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Questions for Written Answer for 9 March 2020

Tabled on 5 March 2020 and due for answer by 19 March 2020.

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 26 February (HL1555), when they intend to consult on bringing forward the ending of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 to 2035 or earlier if a faster transition appears possible.  HL2252
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of job vacancies which remain unfilled because of skill shortages among potential applicants; and what steps they are taking to introduce training courses and apprenticeships to fill that gap.  HL2253
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by the banking sector to meet the needs of vulnerable customers.  HL2254
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of police recruitment during the last 12 months.  HL2255
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of their strategy to address homelessness between January 2019 and January 2020.  HL2256
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure good terms for UK fishermen at the end of the EU withdrawal transition period.  HL2257
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce new powers for police forces to tackle anti-social behaviour.  HL2258
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Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the compulsory retirement age for magistrates.  HL2259
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of SOAS University of London’s compliance with the (1) public sector equality duty, and (2) International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, further to the decision to host a student workshop on advocacy for Palestine on campus on 7 March sponsored by EuroPal Forum; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will commence to review the 'standard method' of calculating housing need, following the February 2019 commitment by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to do so within 18 months.  HL2261
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the disposal of landing slots at Heathrow and Gatwick, formally owned by Flybe, will not disadvantage access to those airports from regional airports in the UK.  HL2262
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners were released on temporary licence from each category of prison in the most recent twelve-month period for which figures are available.  HL2263
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they still intend to introduce driver-controlled operation in Northern England rail services; and what will be the future role of guards.  HL2264
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to employers of people in insecure employment including (1) people on zero-hours contracts, (2) self-employed individuals working for organisations as if they were employees, and (3) people in similar precarious circumstances where it is not possible to claim statutory sickness benefit, in situations where pe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, pursuant to section 2(4) of the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948, how much was paid in damages for clinical negligence claims by both (1) settlement, and (2) judgment award, above what would have been paid in accordance with common law negligence principles of compensation in the last three years for which the inform… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to repeal section 2(4) of the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948.  HL2267
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL1754), whether they discussed with the government of India the possibility that independent inquiries be established into the deaths of the people involved in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019; if so, what reply they received; and if not, why not.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in total they gave to the aerospace industry for research and development in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, and (4) 2018.  HL2269
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they plan to provide to the aerospace industry for research and development in 2020–21.  HL2270
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in total was proposed for British manufacturing's research and development in 2019; and how much they estimate to provide in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.  HL2271
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate of the size of the UK sheepflock.  HL2272
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate of the size of the UK dairy herd.  HL2273
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have paid in total to farmers as direct payments.  HL2274
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Sport England about the practical application of the Equality Act 2010 in sport; and what were the results of any such discussions.  HL2275
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of (1) man, (2) woman, (3) male, (4) female, (5) boy, (6) girl, (7) transgender, (8) sex, (9) gender, and (10) gender identity.  HL2276
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy concerning the recording of incidents involving the protected characteristic of sex under the Equality Act 2010 as hate crimes.  HL2277
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of England is covered by 4G.  HL2278
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of 4G coverage in the UK in comparison to such coverage in France.  HL2279
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of London has reliable 4G coverage; and how that percentage compares to the reliability of such coverage in Paris.  HL2280
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve 4G reception in the West End of London.  HL2281
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in (1) 4G, and (2) 5G, infrastructure over the next four years; what reception improvements are expected as a result of such investment; and when they estimate reception will improve.  HL2282
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reliability of 4G in the UK compared to EU countries.  HL2283
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the current negotiations for a UK/EU trade deal.  HL2284
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any extra funding has been allocated to the Welsh Government to deal with recent flooding in Wales.  HL2285
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Wales has met the First Minister of Wales to discuss the provision of financial help for flood victims in Wales.  HL2286
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the provision of financial help to recent flood victims in Wales.  HL2287
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee will take place.  HL2288
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the next meeting of the British–Irish Council will take place.  HL2289
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of any future revenue deficit due to a decrease in sales of petrol and diesel fuel as a result of an increase in clean energy alternatives; and what plans they have, if any, to compensate for such loss.  HL2290
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for production of a standardised formula for assessing vehicular carbon footprint in manufacture to produce a reliable comparative assessment system for the vehicle market.  HL2291
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 5 March that they will review the Gambling Act 2005 with "great urgency", when the (1) terms of reference, (2) call for evidence, and (3) deadlines, of that review will be announced.  HL2292
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development (DfID) will remain autonomous, following the announcement in the recent reshuffle that junior DfID and Foreign and Commonwealth ministers will have joint responsibilities.  HL2293
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government who makes the final decision on how Official Development Assistance is disbursed within a country.  HL2294
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government who has responsibility for (1) programme design, and (2) delivery of, Official Development Assistance compliant projects; and whether that person will continue to have that responsibility.  HL2295
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for the criteria for allocating Official Development Assistance to be redefined.  HL2296
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the separation of responsibilities between Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development junior ministers is sufficiently robust to safeguard the reputation of the UK on the international stage.  HL2297
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the problem of contract cheating and essay mills.  HL2298
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of essay mills and contract cheating on academic integrity in UK universities.  HL2299
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce cyber-harassment fines for (1) the media, and (2) members of the public.  HL2300
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of mortality from COVID-19 amongst smokers.  HL2301
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review will consider the possibility of procuring a hospital ship.  HL2302
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the foreign aid budget to procure a hospital ship.  HL2303
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any new hospital ship will be operational before the retirement of RFA Argus in 2024.  HL2304
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will procure another helicopter training vessel before the retirement of RFA Argus in 2024.  HL2305
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate local college mergers which (1) are in the interests of learners, (2) build financial resilience, and (3) ensure that provision serves local communities, especially in areas of disadvantage.  HL2306
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