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Questions for Written Answer for 7 February 2020

Tabled on 6 February 2020 and due for answer by 20 February 2020.

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the degree of engagement of the (1) Commonwealth, and (2) UN, in (a) resolving the tensions in Cameroon between Anglophone and Francophone communities, and (b) alleviating the conditions of internally displaced persons and refugees fleeing that conflict.  HL1394
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress in Cameroon in enhancing the security and human rights of Anglophone and Francophone communities in that country.  HL1395
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure effective prosecution of those guilty of modern slavery offences.  HL1396
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they cooperate with other states to ensure the effective prosecution of those guilty of modern slavery offences.  HL1397
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce road casualties.  HL1398
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the article by Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times Mother Nature scoffs at Trump's mideast peace plan, published on 4 February, on water resources and ecology in the Middle East; and what plans they have to seek to establish permanent institutions for dialogue and action on those issues.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support provided by the BBC for film production in the UK.  HL1400
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the BBC World Service to the UK.  HL1401
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Facebook's plans to introduce encrypted messages across its messaging applications.  HL1402
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rugby league in England and Wales.  HL1403
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in England.  HL1404
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the accessibility of trains for wheelchair users.  HL1405
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the accessibility of taxis for wheelchair users.  HL1406
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article, Pan-cancer analysis of whole genomes, published in Nature on 5 February.  HL1407
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the changes made in the prospective regulations for the use of asulam in 2020; and what alternative means of controlling bracken will be available in species-rich environments in lowland England.  HL1408
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake an independent assessment of the safety of asulam before the 2021 spraying season.  HL1409
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences, including safety, of proposals for UK domestic gas supplies to comprise up to 20 per cent hydrogen.  HL1410
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) allow UK domestic gas supplies to comprise up to 20 per cent hydrogen, and (2) ensure that customers are fairly charged for gas supplies with a variable percentage of hydrogen.  HL1411
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop the UK gas network and appliances connected to it so that they are able to receive a supply of 100 per cent hydrogen.  HL1412
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Lord Naseby to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Services Committee intends to review the methodology used by any food safety auditors who were tasked with evaluating the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar.  HL1413
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 February (HL646), what estimate they have made of the number of pupils that are taught in madrasas in the UK.  HL1414
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what strategies are in place to increase capacity in the energy grid network across the UK to meet increased demand from electric vehicles.  HL1415
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated uptake of electric vehicles by 2040; and what plans they have to ensure that such uptake targets are met.  HL1416
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated impact by 2040 on total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK from Government measures to reduce emissions from vehicles; whether there are interim emissions targets in place; and if so, what they are.  HL1417
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what increases in electric supply they envisage in order to meet any increased electricity demand across the UK from electric vehicles.  HL1418
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce additional incentives to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles; and when they intend to put those plans in place.  HL1419
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for the provision of new facilities on smart motorways in order to ensure the safety of electric vehicles in the event of breakdown.  HL1420
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding for a new railway station building in Sunderland.  HL1421
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland.  HL1422
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether funding announced by the Department for Transport on 28 January to assess the feasibility of re-opening railway lines will include a study into re-opening the Leamside line between Sunderland, Washington, Houghton-le-Spring and Pelaw.  HL1423
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government why there is no mention of accessible and adaptable homes in the report by the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission Living with beauty: health, well-being and sustainable growth, published on 30 January.  HL1424
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities proposing to permanently close roads or divert traffic from existing routes have any obligation to (1) estimate, and (2) consider, the net impact of any such closures or diversions on total national emissions, rather than solely the roads subject to closure or reduction in use.  HL1425
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what authority they have to review changes of road use introduced by local authorities which have proven to have a demonstrably large and negative effect on total emission levels.  HL1426
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any elected authorities, including elected mayors, other than local authorities have any responsibility to monitor the overall impact on emissions of individual road closures and changes in use introduced within those authorities' boundaries.  HL1427
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