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Questions for Written Answer for 3 March 2020

Tabled on 2 March 2020 and due for answer by 16 March 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish centres for specialised ventilation care for people in stage 3 of COVID-19; and what assessment they have made of whether current provision would be capable of meeting the needs of those affected by an epidemic.  HL2026
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) letter to the Prime Minister from the President of the African Bar Association, Hannibal Uwaifo, of 10 January regarding the Anglophone Cameroon crisis, and (2) implications for peace and stability in the Cameroon of the departure of Jack Andrew Pendelton, the UN OCHA representative. … 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 (1) report by the World Health Organization Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report, published on 1 March, in particular the mortality rate from COVID-19 in Hubei province, and (2) the remarks by Brendan Wren, Professor of Vaccinology at the London School of Tropical Medicine… 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 China about the case of Gui Minhai who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in China for "illegally providing intelligence overseas".  HL2029
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by The World Bank Group Capture of Foreign Aid: Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts, published in February, in particular its finding that disbursements of aid to 22 of the most aid-dependent countries coincided with significant increases in the value of bank deposits in tax haven… 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 letter from Lord Goldsmith to the Home Secretary on 14 February which stated that the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration does not prevent the extension of full right of abode in the UK to those in Hong Kong who own a British National (Overseas) passport; and what response they intend to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the case for gathering information on noise complaints in England, and (2) the health impacts of noise in England.  HL2032
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number noise complaints received by local authorities in England in each year since 2015.  HL2033
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to (1) monitor, and (2) track, changes in (a) the amount of, and (b) the types of, noise complaints received by local authorities in England since 2015.  HL2034
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask the Leader of the House what steps she is taking to ensure that parliamentary business can continue in the event of movement restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL2035
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current planned date to stop the sale of new petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid cars; and whether they intend to bring that date forward.  HL2036
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the central government car fleet is currently (1) electric powered, or (2) hybrid; and by what date they expect to have phased out all petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles in that fleet.  HL2037
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) body, or (2) individual, is accountable for the delivery of gigabyte-capable broadband for all by 2025.  HL2038
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the life chances of children taken into care.  HL2039
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the appropriate remembrance of genocide.  HL2040
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new charge points for electric vehicles have been introduced in the UK in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many are to be introduced in each of the next three years.  HL2041
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 25 February (HL1468), when they intend to publish their proposals for a devolution deal for West Yorkshire.  HL2042
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many buildings still have illegal aluminium composite material cladding.  HL2043
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in respect of their commitment to publish a definition of Islamophobia.  HL2044
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for splitting the trains on the Norwich to Liverpool rail service at Nottingham; what assessment they have made of the impact of this arrangement on passenger numbers on this service; and what consultation they undertook with passenger groups prior to this change.  HL2045
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether splitting the trains on the Norwich to Liverpool rail service at Nottingham has improved or reduced the reliability of service on that line.  HL2046
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of train crew that are required as a result of splitting the trains on the Norwich to Liverpool rail service at Nottingham.  HL2047
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the government of Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture on 27 February that members of Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province are "targeting Christians and Christian villages" and "now have a deliberate policy of attacking Christians".  HL2048
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of The Bishop of Truro's Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Support for Persecuted Christians, published on 16 July 2019, which found that "religion plays a key part" in targeted violence by Fulani militia against Christian communities in Nigeria; whether they i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 February (HL1247), when they expect to complete their consideration of the right to abode requested by former Hong Kong Military Service Corps personnel which has been under assessment since January 2016.  HL2050
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Lord Fink to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet their commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.  HL2051
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received in relation to the proposal by the Office for Students to cut funding to universities providing pre-registration clinical training for physiotherapists and other student clinicians by 3 per cent.  HL2052
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a reduction in university funding on the expansion of physiotherapy training.  HL2053
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to combat the reported increase in serious robberies against individuals in the Turks and Caicos Islands referred to in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice for that territory.  HL2054
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the crime detection rate in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and on what basis the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for the Turks and Caicos Islands states that levels of crime in that territory are relatively low.  HL2055
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the homicide rate, and (2) the sanction detection rate for homicide cases, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  HL2056
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sanction detection rate for homicide cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands compared to countries with similar homicide rates.  HL2057
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of crime rates in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and in particular on Providenciales.  HL2058
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the resources tackling crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and of the case for specialist UK police officers to be deployed to help the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.  HL2059
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with online media platforms to ensure readers and users of their comment sections are not subject to online harms.  HL2060
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new operating targets for the NHS will be included in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution for England.  HL2061
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will maintain the right to be seen by a cancer specialist within a maximum of 2 weeks from GP referral for urgent referrals where cancer is suspected, contained in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution for England, when new operating standards are introduced.  HL2062
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new operating standard for 28 day diagnosis for cancer, to be introduced in the NHS from April 2020, will be made a right in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution.  HL2063
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the NHS in meeting the standard set in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health that at least 25 per cent of Early Interventions in Psychosis Services should meet level three standards by 2018/19.  HL2064
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the East of England NHS in meeting the standard set in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health that at least 25 per cent of Early Interventions in Psychosis Services should meet level three standards by 2018/19.  HL2065
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many medicines are prescribed on the NHS which pre-date the NICE technology appraisal guidance process; and, what steps they are taking to mitigate the risk of such drugs being withheld from patients.  HL2066
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage housing authorities to (1) bring vacant houses into use, and (2) rehabilitate structurally sound buildings for social renting.  HL2067
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were held in immigration detention in the UK at the start of each of the last five financial years; how many were compulsorily deported in each year; and what proportion of deportations were of (1) people at the end of court sentences, and (2) unsuccessful asylum claimants.  HL2068
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that refugees are being helped to leave Turkey and then denied entry to Greece at the land border; what steps they will take to assist such refugees; and what discussions they have had with international organisations about this issue.  HL2069
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many female genital mutilation protection orders were issued in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, (4) 2018, and (5) 2019.  HL2070
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports of cases of female genital mutilation, or suspected female genital mutilation, they have received under the mandatory reporting for under-18s duty in the Serious Crime Act 2015 since that Act received Royal Assent.  HL2071
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation for under 18s duty.  HL2072
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of criminalising female genital mutilation.  HL2073
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any increase in those who commit female genital mutilation being (1) prosecuted, and (2) found guilty, in the UK since the Serious Crime Act 2015 received Royal Assent.  HL2074
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (1) prosecuted for, and (2) found guilty of, female genital mutilation in the UK.  HL2075
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The Earl of Kinnoull to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each government department, from 1 July 2019 to 31 January 2020, on how many occasions the Scrutiny Reserve Resolution was overridden in (1) the House of Lords, and (2) the House of Commons; and for how many documents such an override occurred in (a) both Houses, (b) the House of Lords, and (c) the House of Commons.  HL2076
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any international agreement obliges them to require importers to complete full customs declarations, other than declarations of origin, for goods coming from other countries within a free trade area in which there are no tariffs or quotas.  HL2077
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any peer-reviewed scientific studies or reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict the extermination of the human race in the next century as a result of climate change.  HL2078
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address the concerns raised by the report by Special Needs Jungle Education, Health & Care Plan annual review, published 10 December 2019, and in particular the findings relating to the low completion rates of statutory Education Health and Care Plan annual reviews by local authorities.  HL2079
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, where local authorities have decided to place a child's Education Health Care Plan at a particular school, that the school has sufficient funds to make the provisions specified.  HL2080
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of cancellations of first hearings in Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals.  HL2081
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to compensate parents who have appealed to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal but whose first hearing was cancelled without adequate notice and as a result have incurred expense.  HL2082
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what practical assistance they have offered the government of Iran to help it to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.  HL2083
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new jobs have been created in the UK since April 2018 as a result of awarding the contract to supply British passports to Gemalto.  HL2084
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they set for appointment to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and what are their recruitment processes.  HL2085
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during his current visit to Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Secretary will raise with the government of that country (1) reports of the involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and (2) the need for Saudi Arabia to (a) hold all those responsible to account and (b) ensure similar such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Burkina Faso, following reports of an increased jihadist presence and worsening violence in that country.  HL2087
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help to secure an immediate ceasefire between all warring parties in Idlib province in Syria.  HL2088
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an independent individual, or individuals, will be engaged to prepare the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the north.  HL2089
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government how local and regional authorities will be consulted in the development of the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the north.  HL2090
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the ombudsman system.  HL2091
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the annual report by the Gambling Commission Gambling participation in 2019: behaviour, awareness and attitudes, published in February, which shows of the general public (1) 29 per cent agreed it would be better for gambling to be banned, (2) 62 per cent believe gambling should be discou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the annual report by the Gambling Commission Gambling participation in 2019: behaviour, awareness and attitudes, published in February, that gambling participation amongst 16 to 24 year olds has increased by four per cent.  HL2093
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the annual report by the Gambling Commission Gambling participation in 2019: behaviour, awareness and attitudes, published in February, that overall gambling participation is declining yet rates of problem gambling are unchanged.  HL2094
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to discuss with the International Rescue Corps what support that organisation could offer during future floods.  HL2095 [I]
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Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill to ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary schools in England and Wales have modern language assistants teaching (1) French, (2) Spanish, and (3) German.  HL2096
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 February (HL1336), why their response is inconsistent with the press release from the Metropolitan Police following the facial recognition deployments which (1) stated that the individual arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm was arrested "as part of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the finding by the Scottish Parliament that there was "no justification" for Police Scotland to use facial recognition technology; and why police in London and South Wales continue to use live facial recognition surveillance.  HL2098
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Carnegie UK Trust Race Inequality in the Workforce, published in February 2020, what assessment they have made of the finding that BAME individuals are more likely to have less stable working lives than their white peers.  HL2099
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use any Brexit stockpiles in the event of increased supply chain issues caused by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.  HL2100
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) ban large scale events, and (2) encourage people to work from home, until Public Health England have identified the individuals who are potentially spreading COVID-19 within the UK.  HL2101
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with NHS dentists about the possibility of a shortage of facemasks and the impact of any such shortage on patient waiting times.  HL2102
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 February (HL1545), what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the killing of a Palestinian policeman on 6 February who was on duty inside a police station in Jenin.  HL2103
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the reported (1) expulsion of students from, and (2) confiscation of, a container classroom in Susya, Palestine.  HL2104
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about reports that Israeli forces fired at a car containing Palestinian youths and wounded a 16 year old, because those forces believed that the car was being driven in a suspicious manner.  HL2105
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Gaza following reports that 5,000 factories have been shut due to the Israeli blockade and that 85 per cent of those living in Gaza are now living below the poverty line.  HL2106
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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 Israeli settlers have (1) intruded in, and (2) damaged, private land and property belonging to the Latin Patriarchate in Tayasir in the northern West Bank.  HL2107
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 24 February about Israel’s intention to construct 1,077 housing units in Givat Hamatos, in southern Jerusalem, what steps they intend to take to protect the viability of the two-State solution from such activity.  HL2108
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to people with suspected COVID-19 about how they should care for themselves during periods of self-quarantine.  HL2109
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether staff at NHS 111 are given uniform advice scripts on how to respond to suspected COVID-19 cases.  HL2110
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what further plans they have to give advice to the public on how to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and how to cope with periods of self-quarantine.  HL2111
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they intend to allocate to deal with a COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.  HL2112
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS has sufficient resources to manage a UK-wide pandemic.  HL2113
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to manage a COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.  HL2114
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit to a full global satellite system to replace UK participation in the EU’s Galileo system.  HL2115
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the UK’s new satellite navigation system to replace UK participation in the EU’s Galileo system.  HL2116
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many satellites the UK’s new satellite navigation system will have to replace UK participation in the EU’s Galileo system.  HL2117
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would consider access to the EU’s Galileo system in return for providing UK technical expertise.  HL2118
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold a public consultation as part of the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review.  HL2119
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of carbon emissions for the Ministry of Defence each year.  HL2120
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage employers to take on ex-offenders.  HL2121
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what decision they have reached following their consultation on the proposal that employers hiring an ex-offender should receive a National Insurance holiday for that individual.  HL2122
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to the political views of an individual being considered for a trusteeship which they have to approve.  HL2123
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to statements revealing views opposed to Brexit when deciding on public appointments.  HL2124
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recent adverse weather conditions, what consideration they have given to suspending the requirement for farmers to grow three different crops in order to qualify for payments under the Basic Payment Scheme in 2020.  HL2125 [I]
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