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Questions for Written Answer for 28 January 2020

Tabled on 27 January 2020 and due for answer by 10 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports by Doctors Under Fire that more than 100 women and children have been killed in Russian and Syrian airstrikes in Idlib since 18 January; and (2) Doctors Under Fire's call for the imposition of a no-fly zone to deter helicopters using barrel bombs.  HL776
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Human Rights Watch of homeless children subjected to violence and other abuse in a transit centre in Kigali; what discussions they have had with the government of Rwanda about its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what discussions they have had abo… 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 recent reports of child labour in mica mines in Madagascar; and what steps they are taking to end such practices.  HL778
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong: January to June 2017, published on 14 September 2017, whether their position remains that "the best way to secure the long-term future of 'One Country, Two Systems' is through a transition to universal suffrage which meets the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong, within th… 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 of (1) executions of Christians in Plateau State in Nigeria; and (2) targeted killings and kidnappings by Boko Haram and Fulani extremists; whether they discussed these issues with President Muhammadu Buhari at the UK–Africa Investment Summit; and what response they received.  HL780
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports of the arrest of a 15 year old girl outside the British consulate in Hong Kong, what steps they have taken to ensure that she was not subjected to ill-treatment at the hands of the Hong Kong Police Force.  HL781
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many convicted terrorists have been released from prisons in (a) Great Britain, and (b) Northern Ireland, since 2001; and (2) how many such convicted terrorists in each category have been convicted of further terrorist offences committed after their release.  HL782
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government why works in connection with HS2 and Granby Terrace bridge were transferred from the scope of the work being undertaken by Skanska Costain Strabag JV, as the main works contractors, to that of Costain Skanska JV, as the enabling works contractor.  HL783
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require technology companies selling consumer devices to state at the point of sale how long they will continue to provide software updates which will allow such devices to continue to function.  HL784
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 January (HL106), how many people received a CBE or higher honour in the New Year Honours List 2020 in each of (1) the regions in England, and (2) the nations of the UK.  HL785
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 23 January (HL387), in what format the data is held.  HL786 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 23 January (HL388), in what format the data is held.  HL787 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 23 January (HL451), in what format the data is held.  HL788 [I]
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the new points-based immigration system will support the creative industries sector; and in particular, how any such new system will take into account the needs of freelancers in that sector.  HL789
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have negotiated a continuity agreement for the UK with Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, which takes forward the current UK interests in the EU Free Trade Agreement with those countries; and if so, whether such a continuity agreement includes the trade and sustainable development provisions of Title IX of that agreement.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-smoking pregnant women, who have their carbon monoxide levels routinely monitored, have been found to have raised levels of carbon monoxide.  HL791
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 21 January (HL127), how they intend to assess (1) how any potential for Alexa to help with "prevention and early diagnosis" is being delivered in practice; and (2) whether such an approach is within the broader public interest.  HL792
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 22 January (HL258), whether they can provide the information set out in Figure 3 on page 37 of the NHS Resolution Annual report and accounts 2018/19, published on 11 July 2019, in respect of clinical negligence cases only.  HL793
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the extent, and (2) the range, of drug shortages in the NHS.  HL794
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of drug shortages in the NHS.  HL795
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what prioritisation process is used by the NHS for the rationing of essential drugs in cases when there is a shortage of such drugs.  HL796
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether unlicensed medicines are used to help with any shortages of drug supply in the NHS; and if so, how many.  HL797
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they collect about air pollution at, and near to, airports.  HL798
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce air pollution at, and near to, airports.  HL799
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what communications have had with (1) the police, and (2) third-sector organisations, about preventative, non-criminal justice approaches to reducing knife crime.  HL800
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the source of their most recent data regarding the flow of groundwater near the HS2 Harvil Road site; and whether this data has been made public.  HL801
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with British Overseas Territories about the access to citizenship by children of fathers from such territories who were not married to the children's mothers; and what plans they have to address this issue in any forthcoming immigration bill.  HL802
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of authorised corporate directors of open-ended investment funds in providing investor protection.  HL803
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the most recent Parliamentary Boundary Commission Review.  HL804
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland, about the social care and medical provision for people with dementia.  HL805
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the next meeting of the British–Irish Council discusses (1) mental health, and (2) dementia, medical and social care provision.  HL806
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that research funding for dementia is increased to ensure that medical and care interventions are available to anyone with that condition.  HL807
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the case for reducing VAT applicable to the UK tourism industry.  HL808
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the UK's membership of the European Committee for Standardization; what discussions they have had with the British Standards Institution on the issue; and what were the outcomes of any such discussions.  HL809
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to temporarily ban flights from China to the UK due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus.  HL810
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the technology involved in HS2 will be outdated by 2033.  HL811
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Centre for Cities Cities Outlook 2020, published on 27 January; and in particular, whether there is a "south–north" divide in air quality in the UK.  HL812
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with owners of social media platforms about the support they provide to workers who moderate content.  HL813
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that London is the top global financial centre after the UK has left the EU.  HL814
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to legislate to require councils in England to record the amount of energy they use.  HL815
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of civilian deaths, and (2) the amount of damage to civilian structures, in Gaza caused by bombing by the Israel Defence Force in 2020 to date.  HL816
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused to (1) crops, and (2) livestock, in Gaza following the release of water from rainwater collection dams by the government of Israel.  HL817
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the treatment of Khalida Jarrar during her recent detention by that government.  HL818
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about reports of a raid on a school in Deir Nizam on 19 January.  HL819
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the stopping of school buses serving villages in the southern Negev region by that government.  HL820
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of drug experimentation being conducted on Palestinian prisoners and schoolchildren in Palestine.  HL821
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect HS2 to be completed (1) on time, and (2) on budget.  HL822
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate the total final cost of HS2 will be to the Exchequer.  HL823
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government when HS2 will be completed.  HL824
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Limited has revised any existing agreements with contractors.  HL825
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on HS2 to date; and how much they estimate the programme would cost to cancel immediately.  HL826
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to revise the proposed speed of HS2 trains.  HL827
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how much power can currently be supplied to the UK National Grid by nuclear power stations; and what percentage of the total power available to the National Grid that represents.  HL828
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current peak energy requirements of the UK; and what such requirements are predicted to be in 2032.  HL829
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