ltd keep within the long-term funding envelope of £55.7 billion  HL3343
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Sugg on 16 November (HL Deb, col 79GC), which companies have been invited to tender for the provision of independent assurance and examination of HS2 Ltd’s cost estimates; what is the scope of that work; and when contracts will be awarded.  HL3344
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made to monitor the scale and incidence of substantial overcrowding on long distance trains.  HL3345
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, in preparation for the re-letting of the East Midlands Train franchise, what estimate they have made of the overall journey times for (1) a bi-mode train, and (2) an electric alternative, between London and Sheffield.  HL3346
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the powers available to local authorities to control congestion, in the light of reports that some bus companies are no longer buying new vehicles where there are inadequate bus priority measures.  HL3347
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to local authorities about the safety aspects of filling pot holes; and whether any such guidance makes specific reference to the needs of cyclists.  HL3348
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that appropriate pastoral support is available to non-religious prisoners in English and Welsh prisons on an equal basis to religious chaplaincy, and whether that support is proportionate to the percentage of prisoners who describe themselves as non-religious.  HL3349
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility with equality and human rights legislation of section 7 of the Prison Act 1952, which mandates that every prison must employ a clergyman from the Church of England to fulfil its chaplain position before members of other religions or beliefs can be considered for employment… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government how many armed service personnel in (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, (3) the Royal Marines, (4) the Royal Air Force, and (5) the reserves in each of those forces, are recorded as being (a) Buddhist, (b) Hindu, (c) Jewish, (d) Muslim, (e) Sikh, or (f) of any other non-Christian religion.  HL3351
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government how many armed service personnel in (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, (3) the Royal Marines, (4) the Royal Air Force, and (5) the reserves in each of those forces, are recorded as being members of (a) the Church of England, Anglican, or Episcopal churches, (b) the Roman Catholic Church, (c) the Presbyterian Church, (d) the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that appropriate pastoral support is available to non-religious patients in hospitals in England on an equal basis to religious chaplaincy, and whether that support is proportionate to the percentage of patients who describe themselves as non-religious.  HL3353
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of delivering a manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship for each level.  HL3354
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many eligible Apprenticeship Levy paying employers there are; and of those, how many are (1) single entity companies, and (2) connected companies.  HL3355
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many small and medium sized businesses are paying the Apprenticeship Levy because they are defined as a connected company.  HL3356
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Apprenticeship Levy paying employers are registered on the Digital Apprenticeship Service.  HL3357
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government when non-Apprenticeship Levy paying employers will be able to register on the Digital Apprenticeship Service.  HL3358
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the devolved administrations concerning communications with employers operating in more than one country in the UK as to how those employers intend to spend funds received from the Apprenticeship Levy.  HL3359
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 20 November (HL2884), whether they plan to collect, and publish annually, data on the number of deaths of (1) teachers, (2) students, and (3) others, who may have contracted mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases while in school buildings, in order to enable an evaluation o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian impact of the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen; whether they are supporting the actions of the coalition in Yemen; and if so, what form that support takes.  HL3361
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the drug Avastin is available to NHS patients for the treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.  HL3362 [I]
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost saving to the NHS for the treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration by the use of Avastin instead of the drug Lucentis.  HL3363 [I]
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of Avastin compared to Lucentis in the treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.  HL3364 [I]
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients are given the choice between Avastin and Lucentis in the treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.  HL3365 [I]
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) individuals, and (2) households, are currently subject to sanctions for acts or omissions related to Universal Credit.  HL3366
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to handle specific problems arising from Universal Credit for Black and Ethnic Minority people arising from existing poverty, digital exclusion, language difficulties, or family size.  HL3367
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of criticisms made by voluntary organisations of Universal Credit, in particular (1) the combined effects of fewer welfare access points, (2) reductions in other benefits, and (3) problems inherent in Universal Credit.  HL3368
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the impact of Universal Credit on rent arrears, evictions, and heavier indebtedness among those with rent and fuel problems.  HL3369
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions and improvements, new or continuing, they intend to take following the debate on 16 November on Universal Credit (HL Deb, cols 2127–73).  HL3370
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote a greater awareness of oral cancer.  HL3371
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of dental health inequalities in England.  HL3372
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS dentists there are in England.  HL3373
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether car tax evasion has increased since tax discs in cars were abolished; and what action they are planning to take in response.  HL3374
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the case for audio and CCTV recording in taxi and private hire vehicles.  HL3375 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many referrals of (1) individuals, and (2) businesses, for suspected tax offences HMRC has received from local authorities in each year since 1997 up to the last year for which figures are available.  HL3376 [I]
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they (1) sought, and (2) received, from (a) the Bank of England, and (b) the financial services industries, including insurance and financial derivatives, before tabling their amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which specifies 11pm on 29 March 2019 as the statutory time and date for departure from the EU.  HL3… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are being made to assist UK financial services industries with the review, modification, or termination of international contracts with companies and countries in the EU27 before 11pm on 29 March 2019, in order to ensure that relevant contracts will be legally enforceable after that time.  HL3378
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government under what legislation the siting of cycle lanes is arranged in UK cities and towns; and what steps are taken to ensure that legislation is properly applied.  HL3379
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that civil servants are well-trained and that performance management steps are taken when necessary.  HL3380
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Education, Health and Care Plans: our first 100 investigations, and in particular, of the recommendations concerning good practice for councils.  HL3381
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission Local Area SEND inspections: one year on, and in particular, the common areas of significant concern listen in that report.  HL3382
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of each of the funding streams to support implementation of Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms as listed by the Council for Disabled Children in its July Digest.  HL3383
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage train operators who do not provide onboard catering to offer catering franchises to third parties.  HL3384
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the UK to remain a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency.  HL3385
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote British game meat.  HL3386
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Lord Mancroft to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the House of Lords' catering service will increase the amount of game meat on offer during Great British Game Week.  HL3387
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Digital Charter to address online bullying.  HL3388
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many European Firearms Passes were issued to firearms certificate holders in 2016.  HL3389
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Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of continued participation in, and recognition of, the European Firearms Pass arrangements after the UK has left the EU.  HL3390
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Henley on 15 November (HL Deb, col 2018), on the basis of what data source they anticipate that there will be a net increase in jobs as a result of the fourth industrial revolution.  HL3391
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Henley on 15 November (HL Deb, col 2018), at what rate new jobs will be created as a result of the fourth industrial revolution; within what timescale; and what is the source of that data.  HL3392
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Henley on 15 November (HL Deb, col 2018), what will be the median salary of new jobs created by the fourth industrial revolution; and what is the source of that data.  HL3393
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Henley on 15 November (HL Deb, col 2018), what calculations or modelling they have undertaken to reach the conclusion that the fourth industrial revolution will not increase inequality; and whether they will publish any relevant findings.  HL3394
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 13 November (HL3127), what preparations they have made to manage any increase in referrals, investigations and prosecutions for national minimum wage non-compliance which may result from their activity to raise awareness and improve compliance with the legislation.  HL3395
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Lord Palmer to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much it cost to produce the pamphlet Work of the House of Lords 2016–17; and how many copies were sent to people outside the parliamentary estate.  HL3396
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of drug-related deaths of people in treatment services; and what data they have on whether the number of drug-related deaths of people who died while they were in treatment services increased over the last year.  HL3397
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any evaluation has been conducted to assess the effectiveness of the Partners in Practice programme in improving local authority children’s services.  HL3398
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the cost of implementing a national diesel scrappage scheme as a part of their plans to improve air quality.  HL3399
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 20 November, how many start-up companies founded in 2016 they estimate were service companies.  HL3400
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 18 September (HL1398), what plans they have to review which activities outside Great Britain may be in scope of the Equality Act 2010.  HL3401
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 10 November (HL2719), what plans they have to review the impact of Brexit on the corporate governance of UK-registered companies operating outside the UK, including through subsidiaries and other connected persons.  HL3402
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made for each of the last six financial years of the revenue lost as a consequence of carousel fraud.  HL3403
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken following the announcement by the Ankara governor's office on 19 November that all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in Ankara have been banned.  HL3404
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they carried out an equalities assessment on the data sharing agreement on migrants' information that was signed in January between the Home Office, Department of Health and NHS England; if so, when it was carried out; and what are the equality implications.  HL3405
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought legal advice on the data sharing agreement on migrants' information that was signed in January between the Home Office, Department of Health and NHS England; if so, whether that advice covered the requirements of, and compatibility with, current and future data protection legislation; on what date they received that… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government why they propose to apply the European directive on testing motorcycles in 2018, given that the directive is deferred to 2022; and whether they will reconsider that decision to allow more time to consult further with motorcycle producers, users, and clubs.  HL3407
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding was given to the UN Relief and Works Agency in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017; and how much is proposed for 2018.  HL3408
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take following reports that Israel intends to expand its settlements in East Jerusalem in contravention of international law.  HL3409
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports that the Israeli army has ordered the eviction of 300 Palestinians from their homes in the northern Jordan Valley.  HL3410
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the publication of figures by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that show an increase in demolitions and displacements in the West Bank.  HL3411
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports of the moving of a checkpoint deeper into the Palestinian area of al-Walaja that will prevent residents from visiting the local spring or their fields beyond that checkpoint.  HL3412
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the approval, by the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, of the expropriation of private Palestinian land for the building of an access road to an Israeli settler outpost in the West Bank.  HL3413
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition was denied approval to operate a rescue helicopter in South Georgia earlier this year.  HL3414
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