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Questions for Written Answer for 11 March 2020

Tabled on 10 March 2020 and due for answer by 24 March 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 5 March (HL1700), what were the mitochondrial DNA mutations in each of the 17 applications considered by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority that have now been approved; and on what dates each application was (1) made, and (2) approved.  HL2405
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 5 March (HL1701), why they stated that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has no role in the follow-up of patients pursuant to mitochondrial donation treatment if it provides contact details on its website for further discussion of this; what recommendatio… 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 reported arrest and disappearance of (1) Fang Bin, (2) Chen Qiushi, and (3) Li Zehua, who had been live-streaming updates from Wuhan on the COVID-19 outbreak.  HL2407
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made in relation to their decision to award contracts to Huawei and other companies of the implications of the government of China's National Intelligence Law requiring Chinese organisations and citizens to support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work.  HL2408
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 24 October 2017 (HL1882) and by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on both 9 January 2020 (HL275) and 11 February 2020 (HL1237), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not hold information on which methods of freezing are used; from which data… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on research-led SMEs of the reported decision to withhold the UK's participation in the Unified Patent Court and the associated Unitary Patent.  HL2410
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any reputational damage to the UK caused by parliamentarians they appoint to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe joining political groupings which include parliamentarians with extremist views.  HL2411
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government why any reference to the creative industries was omitted from the proposals contained in The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations (CP211), published in February.  HL2412 [I]
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of universities rescinding invitations from speakers; and what plans, if any, they have to reduce funding to universities when that happens.  HL2413
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to encourage businesses to manufacture goods and components and source supplies in the UK.  HL2414
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create facilities in the UK to manufacture drugs currently only manufactured abroad.  HL2415
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that where a person dies of COVID-19 due to an underlying health issue some details of the health issue are made public.  HL2416
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of shortages of toilet paper; and what discussions they have had with newspaper operators about whether newspapers can be printed to be used as an alternative to toilet paper.  HL2417
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the manufacture of electric cars in the UK.  HL2418
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the use of electric cars by the public sector.  HL2419
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the uptake of Mandarin in schools in England.  HL2420
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government under which part of The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations (CP211), published in February, and in which group of the Terms of Reference on the UK–EU future relationship negotiations, published on 28 February, they intend to seek mutual recognition between the UK and EU member states on (1) the European He… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek equality of treatment after 31 December for EU citizens visiting the UK who will be entitled to a six month visa and UK citizens visiting the EU who could be restricted to a 90 day visa, if an agreement is not reached.  HL2422
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what benefits they expect to arise from the decision not to participate in the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) after 31 December; whether they intend to establish a UK-based organisation to provide comparable regulatory oversight to EASA; if so, what is (1) the estimated cost of establishing such an organisation, and (2) th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 9 March (HL1921), whether a housing development is allowed to proceed before additional wastewater infrastructure has been provided.  HL2424
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The Lord Bishop of Carlisle to ask Her Majesty's Government why the government of China's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners has not been referenced in relation to their proposals for a new Magnitsky-style sanctions regime.  HL2425
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK compares with the 27 EU Member States in efforts made to address antimicrobial resistance.  HL2426
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the principal lessons that the UK could learn from the 27 EU Member States on how to improve performance in tackling antimicrobial resistance.  HL2427
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people over 75 years old who will be confined to their homes due to COVID-19; and, in the light of that assessment, what plans they have to postpone the withdrawal of free TV licences for those over 75.  HL2428
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 9 March (HL1750), whether they plan to make changes to the NHS constitution for England if they make changes to NHS access standards.  HL2429
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ambulance services responded to 90 per cent of Category 2 calls within 40 minutes in 2018–19.  HL2430
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by the Health Services Journal, published on 5 March, which showed that 10 per cent of Category 2 calls for ambulance service in Lincolnshire East between April and September 2019 were not responded to until nearly 90 minutes had passed.  HL2431
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by the Health Services Journal, published on 5 March, which showed that one in 10 patients who had made a Category 2 call for an ambulance service between April and September 2019 waited more than an hour for an ambulance in 27 Clinical Commissioning Group areas.  HL2432
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they decided to lift the legal directions on the Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group and the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group.  HL2433
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the World Health Organisation to consider the report of the World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong which showed that over 7,000 doctors in China are involved in the systematic killing of prisoners through the enforced body harvesting trade in that country. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the reported closure of the water treatment facility at Alok in north east Syria by the Turkish Armed Forces.  HL2435
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the government of India plans to address call centre scammers based in India.  HL2436
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current state of bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates.  HL2437
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their objectives for the forthcoming deployment of 250 UK personnel to Gao in Eastern Mali in support of the UN Peacekeeping Operation; how the deployment will help to address the increasing instability in the region; and how they intend to ensure that British personnel do not become a target or exacerbate the situat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which was announced in December 2018, to be operational.  HL2439
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Myanmar about their treatment of the Rohingya, following the International Court of Justice ruling on 23 January.  HL2440
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resignation of Ghassan Salamé, the UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, and of the impact of that resignation on the prospects for a ceasefire in Libya.  HL2441
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 9 September 2019 (HL17756), what steps NHS England and Public Health England are taking to support the appropriate introduction of novel antimicrobial products in the period before the pilot scheme to test an alternative model of antimicrobial provision… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat the reported rise of carbapenem-resistant bacteria in secondary care.  HL2443
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what national guidance NHS England and Public Health England provide to clinical commissioning groups and local NHS providers on the introduction of new antimicrobials; and how any such advice supports the UK antimicrobial resistance five-year national action plan.  HL2444
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the points-based immigration system enables registered physiotherapists to be eligible for an NHS visa.  HL2445
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of British staff working for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, (2) how many of those work outside the UK, and (3) how many of those have agreed to return to the UK to work.  HL2446
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make a statement to Parliament about their plan to leave the European Union Aviation Safety Agency; and why they chose to share this information first with Aviation Week on 6 December 2019.  HL2447
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to take over the role of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in respect of the UK; and what level of additional resources the CAA will require to do so.  HL2448
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual value of the aerospace sector to the UK economy.  HL2449
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the aerospace sector was formally consulted prior to their announcement that they plan to leave the European Union Aviation Safety Agency; and if so, what was the view of that sector of the potential impact of those plans on aviation safety.  HL2450
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have contributed towards the cost of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in each of the last five years; and what estimate they have made of the total cost within the first year of establishment of the proposed new system to be led by the Civil Aviation Authority.  HL2451
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they have put in place to ensure that protein fermentation products (1) provide good nutritional value, and (2) do not add to existing dietary and food standards concerns.  HL2452
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address pavement parking.  HL2453
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the introduction of compulsory product registration of white goods at point of sale.  HL2454
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to requiring manufacturers to fit white goods with a standardised rating plate in an identical position on all such goods for the purpose of easy product identification.  HL2455
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to improving the traceability of white goods.  HL2456
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to improving the safety of white goods that are sold second hand.  HL2457
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019.  HL2458
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use virtual reality therapy to treat older people advised to have limited social interaction due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  HL2459
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use artificial intelligence to analyse lung scans to help diagnose COVID-19.  HL2460
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to pause their negotiations with the EU due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  HL2461
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of violence towards Muslims in India by Hindu Nationalists supported by the Delhi police.  HL2462
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the contents of any Israeli school text books contain incitement of racial hatred toward Palestinians.  HL2463
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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 by the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel that a 12 year-old Palestinian boy with a heart condition was taken into custody by Israeli forces on 25 February and was interrogated without family or legal support.  HL2464
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the population of Gaza.  HL2465
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of school books published by the Palestinian Authority containing incitement to hatred and violence.  HL2466
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of journalists currently held without trial by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.  HL2467
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are confident that the supply of weapons by Gulf states to Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar do not include transfers from supplies originally sourced from the UK.  HL2468
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support further micro-hydropower schemes on rivers within the UK as part of a transition to renewable energy.  HL2469
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have commissioned on the potential contribution that the harnessing of hydropower from rivers may make to the UK's energy requirements.  HL2470
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the Youth Justice Board.  HL2471
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of current funding streams to fund youth diversion activity undertaken by youth offending teams.  HL2472
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to advertise for a permanent Chair of the College of Policing.  HL2473
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government which police forces in England and Wales have implemented Checkpoint programmes to reduce reoffending and custodial sentences.  HL2474
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the use of the Checkpoint programme to all police forces in England and Wales.  HL2475
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial support they have given to the Police ICT Company since its establishment.  HL2476
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UN Development Programme's Gender Social Norms Index, published on 5 March, in particular of the high percentage of people reported as holding at least one bias against women in relation to politics, economics, education, violence or reproductive rights.  HL2477
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to (1) ministers, and (2) civil servants, on visiting Italy on official business or as private individuals.  HL2478
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Spain about ensuring that adequate safety standards are maintained in Spanish hotels and similar accommodation used by British holidaymakers.  HL2479
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement in Autumn Budget 2017, published on 22 November 2017, that “the Department for Transport, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Defence will adopt a presumption in favour of offsite construction by 2019 across suitable capital prog… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government what reports by (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Department of Health, (3) the Department for Education, (4) the Ministry of Justice, (5) the Ministry of Defence, and (6) the Government, have been made on the implementation and progress towards their policy of those Departments adopting a presumption in favour of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of the offsite construction contracts which have been awarded by (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Department of Health, (3) the Department for Education, (4) the Ministry of Justice, and (5) the Ministry of Defence, in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, and (c) 2019.  HL2482
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