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Questions for Written Answer for 2 March 2020

Tabled on 27 February 2020 and due for answer by 12 March 2020.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Brexit has resulted in any changes in the UK’s participation in, and access to, the European Medicines Agency; if so, what assessment they have made of the impact this will have on the UK’s ability to respond to coronavirus; and what steps they intend to take as a result.  HL1980
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure effective collaboration between the four UK public health authorities and their EU counterparts once the transition period ends.  HL1981
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government why they do not wish the UK to align with EU regulations on environmental standards and workers' rights at the end of the transition period when they have committed to maintain or go further than those regulations.  HL1982
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding, if any, they have committed to improving the life chances of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; and whether that funding is ringfenced.  HL1983
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce discrepancies in life expectancy between Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and other communities, as demonstrated by the Race Disparity Audit.  HL1984
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle hate crimes against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.  HL1985
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the condition of the prison estate.  HL1986
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to explore alternatives to custodial sentences.  HL1987
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of Dame Louise Casey’s review into rough sleeping; and when she will report.  HL1988
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burkina Faso following the escalation of terrorist violence in that country since 2015.  HL1989
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that over 191 Christians have been killed in Burkina Faso since April 2019.  HL1990
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian assistance they are providing to internally displaced people in Nigeria’s northern and middle belt states; and what steps they have taken to protect civilians displaced by conflict in that country.  HL1991
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish an analysis of the responses to their consultation which closed on 15 January 2019 on the business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation.  HL1992
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last reviewed the case for reducing VAT on accommodation and attractions to assist the tourism industry; what conclusions they reached; and whether they will publish the analysis that led to those conclusions.  HL1993
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1567), what data they currently hold on the number of people who have been killed on smart motorways.  HL1994
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1568), why they will not name the minister or official who made the decision to build smart motorways in the UK.  HL1995
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1569) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about the safety of smart motorways”, what assessment they gave to the reintroduction of hard shoulders on smart motorways.  HL1996
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1570) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about the safety of smart motorways”, what discussions they had with the police about the safety of smart motorways.  HL1997
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1571) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about the safety of smart motorways”, (1) how many miles of smart motorways have been created to date, (2) what has been the total cost of that work, and (3) how many m… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1572) and prior to their decision to conduct “an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about the safety of smart motorways”, what assessment they had made of the safety of smart motorways, or similar schemes, operating in other countries before introducin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures will apply following the ending of free movement and the introduction of a points-based immigration system for (1) European citizens and others to work in the UK as self-employed people, (2) self-employed people resident in the EU to provide their services in the UK as well as in the EU, (3) people who work for a company… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage civil society to contribute to the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review.  HL2001
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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 13 February (HL1377), whether they assess whether extremist ideology is being taught in madrasas; and if so, how.  HL2002
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 13 February (HL Deb, col 2339), on what grounds the reports about Qari Asim were considered to be an “abhorrent hate crime”; and whether the police are investigating such reports as a hate crime.  HL2003
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek programme country status in relation to Erasmus after 2021.  HL2004 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial implications of reducing the UK’s relationship with Erasmus after 2021 to that of partner status.  HL2005 [I]
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the UN Human Rights Council and other UN bodies about the government of India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019; if so, when; and what was the outcome.  HL2006
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK High Commission staff and their families in New Delhi have been affected by protests about the government of India's Citizenship (Amendment) Act; and if so, what support such people have received from the High Commission.  HL2007
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to close 4 Site, MOD Stafford; and if so, what is the envisaged timescale.  HL2008
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, should they decide to close 4 Site, MOD Stafford, the original owner of the site will have preferred bidder status.  HL2009
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to increase the number of (1) intermediate apprenticeships, and (2) apprenticeships, for those under the age of 19.  HL2010
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning any reviews of the apprenticeship levy.  HL2011
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the completion rate of apprenticeships.  HL2012
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure employees of all ages are gaining new skills.  HL2013
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people beginning apprenticeships were existing employees of the organisation they undertook the apprenticeship with, in the last year for which figures are available.  HL2014
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bethell (HL Deb, cols 248 and 253), what measure of inflation they used in the cash figures for the four financial years included in the NHS Funding Bill.  HL2015
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bethell (HL Deb, cols 248 and 253), whether (1) NHS Trusts with loans will have to repay those loans or service them from the cash figures in the NHS Funding Bill, (2) new loans will be available from those cash figures for Trusts in financial difficulty, and (3) the new financing framework promised for 20… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided to the NHS for the 2020–21 financial year for tackling the £6.5 billion backlog in building maintenance.  HL2017
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of loans to NHS Trusts in financial difficulty at the end of the current financial year.  HL2018
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor progress by NHS England in the delivery of its Long Term Plan for the NHS against the cash figures in the NHS Funding Bill; whether those arrangements will identify specific progress in relation to mental health services and community health services, including the deployment of additional staff; and what… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government when the design and build stages of the Emergency Services Network will conclude; and what estimate they have made of the cost of that project by the end of those stages.  HL2020
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government who is the Senior Responsible Owner of the Emergency Services Network; and how long they have been in post.  HL2021
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the police and other emergency services will use the Emergency Services Network once it has been delivered.  HL2022
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to inform the police of progress towards delivering the Emergency Services Network.  HL2023
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what charges police forces and other emergency services will pay in order to use the Emergency Services Network.  HL2024
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the final judgement of the China Tribunal set out in its report Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China Final Judgement and Summary Report, published on 17 June 2019, which concluded “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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