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Questions for Written Answer for 12 February 2020

Tabled on 11 February 2020 and due for answer by 25 February 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL664), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of reports of children working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; what measures they are taking to assess the dangers to children working… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL665), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of reports that the families of children working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are seeking compensation for forced labour, unjust enri… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL666), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what plans they have to impose sanctions and use UK aid to help combat child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and whether they plan to require UK companies sour… 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 from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that (1) fighting in Sudan’s West Darfur State has displaced an estimated 46,000 people inside that country and caused more than 14,000 to flee into Chad since December, (2) the majority of those displaced are women and young children, (3) vi… 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 Iraq about Article 26(2) of the National Identity Card Law which prescribes that children born to one Muslim parent must be registered as Muslim; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that policy on children born following rape perpetrated by Daesh fighter… 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 that the government of China shipped more than 10,000 tons of oil to North Korea in the last four months of 2019; and whether they intend to highlight those reports at the next UN Security Council meeting.  HL1515
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential long-term benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022; and what steps they are taking to realise any such benefits.  HL1516
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what infrastructure developments they are planning to support the delivery of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.  HL1517
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 11 February (HL606) and to the Written Statement by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) on 3 February (HLWS83), whether they will now answer the question put; and under which heading in the Written Statement the issues raised regarding (1) mutual recognition of driving lic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the enhancement of the power supply on the East Coast Main Line will provide sufficient power to allow for electrically hauled freight trains.  HL1519
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds they have promised the Northern Ireland Executive to establish and support a Historical Investigations Unit, and any associated bodies; and over what time period any such funding will be made available.  HL1520
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average amount spent from apprenticeship levy pots by companies; how much of the apprenticeship levy fund was spent in total in 2019; whether that total represents an (1) overspend, (2) underspend, or (3) spend as forecast; and how the forecast overspend of that fund was calculated.  HL1521
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the apprenticeship levy fund is currently being spent by non-levy payers.  HL1522
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government how much in total the NHS has contributed to the apprenticeship levy fund to date; and what proportion of that total has been spent on apprenticeships.  HL1523
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what the apprenticeship levy fund is being spent on, other than supporting apprentice training instigated by (1) companies, (2) levy payers, and (3) non-levy payers.  HL1524
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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 6 February (HL793), what assessment they have made of the performance of NHS Resolution, following the payment of damages in 2,872 out of 3,487 cases were proceedings had been issued in 2018–19.  HL1525
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the process for drafting the national sexual and reproductive health strategy.  HL1526
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of ring-fencing on the pricing of risk in the UK residential mortgage market.  HL1527
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 28 January (HL579), whether the confidentiality agreements cover the aggregation of data for a number of unidentified peer-to-peer platforms; whether the same wording is included in all agreements with peer-to-peer platforms; and whether this wording is proposed by the Govern… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what employment package the minister responsible for the implementation of HS2 will receive.  HL1529
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in adult prisons in England and Wales have mental health problems .  HL1530
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in adult prisons in England and Wales were involved in (1) self-harm incidents, and (2) self-inflicted deaths, in 2019; and how many of those had a mental health problem.  HL1531
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government how much NHS England spent on healthcare services in adult prisons in England and Wales in 2019; and how much of this was spent on mental health services.  HL1532
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government what services are provided for people with mental health problems in prisons in England and Wales; and how NHS England monitors (1) the quality of mental health services, and (2) the outcomes those services achieve.  HL1533
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the risk of the Wuhan coronavirus spreading to the UK, what steps are being taken to ensure that there are sufficient face masks in production for use in any such eventuality.  HL1534
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 January (HL273), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, on what dates HS2 is expected to reach (1) Newcastle, and (2) Edinburgh.  HL1535
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, at their meeting with the Director General of the Muharraq Governate Police, Brigadier General Fawaz Al Hassan, at Muharraq Security Complex in Bahrain in July 2019, they raised allegations that activists Ebtisam Al Saegh and Najah Yusuf were sexually assaulted and tortured by National Security Agency staff at that security com… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports published in The Times and The Yorkshire Post that facilities at the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain have been used for the torture of political prisoners, whether they have had any discussions with the University of Huddersfield about its provision of an MSc in Security Science exclusively to students at that A… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports published in The Times and The Yorkshire Post that facilities at the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain have been used for the torture of political prisoners, whether they have any agreement with the Royal Academy of Policing, in particular any agreement to (1) fund, or (2) provide training to, that Academy; and if… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, or (2) any of their affiliates, have met with any representatives from the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain; and if so, (a) when any such meetings took place, and (b) who attended.  HL1539
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the allegations in the report published by eight UN Special Rapporteurs on 1 November 2019 that officials from the National Institute for Human Rights in Bahrain “dismissed” complaints made by female prisoners and “threatened” an inmate with being returned to prison if she spoke to “anyone from abroad”… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to develop a version of the government of China’s coronavirus close contact detector application.  HL1541
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes.  HL1542
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that loopholes in Google's advertising networks allow companies to target vulnerable groups.  HL1543
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to regulate the algorithms used by social media companies to promote content.  HL1544
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that a Palestinian policeman was killed inside a police station in Jenin on 6 February.  HL1545
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) economic, and (2) food security, situation in Zimbabwe.  HL1546
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister is expected to finish his consideration of the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee into alleged Russian interference in UK democracy; and when they estimate that report to be published.  HL1547
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between the actions of the government of Israel and antisemitic incidents in the UK.  HL1548
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average percentage of overseas development assistance that they disburse through non-governmental organisations that reaches its intended recipients; what percentage of such funding is spent on administration costs; and what steps they are taking to increase the percentage of such funding that reaches its intended recip… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government with which foreign leaders, or their representatives, each Department has met since the 2019 General Election.  HL1550
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many frigates that are available for operations they estimate will be in the Royal Navy order of battle in (1) 2024, (2) 2025, and (3) 2026.  HL1551
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